No beans, no problem – No-Cheese Cheeze Sauce saves the day

Temperature: Sunday was humid – unnecessarily so. Tonight’s weather was pretty decent – here’s hoping that it will continue to cool down between now and Saturday’s tune-up race!

Distance run/type:

  • (Sun Aug 15) 30 min tempo pace run + 6k warm up/cool down
  • (Tues Aug 17) 30 min race pace run + 3k warm up/cool down

Clothes: Various pairs of Adidas shorts & pants, various Adidas shirts & Lululemon tops, Asics 2150s.

Feeling: Sunday was tough – the weather and the distance both took a lot out of me. Mercifully, tonight’s weather was much cooler than last week – there was even a bit of a breeze, and we went on a scavenger hunt around Mount Pleasant cemetery which made the run fly by.

100 Push Ups Challenge

After barely making it to 50 push-ups during my second post Week 5 exhaustion test, I decided that I wasn’t where I wanted to be in the program. I always find it difficult to admit that I’m not able to do something, especially when I set my mind to doing it but if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s to listen to my body’s limitations. As I progress along the marathon training in this stifling heat, I’m feeling increasingly more worn out by the end of the day. It feels like there’s never a good time to do any type of strength training that doesn’t involve moving my legs and fighting the terrain and heat.

As much as I’d like to admit that I can handle the increasing number of push ups, my body is clearly telling me to take a step back and rest. As a result, I decided to repeat Week 5 and try building a little more strength before tackling Week 6, and eventually 100 consecutive push-ups. Wish me luck!

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With my self-imposed grocery store hiatus clearly over, I’ve been really putting forth as much effort as possible to eat at home. In theory, this wouldn’t be so difficult since I obviously love to cook, but with a crazy schedule that often leaves me with less than a couple of hours each day to myself, it has been quite the challenge.

I was definitely off to a good start with Saturday’s oatmeal and yogurt banana pancakes (adapted from this recipe but with half spelt flour and half rolled oats oatmeal). What is it about bananas in pancakes that instantly transforms them from an average bread disc to a moist mini cake?

Didn’t even need a drop of syrup.

Sunday’s post-run brunch – a grilled cheese and pickle sandwich (sounds weird but it was delicious!) and a mountain of stir-fried veggies topped with mustard.

Yesterday, I came home craving a tortilla pizza but ran into a slight problem – without hummus or cheese, I almost threw my hands in the air and decided it wasn’t going to happen without some delicious humnut sauce.

Until I took a second look at my fridge and cupboards, threw a bunch of ingredients together and came up with a delicious hummus-free “cheese” sauce. Problem solved!

Pizza and salad on a Monday night? Yes please!

Nachos at home with “salsa-fied” onion, broccoli, red peppers and ground turkey with homemade guacamole and “cheese sauce” on a Tuesday night? I think I just died and went to foodie heaven.

These nachos were unbelievable. I would eat an entire plate again right now if I could. I insist you give the pub-style nachos a rest and give these a try immediately.

First you start off by mixing together a mean guacamole (note, in the absence of garlic do not fear – a few dashes of garlic powder will suffice – and in the worst case scenario, it will still be delicious without it).

Then saute your favourite vegetables (broccoli, red onion, red pepper, mushrooms) together with ground turkey, salsa and garlic hot pepper sauce.

Arrange your favourite tortilla chips onto a large dinner plate (don’t kid yourself, a small or medium sized plate isn’t going to cut it here).

Top with your “salsa-fied” vegetable and turkey mix and guacamole.

Layer on the cheese sauce, and top with green onion.

Best post-run dinner ever.

Just for the record – the toppings taste heavenly on Mary’s Crackers too. 😉

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Alison’s No-Cheese Cheeze Sauce

Note: all ingredient measures are approximate!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp soy milk (any type of milk will do)
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • few dashes of the following (to taste):
    • turmeric powder
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
    • black pepper
    • paprika
    • cayenne pepper (for a kick!)
    • sea salt

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl or cup, mix together soy milk and corn starch. Stir and allow the two to combine.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients – all measures are approximate – add as much or little of anything as you like.
  3. Use in place of regular cheese or cheese sauce and enjoy!
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4 thoughts on “No beans, no problem – No-Cheese Cheeze Sauce saves the day”

  1. Lurrrve your pancakes–when you cut through the stack it looks like it’s made entirely out of bananas! And YOUR favorite vegetables are MY favorite vegetables! I’ve never strayed away from the humnut combo, but your cheeze sauce sounds like it’d be great in all the wraps I eat 😀

    1. Yeah who doesn’t love those veggies? 🙂 While the humnut sauce is still high up on my list, the cheeze sauce has turned out to be a pretty decent substitute. I am already craving it and will probably have it for tomorrow’s dinner. Quesadilla, perhaps? 🙂

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