Dessert/ Dinner

Chick-Un Out

Man, exhaustion hit me like a BRICK this afternoon! Fridays are always the hardest because I stay up later and therefore sometimes am awake for 20 hours! No one should stay awake for 20 hours. Criminal. And I always feel bad because Ryan will come home from work and want to hang out at “normal hours” (evening hours!) and I will just fall asleep. I guess its just the nature of the job. At least I get weekends off! I am the only one working there that gets both Saturday and Sundays off and that makes all the difference in the world because I can actually associate myself with other humans rather than just my stuffed rabbit in my bed.

Anyways! This afternoon was a JOY because I got a surprise phone call from Laura Ingalls herself, Polly!!! Her bubbly and cheerful voice totally made my afternoon and I just know that if we lived in the same city (same time zone?!) we would be best of friends. I also got to catch up with good friend, Chrissy (the one that won my oatmeal bread!), and it was so good to hear her voice rather than just read her words. What would we do without girlfriends, seriously?!

I did a lot of little grocery shopping this afternoon. I just got the usual—OATS (because I have eaten an entire cannister again this week!), ALMOND BUTTER (because I have almost eaten an entire jar by myself this week!), kashi waffles, yams and a plethora of yogurts.


Nothing terribly exciting. I did, however, pick up this new product, which after I saw Gina and her friend Megan guzzle at lunch last weekend, I knew I must try.


These coconut waters were buy one get one free! Let’s hope I like it! Coconut water is super high in potassium and electrolytes and I think I’m going to bring a water bottle filled with it to my race tomorrow!

For a post-grocery store snack (going to the store always makes me hungry!), I had a plain oikos with a little less than a half cup of Zoe’s honey almond granola


This snack was actually so filling that I wasn’t hungry for dinner! Oops! My body isn’t used to eating afternoon snacks anymore because of my schedule (I eat SUCH an early din-din!) and this felt huge to me. After I ate I tried to take a nap but failed miserably so I just took a super long hot shower. I wish I could nap…..especially on Friday afternoons 🙁

Despite not feeling hungry for dinner, I knew I needed something and that something needed to be tasty and healthy because I have my big race in the morning!! Ryan did end up working late at the office so I was on my own. I decided to take the opportunity to make a recipe from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan that I had always stared at and pondered over: Thai Chick-Un Pizza!


Okay. So I had my doubts.

Major doubts. I’m just not used to combining peanut butter with ketchup in the Vita-Mix, okay?! It looked awful and I actually braced myself as I taste tested it but……………..IT WAS GOOD! Not just good actually, it was freakin’ awesome! The sauce, which consisted of peanut butter, ketchup, tamari, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, hot pepper flakes and a splash of milk, turned out to be a velvety spread of love. I liberally spread it on my pizza crust—–


And then topped it with thinly sliced red peppers, fresh chopped pineapple and the rest of the morningstar farms “chicken” strips that I wasn’t too thrilled about last week. Turned out this pizza might be their calling in life! It rocked!

First slice:


Second slice:


Deliciously messy—


I also had a small salad made with romaine and red onion and drizzled with Annie’s balsamic vin.


And THEN, even though I was stuffed, I still drove over and got me some d’lites! I have seriously been craving it ALL WEEK and knew if I didn’t get it now, I would probably have to wait another week. The time was right. I was there. I got a medium butterfinger with oreos!



I’m just gonna say it—I find it a litttttttle hard to believe that this HUGE BOWL only had about 150 calories…(well more like 200 probably with the oreos). It was enormous. In fact, it was TOO big and I only ate half and threw the rest away! I never do that! Especially not with good stuff like this….that just tells you just how large this tub o ice cream was. I really should have just gotten the small. Oh well. At least I ate all the oreos off the top.

I’m getting in my pjs. Sigh. Soooo tired right now. I have to be at Greenwise at 8 am to meet all the other runners (there are 12 of us store associates that are running tomorrow) and then we are all walking over to the race together. The actual race is at 9:30! I am going to give the camera to Ryan and instruct him to take tons of blog pictures, don’t worry!

And since there has been some interest in the subject………………..FYI

Sweet potatoes have a light orange or yellow flesh and are very sweet. A real African yam is often larger, less sweet, starchier, and has a more vibrant color. Yams are actually related to lilies (who would have thought?!) and certain grasses, whereas a sweet potato hails from the morning glory family and is more closely related to other potatoes. Garnet yams (the type I am addicted to) are actually sweet potatoes, not yams, and have been considered to have the sweetest taste and brightest color of all the different types. The average garnet yam has 130 calories in it, zero grams of fat and two grams of protein. Most “true yams” will not be found at the grocery store, but will rather be found in small Caribbean or Asian markets…..or in other countries! Check out this cool website I found for sweet tater lovers like myself! =)

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  • VeggieGirl
    February 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hooray for dear Polly and for SWEET POTATOES!! 😀

  • Erin
    February 27, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    That sauce sounds crazy, but the pizza looks amazing!!
    As does your dessert!

  • faith
    February 27, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Yeah you found “GODDESS WATER”!!! thats what i always called coconut water. i used to have major electrolyte problems and let me tell you when i was really dehydrated i’d drink that stuff and i could literally feel it go through my body all the way down to my toes and be revitalized :p there are some different brands out there that are a bit cheaper though to find ONE on sale is a true blessing!! good luck with your race!!

  • junghwa
    February 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    GOOD LUCK with race tomorrow!!!

  • caitlin
    February 27, 2009 at 7:59 pm


  • Becca A
    February 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Best of luck tomorrow!

  • Emily
    February 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I love Maranatha Almond butter!
    Good luck with your race tomorrow, Jenna!

  • Courtney
    February 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    GOOD LUCK!!! You will do great!!!

  • Meg
    February 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Girlfriends rock! That pizza looks fabulous!

  • Alyssa
    February 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Good luck! You will be awesome, you know it!

  • Adi
    February 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    thanks for the yam/sweet potato info!
    good luck tomorrow!

  • Natalie
    February 27, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Love that almond butter brand, and I’ll definitely be trying that ED&BV recipe!

    Good luck with the race!!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 27, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Good luck in your race…you will rock it!

    Thanks for inspiring me with those Chik’n strips. Pizza, I can do!

    Ya should’ve given me that yogurt, I woulda eaten it 😉

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 27, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    OK that pizza looks both bizarre and delicious…is that possible?

  • Michelle Hisae
    February 27, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Good luck in your race tomorrow! Finish strong!

  • brandi
    February 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!!!

    Maranatha is what I use, too 🙂

    I need some d’lites here!

  • Matt
    February 27, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Sharon
    February 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Hope all goes well! And oh my goodness, love almond butter! Maranatha is my favorite almond butter brand, and is what I always buy!!

  • FoodsThatFit
    February 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Have a fun time tomorrow, you will do great! The pizza looks fabulous! I also wouldn’t have thought that PB and ketchup went together, but hey here’s to trying new things!

  • joyful
    February 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Good luck at the race!

  • Chrissy
    February 27, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    SO much fun chatting today 🙂 Thanks for the shout-out! haha! Good luck in your race tomorrow! When it gets hard just picture relaxing on South Beach on MV 🙂 sighhhhhhh!

  • Victoria
    February 27, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the tuber info! Good luck with your race tomorrow! Hope you have a good time!

  • Shelby
    February 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    I MUST make that pizza now!!!!

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • rebecca (unintuitiveeating)
    February 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    ooh you buy the same almond butter as i do. maranatha’s no stir crunchy is the best!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    February 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Good luck!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    February 27, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    D’lite sounds outrageously good! and that pizza, well I love pb and ketchup, so why not together? lol. GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!!!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    February 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Best of luck with your race tomorrow Jenna. Sending speedy thoughts your way in the AM.

    I’ve had that pizza recipe bookmarked forever, and now I really want to try it. You made it sound delicious.

    Glad you got in some Polly time. 🙂

    Happy weekend my friend.

  • *Andrea*
    February 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    it amazes me how fro-yo can be so low-cal and soooooo delicious, better than ice cream sometimes! i love pinkberry and those types with fruit toppings…so yummy! your work schedule sounds super intense – i’m glad you have a great network of gals to keep you sane 😉 my mom is a night nurse and works 14 hr shifts sometimes 3 or 4 days in a row – i could never do that!!

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    February 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of the coconut water, I have been so curious.

    Good luck!

  • the Clean Veggie
    February 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    20 hours thats crazy!
    good luck with the race 🙂 your eats look awesome!

  • Caroline
    February 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Ooh! I can’t wait to hear what you think about the coconut water. I hear such great things about it, and I love anything coconut flavored…I think the coconut water is a little healthier than my Samoas fix:)
    ED&BV is my favorite cookbook, and I have made that recipe several times–I LOVE it!
    That D’Lite dish looks pretty decadent–good for you for listening to your body though!

  • eatavegan
    February 28, 2009 at 2:21 am

    I swear by that thai sauce recipe! It’s so easy and goes well on everything — my favorite is just to have it on sauteed veggies (it is so good on broccoli)! I’ve used it as a pizza sauce before too, and if you make it a little thinner it’s the best salad dressing ever — perfect for us peanut butter loving girls!

  • Leah
    February 28, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Good luck with your race!!! I’m sure you’ll do great.

  • Susan
    February 28, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Ugh, I feel you on the being awake for 20 hours thing! I’m up at 4am one day a week, and my boyfriend always convinces me to stay up late with him. It’s like the day that never ends!! 😛

    Good luck with the race! I didn’t know coconut water was so good for you!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    February 28, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I was on South Beach today and I saw a D’lites and totally wanted some after reading your blog! But it’s been so long since I’ve had dairy I think I would have been super sick 🙁 I wonder if taking a lactaid tablet would help if I decided to “cheat” with my veganism?

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