Easter brack

March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday is a great opportunity to make food. We overslept this morning and didn’t have time to go to the laundromat, so I took advantage and made a more complicated breakfast than usual. It’s not brunch, because I don’t see myself skipping lunch today, but it was late enough that it could replace my morning snack. So it’s brack. My plan was to make apple-cinnamon pancakes. This is something we get at Edesia’s, but I wasn’t in the mood to take a shower, go outside, wait 2 hours for breakfast, and spend a lot of money, so I decided to try it at home. I made oatmeal pancakes (sans banana) and then put baked apples on top. Since it was a special occasion, I actually went a little overboard on mine. I decided to recreate my Almond Joy Oatmeal (oatmeal with some coconut, sliced almonds and a few chocolate chips) in pancake form. It was a little much and didn’t go with the baked apples so well, but I didn’t want to waste food, so I ate it anyway.

Here it is with coffee (it looks teeny but the coconut seemed to make it thicker than usual, so it was pretty hearty):

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Note the Easter-appropriate colors.

I feel completely at a loss for what I should do today. The gym is closed. Target is closed. Obviously there’s basketball. And I suppose I could catch up on all the things I’ve been putting off – more cleaning, working on taxes, laundry, writing project for work. Or maybe I’ll take a walk.


Trying new things

March 1, 2008

I managed to work two new foods into my breakfast this morning. Matt was still asleep, and he has leftover banana oatmeal from yesterday to eat for breakfast, so I just made something quick that would keep me going at the gym later.

Quaker Simple Harvest Multigrain Hot Cereal was on sale a few weeks ago, and my mom sent me a box to try. I’ve had the Apples with Cinnamon once and liked it, though it’s pretty sweet, and I really like the Simple Harvest granola bars that I’ve tried. So I thought I’d give this kind a shot – Maple Brown Sugar with Pecans. Our skim milk expired yesterday, and I wasn’t in the mood for super sweet vanilla soy milk, so I tried another new purchase – unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I’m not lactose intolerant, but I’m definitely sensitive, so I often have to limit the amount of milk and yogurt I consume. So, I’m always looking for tasty alternatives. The almond milk smelled great and worked really well in the cereal. I tasted a sip and I don’t think I’ll be drinking it straight anytime soon, but in things it seems like it will be a really nice option for me.

So, here’s breakfast:

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A packet of Simple Harvest plus two tablespoons of plain instant oats (to bulk up the teeny 1/4 cup serving and cut the sweetness), made with 3/4 cup almond milk, half a grapefruit, and tea (coffee before the gym makes me nauseous, but I needed some caffeine). The hot cereal was pretty good, overall. The unsweetened milk and extra oats helped tone it down, but it was still sweeter than I’m used to. It’ll be great on rushed mornings, but I don’t think I’ll make it an everyday thing. It’s worth a try, though, and if you’re interested, you can order a free sample. It’s got a decent nutritional profile and the ingredients are all natural, so it’s definitely a good alternative to regular instant packet oatmeal.

Now, it’s off to the gym. It’s already a shockingly high 44 degrees here, and the forecast has today’s high at 67. It’s really windy out there, so it probably won’t feel that warm, but I’m still pretty excited. I hope we can get a nice outdoor walk in when I get done at the gym.

Welcome to March, which is National Nutrition Month, and home to March Madness, the greatest time of year.


Busy Sunday breakfast

February 24, 2008

Breakfast is my favorite meal, and Saturdays and Sundays are usually the only days that I have to spend any time cooking it. So, I usually try to be a little more creative and take extra time cooking for us. But today, I woke up wanting a banana oatmeal redux, so I walked to the grocery store and stocked up on produce so that I could make it for us again. This time I got the photo opp on camera:

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That’s one of my new bowls from a little shop in Wamego. Matt pointed out that they look like oatmeal, so they’re my new oatmeal bowls. Also featured: new coffee from Emerald City Market called Dorothy’s Dream. It’s Guatemalan Huehuetenango and it’s really good. Nice and light.

Anyway, banana oatmeal for two: bring 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup skim milk to boil. Stir in 1 cup of rolled oats (old-fashioned oats will work, but not the quick-cooking kind), add cinnamon and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Thinly slice a medium banana and stir all or most into the oatmeal after 5 minutes. Add about 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and a little more cinnamon and stir for about 1 minute. Remove from heat. I saved some of the sliced banana to make Matt’s bowl extra banana-y. So mine probably had about 1/3 of a medium banana in it. That’s just enough though, that you don’t really have to sweeten it. I usually put about 1 tsp of honey in my oatmeal, but this time I didn’t have to.

This is probably the last post for today, as I have a lot to get done today (errands, gym, laundry, cleaning, organizing, Carolina basketball game and some work) and we’ll probably be having leftovers tonight.


Snow Day Breakfast

February 21, 2008

One of the things I’ve learned since I moved to Kansas is that snow means something entirely different here than it does in North Carolina. In NC, snow means stocking up on bread and milk, sliding around on slushy roads and getting to miss school and work. In Kansas, no one blinks, it’s more like, “Ugh, snow again.” And then, if you’re me and terrified of driving in any winter weather after a memorable sliding around and getting stuck on the highway perpendicular to a lane of oncoming traffic the day before Christmas experience, you strap on Yaktrax and go to work anyway. I’m more than a little skeptical of all the people who kept telling me that this is the worst winter in this part of Kansas in recent memory. It’s hard not to believe that they’re all like this.

So the point of all that was that I needed a big, hearty breakfast to fuel my slippery walk to work and keep me going through a few morning meetings. We had some bananas that were looking pretty ripe, so I made a banana oatmeal pancake (ripped from Kath). I cut up half of the banana that I used in the batter on top of the pancake to bulk it up, and had some yogurt with sliced almonds on the side, in one of my awesome new snack bowls.

Here’s the visual:
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