After getting caught in the rain in the middle of mowing the lawn tonight, I came in and took a fast shower and then came downstairs to figure out dinner. Bryan’s sleep schedule got thrown off over the holiday, so he had a hard time falling asleep this morning (which means I’m letting him sleep and eating dinner alone).
I felt like something cool and refreshing, and knew I needed to get a few more fruits and veggies in, so this is what I came up with (and, boy, was it good!):
- 1 frozen organic banana
- 2 1/2c. frozen organic spinach (loose leaf, not packed)
- 1 1/2 c. fresh blueberries (picked by my sister’s neighbor girl)
- 1 to 1 1/2 c. organic milk
- 1/2 c. sweetened coconut flakes
- 1/8 tsp. of cinnamon
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 c. of nutty granola (on top, if desired)
Add all ingredients except the granola to a blender and liquify until smooth. Top with granola and enjoy! Serves 1 meal portion (or 2 smaller portions). The cayenne and cinnamon give it a nice little kick on the finish.
I’ve heard for a couple years now how healthy steel cut oats are. So, a while back I bought some out of the bulk bin at EarthFare. The only bad part about the bulk bin is that it doesn’t have instructions for preparation on the side of the container. And I sadly let that be an excuse for too long. Well, I finally gave them a try on Monday night for dinner. I had researched them earlier that day and had my action plan. So, I read through three or four recipes online and here’s what I came up with:
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 1 c. organic steel cut oats (note: do not try to use quick oats for this recipe; they will either burn or turn to mush)
- 3 c. water
- 1 c. almond milk (you could use organic milk or soy milk here)
- 1 tsp. organic vanilla extract (homemade by my friend Gina)
- organic unsweetened, reduced fat coconut flakes
- flax seeds (you might try using almond butter or peanut butter for your healthy fats)
- all-natural blueberries (you could use any kind of fruit here: apple slices, dried berries, bananas, raisins, etc.)
- raw and natural blackberry honey (agave nectar or brown sugar would work here too)
- slivered almonds (you could use any kind of chopped nut: pecan, walnut, etc.)
In medium saucepan, melt 1 Tbsp. butter over medium low heat and add steel cut oats. Stir constantly for a minute or two. You should smell a toasty, nutty scent. Add 3 c. water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 c. almond milk and simmer for 10 more minutes, or until most of the moisture is absorbed. Stir in vanilla, top with your favorite ingredients and serve warm.
I listed my toppings above, but the possibilities really are endless. I ate one bowl for dinner and then put the next three servings in glass containers for quick breakfasts to take to work. Reheat in microwave for 4 minutes at power level 3 (I rarely heat anything over power level 3). If you’re heating at full power, you probably don’t want to go for more than a minute.
Today is going to be beautiful! They’re calling for 86 degrees! Can’t wait to get off early and go running downtown. I got up and packed my breakfast, snack, and lunch for the day. Then I went outside to water my garden. I didn’t have my camera, but the little potatos I planted are sprouting leaves! It was so exciting (and cute, if a plant can be cute)! I called my husband, “Look, honey, I didn’t kill it!” His response: “Of course you didn’t.” He forgets that until now all I could keep alive was cactii and aloe vera.
For planting potatoes, here’s what I did: I got a free 5 lb. bag of organic potatoes with an Earthfare purchase a while back. Well, I didn’t get a chance to eat them all before they started sprouting on my counter. So, I chopped them up to separate the larger segments of sprouts, and I threw them in the ground. A little water and some sunny days later, I have potato plants coming up!
It’s a blueberry kind of day! For breakfast, I ate about 1 c. of blueberries, a blueberry Chobani yogurt, and 2 Nature’s Path Blueberry Flax Waffles!
It's a Blueberry Kind of Day!
I had a banana for a mid morning snack, and will have this organic butternut squash soup and some Food Should Taste Good Olive tortilla chips for lunch. You can literally taste the different olives: green, black, and kalamata. Interesting, but I love it! If you’ve never tried chips from Food Should Taste Good, they have tons of flavors. Check out their website for a $1 off coupon!
In the spirit of Easter, I think I’ll have eggs – omelet style – for dinner. Have a great day!