Improvising, a Great Deal and Portobello Pizzas.

This morning’s workout – 60 minutes of spin class with this playlist, some new tracks and some old ones thrown on there.
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We did some sprint work, some rolling hills, and some surging up some pretty steep inclines. I was off of the bike about half the class walking around coaching since I had no working mic. And if you are a group fitness instructor, you feel my pain and know teaching a class with 20+ people in the room without a microphone is no easy feat. A little irritating but good practice for me to project my voice and make it about my students…not my workout. Improvising…always fun.
My favorite drill of the day was doing team sprints to this song. I tell my classes to leave it all on the bike at the end and give me everything they’ve got. Even my newbies worked pretty hard on this one.
I thought I’d share my portobello mushroom pizza recipe with you today. I honestly was a little skeptical making this earlier this week but now I’m hooked. I see lots of portobellos in my future. It’s also a great dish if you are gluten free, low carb or are just tired of bread and need an alternative. It’s nice to switch things up every now and again.
This recipe makes one pizza, but feel free to double it up and make a whole bunch! They’re so yummy.
What you’ll need-
1 large portobello mushroom (or more depending on how many you’re serving)
1/4 c. goat cheese
1/2 c. sauteed spinach and/or kale
1 small can of tomato sauce (I used Hunt’s Tomato Sauce)
Spinach & feta chicken sausage
Garlic powder
Salt/red pepper flakes, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375. Cut the stem and scrape out the insides of the portobello. Bake it by itself in the oven for about 15 minutes. Take the mushroom out, drain the juices and you are ready to pile the toppings on! Add tomato sauce, then the sauteed greens. Top with goat cheese and chopped up chicken sausage. Sprinkle garlic powder, salt and a little bit of red pepper for a nice kick. Put back in the oven and let cook through for 15-20 minutes. Voila! We have easy cheesy pizza.
So good and I didn’t miss the bread at all. Feel free to play with the toppings a bit! Pair it with some orzo and a glass of white wine and you’re in business.
-Oh and before you go…make sure to catch this great deal that’s going fast for 50% off pro compression socks – in various hot colors. I just snagged the black ones. If you are a runner and don’t have these in your wardrobe you are missing out. You’re welcome.
What’s your workout today? Anything you have been loving for dinner lately? 
Group fitness instructors, what are some of your pet peeves?
No working mic…and when a student texts or talks on the phone during class…you came to workout, right? OK just making sure. Don’t let me catch you doing that. haha

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

30 thoughts on “Improvising, a Great Deal and Portobello Pizzas.

  1. I want to do some group fitness classes! I haven’t gone to one since before the semester started and I am missing it big time!

  2. I like how you’re mixing old jams with new ones, fresh still.

    Delish recipe! So much you can do with portobellos and homemade is always better. I’ve been making fish tacos, and it’s fun to get super creative with ingredients.

  3. I swear, every time I come on here and you’re teaching a spin class I either want to join a gym so I could go take some spin classes (my spin shoes are still dusting away since the last time I did spin was when I was 39-weeks pregnant) and/or get my certification to teach spin. You are awesome.

    Hmm… Honestly, I haven’t been loving much of anything for dinner. I’m all over the place it’s been driving me nuts. I don’t know what I want but I know a lot of what I don’t want.

    1. I get like that with dinner sometimes! Oh yeah you should look into teaching, trust me you will love it, it’s just about the easiest class there is to teach! I love trying out different classes too.

  4. I love when instructors walk the floor to check on form of participants. Big classes can be challenging, because if you’re not sure you’re executing the move correctly, it’s hard to ask the instructor. My Yoga instructor always walks around to see if we’re doing ok.

    Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe. I need all the help I can get to make healthy meals that don’t lack flavor.

    1. That is great that your yoga teacher makes sure you guys are safe 🙂 I always like to use garlic powder on my dishes, and red pepper if you like spicy, gives all my food a nice little kick.

  5. Oh, girl, you make me wanna join a spinning class at my local gym. However I know that it won’t ever be as awesome as yours are!!!
    And that pizza recipe is amazingly amazing! Watch me make it – I’ve copied and printed it out!

  6. How in the world do people talk or text on the phone during cycling class? I’m too busy trying not to barf from the intensity of class that the phone is the least of my worries! Lol. I’ve had portobello pizza’s like that before and they are DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDelicious!!!!

    I know this might sound weird, but I love it when I go to cycling class on Tuesday morning’s and my coach (who teaches it) gets all fired up and is yelling at us to keep going and keep it moving…it just keeps me fired up and makes me want to push even harder, you know?

    1. Oh yeah I feel ya! I like to get hype too 🙂 And I seriously don’t understand how people text/talk while spinning and working out. I just don’t get why you are in the class if you don’t want to put in real work…haha might as well be sitting on the couch with a glass of wine 🙂

  7. Thanks for the recipe! I love the idea of the portobello pizza for all of the reasons you described above and the fact that it helps incorporate more plants (ish…fungi aren’t technically plants, but we’ll let it slide) in your diet. And, once again, I’m going to be digging through your playlists for some awesome songs to listen to during my upcoming marathon. 🙂

  8. What’s your workout today?
    Today was an OFF day!
    Anything you have been loving for dinner lately?
    ANYTHING with pulled chicken or pulled pork. And topped with sriracha. Homemade pizzas are my faves.
    Group fitness instructors, what are some of your pet peeves?
    Grunting, people who ‘drift’, those who modify to COMPLETELY different exercises, no proper shoes…I could really go on and on..

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