I went to my first Pilates class several weeks ago having wanted to try it for a while now.
My class is filled with mostly lithe women doing impressive twisty-bendy things with their bodies; while our encouraging instructor, in a soothing lyrical tone directs us in fluid poses, promising rewards like flexibility, loosened and opened hips, and a graceful mind.
I met another newbie in the first class, an older woman on the mat next to me; we seemed to be the only ones struggling.
After a particularly hairy pose, she asked, whispering; â€œDo you know why itâ€™s so important to have our hips opened?â€ I laughed, lost my balance, and fell out of the pose.
The next class, the woman saved me a spot by her side and we worked in silent camaraderie.
Itâ€™s been a few weeks now and the class feels less intimidating, weâ€™re getting better, the woman and I; and I feel good after each class.
So now Iâ€™m always running around on Tuesday evenings, rushing to get to Pilates – Iâ€™ve become one of those people.
Tuesday dinners are quick, not too heavy but still substantial â€“ this is where these veggie flatbreads come in.
Fresh flavourful vegetables piled on top of thin crispy bread, itâ€™s versatile and fast â€“ the dough is premade and the veggies prepped ahead of time, all thatâ€™s left to do at dinner time is to assemble and bake.
For this tomato, pepper and onion flatbread, I slathered red cabbage pesto and an antipasto spread on the dough before heaping the vegetables on top. My antipasto spread made the flatbread a tad oily, so I’m thinking hummus next time, and maybe throw in some spinach to green it up.
There isn’t a step by step recipe for this, but hereâ€™s a guideline:
Stretch or roll out medium-sized bread or pizza dough, spread your favourite type of sauce; tomato sauce, pesto, hummus, etc.on the top.
Pile on chopped tomatoes, peppers and onions. Bake for 10 â€“ 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. until golden brown. Sprinkle with salt and pepper flakes and enjoy!
Alternatively, you can use pita bread or naan and bake for 5 â€“ 10 minutes at 350 degress F.