Peanut Butter and Jam Stovetop Oatmeal

Peanut Butter and Jam Stovetop Oatmeal will bring you child-like glee! Delicious PB&J taste in the adult vehicle of an oatmeal bowl.

Last week I waxed on about the perfect pairing of peanut butter and banana. Now let’s obsess about peanut butter’s other match made in heaven: JAM.

Peanut butter and jam is a classic pairing. PB&J sandwiches have been stuffed into kids lunch boxes since the beginning of time. It’s one of those classic combinations that is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, creamy, with a hint of peanutty crunch, and is just overall YUMS.

Peanut butter and jam isn’t just a great sandwich – it makes a fun oatmeal! Like eating a sandwich with a spoon! …Is that weird?

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Broiled Grapefruit with Honey and Yogurt

Warm caramelized broiled grapefruit is served with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey, that tastes like dessert for breakfast.

Do you ever wonder, if you were given a second shot at life, what career you might pursue instead? What you might study? What passion you might follow?

I’ve been watching a lot of the new Netflix documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design lately, and it’s been inspiring. My favourite episodes have been Paula Scher on Graphic Design and Bjarke Ingels on Architecture. Have you watched it yet?

In my alternate life, I would pursue design. As a kid, I doodled floor plans of houses, which often accompanied the fictional stories I wrote. I loved planning the entirety of a story: designing the home where the characters lived and even plotting their family tree.

As an adolescent, I was fascinated with web design and graphics. I taught myself basic HTML coding and loved messing around on Photoshop, playing with fonts, making logos, and editing photographs. (Nerd alert!)

Of course, this blog is an outlet for my passion for art and design, but it’s interesting to wonder what an alternate life might look like in a graphic design or architecture career.

What alternate career would you pursue in another life?

… and these thoughts have literally nothing to do with grapefruit! Ha! Boss ladies need quick breakfasts in the form of broiled grapefruit….?! 😉

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Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

With the flavours of cinnamon and vanilla and the heartiness of oats and bananas, this smoothie really does taste like a cinnamon bun!

When I was little, my parents would take my brother and I on weekend outings to the local airport to watch the planes. It was a classic small town airport – back then, the airport didn’t have many big planes, but it had small and charter planes, and everyone in the airport was friendly and knew everyone else. There was also an airport cafe.

The cafe was in the flight school building, right on the runway beside the control tower, and probably hadn’t changed since it was built in the 50s. The cafe was nothing remarkable, with white walls and basic tables and chairs, but it had big windows that gave the best view of the runway. They also served amazing sticky cinnamon buns.

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Strawberry Chia Pudding Parfait

Layers of thick Greek-style Vanilla Chia Pudding are layered with strawberry puree and topped with fresh strawberry slices.

Mason jar breakfasts may be my favourite thing. I’m always that girl at work, toting around my mason jar breakfast and my mason jar smoothie. #Basic much?

But seriously. Mason jars are so cute and fun and therefore mason jar breakfasts are in my permanent rotation. My absolute favs:

Today I’m comin ‘atcha with another mason jar breakfast: Strawberry Chia Pudding Parfait. This breakfast is similar to a yogurt and granola breakfast, but it’s dairy-free and so much healthier! Layers of thick Greek-style Vanilla Chia Pudding are layered with pureed strawberry and banana, all topped with fresh strawberry slices (and crunchy granola if you like!)

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Blender Sweet Potato Waffles

Blender Sweet Potato Waffles are mixed entirely in the blender and are hearty and gluten free.

Sweet potatoes. Don’t you just love, love, love sweet potatoes?!

I’m forever looking to find ways to simplify breakfast and make it healthier (you, too??). While my absolute favourite waffle recipe will always be Fluffiest Waffles, sometimes I just don’t feel like busting out my electric mixer to whip egg whites, and a lot of times my body prefers to limit white flour and eat more gluten-free.
Enter these Blender Sweet Potato Waffles. They are mixed entirely in the blender – it’s truly a dump and blend recipe that can be poured straight from your blender into your waffle iron! They are made with the heartiness of sweet potatoes and the gluten-free-ness of oat flour.

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Hard Boiled Eggs with Avocado Toast

Here we have a perfect marriage of two of my favourite foods: eggs and avocados. My love of avocados runs deep; I can easily devour a whole avocado every day, slicing half on toast and half on a salad later in the day. My husband gives me such a hard time about all of the avocados I eat 😉 (Can’t stop, won’t stop!)

Avocado toast is the perfect avocado vessel for fanatics like me. (Psst, for some fun reading, check out How the Internet became ridiculously obsessed with avocado toast and My fruitful search for the origins of avocado toast.)

To pair with avocado toast, I like to add a hard boiled egg. Along with the healthy fats in the avocado, eggs provide tons of protein, vitamin D, B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Which means that Hard Boiled Eggs with Avocado Toast will keep you full, and doubles as a quick lunch.

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Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

 Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is prepared in muffin cups to take to go! | Breakfast for Dinner

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is baked in muffin cups to take to go!

Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups is a great recipe to prepare in a large batch for the week ahead. They can be eaten like a nutrient-dense oatmeal muffin, or re-heated in a bowl with a splash of milk! I love grabbing one of these for breakfast after getting home from the gym, and munching in the bathroom as I get ready for work.

And the best part? They are gluten-free (if you use certified gluten-free oats) and naturally sweetened with a bit of maple syrup.

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