You may remember my post about quick and easy breakfast ideas. Not to stroke my own ego, but here goes. I thought my ideas were pretty good ones- healthy and quick to prepare. Most of them could be prepped in 5 minutes or less.

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of talking with the founder of Melanie’s Medleys. They sent me some of their ancient grain bowls to try. I was nervous. What if I didn’t like them? What if they were super unhealthy? (True to form, I created worry for no reason). In reality, if I didn’t like them, I would just kindly say thank you and move along. The beauty of blogging is that I can choose the products I want to share. If you’re reading about it on here, it is something that I genuinely enjoy and want to share.

The box arrived, and I noticed the ancient grain bowls had to be kept in the refrigerator. This automatically made them different from the dry oat bowls I envisioned. Over the course of the next week, I found myself trying all of the different flavors. These bowls truly are unreal. They have a barely, faro, or freekeh as a grain base. My favorite flavor was the peanut butter chocolate chip. This bowl came in a base of almond milk with only 210 calories and 9 grams of sugar. For something with chocolate in it- I’ll take it! Some of the other varieties have lower sugar and calorie content.


I found myself reading more about the brand as I inhaled a bowl one morning. The statement below sums up Melanie’s Medleys:

“Melanie believes that life is all about balance. Work hard during the day and unwind at night. Eat chocolate chip pancakes when your heart wants it and drink green juice when your body needs it. Live and love. Move and stay still. Aim for balance.”

I read that and thought, “Can I just insert my name and use this?” If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I aim for complete balance in my life. (When it comes to eating) That is why I’m happy to announce that I am going to be a brand ambassador for Melanie’s Medleys! Stay tuned, more goodness to come.

To receive $15 off your order, use the code Laura15

Crispy Tofu Bowls in Peanut Sauce

Ew tofu. Gross. (I feel like I just read your mind. Don’t worry, because I used to share in that same disgust for tofu) I promise that tofu can be delicious, so please hear me out. I tried it again last year after a friend insisted I would like it. I made these delicious tart lemon bars with tofu and started to change my mind. There are so many ways to be creative in the kitchen with tofu.

A few months ago, I got very bold and decided to take a stab at crispy tofu peanut bowls. True to form, I looked at a dozen similar recipes and concocted my own variation. I realized that it is very important to pat the tofu down in order to get excess water out. I also decided to bake the tofu at 400 degrees to make it extra crispy.

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Tofu is extra firm, water drained out, and cut into thin strips 

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Sauté the veggies while the tofu cooks in the oven 
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Once the tofu is cooked, mix together with the sauce
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Finished product
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Ben decided to get creative and mix his together 


For the tofu:

-1 package of extra firm tofu

-coconut oil to coat the baking sheet

-salt/pepper to season

  1. Cut into slices and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with coconut oil.
  3. Place the tofu on the baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. (You can bake it for less time if you do not want it crispy.)

For the sauce:

-2 tablespoons of sesame oil

-1/2 cup soy sauce

-1/2 cup maple syrup

-1 teaspoon of chili garlic sauce

-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

  1. Combine together with a whisk. Set aside.

For the bowl:

-riced cauliflower (cooked separately and served warm)

-broccoli (sauté in coconut oil in a large pan)

-shredded carrots


-peppers (sauté with the broccoli)

  1. Prepare the veggies to your liking.
  2. Once the tofu is done in the oven, combine with the peanut sauce.
  3. Prepare your bowls however you please. Below is my bowl and Ben’s!

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