Taking the Rest Day is Sometimes Tough
Today ended up being my rest day. However, I was really itching to run during lunch. I typically allow myself to enjoy a rest day with no thoughts of exercising. Today was really different though. I so was not in the mood for a rest day for a change. So I kept arguing with myself about whether or not I should figure out how to squeeze in a workout.
Anyway, I think a big part of that was wanting/needing to warm up. They keep our building frigid. All I want to do during the summer is just go stand outside in the direct sunshine or, better yet, go sit in a sizzling car. It just strikes me as such an enormous waste of energy and money when buildings are kept so incredibly cool. Yes, I'll admit, I am typically colder than most people. However, when even the men are walking around in coats, Houston, We Have A Problem.
Too Much to Do
I had a ton of errands that had to be run after work today. I worked through lunch so I could leave early and try to avoid as much rush hour traffic as possible. I had items to return and items to purchase, which made for one long errands to run list. I totally have to plan it all out in my head before heading out for multiple errands. Which stop first for the easiest exit to get to the next stop, down the line. Oh and then I have to factor in whether or not there may be perishable items as well.
Do you plan and plot out your errands or just take off?
After talking about Pizza Friday and Mexican Monday (which I missed the boat on this week), my friend Alicia and I were joking the other day about a Thai Thursday. I was thinking that Jason would likely want to grill out and eat outside as the weather is still nice. I really wasn't much in the cooking mood earlier in the day, really uninspired. I guess I was dreading the errands and was resolving myself to veggie burgers with sweet potatoes (not that I don't mind that of course). Also, there were so many things that I wanted to make. Can't make it all for one meal though right? Oh wrong! First off, there won't be a Pizza Friday tomorrow as we'll be going to see a baseball game and won't be home for dinner. So, how does one fit in the must-have pizza fix for the week, grilling, and Thai Thursday? How about a Grilled Thai Tofu Pizza.
You can either use a pre-made crust, dough, or make your own. I used my Wheat Pizza Dough recipe (subbing all-purpose flour with whole-wheat pastry flour).
Grilled Thai Tofu Pizza
1 can lite coconut milk
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
2-6 tbsp red curry paste (completely depends on how much heat you like)
1tbsp hoisin sauce
1 package extra-firm tofu, cubed (frozen, thawed, squeezed)
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 green onions, chopped
broccoli and cauliflower, bite-sized pieces
Shredded mozzarella (vegan or regular)
Prepare sauce by combining coconut milk, peanut butter, curry paste and agave in sauce pan. Let simmer until begins to thicken.
Take some of the sauce and toss with cubed tofu until just coated. Using a vegetable basket for the grill, grill the tofu until it begins to crisp on the outside or bake in the oven.
Spray grill with non-stick spray for grills and place pizza crust on grill for just a few minutes until it begins to lightly brown then flip.
Once very lightly brown on both sides, spread out the peanut curry sauce and add on the toppings.
Return to grill until bottom is golden and cheese has melted.
I must say that this turned out so well. Rather than using our typical chipotle chili flakes, we drizzled with Sriracha hot sauce for a bit of a kick. I had meant to use oyster mushrooms, but completely forgot. I think mushrooms would be a great addition. Grilling the pizza makes it much crisper than baking. this is definitely a thin crust type of pizza option rather than thick crust. Also, the sauce recipe may far more than needed for marinating the tofu and as the pizza sauce. You could probably half the recipe. Or, save like I did and it'll be used for a quick lunch.
Your pizza looks great! I would have been with you on the sriracha. I love that stuff!ReplyDelete
talk to you later,
YUM!! That thai-inspired pizza looks awesome!! And I had to giggle about the battling yourself on the rest day. You KNOW I do that allllll the time!! Especially when the weather is nice and all you wanna do is run it out. Good for you for sticking to it ;)ReplyDelete
Yuummmm, that looks so good! I'm amazed at your recipes, seriously. And totally relate on battling with yourself on the rest day. I totally do that too. Clearly.ReplyDelete
Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean thanks so much for the nudge in this direction! Now I can't wait to see what you did for Thai Thursday!!! Oh, and the sriracha, a total given in this household.ReplyDelete
Jessica @ EatDrinkBreatheSweat I thought you'd get a kick out of my battle today! I'm usually ok. Today, having issues apparently.
Joelene @ To Be Determined Maybe if you and Jessica ever decide to head this direction, I'll cook for you guys!! Is that a good enough reason for you both to visit? And I totally knew that you and Jessica would both understand the "Day Off" battle. Sigh...
when it comes to errands i usually have a couple i plan and then randomly take off and do a bunch of different ones. im always saying "oh well since im already here i might as well ___ etc."ReplyDelete
looks amazing, like all yer food! Love the sriracha lurking in the background too ;) looks delicious!ReplyDelete
Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel Oh I would be in sooo much trouble if I did that!!! LOL. Maybe that's why I have to be so rigid.ReplyDelete
Hey Kristina @ Freestyle Fitness Addiction ! Thank you for the compliment. I am all about some spicy food.
Heather....What to say...ReplyDelete
OH MY LITTLE VEGAN HEART IS JUMPING FOR JOY!
You just made the ultimate pizza! Great Job!!!!
love all those chunky vegggies on your 'za!ReplyDelete
and rest days...i am the queen of pushing myself and i admit, i never rest a full day, i always do something, i.e. walking, but lifting i do rest a couple days a week.
What a great idea...the pizza looks great. This looks like a keeper recipe to me.ReplyDelete
That pizza looks so good!ReplyDelete
I am a planner. I plan the route, the times etc...it's almost annoying.
Hi Vivacious Vegan !!! It was a total experiment that worked out nicely!ReplyDelete
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga when I started lifting heavier, that's when I started to truly appreciate a rest day LOL!
Thanks so much for stopping by Rose @ Dandelion ! This is most definitely a keeper recipe and easy to make vegan.
April @ The Weigh I Am glad I'm not the only one to plan out the route and times too. I know my husband thinks I'm nuts. I think he's nuts for not planning it all out though ;-)
Girl you know I drool over your pizza's all the time....pizza is one thing I really miss eating!ReplyDelete
Tell me, what crust do you use? Do you make your own?
Happy Friday Love!
OMG!! Thai pizza...yes please! Looks awesome honey!!ReplyDelete
This pizza looks amazing! I definitely map out all my errands. I have lists and figure out which ways work best. Silly that you do it too. It makes sense, right.ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend!
Kris @ iheartwellness I guess I must keep making pizzas then huh??? ;-) I do make my own dough. You can view the recipe here . I use spelt and whole-wheat pastry flour in lieu of the all-purpose originally used in the recipe.ReplyDelete
Thanks Kelly @ Healthy Living with Kelly I thought it was pretty tasty myself - not to brag or anything LOL
Kristen @ The Swanky Dietitian I totally think it makes sense to map it all out. I think you can get more done that way!!! Have a good one girl!
Wow that pizza looks great!ReplyDelete
Thanks Haleigh @ The Fashion of Life ! It was definitely one I was a bit nervous about at first. But it's pizza - can't go that terribly wrong right?!ReplyDelete