Vegan Oatmeal Bake

Adapted from My Little Pony Baking Book by Christi Johnstone. Emily and Jason veganized it.

9 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 oat milk
  • 1/4 real maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax meal, 3 tbsp water)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mixed berries, washed, dried and cut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray 2- quart baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make flax egg, mix and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, baking powder and salt. Mix well to combine.
  4. Add oat milk, syrup, flax egg, and vanilla. Mix well to combine. Gently stir in berries.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and bake 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes prior to serving. If desired serve in a bowl and top individual servings with oat milk.

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  • A Way with Words – A fun radio show and podcast about language examined through family, history, and culture.
  • The Adventure Podcast – An ongoing series of long-form conversations with pioneers of exploration and discovery, filmmaker Matt Pycroft speaks to the most knowledgeable, accomplished and respected voices in the field. From mountaineers to Arctic scientists, tree climbers and polar explorers, Terra Incognita is a unique podcast that allows you to get up close with those who live extraordinary lives.
  • After Hours – Harvard professors discuss news at the crossroads of business and culture.
  • The BikeRadar Podcast – The BikeRadar Podcast is brought to you by the team here at BikeRadar, in collaboration with our colleagues from MBUK and Cycling Plus magazines. Want the latest news, tech, interviews and insight from the world of cycling? We’ve got you covered.
  • The Daily – This is how the news should sound. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
  • Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee – I want to empower you to become the architect of your own health. Because when you feel better, you live more. Since its launch in January 2018, my ‘Feel Better, Live More’ podcast has grown rapidly to become the Number 1 health podcast in the UK & Europe.
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Food Review | Gardein Shakshuka Breakfast Bowl

Vegan Breakfast Bowl

Here we go again. Another breakfast bowel from Gardein. I have to say after the steak and eggs breakfast bowl I wasn’t super excited to try another bowl. This one was better though, maybe because of the lack of that green sauce. This one instead had a red sauce, and something that was cheesy, but not cheese as this is a vegan meal. The meal was ready in only 6 minutes.

Taste better than it looks

I liked the heat in the dish, it wasn’t too much but just right for me. And the meat had the right texture and sponginess. I had to look up Shakshuka it “is a delicious combination of eggs, tomatoes, and spices popular across the Middle East and North Africa” according to google. That is a pretty good description of this meal. This one I might try again. However, keep in mind if it comes in a box, it’s not as good for you as simpler overnight oatmeal.

Lots of ingredients there!

Vegan Ice Cream Review | Ben & Jerry’s P.B. & Cookies

OMG So good!

I had this for the first time tonight. It came from a Whole Foods order. This is my new favorite ice cream! And it’s vegan! No, it’s not healthy, but it is vegan and so yummy. My favorite ice cream flavor is cookies and cream and this adds another of my favorites, peanut butter. I only have one problem with this, I have to share it with the kids. They loved it too. Give this a try. Comfort food is an amazing thing when times are tough.

Chinatown Ice Cream Cone 2“Chinatown Ice Cream Cone 2” by LabyrinthX-2 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Here is to ice cream!

Unforeseen Impacts of COVID-19

I’ve been thinking about all the secondary impacts that we may see from this new time we find ourselves in. Already, some are coming to light.

Video Conferencing – Zoom made a good business decision to give away time on its platform, but it has had privacy consequences for them. However, they have also positioned themselves as the household name for video conferencing especially with a younger set of people as they have been the choice for teachers and education since the price is right.

To go along with this video conferencing topic could we see more acceptance of the working from home or remote working arrangement? I know that it differs from leader to leader, as to if they are accepting of this arrangement or not. It also differs from person to person. Some like to go into the office, some just like the flexibility and some don’t want to go in at all. Of course, there are people who will take advantage of this newfound flexibility, but that happens everywhere for everything.

Air pollution – With traffic declining so much there has been a noticeable difference in the air quality. We have seen many pictures of this already on social media.

Does air pollution really matter to society? Will things change now that we know if we stop driving we will see a measurable and visible clearing of the skies? Will electric vehicles gain popularity even faster than they have been?

Indoor fitness – This one is especially close to my heart as I am an avid Zwifter. Zwift has seen a huge explosion in signups. Even only a fraction of these new members continues it will mean great gains for this business. Not to mention the potentially better recognition of esports since so many events, including the Olympics, has been pushed back. All these athletes need to stay in shape, so they are turning to online alternatives.

Food – It’s been difficult to buy certain things at the grocery stores and services like Instracart and Amazon Fresh are having difficulty keeping up with the demand to deliver food to those who can afford not to venture out. Which is another topic entirely, the divide as it’s called is very visible in those getting sick and those able to stay at home and get deliveries.

We have been trying new products that don’t normally appear in the grocery isles at our go-to markets, because now everything that Amazon has is available. Some of those reviews of new food are appearing here.

Will people turn towards vegan foods more? From what we currently understand this outbreak occurred from a food market where dead animals where kept in unsanitary conditions. An article on VegNews stated that there is renewed interest in egg alternatives now.

There are many more here and I may add to this post as time goes on. Stay healthy out there!

Pizza Review! | Sweet Earth Protein Lover’s Pizza

This was pretty good

It is hard to find pizza with plant-based meat on it. This is one of them and I liked it. Vegan’s beware though, that’s real cheese! If your vegetarian or flexible on the cheese thing, you might like this. Notice the crust has a lot of herbs in it. I thought it added to the pizza, but others may not like it. I would get this again. I really liked it. It was difficult not to eat the whole thing.

Uncooked pizza

I ate it before I could take a picture of the cooked pizza. That speaks to how good this was!