Garlic Pizza. Vegan. Easy.

Whenever there is a big sporting event on television, like, say, the Superbowl, I enjoy creating a meal of vegan “football” food, even it is just Alan and me at home to enjoy it.  While I wouldn’t exactly call it healthy, at least there is no animal fat or cholesterol. And, hey, it’s a holiday, right?

Garlic pizza - vegan

#Vegan Superbowl: Spicy Buffalo “Wings,” Mandarin Orange “Chicken,” Potato Skins, Vegan Garlic Dressing. Oh, and my veggies too!

My meal plan for the day included potato skins, spicy Buffalo “wings,” and Mandarin orange “chicken” nuggets. Oh, and I didn’t skip the vegetables. Raw carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli with a little ranch dressing for dipping. And pizza! Nothing like vegan pizza on game day.

There is only so much room in the belly, though. Because we were at home, we didn’t have a spread of appetizers to nibble on all day. Instead, the meal that you see above was for dinner. And I knew that as much as I love pizza, it would have just been too much.

So, that meant we got have pizza for dinner the next day! I decided to try something a little different and skip the regular pizza sauce. Instead I used olive oil infused with a lot of garlic and fresh slices of tomato. Add mushrooms and carmelized onions, I have to say… It. Was. Great!

garlic pizza


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Garlic Pizza. Vegan. Easy.
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Easy and fast, this delicious vegan pizza uses olive oil infused with garlic and sliced tomatoes instead of pizza sauce.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American/Italian
Serves: 4
  • Pizza Crust - I used Trader Joes crust. You can make your own if you like.
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅛ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup vegan cheese (I used Daiya mozzarella)
  • ¾ cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Carmelize the onions in the olive oil. This takes about 45 minutes, so do it first. Find great instructions for carmelizing onions here.
  2. Add the minced garlic and salt to the ⅛ cup olive oil and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven (and pizza stone if you use one) to 450 degrees
  4. Roll out the crust to your desired thickness (flour the board first)
  5. Take the pre-heated pizza stone out of the oven and transfer the pizza crust to it.
  6. Spoon the garlic oil onto the crust and spread evenly over the crust.
  7. Spread the sliced tomatoes over the oil.
  8. Add the "cheese," spreading it evenly over the pizza
  9. Add the mushrooms and top with the carmelized onions
  10. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

 garlic pizza

So as 49er fans, Alan and I were disappointed in the outcome of the game. I was also disappointed in the commercials. With the exception of a few (God made farmers was awesome), I thought they were too violent, yet still bland, and in some cases just gross. As I read on another blog, when did it become uncomfortable to watch the Superbowl with younger kids in the room? Anyway, if you know me, you can probably guess my favorite commercial. And if you can’t guess, just watch it.

So, if you watched the Superbowl, what did you snack on? Did you have a favorite commercial?

Weekly Training Recap: La Jolla Half Marathon Week 2

I’m happy to say that my second week of training has gone well. I did all my workouts, and even though my total mileage was about the same (23.5 miles), I increased my long run as scheduled. I did switch it to Saturday again, mostly because we got such a late start that I knew I wouldn’t make my yoga class. So, I figured that by adding two more miles, I could run shorter on Sunday, get an earlier start, and make it to yoga.

Strength Training

My strength workouts were again classes that I taught, but they were challenging enough to count. I will get back in the gym at some point, but in the meantime, I’m happy with my two Fast & Furious classes, and my two Superball classes. Check out a couple of the workouts and you’ll see why:

Training recap

Superball Workout


Yoga is an important part of my training, even though I only schedule two classes a week. Not only does it make me stronger, more flexible, and balanced, it calms my mind. Because of my time schedule, I’m happy if I do one workout at home, and one at my yoga studio. This week I did a 30 power yoga audio on Wednesday. I love the audios from . The instruction is excellent, there are so many choices, from beginner to advanced, from 10 minutes to 90 minutes. They have videos to download too, if that is your preference. (note: I am an affiliate, and would make a few cents if you ordered through the above link. But, I really do think it is a great way to practice yoga at home.)

Today after my run I went to a Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga Central, the studio owned by my friend April. Though April doesn’t teach on Sunday, Marysia is an excellent teacher and today led us through an Ashtanga-like practice. It was different and fun (and challenging). A 90 minute yoga class that starts an hour after finishing a six mile run is tough, and sometimes I wondered if I’d make it. But, I did and feel stronger for the challenge.

training recap

Me, after a six mile run and 90 minute yoga class = pooped


I was really pleased with my running this week. My total mileage only increased by a half mile, but I felt stronger and faster already. My tempo run was great. I ran 6 miles total. After warming up for a mile, I did six half mile intervals at about 85-90% of my heart rate max. That turned out to be between 8:50 and 9 minute miles (with the exception of one downhill interval at 8:16). Next week I’ll change it up a little (be sure to read next week to see how).

I ran eight miles for my long run this week.  As I mentioned above, we got started late on Saturday, so there was no chance of making it to yoga. I figured if I completed the long run, I would do a shorter run on Sunday, and make it to yoga. I’ll admit, eight miles was a little tough. It’s been a while since I’ve run that far. Plus, it was pretty warm, in the 70s, after weeks of running in the 40s and 50s (and one memorable run in the 20s!). In fact, I ended up taking off my long sleeved running top and just running in my sports bra, something I haven’t felt comfortable with for a few years. Silly, I know, who really cares, and I was a lot more physically comfortable without the extra clothing.

training recap

I ran 6.3 miles on Sunday, which was tough on tired legs, but I got it done. I ran with Alan and we stayed on the roads, so the time was respectable too, under a 10 minute pace. We got home about 8:00, so I had a half hour to change, eat, and recover a little before heading off to yoga. I think the hardest part is changing into yoga clothing while still damp from sweat.

One of my concerns about half marathon training and increasing my mileage has been my chronic plantar fasciitis. Well, so far, so good. It is there, that is true, but seems stable. I’m pretty sure my 3D Soles are responsible for that. I always wear them when I run, and they keep my feet supported and cushioned. By the way, the good folks at 3D Soles are offering a 15% discount for my readers. Just use the discount code “laquinta” at checkout. (note: While I received a free pair of 3D soles before I reviewed them last year, I receive no other compensation.)

The complete training recap with notes:

Weekly Recap

So, it is halftime at the Superbowl, the 49ers are currently getting their butts kicked, and it time for me to prepare some vegan Super Bowl food. Pizza, spicy & sweet “chicken” wings, potato skins. Maybe they’re not exactly healthy, but hey, the Super Bowl just comes once a year, right?

training recap

My fridge, stocked for the Superbowl.

So, next week is the Palm Springs Half Marathon, which I’m not running but Alan is announcing. My decision for the week is whether to do my long run (eight miles again) on Saturday, and run the 5k on Sunday, or stay with the schedule and do my long run out on the race course while Alan is working. What would you do?

Training recap

Thank you, power failure. We’re looking much better. So Alan and I were able to enjoy our “Superbowl” food. #vegan “wings,” potato skins, and veggies of course.

How is your training going? Did your team win the Superbowl?