Posts tagged ‘oatmeal’
Since I’ve been home this winter, taking care of this little guy…
I’ve been able to make delicious oatmeal for breakfast almost every day. I’ve made Carrot Cake Oatmeal, Apple Cake Oatmeal, and, now, Banana Bread Oatmeal (my current obsession!).
1 cup of almond milk or 1/2 cup soy milk and 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 ripe banana, mashed
Handful of walnut pieces
Sprinkle of shredded coconut
Have I mentioned that I’ve been buying TWO bunches of bananas at the grocery store each week to feed my Green Monster and now Banana Bread Oatmeal habits? Someone call Dr. Drew!
I love hot oatmeal, especially since I now know the trick is to cook them in milk rather than water. Oats are so disturbingly healthy for you and so cheap! I think I should appoint oatmeal as the official grain of the Frugal ‘n’ Fit blog.
1/3rd cup of oats contain:
2 grams of fat
3 grams of fibre
4 grams of protein
49% of your Daily Value of manganese. Mmmmmm…manganese
Along with small amounts of many other vitamins and minerals as well
I’ve seen oatmeal at Starbucks for a while now, although have never tried it. I have a hard time buying a processed food that I can easily “process” myself for much cheaper. But if I travelled more or lived a more expensive lifestyle, I’m sure I’d appreciate having it as a breakfast option. When wanting a quick breakfast when you’re out and about, usually the only option is a muffin that will leave you hungry one hour later or an egg-and-cheese sandwich that will sit in your stomach like a rock.
I recently read an article by Mr. Foodie himself, Mark Bittman, about how McDonalds now offers an oatmeal option (turn your speakers down before clicking on this link)! McDonalds describes their oatmeal like this: “We take delicious 100% natural, whole-grain oats and combine them with brown sugar and a touch of cream. Then we get fruity, with diced fresh apples, dried cranberries and two kinds of raisins.” Sounds like this breakfast has six ingredients: oats, cream, brown sugar, apples, dried cranberries and raisins. But, as Bittman points out, “A more accurate description than “100% natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.”
Without a doubt, making your own oatmeal is the healthiest, cheapest option available. But when out and about and needing a quick, delicious breakfast, I’m still glad that Starbucks and McDonalds offer these not-as-healthy-but-still-better-than-egg-and-cheese options. Now we just need Tim Hortons to get in on the oatmeal love and we’ll be all set.
I was feeling
camera iPhone happy today and took a bunch of pictures of the food that I ate. This vegan thing has got me doing crazy things! Blame all the soy products!
Since Henry is asleep, I thought I’d take this opportunity to not do laundry and instead write another blog entry! Clearly I have got this Stay-At-Home-Mom thing down pat.
The big event of the day was a new recipe I tried called Curried Lentil and Apricot Soup. I come across plenty of vegan recipes that call for curry powder, but not too many that also require dried apricots. I knew I had to make this, especially since it also calls for coconut milk. Dried apricots + coconut milk = 🙂
Curried Lentil and Apricot Soup
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 onions, diced
8 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon of ginger powder
1 Tablespoons of mild curry powder
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
2 cups red lentils, rinsed
8 cups of water
3/4 cup coconut milk
Chopped cilantro for garnish
1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook onions in vegetable oil for about 10 minutes (stir frequently!)
2. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add garlic and ginger. Cook and stir for two minutes. Add curry powder and stir for one more minute.
3. Add tomato, apricots, lentils and water.
4. Raise heat to high until boiling and then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Using an immersion blender or a food processor, puree soup. Since I like my soup to have texture, I pureed about half of the soup.
6. Return soup to pot over low heat and stir in coconut milk. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with cilantro.
This soup is so good the sun came out to greet it
What I love about this soup:
– The tiny chunks of juicy dried apricots
– COCONUT MILK!!!
– Does not require vegetable broth, thus the sodium content is low
– Lentils make this soup incredibly nutritious and filling. I had it for both lunch and dinner!
Here are some other things I ate today. I believe I photographed everything except for the two Maple Walnut cookies I had after lunch! For breakfast, I had the Carrot Cake Oatmeal as previously noted earlier.
A handful of trail mix with a clementine
A free sample of Vanilla Rooibos tea which I promptly poured down the sink after two sips (not a fan of herbal teas yet I keep trying them, hoping my taste buds will change!)
Green Monster made with 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 1 large handful of baby spinach
I highly recommend trying the No-Bake Glo Cakes. This isn’t the best time of year for consuming frozen edibles (since we are currently living in a frozen edible!), but this healthy alternative to ice cream is surprisingly delicious. Since I don’t have rice crisp cereal, I substituted All-Bran. Yes! A dessert that contains All-Bran is a dessert worth mentioning. Recommendation: Go heavy on the peanut butter.
You would think that all of this nutritious, delicious food would fuel my determination to do laundry. Think again…:)
I believe that my Henry is in the midst of a growth spurt because he has been one major crankball lately! It is exhausting, because the main activity that will appease him is singing and bouncing (I will not tell you how many times I have sung “twinkle twinkle little star”. More than any person should!). He is hungry, too, but is wailing too much to latch on! It’s very frustrating for me. I read that when a mother hears her baby cry, she releases hormones that make her feel very uncomfortable. I am glad to know this because I was wondering why I was finding it so upsetting. I mean, babies cry all the time, right? I should just accept it and not get so worked up, y’know?
Another thing that helped him stop fussing is by showing him pictures of my Glamour magazine! He LOVES to be read to, but I needed a change from the usual nursery rhymes and fairy tale books. Henry now knows that bold stripes are a must for Spring 2011!
Henry says, “fleece sleepers are a definite DO”
Fussiness aside, I have not given up on my Week of Vegan Eating (WoVE). The Triple Fudge Cake would be a comforting antidote to all this crying, but I am resisting it somehow! Will power of steel I guess! (Yeah, right).
For dinner last night, I used up some Vegan Walnut Lentil Pile leftovers by mushing them on a thin burger bun…
Topping it with sliced tomato…
And then adding half of a sliced avocado and a sprinkle of pepper.
This was a great, easy way to use up leftovers!
For breakfast this morning, I made the famous Carrot Cake Oatmeal (lacking coconut cream, and cutting down on the maple syrup and walnuts).
I’m not having any problem fixing meals for myself, but it’s the snacks that I’m lacking! I guess when I was preparing for my WoVE, I seriously undervalued my love of snacking! It is a physiological necessity for me to have something sweet, preferably chocolate, after dinner. I’ve been relying on a small bowl of semi-sweet chocolate chips to tide me over, but I’d much prefer some better-quality chocolate. Perhaps I’ll get the chance to run to the grocery store today to stock up on various snacking items. It looks to be a beautiful, sunny day, but the radio tells me its frigid. What matters more: Vegan snacks or not freezing my keister off? Hmmm…that’s a tough call…
I had three rotting apples in my fridge and I didn’t know what to do with them. Three apples isn’t enough to bake with but I surely wasn’t going to eat them plain (nothing like taking a bite out of a mushy, bruised apple to turn you off them forever!), so I thought I’d sliced one up and put it in oatmeal for breakfast this morning. I followed the Carrot Cake Oatmeal recipe, but made the following substitutions:
– 1 diced apple instead of 1 grated carrot
– 1/2 cup of apple juice/1/2 cup of almond milk instead of 1 cup of almond milk
– No coconut cream, shredded coconut, or raisins
– 1 tablespoon each of maple syrup and walnuts instead of two
I probably didn’t even need the maple syrup since the apple juice really sweetened this up. It was delicious!
I think I am now converted and will never cook oatmeal in plain, old, boring water ever again!
I am also now totally addicted to almond milk. When grocery shopping yesterday, I compared the nutritional value of almond milk to soy and rice milks and no wonder it is so popular. 1 cup of almond milk is 40 calories. 1 cup of soy or rice is 130 calories! I didn’t check the other nutritional stats like vitamin content or protein, though.
I am looking forward to my week of vegan eating (scheduled for February 7th to 13th!). One thing I am interested in seeing is how it affects Henry! Since Tuesday and Wednesday nights were so awful, I was doing a bit of research about sleep issues with infants, and I read how a breast-feeding mother’s dairy milk consumption can result in digestive issues for baby and cause interrupted sleep. Also, Henry has a small patch of red skin around his bum hole (TMI!) and I read that this can be a symptom too. Yesterday I only consumed almond milk and last night was much better. So who knows? If I do notice his sleep is affected by dairy, you can bet your bottom dollar I will be swearing off cow’s milk. I love milk and yogurt, but I love sleep much, much more!
Today should be filled with some good eating! Along with the Apple Cake oatmeal, I’ve also got a loaf of Walnut Raisin No-Knead bread on the go and I’m planning on making an Edamame and Black bean salad using a cilantro-lime dressing. This was one of the recipes I was hoping to make during my Vegan Week, but I don’t think my cilantro will stay fresh long enough. This is why it’s such a pain to buy fresh herbs! Almost always, I just need a small amount for a recipe and the rest ends up rotting in my fridge. Or I buy the fresh herbs a few days before I require them, and they turn bad before I get to use them. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem? If only you could buy fresh herbs by the pound like you can with dried herbs!
Ok, so my earnest plan to eat THREE SQUARE MEALS A DAY was a gigantic failure. As it turns out, I love to eat. Alas, I love to eat more than three measly times a day. Who wudda thunk it? I am not really that surprised, but I thought for sure I could accomplish such a simple goal. It was not to be! Oh well. You learn something new every day.
Part of the problem was that my friend came over for dinner and a movie. What good is a movie with one’s friend if one cannot consume ice cream, popcorn, wine, and chocolate in one sitting? We were watching Bridget Jones’ Diary, so junk food was a must. (If you thought this was a healthy living blog, I am sorry, you are grossly mistaken! lol)
We started out the evening healthy enough. Ang made Cauliflower Cheddar soup and brought along a loaf of French bread. Perfection on a cold winter’s night!
Dinner for two. And, oh yes, we ate all that bread!
Soup with cheese. It’s a good thing.
Even though Henry had a different itinerary in mind this morning, I was dead set on making Carrot Cake Oatmeal for breakfast. After a bit of nursing, a diaper change, 1 or 2 or 7 attempts at getting him to nap, I was finally able to make it approximately 3 hours after waking. I could have just grabbed one of my Morning Glory muffins for breakfast, but I really wanted this oatmeal!
Heaven in a bowl
I tried to lighten it up a bit by not using any coconut milk or cream and using just 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and no raisins. I probably used more walnuts than it called for, because I have a giant bag from Costco. That, and I am keen to get all my omega-3s. Yes. That’s it.
Once you have Carrot Cake Oatmeal, it’s tough having non-Carrot Cake Oatmeal, y’know?
Today, Henry, Hubby, and I made a family trip to Walmart. You may think, “Oh, Walmart, big whoop”, but for a housebound lady like me, this is a big event. Husband decided to take us to a Walmart a bit further away and asked me if I had a problem with it. I absolutely do not have a problem with being out of the house for longer than one hour at a time! I think I’ve mentioned it on this blog before about how I feel like an excited dog on a car ride. If I could, I’d stick my head out the window, too!
Along with such exciting items as baby gear, bananas, and cat food, I also bought this coupon sorter!!!
$4.95 at a Walmart near you
Ever since watching the show Extreme Couponing on TLC, in which regular citizens of the world like you and me are able to buy hundreds of dollars of groceries for, like, 5% of the actual cost, I have become a bit obsessed with clipping coupons. None of our weekly flyers really offer many coupons, so I’ve resorted to websites like save.ca and websaver.ca in order to accumulate some.
I haven’t been doing much shopping lately (see: never leaving my house!), but I hope, one day soon, to resume the role of primary grocery shopper in the Frugal ‘n’ Fit household. God love him, but my husband is not as obsessed with frugal living as I am. I know, shocker! He will often go to the “expensive” grocery store to buy all of our groceries, instead of going to three different grocery stores in order to get the best deals like a certain other member of our household would (Hint: Not Henry).
So I am clipping my coupons and getting ready to score some deals!
Coupon sorting. It’s a good thing.
And to conclude this entry, I just want to say I’ve written the entire thing while simultaneously using my foot to bounce Henry in his bouncy chair!