Accept, Cook, Eat, Repeat

by Holly on August 22, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,positivity,recipes

Despite being utterly exhausted after getting home from the Everythingtarian Family Road Trip 2010 and ready to get my life in order, I went out last night.

Because when the annual Madison Gay Pride Festival is before me, I can’t not take a moment to wear my new flower headband, support equality and hang out with my fave LGBTers. It’s also a good reason to perhaps swig down a raspberry lemonade with basil-infused vodka or two…

For the record, this blog is a place of acceptance – in ALL respects. I absolutely cannot stand seeing hate and negativity spread in the world. This includes seeing my fellow food bloggers receive rude, mean comments, which I am hearing more and more of lately. I’m not okay with it. These are my personal beliefs, and if you think differently, that’s totally fine. Let’s just be adults about it, mmmkay?

Moving on...

After a combination of too many Blizzards, burgers and basil-infused vodkas, my system has been in dire need of roughage.

2 cups mixed greens
1 grated carrot
1/2 sliced cucumber
1/4 cup diced heirloom tomatoes
Garden Herb Sunshine Burger
sprinkle of nooch
drizzle of Lemon Basil Pesto Vinaigrette

This was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered.

The best part? The vinaigrette!

I found this gem at the farmer’s market this weekend, which is locally-made about 1/2 an hour outside Madison. The star ingredient is for sure the lemon basil.



I am so obsessed with this vinaigrette, I am putting it in everything…

…EXCEPT my POM seltzer mocktails.


I did take the vinaigrette along with my 4-Ingredient Pizza Dough recipe and come up with something so fantastically delicious, you’ll probably need to make it tomorrow.

Caramelized Onion + Heirloom Tomato Flatbread…yeah, I don’t mess around.

Make 4-Ingredient Pizza Dough, slather it in EVOO +  fresh garlic and parbake it in a 375 degree oven for about ten minutes. While it’s baking, saute 1 sliced onion in 1 T of olive oil. Stir occasionally, letting it brown and caramelize. Cut heirloom tomatoes into thin slices. When the crust is parbaked, spread a thin layer of Lemon Basil Pesto Vinaigrette (1-2 T), layer your caramelized onions + tomatoes and finish off with a sprinkle of dried (or fresh) basil + salt. Bake another 10 to 20 minutes until lightly browned.

Then, devour.

You won’t regret it.

You also won’t regret making Oaty Cakes.

I love Oaty Cakes.

I seriously cannot believe the last time I made Polly’s recipe was last Christmas. For your Oaty Cake reference, I’ve eaten Banana Oaty Cakes here, Sweet Potato Apple Cider Oaty Cakes here, Maple Banana Oaty Cakes here, Classic Oaty Cakes here, more Classic Oaty Cakes here, Oaty Cakes with raw almond butter here, AB+J Oaty Cakes here,and my very first Oaty Cake experience is here.

I also love snackplates.

The spread: carrots + vanilla cranberry PB, dried apricots, Veggie Pirate’s Booty, two organic red pluots and another POM seltzer mocktail on the side.

Seriously, how gorgeous?

Other than that, I got zilch done on my to-do list today because I was too busy enjoying the glorious summer weather (and shopping, oops!). In other words, I need to get down to business tonight. Before I leave, I will say that yesterday I ran 4 miles and ran SEVEN miles today. I believe that’s the farthest I’ve run since the Madison 1/2 Maration in May, thankyouverymuch.

What are some ways YOU deal with negativity? Like Mama Everythingtarian says, I try to kill ’em with kindness!

Is there a specific recipe you’re obsessed with? If so, please link to it in the comments!


Jenna August 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I am mighty jealous of your eats and may or may not be drooling. Moving on though to my recipe that I”m obsessed with. I’m obsessed with anything and everything cake and know a good cake when I see and taste one. This Buttermilk Chocolate Cake recipe can not be beat!

Erica August 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Looks like you had a blastyyyyy. Um that flatbread? Get out of town- that looks so delicious. And we only have the veggie pirates booty left to try…can’t wait. All of the flavors have been good so far. Recent recipe I’m obsessed with, vegan banana cake:

Evan Thomas August 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Is there anything that caramelized onions don’t make better?! Love them.
I deal with negativity by yelling and screaming and cussing them out. I know; I’m SO mature. The paparazzi wouldn’t know what to do with me.
And right now I’m caught between these two desserts:
The first is cheap and easy, and the second is expensive and complex, like a fine wine… that you want to chug.

crunchy granola gal August 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

is it wrong that i think that the two dads shirt is kind of hilarious and awesome? ’cause i do. oh well.

i totally hear you on the i-need-to-VEG-tox plan. like whoa. this weekend was insanely EPIC (people in blog land misuse this word – here i am not!) and awesome but i need to chill out and get me some greens for at least a day. but i also need that flatbread pizza. siiiiigh. oh, life.

i deal with negativity by trying to think of ways i myself can combat it in my own life. when someone is negative or upfront in rude ways, i try to remind myself to stay calm – somehow i’m “winning,” or paying it forward er something. meh. works sometimes i guess.

i am all about the jumbo salad with a ton o’ stuff. but that’s not a recipe. i also really dig sweet potatoes covered with black beans and extra sharp (preferably Wisconsin) cheddar cheese. yum.

Lauren August 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Amen sista! I love that you stand up for your blog loves.

So happy that you are back and finding your joys in big huge messy salads once again. It;s funny, whenever I am on vacation, the first thing I want to eat when I get back is a HUGE messy salad filled with just about every neglected food that was had while on vacation. It’s my way of apologizing to my body. ;)

I think the Oaty Cakes were the reason I started reading your blog. Welcome back Oaty Cakes….welcome back! ;)

rebecca lustig August 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

word, girl– WORD.

i find that its best to recognize the comments, then move on with my day. people can say what they want, and i do believe in the power of kindness– so proact, don’t react! (ha i’m soo corny)

sweet dreams, enjoy the evening

April August 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Amen to the haters/mean/rude comments and people! Everyone is different.. personally, I’m open to all beliefs and people! Just because I don’t do certain things doesn’t mean I should look down on others. Or vice versa!

Anyway, I haven’t had a huge salad in forever! I remember last summer me and you were always on that :)

Lizzy August 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm

i’m basically drooling over that flat bread pizza!! i went to look at the recipe on your page, does that make one ball of dough for one serving or is that multiple!

An i must mention that i ADORE that flower headband on you chica! soooo beautiful! :) love u girl! xox

Liza @ Health Nutting August 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I am OBSESSED with Kath’s recipe for oatmeal pancakes!!! SO GOODDDD!!!!

BroccoliHut August 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Whoa. Totally thought that pizza was a restaurant meal! Kudos on your masterpiece!

Katharina August 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I LOVE YOU! And I have to get back to your email ASAP. For some reason while keeping an eye out for it I missed it :\ Bah! And I am with you on the negativity. Why do people want to spread it around? This weekend I’ve had a lot of wonderful reminders though that deep down inside we are good people. I think sometimes the outside noise gets in the way, you know what I mean? Like how a bully sometimes will only be a bully when they’re around their friends, but get them alone and it’s a different story. I deal with negativity by stepping aside from it (not taking it personally), and just being my nice self. I think people really remember those people that walk around with a friendly demeanor and a genuine smile.

I’m obsessed with two things lately.. and incorporating them into the very random things I’ve been cooking lately lol: ghee and shredded mango chutney.

XOXO have a wonderful evening!

p.s. can your doctor prescribe me the same medicine?! Everything looks DELICIOUS!!!!

elise August 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

can i just say, the four pizza dough is reeedik delish. i have been all about it lately. so simple.

also, im playing catchup now on your posts so forgive the backwards commenting, but (a) that salad looks nothing short of green crunch perfection (b) i want to replicate that vinaigrette (c) im all about the equality and love for EVERYone…whats with the mean commenting? so rude!! people need to remember what their mommas taught em. do unto others as you would want done unto you…and finally (d) i think gay pride weekends are the funnest ever! heart that two dads shirt :)

Sarah August 22, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Thank you for taking a stance on openness and acceptance. I agree 100% with what you said and think it’s important to state those views out in the open for those that need an extremely clear message.

Those oat cakes look delicious and have me wondering if they would work with a gluten free hot cereal…

Matt August 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I can totally related with negative commenting. I get them ALL THE TIME.

Susan August 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Baaaahahaha. First, let me point out that the first picture in both of our Sunday night posts are grainy, dark shots of us in a bar. We are classy to the max ;) Only thing that would make it better is if it were a shot of us in a bar TOGETHER!!

That pizza? Omg. I’ve only made my own pizza once and it wasn’t that great. I must try again. As for negativity, I’m really good at brushing it off, or telling people to chill. I think it’s the thick skin I grew as a reporter, but that type of stuff (when directed towards me) doesn’t really bother me.

Currently obsessed with putting Trader Joe’s sunflower butter all over everything I eat. What? That’s not a legit recipe?

Jess August 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

My mom has always said “kill em’ with kindness,” too!!

That flatbread looks AMAZING. AHHHH!
<3 jess

Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 22, 2010 at 9:49 pm

You flatbread is giving me unhealthy fantasies.

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

As for the first part of this post, amen sista. AMEN! I seriously cannot comprehend how immature one must be to feel compelled to fart on people with negative comments. Constructive criticism is one thing, anonymous bullying is quite another. The latter is beyond unnecessary.

As for the second part of this post, drool. Like….big ole’ great lakes of drool. That pizza looks off the shizzle!

katie August 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

LOL oh my gosh that shirt “2 dads are better than none” TRUE THAT! that is hilarious!! hahaha.
Anyway.. oaty cakes look AMAZINGGG!! and that flatbread- oh baby!

Kailey (SnackFace) August 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Woooohoooo Gay Pride Parades/weeks/celebrations!!! Lovelovelove!!!

My goodness, what IS up with the negative comments? Ever since being told, “I hope you burn in hell” by an anonymous commenter, I don’t take any of them seriously and I won’t tolerate it. I just won’t!

So, I LOVE salads, but I am so sick of dressings right now. Where can I find that one?! :)

That pizza…I may have to make it for DM and myself when I visit manana. (Don’t know how to get the tilde to work!)

Recipe obsesh? Angharad’s blondiesssss. YUMSKIES IN MY MOUTHSKIES.

I miss you! Catch up ASAP! xoxoxoxo

AndreaClaire August 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I think that ‘two dads’ t-shirt is one of the great things ever… at least in t-shirt form.

And your pizza looked awesome, definitely stealing that recipe.

As for the negativity, I used to live in muslim country (I’m a recoving Catholic myself) and made many friends so hearing some of the ideas that are being tossed around by people right now, sheesh, it can be really hard not to tell them where I think they can shove it. I try to remove those people from my life as best I can, and when I can’t (for example, a coworker) I tend to pull a Homer Simpson and think of something else while they’re talking.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Dude. That flatbread? I need it in my life. Thanks for all of your outfit help! I have to think that my style will help me land this job, right? So much love!!!

Mama Pea August 23, 2010 at 12:03 am

I musta missed all the comment drama. And usually I consider myself on top of these things. Ah well.

I’m working on that PB Cup Blizzard recipe for you, so look for it this week.

I’m on a pancake bender myself: blueberry, apple cinnamon, strawberry, peach ginger, etc. I don’t know what it is but I’ve been eating pancakes like CRAZY!

Have a good week, hon!

Jacquelyn August 23, 2010 at 2:05 am

Boo on negativity…
As for a great recipe: Black Bean Salad
1 can Black Beans (rinsed well)
2 Plum Tomatoes Chopped
¼ -1/2 Cup chopped chives / green onions
1tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all of it together and chill in the fridge for at least thirty minutes, though it tastes better the longer it chills…

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 23, 2010 at 5:31 am

So jealous of alll your delicious eats lately! Especially those oaty cakes. I completley forgot about Polly’s recipe, but I need to add it to my morning meal soon. :D

Angela @ A Healthy Fit August 23, 2010 at 7:01 am

Mmm. Those oatey cakes look good. I need to bookmark them for my next pancake experience.

P.S. I love me some POM mocktail. I use POM and diet lime tonic water. Delish!

Christina August 23, 2010 at 7:21 am

those oat cakes seriously look great! they stay together so nicely!!

Katie August 23, 2010 at 7:25 am

Eee that salad!! It’s so beautiful. I wish I had it packed up in my lunchboex ready to take to work today. Also, that lemon basil vinaigrette – right up my ally. I bet I could eat it with a spoon like soup.

I like to kill negativity with kindness, too. I actually do it just for my own benefit, I hate harboring anger, and if someone wants to be negative, fine by me, but I’ll just be sweet and sugary right back to them. It’s better for my soul.

I am obsessed with fruit cereal. Not a recipe per say, but just a bowl of fruit with nuts/seeds on top and milk! I eat it at least 3 times a week.

Lisa @ I'm an Okie August 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

I love your open minded attitude! I hate people that judge based off things they can’t understand and judge things that don’t even affect them.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

4 ingredient pizza dough makes another appearance – I love it! :)

Gracie @ Girl Meets Health August 23, 2010 at 9:18 am

Your pizza looks amazing! Every time I make homemade pizza I get lazy and rock regular old sauce + cheese. I mean, it’s still delicious, but I want to get more creative! Caramelized onions + tomato looks easy enough ;)

I’m with Mama Everythingtarian…killing negativity with kindness is THEE way to go. Although, I must admit that my intention in the midst of “kindness” is to make the negative person feel like crap….!

Katie August 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

1. I LOATHE negativity (which in itself is negative, but I can accept that) and am also upset about all of the comment wars that seem to be going on.
2. I’ve been meaning to try your pizza foreva! I have beer and spelt flour in the house, so what am I waiting for?
3. I make this recipe at least once a month… it’s Ari’s favorite, and you can get really creative with the leftovers!

Maren August 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

I totally love that shirt! I agree with your mama. I used to date this guy and he went to a different college and I was always worried about going to visit him because I was worried the girls wouldn’t me (so ridiculous). His mom would always tell me “kill them with kindness!” and it worked! One of the girls I met there is now my best friend! I do get frustrated with people sometimes when they’re negative nancy’s. But I usually just try to ignore them :)

Susan August 23, 2010 at 10:09 am

How do you make a mashed up veggie burger look so gorgeous? I do not know.

As for a recipe I’m obsessed with right now, it’s all about Sarah’s cornbread:

Angharad August 23, 2010 at 10:10 am

I want that flatbread in my face NOW.

Also, really?? People are leaving negative comments about other peoples’ beliefs? Really people?!? I don’t know what to say. I think opening dialogue for a healthy discussion is a good way. Having a conversation always helps dismiss some assumptions and stereotypes.

I need to email you about this weekend. On that…

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 23, 2010 at 10:22 am

I’m visiting Mama RunnersKitchen this weekend and I picked up some bulk nooch yesterday during a grocery store outing. She thinks I’m a crazy hippie, but loves me anyway :)

Fiona August 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm

These recepies and products look awsome. Do you have a face book page to friend request?

Kacy August 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Pluots are such a sexy fruit. I love them. Every single food item on this post is to-die for by the way, I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I were to address them all.

Negativity blows, I face it by trying to ignore it, venting to those that I know I can trust and when nothing else works having a good cry in the shower. I actually love having the occasional good cry.

emily (a nutritionist eats) August 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Your pizza looks fabulous!
I really try to not let negativity into my life – sure it comes in from time to time, but I just don’t need it!

Laura August 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’m huge on Gay Rights and LOVE Pride Festivals!!!!! The atmosphere is just so amazing! I love meeting people who are so open minded and are “comfortable” in their own skin!!!!

On a foodie note……SNACK PLATES ROCK. xx

Erica D August 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

You made Oaty Cakes on Christmas? So did I! I actually didn’t get to eat any because my family devoured them all before I could, but I was so pleased they liked them that it didn’t matter.

And thank you for saying the bit about acceptance. I was recently forced to drive behind a car that had a (barely visible, but still there) bumper sticker that said, “Rainbows are a sign of God’s creation, not a symbol for homosexuals to wave their banner under.” Can you believe it? My gameplan for negativity is always like your mom’s, but I was close to honking until they pulled over and asking them to explain themselves. But then I remembered the bow and arrow story from driver’s ed…the moral was, don’t piss off other drivers or you might get accidentally shot with a hunting bow. Obviously….

All that food looks loooooovely. I’ve been enjoying nooch on salads quite frequently. Unfortunately, in my excitement to use it, I forgot that there was an egg recall, so that one fateful scramble made a few days ago has been annoying my stomach ever since. Bah!

Molly August 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I want that t shirt! and you’ve just reminded me i am in dire need of heirloom tomate’s DELISH. LOVE YOU girl!

leanne August 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I still can’t believe that I haven’t tried your 4-ingredient pizza dough, for that I’m sad. I’ll need to remedy this soon.

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