Posts tagged: oatmeal

Thai-Inspired Dinner! And Other Eats

By Katie, 7:59 pm

I must say, I am not the biggest fan of coconut. Which might surprise you, since I’ve blogged several recipes containing the ingredient. The truth is that it’s not really my thing, but Dave happens to love it! And since I cook plenty of dinners based on my personal preferences, it’s only fair to make some that are more catered to his taste buds. :-)

Take, for instance, this Thai-inspired Coconut Soup.

If you’re like Dave and love coconut, then you’ll appreciate this light soup! It’s based off of this Healthy Eats 5-Ingredient Coconut Soup with Noodles and Mushrooms recipe. My soup actually had 6 ingredients because I added snap peas; I also used shiitake mushrooms, which I highly recommend.

If I were to make this again I would definitely add lemongrass to give it an even greater Thai-inspired flavor!

Another (somewhat) noteworthy dinner:

Annie’s Whole Wheat Shells and White Cheddar, doctored up with some broccoli and canned Alaskan salmon. For some reason I don’t mind eating dinner from a box quite so much when I add a little somethin’ somethin’ of my own. ;-)

Let’s check out some other times of the day, shall we?

Breakfasts

Nothing too thrilling – plain bite-sized Shredded Wheat (TJ’s brand) with banana in almond milk.

I also wanted to show you this awesome bowl of oatmeal.

This is actually Dave’s concoction, not mine. I have to say, he is quite talented when it comes to interesting oatmeal bowls!

In his mix:

  • steel cut oats cooked in milk
  • cinnamon
  • dried blueberries
  • chopped dates
  • shredded unsweetened coconut

Lunches

This sammie was awesome!

Whole wheat bread, Applegate Farms roasted turkey breast, lettuce, asparagus, pickles, and spicy brown mustard.

I want to say that the asparagus made this sandwich, but then I would be lying…the rockstar was definitely the PICKLES! For some reason I always forget to add pickles to my sammies, and then I randomly remember and am in heaven!

There are also some mega-salad action.

In the bowl:

  • red and green leaf lettuce
  • cucumber
  • grape tomatoes
  • artichoke hearts
  • some tiny radishes from Dave’s back porch garden
  • mung bean sprouts
  • a chopped medjool date for sweetness
  • big dollop of hummus

Plus a side of some locally-made plain yogurt topped with a pinch of Post Great Grains cereal.

And finally, on a rushed day, a frozen Amy’s meal.

Snackage

Not surprisingly, I’ve eaten a couple of bars.

The usual suspect. ;-)

A whopping THREE ingredients!

Fruit leather thingys.

Greek yogurt topped with a crumbled Vita Muffin. (Love this!)

Maple-roasted butternut squash cubes (yes, I eat squash as a snack! :-D )

And half of a cantaloupe filled with cottage cheese. Delicious!

Those are all of the food photos I’ve taken of late…time to start snapping some more! ;-)

If you cook for your significant other, do you ever make meals that you don’t like too much because he/she does?

AND

For those days when convenience is king, do you have a favorite brand of frozen meal that you turn to?

Parsnip Fries! And Other Eats

By Katie, 9:21 pm

Here is a glorious plate of parsnip and carrot fries that I recently consumed:

Dipped in BBQ sauce…delicious!

I’ve gotten some questions recently about my parsnip fries, so I thought I’d do a quick how-to. If you’re not familiar with them, parsnips basically look like big, white carrots.

(Source)

They taste a lot like carrots, too, except that their flavor is stronger and a bit more “woody,” if you will. (Best word I can think of to describe it!) I’m also pretty sure they beat carrots in the vitamin and nutrient department. Regardless, the two go well together!

To make parsnip fries, start by peeling your vegetables and cutting them into fry shapes. It doesn’t matter how thin or thick you cut them, you just have to adjust cooking times accordingly. With parsnips, it’s important to know that the inner core can be a bit bitter, so I usually cut around that.

Toss your fries with a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. (Some people like to put them in a plastic bag and do some shake ‘n’ bake action. I just put them in a big bowl and mix it all up with my hands. As long as all the fries are nice and coated, you’re good to go.) Spread them out on a baking sheet coated with spray and/or lined with foil.

I did these at 425º for about 30 minutes, stirring them up halfway through.

I like them dipped in BBQ sauce or ketchup, but I’ve heard hummus is good too!

Some other eats of late…

Breakfasts

I tried a new nut butter with my oatmeal!

In the bowl:

  • oats cooked in H2O
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • sliced banana
  • Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter
  • dried cherries

I’m going to say the verdict is still out on this one. I really wanted to love this almond butter, but I actually found the vanilla flavor to be a bit too strong and overpowering. But maybe it was just my mood, or maybe the combination here just didn’t work. So I’ll give it another shot before officially saying I don’t like it. ;-)

And a yogurt bowl.

Plain Greek yogurt, chopped apple, and Cinnamon Puffins.

Other Random Eats

Sunshine Burger (Garden Herb flavor) topped with Annie’s Naturals Honey Mustard.

Green pepper strips dipped in hummus. (Exciting? Not really. Classic snack? For sure!)

Lovely Bosc pear.

And a Horned Melon.

Ever seen one of these thorny guys? I hadn’t, so of course when I did I had to try it. And of course I had to Google how to eat it!  :lol: Turns out the inside is this crazy green gel.

It kind of reminded me of the green slime that they would pour on the heads of the contestants on kids’ game shows I watched growing up. Not exactly appetizing. Taste-wise, it reminded me of a non-ripe banana. Next time I’ll just stick to a banana, then. ;-)

Have you ever had parsnips? Do you like them? What’s your favorite way to eat them?

AND

What’s the strangest fruit you’ve ever eaten?

Enjoying Old Town

By Katie, 5:31 pm

A reader and I have been chatting through email recently about the D.C. area (she might be moving there). I pretty much told her she can’t go wrong with D.C. or the surrounding areas – they’re all cute and hip and fun! I recently learned that Old Town Alexandria, VA is no exception. Have any of you ever been there before?

Dave’s work is putting him up in a hotel this week so that he can attend a conference. Since my agenda basically consisted of writing a research paper – which can just as easily be done in Alexandria as in Baltimore – I decided to tag along for part of the time! :-D

When we got to the hotel, the staff’s computers weren’t functioning and we had to wait a good fifteen minutes to check in. To make up for the “inconvenience,” they upgraded our room. And an upgrade it was!!!

I felt like Tina snapping photos of the hotel room. ;-)

Yes, I took a photo of the bathroom. It was HUGE! The shower had TWO shower heads and a bench…in case you got tired and needed to rest after shampooing. :lol:

And you know how when you walk into most hotel rooms, you go through a very narrow area until the room opens up? Well this room was the opposite of narrow!

And a great hotel is bound to have a great fitness center, right?

(Sorry for the graininess…it’s an iPhone photo. :-? )

I had an awesome workout in this gym! Something about a different environment – with new equipment and a different set-up – is invigorating to me. In addition to the cardio machines, the back room had plenty of strength training equipment, a yoga mat, and even a TV and some yoga DVDs, if you were so inclined.

While Dave was conferencing, I worked on finished my paper, then spent the rest of my day enjoying the beautiful weather and the beautiful town.

Oh, and SHOPPING!!! I had myself a good (but reasonable!) time in the Gap Outlet and in Ann Taylor Loft. Came away with some great SKIRTS!

I do wear shorts a lot in the summer, but for some reason in warmer weather I much prefer skirts. They seem cooler to me…more ventilation, perhaps? ;-)

Hmmmm this skirt doesn’t look too flattering in this photo. But I think it’s the way I’m standing. It’s actually really pretty!

And I absolutely ADORED this dress from the front, but from the side it totally made me look pregnant. 8-O

Ok, enough about hotels and clothes! Here are some of the noteworthy edibles…

Breakfast

After my workout I hit up The Perfect Pita about a block from the hotel.

I got a whole wheat pita with spinach, egg, and cheese.

And some homemade plain yogurt with strawberries.

(After I ordered the yogurt I read a sign that said it was made with whole milk. Back in the day I wouldn’t have touched it after learning that, but I was proud to find myself thinking, “Well, it’s not my first choice, but a little whole milk won’t kill me.” That may not seem like a big deal, but it shows HUGE progress for me in terms of my disordered eating thoughts.)

Lunch

Lunch was enjoyed while soaking up some sunshine, sitting in front of this beautiful scene. 8-)

I had a mega-salad with mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, roasted red peppers, sprouts, grilled chicken, and almonds, all tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.

I supplemented the salad with some food I brought with me – an apple and a LARABAR.

And here was my dining companion. ;-)

Dinner

We were actually in Alexandria for two nights, so there are two dinners. The first night we ate at an adorable little Greek restaurant with a really nice garden patio in the back. I had this gorgeous plate of veg topped generously with feta.

The second night we kept it simple with a cafeteria-style French cafe/bakery. Here’s what I ordered: a half sandwich, a cup of soup, and some fruit. Here’s what I got:

A cup of soup, a full sandwich, fruit, and two random sides.

The soup was your standard vegetable soup, but it was seasoned well.

The sandwich was nothing to write home about. Tomatoes, hummus, and pesto on “sourdough.” I ate half.

Plus about half of these sides: spinach/pepper/onion/mushroom salad, roasted red potatoes, and fruit salad.

Dessert

Nothing like a little dessert to make up for a lackluster dinner, am I right? Vanilla/Chocolate Twist frozen yogurt topped with chocolate sprinkles (or jimmies, depending on whom you ask ;-) ).

Other Recent Eats of Note…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oats!

This bowl contained:

  • oats cooked in water
  • banana slices (added at the beginning)
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • big glob of natural chunky peanut butter
  • big glob of local grape preserves
  • sprinkling of sliced almonds

Great combo!

Pure bar.

I like these bars a lot. They remind me of LARABARs, and the ingredient list is pretty darn good. I just wish an added sweetener weren’t number two on the list, because I don’t think it’s really necessary.

And some more dairy deliciousness…chocolate chip cookie dough. :-D

Whew! I apologize for the long post – just had too much I wanted to share!

Do you like working out in hotel fitness centers? I love it! Like I said, there’s something about a new environment that helps me get a great workout!

And for the ladies, do you prefer skirts or shorts in the summer?

Why Not?

By Katie, 9:50 pm

Hey, everyone! Can I just tell you how much I loved reading your Monday Confessions? :-D Isn’t there something liberating about acknowledging your own imperfections and realizing that others struggle just as much as you do? You all made me feel better about not flossing since apparently a lot of you don’t either! ;-)

Let’s see some food, shall we?

Breakfast

Strawberry-Banana-Almond Overnight Oats!

Last night I combined:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • handful of sliced strawberries

Popped it in the fridge overnight, then added some sliced almonds in the morning. Yummy!

Mid-Morning Snack

Well, before we get to the snack, let’s talk exercise. I went to the gym and did 3.5 miles of hill intervals, and later I did some upper body strength training and a solid ab workout. Three cheers for getting my strength training in even though I didn’t feel like it!

I also have an exciting announcement to make! As you may already know, I’m training to run the 10-Mile Broad Street Run in Philly on May 2. Well, my training plan has me building up to an 11-mile long run, which got me thinking…if I’m in the kind of shape that I can run 11 miles, what’s 2.1 more? So I’ve decided to run the Maryland Half Marathon on May 23!!! When I asked Dave if he thought I should run it, his response was, “Well, why not?” And I thought, “Exactly! WHY NOT?” I want to have more of a “why not?” attitude toward life! :-D

After the gym I went to campus to get some books for a research paper, and picked up some things at Trader Joe’s as well. Snacked on a Clif Z bar in between stops.

In the name of reducing my added sugar intake, I took a look at the ingredients:

Can you read that? Fourth ingredient: Brown Rice Syrup. Fifth ingredient: Tapioca Syrup. Sixth ingredient: Honey. Seventh ingredient: Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup. I don’t think those types of sweeteners are so bad, but it’s just a lot of them! No wonder my beloved Z bars taste so heavenly! At least the sweeteners are organic. :-?

Lunch

I was feeling a mega-salad today.

That glorious bowl contained:

  • spring mix
  • snow peas
  • grape tomatoes
  • red pepper strips
  • small fillet of Honey-Soy Salmon (leftovers from last night’s dinner – recipe forthcoming! It’s delicious!)
  • Pure2Raw Pumpkin Seed Kale crackers
  • dried cherries
  • drizzle of rice vinegar

I got a little picture-happy with that salad, didn’t I? :oops:

I also had a sliced apple with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge (which apparently browned while I photographed the salad!).

Really fresh and satisfying!

And for a little lunch “dessert,” two medjool dates.

Afternoon Snacks

This first snack is a new favorite! I got the idea from some lovely blogger out there, but unfortunately I can’t remember who it was. If you thought of this combo, I thank you immensely!

Wholegrain wrap smothered with hummus and topped with shredded mozzarella. Microwaved for 30 seconds so the cheese got all melt-y and delicious!

I also had two hard-boiled eggs, sprinkled with sea salt and pepper. A classic snack food!

Dinner

Tonight I showed some lovin’ to my slow cooker. Dare I say, the humble slow cooker may be one of my favorite kitchen tools. There’s something so simple and lovely about throwing a bunch of ingredients in, leaving the scene, and returning hours later to the magnificent aroma of a ready-to-eat meal.

Today’s slow cooker recipe: Taco Soup!

I was inspired by this recipe from Cooking with Trader Joe’s. I put the following into the slow cooker:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning Mix (next time I’d use 1/2 packet)
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1.5 cups frozen corn
  • 2 cups chicken broth

I cooked it all on Low for 5 hours, then pulled out the chicken and shredded it. Dave and I topped our Taco Soup with fresh cilantro, crushed tortilla chips, and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

Besides being a tad too hot for my taste, this was amazing! I made a big batch, so there will be plenty of leftovers. :-)

I also had a side salad with spring mix, sprouts, cucumber, carrots, and zucchini.

Evening Snack

A simple dessert.

Fresh fruit with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.

And because today was a bit dreary here on the East Coast, I will leave you with some brightness.

Beautiful flowers from the Hubs. :-)

Have you ever run a half marathon? What was your experience like?

AND/OR

Do you have a slow cooker? Do you use it often? What’s your favorite slow cooker dish?

P.S. Check out this awesome Galaxy Granola giveaway!

A Day of Ups and Downs

By Katie, 10:22 pm

Hi, everyone! I hope that you had a calm day…which would be the opposite of mine! I can think of no better way to describe my day than a ROLLER COASTER. One that has a lot of hills. And let’s just say that I’m not the biggest fan of amusement parks. :-?

DOWN: Waking up

I slept horribly last night, and ended up staying in bed an hour later than usual. I felt so off that I decided to put off exercising in the hopes that I’d feel a bit more like myself in the afternoon.

UP: Breakfast!

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal!

For some reason I always think of baked oatmeal as a weekend kind of breakfast, but making an individual portion is actually easy and fast enough for a weekday if you play your cards right. If you pop it in the oven before you blow-dry your hair and do your makeup, it will be ready for you at the exact moment you’re ready for it! :-)

My baked oatmeal contained:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup plus a bit more almond milk
  • touch of salt
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • roughly chopped roasted almonds on top

I just mixed everything (except the almonds) together, then baked it at 375º for about 25 minutes. It was lovely!

UP: Shopping and Post-It Notes

I had some random errands to run in the morning, which included purchasing a desperately-needed sports bra. I was literally down to one that fit properly and wasn’t completely stretched out. So now I am at two.

While in the dressing room I posted an Operation Beautiful note. I post them for the benefit of others, but writing the message is a real mood-booster for me too! :-D

DOWN: Lunch

I had big plans to make a really fun lunch today, but I got so hungry while I was out and about that I stopped at Subway. Not that I don’t love Subway! It just wasn’t as exciting as what I thought I’d be eating. Another day, another lunch, I suppose!

That would be a veggie monster: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, banana peppers, sweet peppers, red onion, and honey mustard.

DOWN: Nap and Momma News

I told myself that when I was finished my errands I would immediately come home and do homework. Somehow I ended up on the couch snoring for 45 minutes. :oops:

And then, about 2 minutes after I came to, I got a call that my mom is having emergency laser eye surgery in the morning for a torn retina. :-( We actually don’t know a lot of details because she needs to go to a retina specialist who was out of the office today. But apparently it is crucial that she have the surgery as soon as possible to prevent major damage to her vision. 8-O I immediately rearranged my schedule and will be driving to York to spend the day with her tomorrow. I’d appreciate any prayers and/or positive vibes you could send her way!

UP: Snack

You really can’t go wrong with a LARABAR.

Love this flavor!

DOWN: Run

Ugh, my run was just crappy, one of the worst I’ve had in quite some time. It pretty much stank because:

  • I was overdressed and felt way too hot the entire time.
  • I started out too fast and then had trouble finding my groove.
  • I meant to run 4 miles but miscalculated the route and ended up running a little over 5.
  • I had to deal with numerous catcallers (I’ll save you my full rant, but I will say that the fact that I am running by your construction site is not justification for whistling at me or commenting on my body. :-x )

You win some, you lose some, I guess!

UP: Post-run snack

Apple slices and Pumpkin Seed Kale Crackers that I got at Fitbloggin’ from Pure2Raw!

Fabulous ingredient list.

These were really flavorful! They were so much better than the kinds I sampled at FitBloggin, which I think had onion in them.

I went back for a few more…and by that I mean that half the bag is already gone! ;-)

DOWN: Homework

Enough said.

UP: Receiving word that my friend from college went into labor…can’t wait to get the call that her baby girl has arrived safe and sound! :-)

UP: Dinner!

I love sandwiches, and this one totally rocked. I got the idea from this blog post.

The sandwich was made up of:

  • HOMEMADE (by Dave!) 100% whole wheat bread (we’re seriously considering switching entirely to homemade bread…it tastes so delicious, has no preservatives and only a handful of ingredients, and Dave’s really good at making it!)
  • pureed white beans seasoned with fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper
  • avocado slices
  • Bibb lettuce
  • alfalfa sprouts

I already can’t wait to re-create this for lunch tomorrow!

On the side, some sweet potato cheetahs! (Note the spots. 8-) )

Ketchup for dipping.

Such a delicious dinner!

UP: Reading other health and fitness blogs and feeling totally inspired and uplifted! :-D

UP: Dessert

Ending it on a sweet note!

Chocolate Fig VitaTop smothered with peanut butter.

Whew! All that up and down motion kind of made me sea sick! ;-)

How do you handle roller coaster days?

AND/OR

Are you a Subway fan? What’s your go-to sub?

What I Ate – 2/12/2010

By Katie, 10:44 pm

Welcome to the weekend, folks! :-D

I hope you had a wonderful Friday and that you have an enjoyable weekend ahead of you. I’m leaving in the morning to attend a Christian women’s conference, which should be a great time to connect with other women and work on increasing my spiritual fitness level. I’ll be sure to share any insights this weekend may bring!

Breakfast

I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating: reading healthy living blogs has given me so many ideas for interesting and delicious meals…not to mention interesting and delicious CONTAINERS for those meals. ;-)

Yep, today was OIAJ (Oats In A Jar) day! How did I ever survive before learning this ingenious way of ensuring that every last bit of nut butter is fully enjoyed?!?!

My Oats in a Jar contained:

  • 1/2 cup oats, cooked in 1 cup water
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon
  • ground flax
  • the leftover scrapings of almond butter (maybe a tbsp?)

The way the hot oats melt all of the leftover nut butter is just heavenly. I mourn for all the scrapes of nut butter that – before my blog-reading days – were simply wasted. :cry:

Mid-Morning Snack

After breakfast I plotted out my day, which included the usual: reading, writing, and job-applying. Plus packing for the weekend. Afterward I headed to the Y, where I did a total of 4 miles on the treadmill: 3.5 running plus a walking warm-up and cool-down. Then I did some lower body strength work (various squats and lunges, plus some deadlifts and wall-sits).

It was a solid workout, which is good because I’ll be taking two days off from exercising this week due to the conference. (I usually take just one full rest day, plus one day of lighter exercise.) I came home and made myself a little snacky-snack before attacking the to-do list.

Sliced apple and a string cheese, which I do, in fact, peel off in strings. Dave, on the other hand, just bites right into them, which I find a bit objectionable since it is indeed called string cheese. ;-) Do you peel it into strings?

Lunch

Lunch was yet another lovely idea inspired by the blogosphere. A big thank you to Lele from Lele Lurves Plants for this great idea for tofu salad!

It’s kind of like egg salad…but not. ;-)

The tofu salad contained:

  • tofu (I used the Nasoya pre-cubed kind)
  • green onion
  • celery
  • capers
  • plain Greek yogurt (perfect substitute for mayo!)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dried dill

I really liked this and will definitely be making it again!

Some crunchy red pepper strips.

And some (still too tart!) blackberries.

Because the blackberries were so tart, I was still craving some sweetness. So I also had two Barbara’s Bakery brand fig bars.

Afternoon Snacks

The generous folks at Chobani were kind enough to send me some Greek yogurts to sample. This afternoon I broke into the Pomegranate flavor, which was really good! It wasn’t overly sweet, which I appreciated.

Topped with some Kashi Go Lean.

Here’s my take on pre-sweetened yogurt: It better not be dripping with syrupy goop. Blech. I liked this Chobani because, while of course it has added sugar, it also has real fruit. Exhibit A: actual pomegranate arils.

A bit later I munched on some carrot and celery sticks, dipped in Crazy Richard’s natural chunky peanut butter.

Dinner

Tonight was the meeting of my monthly book club! We’re just a small group of women who like to read all kinds of books and then chat about them (and lots of other topics!), all while eating, of course! :-) We’re looking for new members, if any readers in the Baltimore area are interested!

This month we read The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. It was quite different from most of the other books we’ve read; it was part-mystery, part-romance, part-thriller. It probably took a good fifty pages for me to really get into it, but once I did I really enjoyed it! There were definitely slow parts, but other parts were page-turners.

For dinner, our lovely host Haley made this oven-roaster chicken.

I was in charge of the salad, which contained Romaine, cherry tomatoes (of course!), red onion, cucumber, carrots, shredded cheddar, golden raisins, and sliced almonds.

My plate.

I ate all of it, plus a second serving of salad.

For dessert, we had CAKE!

And it was good. :-)

Time for me to get some shut-eye so I can get up bright and early for the conference. I won’t be posting in “real time” over the weekend, but I have scheduled a slightly different kind of post to share with you while I’m away. I hope you like it! ;-)

What are your plans for the weekend? What are you most looking forward to?

AND

What’s your all-time favorite book? (Tough question, I know!)

P.S. If you pack your breakfast to-go, you should definitely enter this Fit & Fresh Breakfast Chiller giveaway!

Blueberry-Coconut Baked Oatmeal

By Katie, 2:19 pm

Like most healthy living bloggers, I have a love affair with oats. Hot oatmeal, cold overnight oats, breakfast cookies with oats…I love it all.

But what kind of oat-enthusiast would I be without a little attention to baked oatmeal?

I usually stick with Kath’s Baked Banana Oatmeal, but when I came across this recipe for Blueberry-Coconut Baked Oatmeal I knew I needed to switch it up!

I was actually debating between making this and some kind of banana-apple baked oatmeal, but Dave promptly requested this one. (He ♥’s coconut.) He made a fine selection, I must say!

To make Blueberry-Coconut Baked Oatmeal, I first layered banana slices and frozen blueberries on the bottom of a square baking dish.

Then I mixed together rolled oats, dried unsweetened coconut, dried unsweetened blueberries, brown sugar, baking powder, and a bunch of spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves), and dumped that mixture on top of the bananas/frozen blueberries.

Then I made another mixture – nonfat milk, an egg, some Earth Balance “butter,” vanilla extract, and real maple syrup. Poured that over the oat mixture.

Baked for about 35 minutes, and then it was time for breakfast!

Blueberry-Coconut Baked Oatmeal
From Healthy Food for Living

Makes 4 large portions

Ingredients
non-stick cooking spray
2 medium bananas, sliced
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup unsweetened dried blueberries
1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I omitted)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch each ground nutmeg, cloves, and salt
2 cups skim milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 Tbsp margarine or butter, melted & cooled, divided (I used 1 tbsp of Earth Balance)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 375*. Lightly coat an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Layer the banana slices over the bottom of the dish. Top with the frozen blueberries, and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, coconut flakes, dried blueberries, brown sugar, pumpkin seeds (if using), baking powder, and spices. Set aside.

4. In another bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, 1 tbsp of the butter, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.

5. Pour the oat mixture on top of the bananas and blueberries. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture, and drizzle with the remaining 1/2 tbsp butter (if using).

6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top layer is lightly browned and crisp. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Have you ever made baked oatmeal?

What I Ate – 2/4/2010

By Katie, 9:27 pm

It’s almost Friday…THANK GOODNESS! I don’t know about you, but this week has been an absolute ROLLER COASTER for me. I’ll be so relieved when it’s the weekend!

Here’s the quick re-cap of my meals and snacks. :-)

Breakfast

I feel like I ate dessert for breakfast this morning, which isn’t a bad thing! ;-) I enjoyed a lovely bowl of Sweet Potato Pie Oats.

My “dessert” contained:

  • 1/3 cup oats, cooked in 2/3 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • pinch nutmeg
  • lots of cinnamon
  • about 1/4 cup sweet potato puree
  • spoonful of PB & Co‘s Mighty Maple peanut butter (peanut butter mixed with maple syrup – yum!)
  • chopped pecans (Allie would be proud!)

That’s pie in a bowl, right there! ;-)

Mid-Morning Snack

Post-breakfast I headed straight to the Y for my workout. I have been blessed with a stomach of steel – as long as the meal isn’t super heavy, I can exercise right after eating no problem. It’s quite convenient! I ran 4 miles steady on the treadmill, plus a quarter mile warm-up and cool-down. While running I saw the news about the earthquake that hit Taiwan this morning, and I got a bit worried because my brother’s girlfriend is currently there visiting her father. But I’ve received word that’s she’s just fine, thank goodness.

After exercising I came home and had one of my favorite snacks.

Half of a whole wheat English muffin topped with an egg white “puff,” if you will, along with some salsa. (I make the egg “puffs” in the microwave – super quick!)

Lunch

I spent the rest of the morning writing a paper for school, which is now complete! Such a great feeling. :-)

I rewarded myself for a job well-done with…pasta!

Whole wheat spaghetti noodles, stir-fry veggie mix, a Quorn chik’n cutlet, and peanut sauce. The sauce was nothing fancy – just natural creamy peanut butter thinned with some nonfat milk. (In the past I’ve also made quick peanut sauces using PB2.)

I went back for more sauce half-way through the bowl. ;-)

(You can’t tell from the photo, but this was a bowl of cold pasta…I love cold noodles!)

Afternoon Snacks

After lunch I worked on some job applications, then got a much needed haircut. Before: way too long, flat, kind of scraggly…blah.

After: much better!

Came home and got my snackage on. :lol:

Two Wasa wholegrain crispbreads topped with cheddar cheese and apricot preserves.

And some juicy orange slices.

Dinner

I’m still having fun finding ways to use all of the tilapia fillets in my freezer. Tonight I checked out the “tilapia” tag on Cara’s Cravings for inspiration. I wanted something quick, and her tilapia tacos seemed perfect!

I ended up steaming my fish fillets because I’d never done that before, and I was in the mood to use my food steamer. :-)

The tacos consisted of tilapia, taco seasoning, Trader Joe’s Peach Salsa, diced avocado, and cilantro – two in soft tortillas and one with CRUNCH! Consumed over a riveting discussion of what the best taco fillings are. My top two are fish and beans, the Hub’s are fish and pork.

Evening Snack

So this was pretty cool! 8-)

That would be banana “soft-serve” ice cream! Except that it’s not really ice cream at all!

Last night I was lamenting the fact that I do not own a food processor, when Dave gently reminded me that my blender came with a small food processor attachment. I instantly knew that I’d be whipping this up the next day!

All I did was throw a frozen banana in the processor and let it run for about 4 minutes, stopping every minute or so to scrape down the sides. The result was a smooth and fluffy banana whose texture very closely resembled that of soft serve. (Gena from Choosing Raw explains the process in more detail if you’re interested.) Topped with some dark chocolate chips for a perfect little dessert! I’m just sad that I only had one frozen banana to use. :-( Next time I will definitely make a bigger quantity!

(Just an FYI: As I’m sitting here writing this post I’m actually feeling a twinge of hunger, so once I hit “Publish” I’ll probably grab a small piece of fruit or some yogurt.)

How do you handle eating before exercise? Do you have a “stomach of steel” like me, or do you have to be careful about timing your meals/snacks around your workouts?

AND

What’s your favorite taco filling? Like I said, fish is definitely my top choice!

What I Ate – 2/27/2010

By Katie, 10:45 pm

Hi, everyone! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! I had a wonderful day today, filled with delicious food and some quality time with my family. :-D

Breakfast

Well, I’ll actually start before breakfast. I woke up and immediately snuck in a quickie workout – Jillian Michaels’s No More Trouble Zones DVD. Such a good workout!!! (Including the Surrender – my arms were BURNING! :-) ) Afterward I enjoyed a super delicious breakfast!

This delicious bowl contained:

  • 1/3 cup oatbran, cooked in 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • lots of cinnamon
  • sliced banana (most added at the beginning of cooking, with a few slices reserved for garnish ;-) )
  • crumbled slice of Gingered Applesauce Bread with Dark Chocolate (so good!)

The dark chocolate got all warm and melt-y…yum! :-)

The perfect bite!

Lunch

After breakfast Dave and I drove an hour north to my hometown of York, PA to spend the day with my mom and brother. We went to a wonderful place called Central Market for lunch and some food shopping.

Central Market is a landmark of sorts in my hometown. It’s been around since 1888. It’s filled with vendors of all kinds – farm fresh produce, meat/poultry/fish, baked goods, candy, crafts, and small restaurants. A foodie’s heaven! :-D

The market holds a special place in my heart; almost everyone in my family has tended a market stand at one time or another. I myself spent my middle and high school years selling fresh produce at this very stand:

Such good memories.

We enjoyed some amazing food for lunch. My mom had “the most delicious Reuben sandwich of all time” (her words), which consisted of pastrami, swiss cheese, “czarist dressing” (???), and house-made slaw on rye bread.

Dave enjoyed a very traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food: hog maw. You might gag when you hear this, but hog maw is basically a cleaned pig’s stomach stuffed with potatoes and pork sausage. Here it is before they cut off Dave’s slice.

I gotta say, most of the food associated with my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage is a bit less than healthy. :-? But I still respect it, even if I don’t really enjoy it.

I opted for a salad + soup combo. Check out this GLORIOUS salad!!!

This was incredible! In the mix:

  • spinach
  • pear slices
  • pecans
  • blue cheese
  • roasted wild mushrooms
  • ajo verde dressing on the side (not sure what this was…it was green and creamy)

I also got a cup of Tuscan spinach and white bean soup. It had spinach, white beans, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts.

I actually only ate a small bit of this and gave the rest to Dave…I was too busy filling up on that amazing salad!

Afternoon Snack

Some dried peaches and pears that I picked up while at market.

Dinner

Before dinner we just relaxed and chatted. Nice shot of my brother and me. :-)

He’s currently sporting a wrist brace…not good, considering he’s an avid golfer and bowler!

For dinner we headed to a new little pizza and sub shop. My mom, Dave, and I split this veggie pizza.

I had this slice x 2. It was pretty good, but quite greasy…it required multiple napkins for blotting. :-|

I debated having a third slice but decided against it so that I wouldn’t spoil my dessert.

My wonderful mom. :-D

(Note to self: it’s time for a haircut!)

Evening Snack

Dessert was a lovely little tasting plate of sweets!

Two shortbread cookies (I only ended up eating one), and a delicious heart-shaped cookie with fig filling. It was so soft and buttery!

And a piece of homemade, creamy milk chocolate.

All-in-all, a wonderful and delicious day! :-D

Two questions for ya!

Do you enjoy the food associated with your heritage? I can’t say I’m into hog maw, but Pennsylvania Dutch-style chicken pot pie is unbeatable!

Are you a pizza-blotter like me? I often get some eye-rolls when I do it, but sometimes it’s just too greasy for me!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :-)

What I Ate – 2/20/2010

By Katie, 10:13 pm

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend! So far mine has been very productive – exercise, homework, errands, chores, whew!

Breakfast

Breakfast was all about OATS and ALMONDS!

In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats, cooked in 2/3 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • sliced banana
  • ground flaxseed
  • cinnamon
  • toppings: ALMOND butter, sliced ALMONDS, and golden raisins

A lovely bowl of breakfast goodness! :-D

Mid-Morning Snack

After breakfast Dave and I headed straight to the Y. Dave likes to exercise while watching soccer on the gym televisions, so we make a serious effort to align our workouts with the weekend European game. I start my training program for the Broad Street Ten Miler next week, so I avoided the treadmill today. Instead, I did 45 minutes of resistance intervals on the elliptical, plus 10 minutes of core work.

Came home and snacked on some orange slices.

Lunch

Lunch was pretty spectacular. It may not seem all that exciting, but it was exactly what I was craving.

Swiss cheese and pickle sammie!

2 slices of Swiss cheese and 3 long sandwich pickles on two hearty slices of whole wheat. Seriously YUM!

Plus a huge red delicious apple. It wasn’t all that good. Not crunchy enough. :-?

But the sandwich totally made up for it!

After lunch Dave informed me that only ONE PIECE of chocolate from our Wockenfuss loot remained. My reaction:

I was very sad to see it go. :cry:

Bye bye, sea salt caramel.

Afternoon Snacks

While out running errands in the afternoon, I had this Kashi bar. I personally find most Kashi bars to be too dry. This one was dry, but not as dry as some others, so that was a pleasant surprise!

And later, a few dried figs and cherry tomatoes. I pop those things like candy! :-)

Dinner

Tonight Dave and I both had a craving for PIZZA However, we are trying to reign in our spending a bit, so going out or ordering in were both out of the question. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s $0.99 wheat pizza dough!!!

Can you tell which half is mine? ;-)

My side was topped with:

  • tomato sauce
  • artichoke hearts
  • mushrooms
  • broccoli
  • 1 link Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage
  • mozzarella cheese
  • oregano
  • garlic powder

This was infinitely healthier, way more customizable, and a whole lot more fun than take-out! :-D

I started with two slices.

And then went back for a third. And there’s still one more slice left over for lunch tomorrow!

After dinner there was a lot of cuteness going on. ;-)

Evening Snack

My three slices of pizza were really filling, so I kept dessert small and simple: a bowl of green grapes.

Now Dave and I are just relaxing and watching the OLYMPICS! So far tonight we’ve enjoyed bobsledding, speed skating, ice hockey, and curling. :-D

Which winter Olympic sport have you been following? I’ve been totally into speed skating this year!

AND

Do you make homemade pizza instead of getting take-out? What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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