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.