Pity Party Pizza – Vegan

 

Walnut and Brussels Sprout “Zaa”

 

46 days into prep without a re-feed meal and I was starting to feel like my next check-in email would be responded to with a “guess what? You get a re-feed”….instead, I was told that I looked like I’m retaining water which upped my cardio to an insane level AND changed my overall diet plan again.

This did not sit well with me, Jeff suggested we go for pizza. I had enough will to NOT cave and head for legit dangerous territory but I did need to pretend I ate pizza in order to survive.

I birthed a couple of recipes I hope you can find some enjoyment in.

Water retention. Pfft.

 

Without having anything tomatoey, I needed to build a base. I was originally going for a Thai flavour but it ended up being something…else.

 

I utilized my usual vegan prep food for these recipes…but not the asparagus as I am mad at asparagus right now and don’t want to taste it on anything remotely delicious. Stupid, plain, boring and never ending asparagus.
Base:

Ezekiel wraps

1 tbsp sun butter

1/4 cup rehydrated sundried tomatoes (let sit in really warm water for 10-15 mins)

2 cloves garlic

1/4 cup water
Cheese:

4 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/8 cup water

1 tbsp chia seeds

*Mix all ingredients in small dish with fork and allow to sit for 10 minutes to thicken* voila “cheeze” 

Pizza toppings: 

Roasted brussels sprouts

Roasted broccoli

Chopped tomato

Cubed Tofu

Walnuts

Yellow onions

Maple Syrup

Method: 

Pre-heat oven to 425.

Slather on base, then add ingredients as desired. Bake for 10-12 minutes checking back to ensure you aren’t burning the “crust”. On my second effort I sprayed the bottom of the “pizza” with coconut oil. 

Pizza #1 was: 

Base, slivered yellow onion, brussels, tomato, walnuts & drizzle of maple syrup.

Pizza #2 was: 

Base, broccoli, tomato, tofu (measured per my diet plan), “cheeze”.

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2 minute dijon dressing

There is nothing simpler and more dynamic than a salad – especially at dinnertime. In my home the last meal of the day (other than a protein shake while on prep) is a salad. The ingredients can be used in a variety of ways to prep other types of meals & snacks during the week.

All of your hard earned cashola spent on organic & pesticide free fruits and vegetables will not go to waste if you can keep a wide range of meals in your grab bags. This is one of them.

I’m adding some produce notes before the quick dressing recipe because I want you to keep at least 5 or 6 types of fresh veggies in the fridge for all around use at all times:

1 – Cucumbers – use these little suckers to make juice, scoop hummus, eat plain, place on salad, make into their own salad with a modification to THIS little recipe here or place on tired eyes.

2 – Carrots, Celery & Peppers– see cucumbers…..these can also be sauteed for quesadillas, or added to quick soups. Not sure how hot they will be on eyes, test it and let me know.

3 – Kale & Spinach – great salad base, great smoothie & juice base, great sauteed with onions and garlic, fantastic kale chips &  oh yes- you can also add both to salad. Don’t waste this delicious cruciferous delight.

Ingredients: 

Dressing: 

4 tbsp dijon mustard

2.5 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1/8 cup water

Salad ingredients: 

4 cups diced curly green kale

2 cups spinach

1 cup beet leaves

2 cups romaine hearts

1 cup sliced cukes

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup diced celery

1 cup diced red pepper

Sprinkling of hemp hearts

Protein options: Tofurky “chicken” or Green Cuisine Smoked Tempeh

(6-7 oz for average sized men 3-4 oz for women)

Method: 

You know the method for the salad, right? I mean, just look at the picture.

Add all dressing ingredients to vessel large enough to hold them, whisk with fork. This should be runny so that it coats your entire salad without being “too much” sauce.

Serves 4.

 

 

Becoming Little Miss Bikini – Season 2 – Episode 1

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Last year 2nd over all…this year….pro card? 

Pfew. I’m here again. Just 3 months after my last competition and I’m off bulking and back to competition prep training.

All in all I took about 4 weeks of half-assed training time to recoup and then a few solid weeks of a building program. I’m starting to notice that I”ll have to take a significant amount of time off to build on certain areas.

I am hoping to compete again this fall but so far I have 3 shows booked for May. INBF Vancouver, INBF Calgary and I’ve joined a new all natural federation – the NPAA – which I will be competing in as well this May.

This means that I’ll be able to blog and post about what it’s like to be on a pretty consistent cycle of maintaining contest weight/physique for nearly 1 month. After this I will have June off for building…then back on it for October shows.

My goal this year/season? Pro-card all the way baby. If I get my pro-card then I’d like to head down to the states to see how I fair. Even chase a bit of cash if that’s possible? There are some serious prizes at certain shows…though, I’ll always be all natural so I’m not sure how I’ll ever stack up against the pill-poppin’, needle jammin, creatine folks….we shall see, right?

I’ve also started some R&D on a new supplement/food product. I’ll be traveling to a two day seminar in Vancouver hosted by an ex top dog of Yves (veggie product company) and more….I might be able to get my recipe out for test-market at one of the May comps. This is very exciting.

Training this time around:

I have the same coach this time around Jennifer Weintz out of Vancouver. I started my competition prep program Feb 1. Everything is pretty much the same but I have added a couple of supplements. I have some new and challenging leg day routines which seem to be building a bigger booty….the off season in India also helped with that. Heeeellloooo Chapati, I cannot say no to you or curry 5 times per day. I gained at least 10 lbs in 2.5 weeks. Eek!

Those 10 lbs took about 10 days to burn off. At this point (Feb 16th as I’m writing this) I’m starting to look pretty tight. I actually feel more confident than I did last season…for obvious reasons.

Lets get into some things you may want to know….

Supplements: 

I’m currently using BCAA’s, Glutamine, L-carnitine, Iron Vegan Chocolate Protein Powder, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B, Adrenal Sense (Womens), Blood Builder, Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, DIM, MSM, Green Tea Extract and Spirulina.

Diet: 

Strictly Vegan. I’m really finding beans to be UBER gassy this time around. I omited them from my pre-workout for about 6 days now and used yams instead. I’m still not on point with my pre-workout and am not feeling too much energy off of it. Even though I am using black coffee as well. I’m starting to experiment with what I’m taking before workouts as my leg days are HUGE right now and I’m having a terrible time finding the power to push heavy weights.

I eat 6-7 times per day and include a post-workout shake.

3-4 litres of water per day.

Other rituals:

Squeem on day and night with my neoprene wrap underneath.

Training with either neoprene or squeem – neoprene only on leg days.

Night rituals are the same, shower with scrubbing gloves, moisturize full body, dry brush and wearing neoprene to bed.

Cardio is 6 times per week. Post workout. Neoprene (long) pants and waist wrap during cardio…let the sweat fly!

Exercise: 

Monday-Friday: Legs, Chest/Tris, Back/Bi’s/Legs, Shoulders

Abs: every other day

Saturday – 1 hour steady state cardio

Sunday – rest day

I’ve been on this plan for nearly 3 weeks and haven’t had a “cheat” meal yet. I’ve managed to structure some 95% “ok” meals where I had to eat out while in Vancouver this past weekend. Not off to a bad start really and I’m starting to feel pretty trim already. At 12.5 weeks out I have started to see baby abs! Whoo hoo. And I can definitely feel more size to my legs and booty.

We don’t have much in the way of travel booked so I’m sure I’ll be far less stressed out about getting my workouts in this year.

Hang on to your hats because I’m picking a new suit colour AND need to get a whole different pair of shoes for the NPAA…that’s costly so I’ll be looking for used.

I will also be attending the NPAA training camp in March to go through their stage requirements and walk structure. It’s different from the INBF, luckily not by much.

Hang on to your hats folks, this one is going to be crazy – I can feel it already. The pictures below aren’t the best and don’t really do all the work I’ve put in any justice BUT if you look at my shape on the left (this week) you’ll notice how much thicker and stronger I look than my shape on the right from about the same point in training last year.

The image on the left is at 12.5 weeks out, on the right 11.

 

Vegan Protein Nutella

 

Let me start off by saying – this does not really taste like nutella. What it does taste like is still pretty delicious, peanut butter/chocolatey and protein packed with few calories.

I created this one for building season AND because I had run out of oats…..protein pudding I reserve for competition time when my coach orders me to drop the carbs.

I’ve included nutritional information for you below as well.

Happy Vegains to you all.

Ingredients: 

2 slices Ezekiel bread

1 scoop Iron Vegan chocolate protein

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter (sub with Almond if you prefer)

Hot water

Method: 

Place protein and peanut butter in a small bowl. Slowly add hot water and mix until blended well but still thick.

Butter on 2 pieces of toast.

 

Nutritional Info: 

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10 g 15 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 9 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 326 mg 14 %
Potassium 100 mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g 24 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 27 g 54 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 30 %
Iron 35 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Kale Caesar 

I recently had a full house when my parents came to stay with us and help get our home renovations under way. When you’re cooking for more than one type of person on the fly it can be a daunting task and you may just try to opt for the easy way out – packaged or fast food.

While we did step out to eat (slow food) a few times we did eat at home in our new kitchen as well. On a particularly busy afternoon I managed to find 3 types of protein that worked for the vegan, pescetarian and omnivorous family of the house.

Making a great base and then adding protein afterward is a great way to stick to YOUR dietary needs without singling out anyone in the family or neglecting yourself or them all together.

I hope you enjoy this one. The base Caesar recipe serves 4, protein serving suggestions (per person) below.

Ingredients

3 (women/kids)or 6 oz of protein per serving – salmon/chicken/tempeh

2 bunches freshly washed & chopped curly kale

1 cup washed bean sprouts patted dry

Himalayan sea salt to taste

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Dressing: 

1 large clove elephant garlic diced

3 tbsp Veganaise

Juice of one lemon

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Method: 

Place washed and dried kale & sprouts in large bowl, set aside.

I use a hand blender and it’s receptacle (Braun) to place in all the dressing ingredients and blend until creamy.

Pour mixture over greens. Toss and coat thoroughly.

Top with protein of choice.

 

 

 

Vegan stuffing – HOLIDAY SERIES

What is a traditional holiday meal without…..stuffing? I’m not a huge stuffing girl (prefer my carbs in the form of cake) however, nothing is more simple than a good stuffing recipe and meat eaters wont have any clue! This recipe was a hit with my family …. they ate more of this than the stuffing that was up the butt of the dead bird.

Little by little I sneak all this goodness in and it’s appreciated.

Top with some vegan brown gravy – yuuuummmmers.

Ingredients:

3 cups chopped mushrooms of choice – I used giant white

3 cups bread crumbs – I used a 50/50 mix of sourdough and wheat

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

2 cups chopped celery

1 tsp Sage

2 large onions chopped fine

4 cloves garlic

4 cups veggie bouillon/broth – Here’s my recipe for homemade broth

3 Bay leaves

1 cup pecans chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Method: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Liquefy coconut oil In saucepan over medium heat, add onion and garlic. Saute until translucent. Add mushrooms and chopped celery and saute another 3-4 minutes until celery begins to turn clear and mushrooms begin to shrink.

Slowly add half the bouillon/broth and bay leaves and bring to a low boil for 2 minutes then remove from heat.

In large bowl combine remainder of ingredients. Ensure that the remaining bouillon liquid is measured in slowly as to not create a soup. Leave some liquid in reserve if need be. The drier the bread the more liquid it will take. Store-bought crouton-type bread will soak VERY easily. Once mixed well, spread evenly over non-stick baking pan or line with parchment paper first.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, remove from oven and “stir” then bake for an additional 15 minutes or until slightly browned.

 

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Regardless of how much time I have on my hands there are certain things that I WILL NOT eat out of a package. One of them is oatmeal. Quick oats give every reason for the human race to slow down and make their own damn oatmeal…here’s an inspiring recipe to bring whole food cooking back into your kitchen.

Make the time to go wild with fruits that you love!

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup quick oats & 1.5 cups hot water

1 tbsp flax seed

1/2 tsp aromatic coconut oil

1 Fuji apple – 3/4 diced 1/4 sliced for garnish

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup nut milk of choice (this was low-cal almond & coconut 35 cals per cup)

Maple syrup or agave nectar to drizzle only

Method: 

On stove top bring all ingredients (other than milk & syrup) to a quick boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

In microwave heat all ingredients other than milk and syrup for 1 minute, stir and heat for 30 seconds more.

Add milk (add this in the heating process if you like hot milk) and garnish with apples and drizzle syrup.

Makes one serving under 300 calories.