The Advent of the Smash Bowl

Have you ever been lazy? Unmotivated? Uninspired even?

Yup, that was me with todays dinner. Hence the development of the delicious “Smash Bowl”. What is a Smash Bowl you ask? Well that is simple. It is a healthy median between leftovers and pantry staples that have been hiding from view for months smashed into a bowl of deliciousness that you call “dinner”.

Today on the menu, we have the following:

  1. Leftover scrambled tofu from yesterdays breakfast.
  2. Frozen “Oriental Style” vegetables from The Grocery Outlet.
  3. Rice noodles that have been hiding in my pantry.
  4. Delicious Thai Peanut Sauce made peanut butter, gluten-free soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and water – all eyeballed in the food processor.
  5. Those pickled hot peppers that are almost done at the back of my fridge.

This was one of those meals where I try to reduce food waste and boy, was I surprised! To say it was delicious is an understatement! Maciej and I were in awe of the savoury peanut sauce and the heaping pile of stir-fried veggies on our plates mixed with spicy peppers.

A report I read from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation states that Canada produces 873 pounds per capita of food waste! That being said, I have been guilty of leaving vegetables to die in my fridge – a guilt I have been trying to leverage with soups, smoothies and the development of The Smash Bowl. The beauty is, a smash bowl can be anything that is starting to look sad in your fridge. I have also read about people who partake monthly in “The Pantry Challenge” – something I have been watching for a while and wanting to try! If anyone does the Pantry Challenge, I would love to hear any tips you have for it!

In other news, Maciej and I took a long hike today along the Etobicoke Creek located on the Etobicoke/ Mississauga border. The weather in Toronto has been unpredictable. The sunshine is deceiving as you walk out into the cold wind. You think it is going to be nice; however, I find I need to get my cardio going to really warm up, which is what we did for 8 kilometres … and a minor mud slide! Not as in the environmental phenomenon, no I fell in mud. But some sunshine and fresh air never hurt anyone, even if it is a brisk and messy one.

So what about you? Have you gone outdoors despite this long Canadian winter? Have you been lucky enough in climate to enjoy spring? How do you combat food waste? Have you given it much thought at all? I would love to hear your discussion in the comment section below.

Portable Bananutbutter Baked Oatmeal

Why hello there!

How is everyone in Ontario enjoying their long weekend? I definitely needed the extra day as I have been working a lot lately. To say that my professional life has been emotionally taxing is merely skimming the surface. Yesterday, Maciej and I were talking and he was really keen on spending time together. Today we decided to start the day with breakfast at a “ma and pa” restaurant where I caught up with a friend of mine from college. After, we headed up north to do some winter hiking.

For me, it is important to go outside and get some sunshine in the winter. Admittedly, I have not been doing this as much as I should be. I have been in a bit of a rut. Now, to give myself some credit, I have been working out regularly using the treadmill at home as well as the gym but it is also important for me to get some fresh air; I was long overdue. Furthermore, I need to spend more time doing things with the best friend I live with. I am often guilty of getting myself into such a work cycle that Maciej sometimes has to come out and shout with waving arms tell me he needs some attention LOL. This is a blessing because as the saying goes: “if you both are the same, there is too much of you in the relationship!”. So off we went! And I must say, I felt great when I returned home!

So great, I was inspired to do some meal prep for this week … and recipe development! I have always been a big fan of baked oatmeal; however, I find it is often a “Sunday Brunch” kind of meal.

My goal was to create a portable baked oatmeal that was lightly and naturally sweetened so that it could be made easily on a Sunday afternoon and quickly grabbed in the morning so you can eat it in the car on your way to work.

The inspiration: a peanut butter and banana sandwich … a new and adult take on a classic.

What did you do during the Family Day long weekend?  Comment below on your family to-dos and any tricks you have to get you through the week and if you try out the recipe!

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Portable Bananutbutter Baked Oatmeal
This oatmeal is convenient, healthy, naturally sweet and very versatile upon being an entirely plant-based dish. Whether you make it for a brunch or because you are a professional looking to make mornings a bit easier, this baked oatmeal is filled with protein and complex carbs to keep you full on the go!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil.
  2. In a bowl mix the oatmeal, baking powder, chia seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar and salt.
  3. In a saucepan over medium-low, mix the maple syrup, bananas, peanut butter and almond milk until the peanut butter is melted down. Feel free to use a hand mixer to create a smooth puree.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients then divide the batter using a spoon into the muffin tin.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely then wrap each oatmeal portion with plastic wrap and store individually in a zip-lock bag in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Recipe Notes

*If using salted peanut butter, omit.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 207

Fat: 7 grams

Carbohydrates: 35 grams

Fiber: 6 grams

Protein: 5 grams

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