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Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.26

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I have a confession – I’m not into Halloween. I have a really hard time thinking of something both culturally relevant + witty + sexy. Because honestly, I think I’m attractive and I wear skimpy clothes because I’m petite and flat-chested and athletically built and live in California and you can get away with short shorts and flowy tanks that show your bralette and all of that when those things are all things but I’m bad at being like, “okay I’m going to be a sexy cop” or whatever. I cannot be my authentic self when I’m trying to be a sexy sushi roll or something.

Okay, but because it’s Halloween and I am lamenting on being unable to be a sexy bumblebee, I thought I would share a little gem from college with you. Back when I was a size 8 but for whatever reason would go out dressed like this (but look at that tan!). I was a Sexy ABC Officer (Alcohol Board of Control) with my roommates. The real ABC wouldn’t take photos with us… basically McKayla Maroney status non-amused at our antics.

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Okay, now after that trip down memory lane and a great time laughing at how clever I am thinking of Sexy Julia Child Halloween costumes, here are the best links of the week.

Travel
I really need to get my life together and plan a little getaway for Thanksgiving (or just really commit to Friensgiving) and this list of affordable California getaways is a great starting point. (I’ve already knocked Monterey/Carmel and Big Sur off the list, though.

A list of places you should visit in the winter because you can find great airfare deals. Basically all of these places are places I want to visit, since you know my love for Central/South America.

Airport breakfasts are literally the worst. I’ve had a total meltdown in the Detroit airport because they didn’t have plain Greek yogurt. Flight attendants share their healthy airport breakfast tips.

Lifestyle
For whatever reason, I’m mad into this Rihanna interview.

You know I love a good “what does your favorite [fill-in-the-blank] say about you”. I don’t see Peanut M&Ms on ‘What Your Favorite Halloween Candy Says About You”, but I can maybe get behind what it says about Reese’s cups.

I finally bought a bench for my kitchen table so I can have more than one other person over for dinner (don’t you feel like I was talking about that damn bench for the past year?) so now I’m going to use these tips for hosting in a small space.

Emily Shuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere is basically the authority on all things lifestyle. I take her beauty comments to heart.

Running and Fitness
Stretches for runners. All of the yeses. This is why I get injured – I don’t focus on this enough.

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the US gave John Kerry SoulCycle classes!!! Yes, that many exclamation points were necessary. It’s because Kerry had a bike accident with a curb last spring and the ambassador told him in SoulCycle there aren’t any curbs. Okay, fan girl moment over because I unapologetically love John Kerry because he’s so badass.

Food
Why does LA get everything great Portland has? Why doesn’t SF ever get any love? There’s a Blue Star in LA now (you can find me there after the LA Marathon… followed by Salt & Straw) and this interview with the owners about the brioche donuts is great.

So you’re pairing your Halloween candy with wine, right? If not, you should try it this year.

The Kitchn shares 10 cooking tips that changed everything.

I’m a total failure of baking with yeast. I had my brief stint dating a brewer who was all about making pizza crusts with yeast but I’m still not convinced I was ever successful. Goals for 2016? Learn how to bake with yeast.

The psychology behind restaurant menus. None of it surprising, but it makes you see trends.

A bunch of oatmeal recipes for National Oatmeal Day. Because fake holidays, right?

Chat with me:
Do you dress up in dumb costumes like “sexy dinosaur” for Halloween? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? What cooking tip do you have that changed everything for you? Best donut ever?

Race Recap: Nike Women’s San Francisco Half Marathon 2015

It’s been a marathon and two half marathons since I haven’t run a PR (the marathon was by default, but still) until today (I ran a 1:55, which I guess I should include in this). I don’t know what was up with my race, but I wasn’t there mentally or physically at the Nike Women’s San Francisco Half Marathon 2015.

I wasn’t set up for success for this race. I haven’t been doing very many tempo runs or any track work. My core/strength-training has went down the drain again. Then I made the executive decision to “run by feel” and not look at my watch. Well, I already know I am a person who needs personal accountability and not looking at your pace is a really great way to not hold yourself accountable.

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I aired my frustrations with myself in the group text with my dad and uncles (which is my favorite group text, by the way, because they are all hilarious) and this really resonated with me: “You are repeatedly doing what very few could even do one time.” My dad on the phone later asked my overall place was and when I did the math and still finished in the top 6%, I had to let the shitty feelings go.

Instead of the same sob story of me not putting in the work to get results, I’d like to talk about what this race meant to me. I ran this race last year while in San Francisco looking at apartments (one year ago Sunday, this year’s race day, my dad and I sat at the Intercontinental and decided I should sign the lease for this apartment).

Running has been a huge part of my life for over 12 years. From high school cross country to crossing the line of my first marathon this year, running has defined me for over the past decade. I have days where I love running so much it’s gross and I days where I wish I had never laced up a pair of shoes in my life. Running has been a really integral part of my life in San Francisco. Every inch of this course I have covered on some run in the past year, some parts most days of the week (the final two miles).

Last weekend Chrissy and I did a 13+ loop from our apartments to Golden Gate Park then through the park back to the Marina. I told her it was weird the number of monumental conversations I can acutely real that have happened while running.

So, this race. same course as last year. From Union Square to Alamo Square, where my friend Kitt was cheering on runners after the hill on Mile 2 and who I was so excited to see, down the Panhandle to Golden Gate Park where Emily was with the rest of the San Francisco Road Runners. Golden Gate Park, seeing two of my closest friends in the city and thinking of all the conversations I’ve had in that damn park made me very introspective.

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I was just not feeling it in the Presidio, despite being strangely excited to run the hills in the morning. I run down Lincoln a lot on my runs with San Francisco Road Runners so it felt strange to think about how much I just love killing that downhill. I used to really love running to Baker Beach when I first moved here, too. When I was feeling slow I just kept telling myself “head up, wings out” (my mantra from Emily) and thinking about flying.

I knew in the last two miles I just needed to dig in and finish it strong. I couldn’t let people keep passing me in my neighborhood on my normal route. It also felt weird to me to run down Chrissy Field on the road (I usually run up it on the sidewalk then back down on the sand trail along the beach). I had this weird feeling of hating all these other people on something that is typically so peaceful to me. BUT it was super nice because I know how I feel on my daily runs and how much I had left so I knew to leave everything on the course.

Looking at my mile splits, I was more consistent than I have been – just consistently slower. My slowest mile, which was a mile uphill, was 9:38. I had absolutely zero 7:XX-miles, which is a difference from 3-4 sub-8 miles from my past few races.

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Things that were great: Race swag (the necklace this year was super cute and so was the tank), organization (people want to say this race was run terribly but I’ve run some terrible races and Nike consistently puts on a good race), the course (hard but super scenic… if you’re coming to SF to run this is the best race to run sight-wise, crowd-support (they had Lincoln Blvd and the hill from miles 9.5-11 stacked with cheering people) and finishing four blocks from my apartment.

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Things that could have been better: Communication from Nike (but coming from my background, I know communication is shit when plans aren’t finalized… so there you go), more water stations (!!), finish line things were WAY better last year and at DC… oh, and I miss the “Expotique” but as a marketer, completely get why they wanted to drive traffic into their stores.

Would I do it again? Probably, because I get race FOMO. It’s a little pricey, so hoping by next year some brand wants me to run it on behalf of them (if it’s still in SF, which I’ve heard it’s moving on south to LA).

To end the morning, #brunchedsohard with Kitt and Chrissy at NOPA which is my fave restaurant in the city.

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Chat with me:
What situations make you introspective? What does where you live mean to you? What were you up to this weekend?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.12

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It’s past my bedtime as I write this… not much exciting going on here this week. I’m running the Nike Women’s Half-Marathon again this weekend then plan on brunch at Nopa, which I haven’t been to in months. Since I need to get to sleep before I have FitBit anxiety over my lack of sleep tomorrow, here are the best links I found this week.

Travel
I want to go on a spa trip with my girl friends… who is in?

Instagram-worthy amenities at hotels… I’d like the Glam Bar, please.

Five Offbeat Vacations That Make You Feel Alive. We all know I’m into the craziest, seediest travel.

I put together a list of San Francisco restaurants you should eat at for Brit + Co.

Lifestyle
I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching on following my passions (aka blogging). But the life of a fashion blogger isn’t all it’s cracked up to be… and I think having to go to 2-3 events a week is taxing.

I’m super concerned I’ve been emotional eating but everyone tells me eating Greek yogurt and peanut butter after dinner if I’m still hungry isn’t emotional eating. I’m still trying to cut it out… theses ways to soothe without food are great.

Do you find yourself going to the same section of the wine list or wine store every time you’re in the mood for some fermented grapes? Me too. Try these four wines to get out of your wine rut.

Food
I haven’t tried making bread with quinoa yet but Lindsay from Cotter Crunch has me thinking I’m going to be baking tomorrow since I have some cooked quinoa left over…

I realized today I’ve made at least five recipes from I Am a Food Blog which is huge for me because I rarely make recipes (whoops). I made this Miso Dijon Green Bean Mushroom Salad for dinner Thursday night… so. good.

Listen
I love the Jess Lively Show podcast which my dear Davida recommended to me about a year ago when I was going through a rough patch. Wednesday and Thursday just weren’t good days for various reasons and she told me to listen to the newest episode with Elizabeth Gilbert because it would resonate with me – and she was right. I need to learn more compassion for myself ASAP.

Chat with me:
Do you ever listen to Jess Lively? Do you have compassion for yourself? What blogs do you find yourself making recipes from frequently?

Gluten Free Pumpkin Ricotta Waffles

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I have made this recipe approximately 10 times in the past month and a half. I #cantstopwontstop with these waffles. They originally began as pancakes then morphed into waffles.

My Saturday long runs lately have been fasted. I’ve been all about getting more sleep and getting out the door as soon as I wake up and change clothes rather than eating something. I’m not going to lie – by mile 10 or so I’m feeling the lack of carb reserves (so definitely something I won’t replicate on race day) but it also means I’m heavily planning my breakfast in my head at that point.

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Despite the crazy heat wave that’s been happening in SF, my run on Saturday was chilly and foggy and kind of rainy and therefore, perfect. I ran 13+ miles (my watch died) with Chrissy, from the Marina through Golden Gate Park. Which meant by mile 10 the only thing I could think about was waffles.

I had been eating pancakes/waffles with Greek yogurt and nut butter but these guys basically just require real maple syrup. I see where Lesley Knope was coming from with the waffle addiction – it’s real. And surprisingly it’s rather difficult to find a waffle in this city…

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Anyway, upgrade your basic pumpkin waffle with ricotta cheese. It makes them extra protein-packed and dense and delicious. Also, if you’re not going to use real maple syrup, use chocolate nut butter – also insanely good.

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pumpkin ricotta waffles gluten free | almost getting it together

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Pumpkin Ricotta Waffles
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 3 waffles
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat waffle maker.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together oat flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and sea salt.
  3. In a small bowl, mix pumpkin puree, ricotta cheese, almond milk, honey and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix with a spatula until just combined.
  5. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Spray a waffle maker with coconut oil and carefully pour in mixture. Cook in waffle maker for 7 minutes or until crisp.
  7. Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to one week or one month in the freezer.

Chat with me:
What is your normal Saturday morning routine? Pancakes or waffles?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 10.5

This post is once again going up a little late. I don’t know where this week went (okay, I kind of do). I need to be totally better about forcing myself to be productive when I feel like it the least. I didn’t really have a ton of time to read blogs this week, but here are the best links I found.

Travel
People often ask me where to go when they visit SF. I should be an adult/real blogger and make a real list (it’s on my to-do list, I swear) but in the meantime, Well + Good is now in SF and has a San Francisco Healthy Lifestyle Guide.

Dying to go to Goa, no puns intended. Major gypset vibes.

A great post on whether or not traveling heals a broken heart. Personally – I think it helps.

Lifestyle
I really don’t talk about growing up in West Virginia a whole lot, but this photo journal of coal country really brings back a lot of memories.

Is the party dead? I think my lack of space and my need to serve ornate food and drink is why I only have parties when I’m home.

Running and Fitness
I should really start making cross-training more of a priority… 6 cross-training moves every runner should do.

Just because I run ~40 miles a week doesn’t mean I can eat whatever I want. I have some work to do to get leaner – and faster. I am really inspired by this post by this marathoner who talks about racing 25 pounds lighter

Food
Guess what… nutritionists wouldn’t eat Quest Bars. I’m personally not surprised.

A super informative piece on what you should know about baking with coconut flour from The Kitchn.

I haven’t seen a pumpkin spice angel food cake yet so this one from Ambitious Kitchen looks like it will be on my weekend to-do list.

Chat with me:
Give me all your tips for productivity, please! Are you so over pumpkin-spiced everything? Do you eat Quest bars?

Fig, Ricotta and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts [Gluten Free]

There are two problems with my neighborhood in San Francisco, aside from the absurdly high rent: tourists and the lack of a Whole Foods which means it’s a little more work for me to find naturally-raised, antibiotic free meat. The meat counter at my Safeway doesn’t carry organic, natural chicken breast but luckily, they do carry Foster Farms Simply Raised line in their refrigerator section. Even better, Foster Farms Simply Raised is locally grown in California. I was so excited to learn about the antibiotic-free line when Foster Farms asked me to check out their product.

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Foster Farms is delivered fresh from local ranches in 48 hours or less. Some other chicken brands are across the country and could take up to a week to reach the West Coast. The other cool thing about Foster Farms is that they have been family run since their founding 76 years ago. Max and Verda Foster began raising turkeys off their bedroom in 1939 so they could keep a close eye on their flock. Today, all Foster Farms fresh chicken is American Humane Certified and their grandson, Ron Foster, runs the company.

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A super easy, insanely delicious chicken breast preparation I often forget about is stuffed chicken breasts. When was the last time something was stuffed into something else and it wasn’t delicious? I don’t care how health-conscious I am and the fact that I will never, ever eat it again – Stuffed Crust Pizza is basically as good as it gets.

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Back to stuffed chicken breasts – expect like five more stuffed chicken breast recipes, because while I was in the kitchen prepping these, I thought of a dozen more ideas of what things I could stuff into them. I’m not going to tell you all my ideas now, because I’m terrified someone will take them and do them better or worse yet, terribly.

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Since you know eating seasonally (for the most part) and locally (almost more difficult to not do in California!) is important to me, I wanted to stuff my chicken neighbors with some goodies I knew came close from home. Figs are still in season, the ricotta was from house made from the market by my apartment and the pear was also California-grown.

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Fig, Ricotta and Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup fresh figs, sliced
  • ½ cup chopped Bartlett pear
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Carefully cut a slit into each chicken breast that runs the length of the breast. Do not cut through the bottom.
  3. Rub 1 tsp of the olive oil on the chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. In a small skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil on medium high heat and add shallots. Cook until fragrant, about two minutes.
  5. Add pears and figs to shallots with the dried thyme and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until pears are soft. Turn off heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Place ricotta cheese in a small bowl and add fig, pear and shallot mixture. Mix well.
  7. Carefully fill the slit of each chicken breast with the cheese mixture, distributing evenly. Tie the chicken breasts back together with oven-safe twine or use toothpicks if you are worried about the stuffing falling out.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes, or until an internal thermometer reads 165F.
  9. Cut twine from chicken (or remove toothpicks) and serve.

This post is sponsored by Foster Farms®, the opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I love!

Chat with me:
Do you ever make stuffed chicken breasts? What are the best things to stuff them with? Do you eat locally as much as possible?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.28

One year ago (as I write this) I was running along the Embarcadero, prepping mentally for my interview with Old Navy. I was imagining my life in San Francisco, trying to really psych myself up for a complete life upheaval.

After my interview, I went to the Ferry Building and ate ice cream from Humphrey Slocombe because it was 80+ degrees and the world ends in SF once it’s above 75. (We don’t have air conditioning!) I had the entire day until my flight back to Pittsburgh and I didn’t have the mental brain power to really think about what to do, so I decided to walk the entire city and see in which neighborhoods I could see myself living.

I walked through FiDi, through Chinatown, into Nob Hill and Russian Hill and into North Beach. I kept walking until I ended up on Chestnut Street, which I had been to before (to go to Brandy Melville, ha!). I was overwhelmed by all the restaurants and shops and people talking about piling into Teslas. It reminded me of Shadyside in Pittsburgh. After a quick search of what neighborhood I was in, I immediately texted my boyfriend at the time, “I know where I want to live – The Marina”.

Happy one year of being the perfect neighborhood for me, Marina District. I love that I can walk to yoga and SoulCycle and run along the water and drink green juice and be a yuppie Marina Girl, eating $20 salads. As one ex-boyfriend doesn’t remember saying, you’re a bubble within a bubble.

Now that I’m done waxing poetic, here are the best links of the week. (Today’s featured photo is a Marina run, just FYI.)

Travel
Asia is my favorite continent out of the four I’ve visited. These Asian cities are must-sees in your lifetime.

I kind of love staying in Airbnbs more than hotels (because then I don’t have to forage for breakfast and have more space) but these fashionable hotels are on my list of places to stay.

Lifestyle
I’ve publically stated my need to be more confident. I loved this podcast with Molly Yeh where she said she even plays the comparison game sometimes. These tips from Camille Styles are also helpful.

I am planning on staying in SF for Thanksgiving this year and throwing a Friendsgiving. Studying up on these tips for how to be the hostess with the mostess.

I crazily enough have a few things I need at Ikea that I have to pick up in the next couple of weeks… I might grab one of the Raskog Kitchen Carts since there are so many uses for it (and it’s only $30!)!

Running and Fitness
Well, it’s official – the Treadmill was actually invented as a torture device. I’m really opening El Nino won’t be a thing so I’m not forced to run indoors. I moved to California for a reason, after all.

I’ve been making more of an effort (okay, except the past two weeks) to stretch/foam roll on a more regular basis. My hammies have been tight so I’ve been doing these hamstring stretches for runners.

Food
One frozen banana… 20 flavors of ice cream.

10 crazy localized Dunkin’ Donuts. I had a choco butternut one in the Philippines once that I am still thinking about six years later.

Chat with me:
Do you remember the first time you visited the place you live? Are there stereotypes about your neighborhood – and do you fit them?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.14

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Mercury is in retrograde again. I just can’t with Mercury. I’m going to assume I’m not getting broken up with this time around since I’m single but I’ve just felt off the past few days. Luckily this weekend I’ll be seeing my girl Davida who is in town.

Anyway, since this is my little space to talk about what’s going on in my life each week, I volunteered with work yesterday at the Boys and Girls Club. I’ve never volunteered there before, either in SF or in Pittsburgh. A kid told me he wanted a burrito and it was the most adorable SF thing I have ever heard.

Here are some of the best links I found this week. Enjoy.

Travel
I’m planning a Lake Tahoe trip soon. Loving this guide from Making Thyme For Health of where to stay, dine and play in Tahoe.

I totally believe everyone should travel solo at least once in their life – you learn a lot about yourself, get to do whatever you want and are forced outside of your comfort zone. These are the best countries to travel solo.

If these places in LA are good enough for Beyonce, you best believe I’m visiting them on my next LA trip.

Lifestyle
People read the last text their ex (or like current hook-up or whatever) ever sent them. They are all pure gold. I have some gems including ones from boys whose new girlfriends were probably asleep next to them.

Kind of obsessed for these New Rules For Dinners With Friends. If we’re at a restaurant and you’re not snapping a photo for Instagram, we all should have our phones put away.

Looking to get the new iPhone next week? I have a time slot reserved… now to see how to score some money for my shattered iPhone 5S.

What your Instagram filter says about you. I’ve been cheating on Lo-Fi or Valencia with all the new filters lately.

Food
Pizza flavored ice cream is a thing now in LA. Why is everything cool food wise in LA right now?

I’m all about using up food. I have this weird thing with wasting it. I think it’s guilt over people in other countries not having enough food. Here’s some ideas for how to use up every food.

Healthy snacks to keep at the office. I have KIND bars in my desk at all times.

Someone please bring me a container of homemade ricotta right now so I can have these pumpkin ricotta pancakes for breakfast.

Chat with me:
What are your feelings on phones at the dinner table? Would you eat pizza flavored ice cream? What’s the best last text you got from an ex? And by best I mean most terrible.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

Making homemade pizza sauce is basically the most Italian thing I’ve ever done, including spending a summer in Italy and having a tomato thrown at me for being a loud, drunk American girl.

Two fun facts about pizza: in Italy, it was originally a poor man’s food because it can be made with staples that are pretty inexpensive (flour, water, tomatoes) and pizza tastes better with uncooked sauce. I decided to test the second statement with this recipe.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

I was craving pizza but have literally eaten one meal at home since coming back to SF on Tuesday so I knew I needed to make some sort of iteration at home. I had a doughy, carb-y lunch (The Rebel Within at Craftsman and Wolves) so I wanted to go with a pretty much carb-less crust. Enter portobello mushrooms.

This is another “clean out the pantry” recipe. I had randomly stocked up on crushed tomatoes and tomato paste over the winter, probably assuming I was going to make chili but um, it’s never really cold enough for chili here.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

So the verdict on uncooked sauce? Definitely into it. It gave a little zest most other jarred varieties lack. Now after a couple days of eating super clean, I’ll be ready to eat a normal crust with the rest of this sauce. Yum.

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]

Portobello Mushroom Pizza with Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce [Gluten Free]
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Serves: 4 mushroom pizzas
Ingredients
Pizzas
  • 4 Portobello Mushroom Caps
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce (recipe below)
  • 2 oz queso fresco (or other cheese of your choice)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp basil
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ crushed red pepper
  • salt + pepper
Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • salt + pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Wash and dry mushrooms, cutting off stems.
  3. Brush mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with a Slipat or aluminum foil and roast for 10 minutes.
  5. While mushrooms are roasting, place all pizza sauce ingredients in a food processor and process for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  6. Remove mushrooms from oven. If any liquid has formed in the cap, carefully pour it off.
  7. Spoon pizza sauce equally among mushrooms.
  8. Place cheese on top of pizza sauce.
  9. Sprinkle basil, oregano, crushed red pepper and salt and pepper evenly on top of cheese.
  10. Place mushrooms back in oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until tops begin to brown and cheese is melted.
  11. Store extra pizza sauce in covered container in refrigerator for up to one week.

If you’re looking for more Meatless Monday recipes, check out the Meatless Monday round-up from Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Chat with me:
Do you prefer to eat out or make a homemade meal? What meals do you make when you have to clean out the pantry?

Now Trending – Best Links Week of 9.7

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This week marked two years of blogging for me and I didn’t even acknowledge it on the blog. I feel like that was a total missed opportunity. Happy second birthday, little blog. I never imagined what the next two years of my life would bring the night I sat down and wrote my first blog post. I’ve made some really amazing friends thanks to this blog, had the opportunity to travel and attend awesome events and so much more.

This week has been crazy busy with being in Pittsburgh, coming back to SF, blog events, dinners with friends and work and life in general. Here are the best links I scrapped up Thursday night for you.

Travel
I would like to think I’m pretty pro at flying. I’m (sadly) mainly loyal to one airline, can sleep most, if not all, of a red-eye and my carry-on is always overflowing with everything I could ever need. Do you have the same habits of savvy flyers?

I’ve had the post-vacation blues all week, even if my vacation was only Pittsburgh. Five days with my family and friends wasn’t nearly enough. Maybe I’ll make a quick getaway with one of these fall travel destinations.

I’ve learned everything I know about myself from traveling. Okay, maybe that is extreme, but I’ve learned a lot from traveling. The Kitchn team talks about what they’ve learned (food-wise) on their travels.

Lifestyle
If you ever mention a movie, chances are I haven’t seen it. I don’t have the patience to sit still for two hours or to actually commit to a movie. Maybe I’ll actually watch one on Netflix with this website to help you find a movie that doesn’t suck.

What ethnicity do you drink like? According to this, I drink like a Bulgarian because I drink ~3 glasses of wine a week, the Chinese because I don’t drink milk or soda, an Equatorial Guinean because I don’t typically drink liquor, an Afghan because I don’t drink beer and an Eritrean because I don’t drink juice. Where does my 20 bottle of San Pellegrino a week land me?

Running and Fitness
Who wants to do this 30-day kettlebell challenge with me?

I need to get back on the strength training train (pun not intended). I was doing 15 minutes at least 3-4 times a week until this past week which isn’t a lot, but is an improvement on 0 minutes 7 days a week. Erin’s Bicep Burner Workout looks like a good way to get back into it.

Oh, just as I mention 15 minute core workouts… here’s a great one from Pumps and Iron.

Food
These grain free naan are making me want to buy cassava flour like, right now.

The days are getting shorter… which means you can sleep in longer, right? Prep these make ahead breakfasts perfect for fall on the weekend and hit snooze without having to sacrifice breakfast.

Are State Fairs anything other than redneck, no matter what state you’re in? These state fair foods look like insanity and 5,000 calories each.

Um, so I want these paleo funnel cakes like right now.

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Chat with me:
Which of those state fair foods look amazing to you? When was the last time you were at a state fair – and what did you eat? Any travel plans for fall?