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HEAB Goes Veggieless

March 31, 2010

Ever have those days where you barely get in one vegetable? Um, yeah, I NEVER do. I practically live on vegetables, but yesterday, all I wanted was bread. Usually I fight it, but yesterday, I just went with it. I recently watched Iron Man (Have you seen it? Entertaining.), and in one scene, Robert Downey Jr. is eating New York style pizza. I couldn’t get thin crust pizza out of my head, and so I made some, Mama Pea style.


I cut one pita pocket in half and covered it in tomato paste mixed with Italian seasonings, a few drops of water, and Beaver’s Sweet Hot Mustard. Toppings were Mae’s pizza cheese and some of my apricot glazed baked chicken minus the crunchy topping. P.S. For a vegan version, check out one of Mama Pea’s beautiful creations. I then threw my pizza in a 375° oven until all warm and toasty. This totally hit the spot. I love using doctored up tomato paste as my pizza sauce. Another Mae inspiration.

For dinner, I grilled CD some grass fed finished burgers. Earlier in the day, I had used my leftover apricot chicken for a chicken salad and planned on eating that for dinner. However, the burgers smelled so good, that I decided to eat one. Normally, I would have served it on a huge bed of greens. However, last night, I served it on a huge bed of bread.


One of my most favorite girls in the world was kind enough to send me some Great Harvest High Five and Nine Grain breads since Nashville’s Great Harvest does not make either. So, for my hamburger buns, I had a slice of each, toasted. Condiments of choice were tomato paste (love so much more than ketchup as it’s thicker with a stronger tomato flavor), Beaver’s Sweet Hot Mustard, and 2 dill pickle slices. Katie, do you realize that I had Beaver’s mustard at every single meal yesterday? Aren’t you proud? 😉

Looking back over my eats, my veggie consumption consisted of nothing but tomato paste and pickles. Hopefully, I’ll get back into my veggie groove today. Yesterday was just one of those days. 🙂

64 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2010 8:15 am

    You take really great pictures. I love bread. Nuff said.

  2. March 31, 2010 8:21 am

    mmmmm i love bread. sometimes you just have to feed your body what it wants!

  3. March 31, 2010 8:24 am

    I don’t think I’d be full without a constant flow of veggies at meals. It makes the WF salad bar one hell of a bitch

  4. March 31, 2010 8:27 am

    mmmmmm…i’m pretty much obsessed with pizza, and yours looks heavenly! i’ve seriously considered doing a pizza month… 🙂

  5. March 31, 2010 8:35 am

    Ohmigosh HEAB I had pita pizza yesterday too!! 🙂

    Oh, and the blended grains wanted me to let you know that there’re no hard feelings. They understand that you’re just way too into other foods like kabocha now. There’s only so much Heather love to go around ;).
    They’re very understanding individuals, no?

  6. skinnyrunner permalink
    March 31, 2010 8:44 am

    your food always looks amazingly delicious, veggies or not.

  7. claire permalink
    March 31, 2010 8:48 am

    ooohhh!I want that burger!!I wish we had a Great Harvest around here.You are such an inspiration.One no veg day won’t hurt ya:-)cc

  8. March 31, 2010 9:00 am

    I love bread, pizza, carbs are my friends.

  9. March 31, 2010 9:04 am

    I adore bread, and I stopped forbidding myself to have it. I like veggies, but sometimes, I just don’t feel like eating them 🙂

  10. March 31, 2010 9:04 am

    I don’t think I could go veggieless, but I have been craving bread like crazy lately. I think it is because I have really not had it in such a long time. Ugh…now I want it even more!

  11. March 31, 2010 9:07 am

    Yum Heabs!!! I love me a good grass fed burger!! Have you had Maverick farms beef? Lovin that stuff! Put in a special request for it at my publix and they are know carrying it. I make my mom load up on it so they will keep it in stock 🙂 🙂

    Love Ya!!!

  12. March 31, 2010 9:15 am

    I love my veggies, but I also love my bread. You can have my carbs when you pry them from my cold dead hands. As a runner and also someone that works in a creative type industry – my body and mind just does NOT run well without them. I know some athletes have gotten their body to run without many carbs – but I don’t know ANY creative people that can work properly on an atkins type diet.

  13. March 31, 2010 9:21 am

    Justine, haven’t tried Maverick Farms beef. CD and I buy in bulk from this local farm. Best we’ve tried thus far.

  14. March 31, 2010 9:21 am

    Quix, Interesting point. I know when I keep the carbs low, my brain is fuzzy. I don’t like it.

  15. Laura permalink
    March 31, 2010 9:28 am

    Ah, yes, but tomato puree surely makes up for the lack of other vegetables- lycopene! Plus, you now have a good excuse to make kabocha ice cream, kabocha oats, kabocha fries today… unlike me, who, as you know, has turned a lovely shade of orange and now has to avoid all her favourites for at least 4 weeks ;( I think I’m going to have to wear cover up on my hands! Have a peaceful day…

  16. Laura permalink
    March 31, 2010 9:30 am

    Plus, more carbs, less protein= happier kidneys!

  17. March 31, 2010 9:44 am

    I have a hard time getting veggies into my diet… mainly because I’m more picky about them than anything else. 😀

  18. March 31, 2010 9:57 am

    Yah what can you do? You eat enough veggies the rest of the year to more than make up for it! 🙂

  19. March 31, 2010 10:16 am

    A veggie-less day would be pretty rare here too…maybe if I was sick I might have just rice & coconut water or tea…

    Love Iron Man & love RDJr in general;)

  20. March 31, 2010 10:17 am

    I love pickles! Eventhough they are hardly a veggie I still think you atleast got one in? 😉


  21. March 31, 2010 10:17 am

    For a veggie-less day it looked FANTASTIC!! 🙂

  22. March 31, 2010 10:30 am

    Oh geez, almost all my days are veggieless. 🙂

  23. March 31, 2010 10:36 am

    HAHA I have days like that! My body just loves some carbs! And PS I haven’t had a real burger made out of real beef in years…and now seeing yours I may actually be craving one!

  24. March 31, 2010 10:37 am

    I think we all have those days! I try and remember that I’m so good about getting veggies in – one day isn’t going to make a difference. 🙂

    I’m officially on the mustard train. I can be found carrying my honey mustard everywhere.

  25. March 31, 2010 10:38 am

    Emily, Good girl. 🙂

  26. March 31, 2010 10:44 am

    On Sunday I had total bread cravings too, it’s best to just listen and do what’s best for your body then start fresh the next day after you’ve satisfied the wants. Baking fresh bread on Sunday probably enticed my bread craving too 🙂

  27. March 31, 2010 10:47 am

    Those pickles look like they might count as a veggie, no?

  28. March 31, 2010 10:53 am

    Everyone has those days….for me they are usually followed by immense veggie cravings!

  29. March 31, 2010 11:00 am

    Both of those sound so good! Sometimes you just gotta go with what you’re craving 😉

  30. elise permalink
    March 31, 2010 11:06 am

    yeah dude, last night after i hit publish i had 3 bagels…i have no idea…i just suddenly wanted carbs like craaaaaaaaazy. and my appetite was insatiable. mustve been all the excitement that im going through…no idea

  31. March 31, 2010 11:13 am

    chicken pizza and burgers and bread…sounds like a good day to me! a bit of everything….tomato sauce totally counts as a veggie.

  32. March 31, 2010 11:14 am

    I don’t find tomato paste tastes very good as a pizza sauce. It has far too pungent of a taste. I prefer to use it mixed with a bit of homemade pasta sauce if I’m in a pinch.

  33. March 31, 2010 11:18 am

    Mmmmm…everytime I see a piece of Great Harvest bread on your blog it makes me want to drive 45+ minutes up the road to buy some!

  34. March 31, 2010 11:28 am

    I love the idea of two different bun halves!

  35. From Party To Hearty permalink
    March 31, 2010 11:35 am

    No veggies. No worries. The good thing is that you enjoyed all of it! 🙂

  36. March 31, 2010 11:37 am

    I love the Great Harvest fiber bread…alas, I have moved away from my Great Harvest town 😦 Sigh.

  37. March 31, 2010 11:50 am

    I say, as long as you get copious amounts of veggies every day, one day of hardly any won’t kill ya! Have a great day!


  38. March 31, 2010 12:06 pm

    i definitely have had a few veggieless days in my life. sometimes i look back at the day and am like WOW.. where’s the veg?! anywho, the pizza and burger look great. sometimes it is fun to give into our cravings.. mm.. bread 🙂 love ya, heabs!

  39. March 31, 2010 12:07 pm

    Am I proud?!? I’m practically glowing! And I need to try the mustard tomato sauce combo for pizza.

    A day without veggies would be rare around here too. I had to do a three day fiber-free diet for a surgery once, and it was TORTURE. White bread, chicken and eggs for three days. Not fun. The first thing I ate was a big FAT salad!

  40. March 31, 2010 12:24 pm

    Add a few french fries and that’s about all the veggies an average person in America gets – isn’t that shocking?!?!?

    I love tomato paste and have been putting sun-dried tomato pesto on EVERYTHING these days.

    Yummy day!

  41. March 31, 2010 12:51 pm

    Yumm… I embrace bread and all it’s carby glory 🙂

  42. March 31, 2010 1:16 pm

    HEABS – I’m not 100% positive – but I *think* our Whole Foods sells the Great Harvest Nine Grain!!!

  43. March 31, 2010 1:22 pm

    Mandy, Really? Ha – I never even look at their bread selection. Will check it out for sure next time. Thanks!

  44. March 31, 2010 1:46 pm

    I have those veggieless days every now and then too, but the good news is that only means I’ll be craving them like crazy the next day! 😉 Your pita pizza looks great. Such a good idea to cut it in half like that! 🙂

  45. March 31, 2010 2:02 pm

    Gosh it’s been YEARS since I have not had a veggie every day and usually a couple pounds worth 🙂 but there are some days I want more than other days, for sure. Lately I have been far less into fruit than I have been in years, and replacing the fruit with greenery and green veggies, I guess that’s a good thing!

    I hope the pranyama and made a group pranyama works for you…honestly,some of my FONDEST California yoga memories are not my asana practice but rather sharing 6:30am mornings with others around a circle. At the moment there were meh days. But looking back…they are memories i wouldnt trade for the world 🙂


  46. March 31, 2010 2:14 pm

    Oh tomato paste and pickles can totally count as veggies for a day 😉 Hehe kidding. Like you, I tend to live off of produce, but if I DO wind up ditching the veggies, I tend to replace them with grains too. Mmmm popcorn and bread and grainy goodness.

    PS Love the idea for the Hollandaise sauce in your last post!

  47. March 31, 2010 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the shouts. You want to know the funny thing? I much prefer deep dish pizza to thin crust. Ezekiel just needs to make their pitas a heckuva lot thicker! I just ate Beaver mustard on an English muffin in salute to you.

  48. March 31, 2010 2:41 pm

    You are so good about eating a truckload of veggies 99.99% of the time, I am glad you’re indulging yourself a little on the bread, Heabie 🙂

  49. March 31, 2010 3:05 pm

    doesn’t a pickle count as a veggie;)

  50. Samantha permalink
    March 31, 2010 4:48 pm

    It’s all about balance right?! I haven’t had a beef burger in years but that one is sure tempting. Wowza!

    Hoping to make the apricot chicken (with lots of veggies!) for the wees tonight. Last night my supper was ala HEABS…lots of veggies tossed in a skillet with a splotch of mix match sauce, cooked in…yes…a slice of bacon!

  51. March 31, 2010 4:50 pm

    Great, now I need a pizza too!!

  52. March 31, 2010 5:11 pm

    totally having one of those days…we can always turn them around. we get enough if not more on other days.

  53. March 31, 2010 5:44 pm

    Sam, I love the flavor bacon adds to a stir-fry. Even one slice goes a long way!

  54. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    March 31, 2010 6:38 pm

    I’m so far gone from my veggie grove right now. Stress == carb load like a fifteen-year-old-boy. I wish a juice would appear on my doorstep

  55. March 31, 2010 7:28 pm

    So where do you get the grass fed beef? That burger looks tasty!

  56. March 31, 2010 7:56 pm

    Cherie, we order it in bulk from this farm, and they drop it off at the house. We’ve tried another farm in the area, and this one is our favorite by far: A lot of farms feed their cows grains to fatten them up in the end, but these cows are fed grass the whole time, hence grass fed *FINISHED.*

  57. March 31, 2010 8:18 pm

    I think we all have days like that when there is not much veggie action 😉 HAHA.

  58. March 31, 2010 9:04 pm

    I can’t really imagine going without veggies. I feel like I’d shrivel up and die. LOL

    My body just craves veggies and I must have them.

    That said, you DO gobble up TONS of veggies every day, so don’t feel bad!! 😀


  59. yogiclarebear permalink
    March 31, 2010 9:18 pm

    i actually liked iron man too! and im not a movie person. the second one looks neat too, comes out in may i think?

    happy maunday thursday tomor heather!

  60. fitandfortysomething permalink
    April 1, 2010 7:05 am

    sometimes you need to eat what you crave! love it and go with it with no guilt 😉

  61. April 1, 2010 8:47 am

    Thanks for the tip, Heather. I’ll check out the site.

  62. erintakescontrol permalink
    April 1, 2010 10:44 am

    A day without veggies? I can’t remember the last time I had a veggieless day! Sometimes, though, they might be necessary! Your burger with the pickle slices looks yummy!

  63. April 3, 2010 10:03 pm

    Haha, if you like your veggies (like you do, and like I do as well), beware of Puerto Rico! I just got back from being there for a week and I was SO hardpressed to get a single veggie the whole week… which is so surprising and sad, since it’s a tropical island that I expected to be bursting with fresh produce.

    Oh, well 🙂 Have a great weekend!


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