Cooking in a heat wave
Yes I recognize that it is early spring in Toronto and the weather is a little bit everywhere..literally it was freezing rain a couple nights ago and today its plus 6. However, last summer still haunts me. We went through a heat wave that nearly wiped out my household. Yup…a Toronto summer heat wave + a house with no air conditioning = no cooking. I am not exaggerating, when I tell you we were all MELTING. A city of melting people. We had towels in the freezer and we would walk around with them draped over our necks and shoulders…even the dog. That was rough. Can you imagine what food prep was like? So what is a girl to do? How does one get her oatmeal and sweet potatoes because these are two of my big loves. Well, I used two game changing recipes and not to mention, time saving hacks.
1) Overnight Oats is literally genius. I never stick to a recipe..I am forever changing the flavours and fruit.. sometimes adding seeds, nuts, and coconut or coconut whip! Nom Nom. This is the base recipe so feel free to improvise.
1/2 cup of 40g of raw oats (rolled, steel cut, gluten free, whatever your preference)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
50g of berries (organic strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or mixed)
1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder Optional (whey or vegan)
The point, is that this is easy and requires no cooking. NO cooking. Just prep the night before and grab and go in the morning. OR better yet, grab and eat in a moderate and timely fashion, to lower cortisol.
2) Root veggie smoothie. Ok, you can cook and freeze OR you can just buy frozen organic butternut squash or sweet potatoes from the freezer section, and just use right from frozen. I would really recommend a high quality blender for this. Simply combine all the ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth. If you want to eat this with a spoon feel free. The more non dairy milk you use, the more of a drink it will be. Personally I like to eat my smoothies with a spoon. Either way this is a great way to eat your carbs without having to crank up the oven.
100g of frozen butternut squash (or frozen sweet potato)
100g banana frozen
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1 cup of vanilla protein (I used vega sport)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 package of stevia or 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup (optional)
1-2 cup non dairy milk or water
Blend everything in a high speed blender with 1 cup of almond milk and continue to add more till desired constancy.