Thursday, February 6, 2014

Easy Eggplant "Pizza" Salad

From start to finish, dinner tonight took 15 minutes.  I suppose you could say that's inaccurate, because the pesto and hummus were already made.  However, that doesn't detract from the fact that this was simple and delicious!

When I'm preparing eggplant, I usually peel it, cut it into rounds, salt it, and press the water out of it.  I skipped all that tonight, and dinner still turned out great.  Eggplant is a little more bitter if you skip these early steps, but I don't mind...especially when you put a ton of vegan pesto on top.

When I got done with my run last night, I had a light dinner and went to bed.  Unfortunately, this made me a hungry rage monster all day.  I have got to make a recovery shake (protein and a nut milk) after I run for over an hour.  I got really tired, cranky and hungry towards the end of the day, so when I got home, I had to make something fast.

I tried to fuel like normal, but it just didn't do it for me today.

Breakfast:  2 scoops chocolate protein powder + 1/2 cup blueberries + 2 cups spinach + 1 tbs chia seeds (blended with coconut milk)

Lunch:  1 scoop vanilla protein powder + 1/2 cup carrots + 2 cups spinach (blended with water) AND my almond/arbonne chew snack.  I was hungry.

I had aspirations of going to intermediate/advanced yoga tonight, but my lack of proper post-workout fueling last night kind of wrecked me.  I was really tired.  So, I headed home and cooked up dinner.

This meal is so simple, I wouldn't really say you need to follow a recipe.  Simply heat up a pan, add a teeny bit of olive oil, throw in several eggplant rounds, and let them saute for a few minutes.  I squeezed half a lime on them midway through.  I cooked them until they had a nice color on each side, then I put pesto on top and let them sit in the pan for a few more minutes.  I had anticipated baking this in the oven and making them look more like pizzas, but the hungry monster took over, and I had to figure out how to get them in my mouth as quickly as possible.

I had them along side a simple salad and a big dollop of hummus.  It turned out to be a really delicious dinner.  Fresh food is so beautiful!

Dinner was good, but it didn't quite hit the spot for me.  I was craving something sweet.  So, I did something I don't usually do... I made dessert.  It was a simple smoothie (2 scoops cho protein, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbs almond butter, 1/3 cup frozen raspberries), and I was finally satisfied.

I've got my smoothies made up for tomorrow, and believe me, they are protein PACKED.  I'm going to attempt yoga + a 5 mile run tomorrow.  Wish me luck!


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