Pizza, pumpkin yogurt, red kidney beans, cauliflower rice, and overnight oats

7:50 AM (at the gym):

Resistance training at the gym: 3 sets, 15 reps of each:

  • back extension (15lb barbell in each hand, 20 reps)
  • leg press (275 lbs)
  • leg extension (60 lbs)
  • hip adductor (100 lbs)
  • hip abductor (70 lbs)
  • lunges (20 reps, 3 sets, each side)


Have you ever had one of those mornings where you’ve turned on your radio, fully intending to wake up, drift back to sleep and have strange dreams that parallel whatever’s happening on the radio? Well, that was how my morning started. Since I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday, my plan was to go this morning, so I was glad to have my Pumpkin Espresso breakfast cookie waiting for me in the fridge. I was in such a rush, that I devoured it in less than 5 minutes so that I could get ready and head to the gym.

When I got to work, I refueled with a chocolate protein shake. I also forgot to bring my reusable mug, so I picked up a coffee from Tim Hortons – medium with milk, no sugar really isn’t so bad anymore.

We had a lunch and learn session in the boardroom today, so pizza was ordered and my coworker who just came back from Japan brought more sweet desserts for everybody. I ate one slice of chicken pizza (pictured below), and then grabbed two more slices after the presentation to my desk. I made it through one slice worth of pizza (mostly the chicken one, I found the pepperoni one way too salty) before I had to stop because I was so full. Mmmm, pizza. I don’t ever order it on my own, and I often can’t be bothered to make it myself (it always takes longer than you think it will to make!), so I’m always excited to get pizza when it’s available. 🙂

A few hours later, I was in the mood for something sweet and the last of my green grapes stash did the trick.

I also snacked on some baby cucumbers and baby carrots.

This morning, I decided to make some pumpkin yogurt via Caitlin’s recipe, where I combined 1/4 c pumpkin, 1 / 4 c greek yogurt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a tiny bit of organic honey. Delicious!

After work, I met with some friends for dinner in Little Italy. I wasn’t terribly hungry, but the menu options were limited so I ended up settling on a roasted red pepper, zucchini, and goat cheese mix rolled with warm, baked pizza dough. It was massive, but delicious. I  only ate about half of the rolled up pizza dough but thoroughly enjoyed all of the veggies within the rolled “sandwich”. I also enjoyed a nice glass of Chardonnay. It was Friday, afterall!

After dinner, we walked to a nearby dessert place and all got some gelato to enjoy. I got an almond flavoured one, and a hazelnut flavour with Fererro Rocher in it. Mmmmmmm…..

When I got home, I finished prepping my kidney beans. The entire process of preparing raw beans takes a long time, but I think it will be worth it to enjoy cooked beans without all of the stuff that comes along with them if you use canned ones.

Method: Cooking Dried Kidney Beans

  1. Soak beans overnight in water (about 3:1 ratio of water to beans)
  2. Bring water (or broth) to a boil in a large pot (again, about 3:1 liquid to beans). Add soaked kidney beans, and simmer (covered) for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Note: I read a few warnings online about how cooking kidney beans improperly can lead to getting really sick – so I may have over cooked these, but I decided that it was better to play it safe. Since I don’t carry broth in my kitchen, I threw in some seaweed in my water while it was boiling to add some flavour to the water and  beans. I also think smaller beans would be cooked in less time – but again, I wanted to play it safe with these beans.

I also grated an entire head of cauliflower to make cauliflower rice. I’m excited to try my “rice” in a few recipes tomorrow, once I decide exactly what to do with them!

And lastly, I decided that it was time to experiment with my own version of overnight oats. After browsing several blogs / recipes online to find one that really caught my eye, I settled on this one for its simplicity and the fact that I happened to have all of the suggested ingredients. In the end, I mixed together:

  • 1/3 c rolled oats
  • 1/3 c greek yogurt
  • 1/3 light soy milk
  • lots of cinnamon,
  • 1/2 smashed banana

I’m excited to see how it will turn out tomorrow!

And that’s all for today. Good night, everyone!

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10 thoughts on “Pizza, pumpkin yogurt, red kidney beans, cauliflower rice, and overnight oats”

  1. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times: we must be twins.
    I also indulged in pizza and ICE CREAM for the first time in a LOOOONG time. Soooo yummy!!!
    I must admit, I do feel strange now though; time to feel like myself and give my body good things today!

    1. Isn’t it funny how your body complains and punishes you after you’ve “gone astray”? But I don’t regret it at all! In fact, I’m already planning another pizza meal soon – this time made by me though!

  2. Hi Alison, I want to try the Overnight Oats. Do you put your bowl of oats etc in the fridge or outside? Thanks.

    1. Hi Cecilia,

      Once I mix everything together for the Overnight Oats, I put some plastic wrap over it and leave it overnight in the fridge. If you do make them, let me know how you like it!


  3. I tried it this morning and surprisingly it was very acceptable, I even liked it! It is definitely filling and wholesome.
    I say this because I have seen other people take the raw roll oats and often wonder how they can handle this crunchy and uncooked cereal! Not me.
    Before I saw your response, I have already got all the ingredients, so I could not wait and used my common sense to put the bowl of oats in the fridge. Just so you know, I could not use the greek yogart as it has garlic in it. Instead I used the ACTIVIA blueberry yogart. You see, it has probiotic bacteria. Then for flaxseed meal, instead of using the ready made one, I bought the flaxseed and ground up 1/2 tsp just before I used it. Apparently, this is fresh and better.
    Thanks a bunch, Alison. Your blog has won me over. I am able to eat raw food as my breakfast.

    1. You’re very welcome, Cecilia! Since my ND has recommended that I have 1 tbsp of flaxseed a day, I purchased the meal mostly as a time-saver in the morning. I was wondering yesterday if adding flaxseed could be a substitute for chia seeds so I tried a soy milk+flaxseed meal combo this morning and it worked perfectly! All types of yogurt would work in this oatmeal – I’ve often used Liberte coffee-flavoured yogurt as well!

  4. I’m tempted to try the overnight oatmeal with my favorite ingredients for my regular hot oatmeals:
    roll oats/Liberte plain natural yogurt/flaxseed/dehydrated blueberry/walnut/milk, I may add honey if it is too plain

    will let you know how I like/hate it.

    1. Sounds delicious! I’ve used Liberte a lot (although the organic kind) and it’s very tasty. I would recommend adding the walnuts the next morning though, to keep them crunchy. I hope you like it!

  5. I fell in love with the overnight oatmeal. I used to make hot oatmeal in the morning and add my favourite nuts and dry fruits. I thought it was the most wholesale and comfort food until I tried the cold overnight oatmeal. It is so easy to prepare and so delicious!! Thanks Alison. It could be addictive!

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