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Runner’s World Meals on the Run {What’s for Dinner?}

Runner's World Meals on the Run Cookbook. Perfect recipes for runners ready in 30 minutes or less.

Hey guys!

Hope you are having a great weekend. We are soaking in every last second. I’m hoping a walk in the woods or on the beach is on tap for today. I need some fresh air after a week of rainy, blah weather.

Back in October I was sent a copy of Runner’s World new cookbook to review, Meals on the Run (FYI – affiliate link). With the promise of 150 energy packed recipes ready in 30 minutes or less, I was hooked. I mean a cookbook that are not only fast to prepare but also help as prerun fuel or post run recovery is a runners dream. You don’t want to see me post run hangry!

This cookbook has something for everyone. Every recipe is broken down to Pre-Run, Recovery, Low-Calorie, Gluten-Free, 5-Minute Fix, 10 Minutes Tops, and Hydrating meals. Because all runners need to know what to eat before and after a run.

The recipes were contributed by elite runners like Kara Goucher, celebrity foodies Joe Cross and Mark Bittman, and many by registered dietitians and Rodale test kitchen. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me!

I’ve put quite a few of the recipe to the test.

The Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie, Sunny Side Up Pizza (eggs on pizza = yum!) and the Soba Noodles with Peanut-Sesame Sauce. Each one was absolutely delicious. And just like was promised – ready in 30 minutes or less.

This week, I’ve got more recipes from the cookbook planned. My belly can’t wait!

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Maple Roasted Salmon + Kale and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Monday: School event

Tuesday: Spice Chickpeas with Spinach – RW Meals on the Run

Wednesday: Stir Fry Tofu and Shrimp – RW Meals on the Run

Thursday: Butternut Squash Apple Soup + Grilled Cheese Avocado Sandwiches

Friday: Homemade Pizza Night

Saturday:  Date night

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up.

What is your favorite pre-run meal?

What’s for dinner this week?

A Healthier Cheesy Dip

Vegan Cheese Dip  happyfitmama.com

What do you call a dip that could also be a sauce?

What do you call a recipe that is cheeseless, but tastes like cheese?

Serious first world problems here. I briefly thought about calling this recipe Awesomesauce but changed my mind at the last minute. Healthier Cheesy Dip will have to do.

You’ve heard about Meatless Monday, right? This football season, try kicking meat to the curb in connection with Monday Night Football this fall.

When I think of football, I think of appetizers. Give me a good dip with veggies and chips and I’m good to go.

Vegan Cheese Dip for #meatlessmondaynight  happyfitmama.com

I love cheese. Everything is better with cheese on it, right? What I don’t love is the way most cheese dips are made – with nothing but fake cheese. This recipe, doesn’t have dairy or cheese in it. But it does have cheesy flavor. The special ingredient is Nutritional Yeast aka Nooch. Nooch provides a wealth of vitamins, minerals and protein that almost anyone — from paleo enthusiasts to vegans — can enjoy. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser.

Sideline meat for #MeatlessMondayNight with Healthier Cheesy Dip   happyfitmama.comThis dip is so versatile. It can also be used as a sauce in Mac n’ Cheese, Cheesy Quinoa or by the spoonful. Yes, I’ve done that. And it is awesomesauce.

Dairy-Free Cheesy Dip
  • 1 Tbsp non dairy butter
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¾ Cup Silk Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 6 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Melt butter in small pot over medium heat on the stove.
  2. In small bowl, whisk flour and milk till smooth and free of lumps.
  3. Add combination to melted butter on the stove.
  4. Add nutritional yeast.
  5. Whisk over medium heat.
  6. Add remainder of ingredients till sauce thickens - approximately 5 minutes.


BTW – for more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Tina and Deborah’s weekly link up.

I don’t eat a ton of meat, but I’m taking the Meatless Monday Challenge myself. Studies have shown that eating a plant based diet may bring about many health benefits which includes helping you live longer. It also sets the tone for the rest of the week on a nutritious high note. It’s also a good idea for your heart. Cutting back on meat can lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure and overall reduce risk of heart disease. Did you know vegetarians have a 32% lower risk of dying from heart disease than meat eaters? Meatless Monday has many other environmental and animal benefits you can read about here.

Won’t you join me?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Super Easy Pumpkin Protein Bars

Pumpkin Protein Bars | happyfitmama.com

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Orgain. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I’m patting myself on the back.

Why you ask?

I made it eleven whole days into September before I had my first taste of pumpkin for the fall season.

Whoa. This is huge for me.

Usually I’m anxiously awaiting the first taste of anything pumpkin. But this year, not so much. I’m blaming the weather. It’s just been too dang hot to even think about food in general.

Since last Friday, I have made up for those missed eleven days. I’ve had Pumpkin Spiced Yogurt Pretzels (sooooo good!), a pumpkin latte, pumpkin in my oatmeal, pumpkin muffins and this super easy Pumpkin Protein Bars.

Celebrate all things PUMPKIN with these super easy Pumpkin Protein Bars  happyfitmama.com

5.0 from 3 reviews
Super Easy Pumpkin Protein Bars
  • ½ cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup Almond Butter
  • ⅓ cup Honey
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I used Orgain)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8 X 8 pan with coconut oil or spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl till smooth.
  4. Pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center.
  6. Cool completely in pan before enjoying.

I’m apparently not the only one who is on the pumpkin kick. When I went to the grocery store yesterday, there were ZERO cans of pumpkin left. Zero. Please don’t tell me there’s another pumpkin shortage like a few years ago? What will I do?!?

Stock up, friends. Stock up.

(I’m linking with Meatless Monday and MIMM).

Like I mentioned yesterday, on the weekends I like to prep snacks for the week. Of course, I wanted to do something with pumpkin in it, but I also wanted to give it a little extra nutrition and staying power. Orgain Protein Powder has become my favorite way to get just that. It’s made from organic plant-based protein including brown rice, hemp, chia, and pea proteins. These are all types of protein that I can find in my pantry already but are blended together in one convenient container. Orgain was created by Dr. Andrew Abraham, whose own experience seeking high-quality nutrition during his cancer treatment years ago inspired him to develop delicious nutrition products with the highest quality organic ingredients.

Orgain Protein Powder | happyfitmama.com

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