Sweet P for a Sweet Me!

Hello broccoli fans! How are you?

I am fantastic, thanks for asking! πŸ˜‰

Wanna know why I’m fantastic? I finally made it through this week and now I have 6 days off! Count them: one…two…three…four…five…SIX!!! Whoo-hoo!

Last week, I started realizing that I’ve been getting overwhelmed a lot lately. I almost feel like I never got a break after the holidays. The days just keep coming and going dragging me along the way.

It is not uncommon for my co-workers and I to take advantage of our scheduled 3-day weekends and ask off for Monday. Last week, I asked my boss if it would be okay to schedule myself a little mini vacay and have Friday-Wednesday off. He had no problem approving it, in fact he is going to do the same thing for himself the week after I get back!

So here I am, looking forward to the next six days being filled with all the stuff I want to do WHEN I want to do it! I’m going to try my best not to overfill my schedule (I have a bad habit of doing that with days off), but there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to:

  • Taking after Ashley and Heather and making my own lightbox
  • Playing with said lightbox
  • Trying my hand at bread baking! Eek! (I’ve been drooling over Allie’s creations for over a week!)
  • Finishing up my book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Trying out some of the recipes from my ever-growing bookmark list
  • Visiting some friends and family
  • Spending more time with my man Tiger-he has been so neglected these past few weeks! 😦

How could you not love this sweet little face??

As I said, I’ve felt pretty rushed and overwhelmed lately, so breakfast this morning was a fast one!

Cereal mix bowl: 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean, 1/4 cup Quaker Oat Squares, 1/4 cup Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins, 1 spoonful of almond buttah, raspberries, and unsweetened shredded coconut with 1/2 cup of plain low-fat kefir poured over top.

Plus 2 mandarin oranges and a cup of coffee sprinkled with cinnamon!

I really had a hard time deciding what to eat for dinner. I was totally craving a sweet potato but I had some whole wheat pizza crust that really needed to be used up. Remember when I said I’m bad at decision-making? Well, instead of choosing one or the other, I decided to combine them and make Sweet Potato Pizza!

Sweet Potato Pizza with PB & Cinnamon Sauce: (serves 2)

  • 1/2 whole wheat pizza crust, pre-baked (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese whipped*
  • Small handful of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 baked or roasted sweet potato cut into slices
  • Peanut butter flour + water to equal desired consistency**
  • Cinnamon

*If you have never tried whipped cottage cheese before, you are in for a treat! Blend 1/4 cup of cottage cheese in a blender (or Magic Bullet) until smooth. It doubles in size and has the consistency of a great Greek yogurt!

**I used TJ’s peanut butter flour because I was all out of regular PB, but you could just thin out your peanut butter with water instead.

I baked my pizza in a 425 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes and then low broil for a few minutes. I was trying to blacken the baked sweet potato slices a bit, but it didn’t work. Still good as it was but I think next time I will roast the spud first for a different texture!

I topped my Sweet P Pizza with unsweetened shredded coconut and served it alongside some raw cranberry relish mix with pom arils.

One of the best un-decisions I’ve ever made! Once I thought of using the sweet potato for pizza, choosing the ingredients was easy. I just went with my top favorite toppings for my baked sweet potatoes! Now I’m thinking of savory approach with hummus, sunflower butter and nooch! Mmm!

Well, guess I’m off to bed to dream about my mini-vacay! Whoo-hoo for sleeping in tomorrow!

How are all of you guys adjusting to the post holiday season? Are you going with the flow and feeling fine (and enjoying my alliteration) or do you feel like your being drug through the days mentally present or not?

Do you ever take time off from work to just relax and clear your mind?

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23 Responses to Sweet P for a Sweet Me!

  1. I love your pizza tremendously! And your kitty is definitely precious!

  2. Your sweet potato pizza looks divine girlfriend! I have to try that!
    I wish you could just send food through interent and get it like an email! But it would be food-mail!

    I am quite jealous you get SIX days off. I wish I could take 6 days of school off to clear my head! HAHA.

  3. your PIZZA IS INSANE OH MY GOSH!

  4. That is one beautiful pizza Heather! I love the toppings, and I think a savory one would be good too, although I really love the idea of coconut and peanut sauce.

    I’m usually not a fan of January and February, but I’ve been so busy since the holidays, I really haven’t had much time to think about it. So, just going with the flow and trying to enjoy every minute.

    Enjoy your mini-vacay and have fun with your light box. πŸ™‚

  5. lindsay says:

    i really need to come visit you. YOur creations are just beautiful and delicious! I hope you get rest some and feel stress free with your days off friend.
    LC

  6. Little Bookworm says:

    That pizza definitely looks different. Never heard of a sweet pizza before! Enjoy your mini break! πŸ™‚

  7. Jen says:

    Enjoy your time off!!!! Have fun with the lightbox πŸ™‚

    Jen

  8. Kayla says:

    Sweet potato pizza, I really gotta try that! πŸ™‚

    Tiger is adorable!!

  9. Your sweet potato pizza looks divine =) I need to find some organic ones STAT!

    I’m a sucker for a good kitty photo too — in LOVE! ❀ ooh! and I made a lightbox a few weeks ago – Highly recommended it. I use mine daily

  10. So glad you are taking some time off! Sounds like you are really going to enjoy it!

    Winter isn’t my favorite time of year so it’s not so much “go with the flow” but at the same time, I can’t take vacation right now because I’d probably go nuts with cabin fever. Totally different story in the summer when I can lay by the pool for a week. πŸ˜‰

  11. That is probably the most delicious pizza I’ve ever seen. I need to make that NOW!

  12. Love me some sweet p’s!
    Great idea, girl!
    Sweet Potato+PB = Pizza
    The most delicious equation I’ve ever seen πŸ™‚

  13. Janine Powers says:

    Hi Heather! That is a very good pic of Tiger…tell him “granny” misses him! Sweet potato pizza huh? Very creative!
    I was wondering…what is a lightbox?!!

    • Hey Mama! A lightbox is a box that helps you to “fake” daylight for pics taken indoors in yellow lighting. I’m working on it now! I’ll send you a pic when I’m finished!

  14. Katherine: Unemployed says:

    oh yum; the combo was a genius idea!

  15. Megan says:

    I have never thought about Sweet Potato Pizza before! It looks yummy though! I was curious how I would go about making it dairy free? Could I use Coconut yogurt instead of cottage cheese? Also, where do you find peanut butter flour?

    • I would think that would work ok or you could use goat cheese if your son can tolerate it. It would also be good with regular peanut butter as well! I found the peanut flour at Trader Joe’s, it sells for about $3 for a vacuumed pressed bag that lasts quite a while.

  16. ohshineon says:

    Sweet deal… I would have never thought of this but I’m diggin’ it. Truly.

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