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An Ode To Oatmeal

I am a cruel blogger, I know. Every Wednesday, I share delicious looking waffles with you knowing that many of you can’t make them yourselves. There is a shortage of waffle makers in kitchens across the globe. Where is the government lobby for this??

So this week, I am sharing another delicious breakfast that you can make at home! All you need is a microwave or a pot, a love for carbohydrates, and a little creativity ;)

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My friends, today we are talking oatmeal. The following is an assortment of some of my most notable bowls to date. There is a vast array of combos you can do and I hope these only ignite ideas of your own! Be forewarned – I need protein in my oats to satisfy my belly.

As a side note, the above photo seems other-worldly to me. That majestic river and greenery used to be the view out my window in New Brunswick. Now I step out the door and am assaulted by noise and traffic. Ahhhh, city livin’ ;)

Onward to the hot creamy carbfest!

Birthday Oats

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  • 1 packet multi grain instant oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 sliced banana
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • mini marshmallows
  • sprinkles!!

I ate these on my birthday, hence the name ;)

Custard Oats

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Oatmeal with a whole egg cooked in. Read the step by step guide here!

Candy Oats

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M&Ms, peanut butter, coconut. Mini Eggs also welcome!

PB&J Oats

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  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey powder
  • cinnamon
  • peanut butter
  • blackberry jam
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    As a nod to the PB&J sandwich, I like to sandwich half the toppings in the middle.

    Savoury Oats

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    • 1/2 cup rolled oats
    • 1 cup water
    • pinch salt
    • 1 tsp Earth Balance
    • 1 breakfast sausage,sliced and stirred into oats
    • 1 fried egg
    • lotsa saaaahlsa

    Don’t Try This At Home Oats

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    When attempting to make steel cut oats overnight in your ginormous slow-cooker, I suggest making a LARGE batch. Smaller bathes apparently just get crusty. Unless you want oat crackers.

    Sweet n’ Salty Oats

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    Rolled oats cooked on the stove top with water and protein powder, then topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter and pretzels.

    Oat Bran

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    A much creamier version of oatmeal and quick cooking!

    Fluffernutter Oats

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    Marshamallow fluff + peanut butter. Or in this case, made better with chocolate peanut butter.

    Oats Topped With Oats

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    Creamy custard oats topped with crunchy granola and molasses. In this case, Beek’s coconut chia granola.

    Frosted Oats

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    Instant oats zapped with water and frozen berries, topped with a sweet vanilla yogurt.

    Mocha Oats

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    • 2/3 cup oat bran
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • 2/3 scoop chocolate whey powder
    • 1 package Via instant coffee
    • chocolate chips
    • roasted almonds
    • coconut

    Reduces morning sweats that may occur when attempting to eat hot oatmeal and drink hot coffee at the same time.

    Scottish Oatmeal

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    Like a finer cut and faster cooking steel-cut oatmeal. This is Bob’s Red Mill.

    Oats In A Jar

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    If you hate the hard bottom part of a nut butter jar like me, this solves your problem. Pouring hot oatmeal into a glass jar melts it and mixes it in!

    Oatmeal & Yogurt Parfait

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    Top oatmeal with fresh or frozen fruit.

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    Add yogurt, cereal, nuts or nut butter.

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    Dig in to the layers!

    Cream of Wheat

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    Okay, technically not oatmeal but a wonderful hot breakfast packed full of iron!

    Welcome to autumn bloggie friends! It may not be waffles, but I hope you get to enjoy some warm breakfasts this week :)

    Question of the Day: What’s your favourite way to eat oatmeal? I like it custard-style with rolled oats, cashew butter, maple syrup, dates and coconut!

    ~~~Thursday is your last day to vote for my Scottish-inspired Project Food Blog post! Click here to vote for me (and others!) $10,000 is up for grabs!~~~

    Home and Homecooked!!

    Happyhappy Friday friends!! It’s an even happier Friday around these parts – I’m at my mom’s!! I’m shacking up here till I move to Toronto at the end of the month. Happy days indeed :)

    So! Wonderful feedback on my last post on tips for staying healthy in college. Here are some of the extra tips from the comments:

    John
    One tip is if you go with room and board you don’t have to eat everything the landlord puts in front of you. In my case she fed me like I was 2 people and soon I weighed that much!

    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    stay outta the cafeteria’s mega huge buffet lines..they scoop eggs and a side of bacon and toast on your breakfast plate that’s 1500 cals and that will set any one up for failiure. basically portion control and smart choices…PLANTS and VeggieSS!!!

    peanutbutterfingers 
    i know for me it was all about portion control at all-you-can-eat meal plan locations!

    Jessica (electropositive)
    As a thankfully graduated person, I do want to add one to the list: keep stress down! If you’re like me, stress = eats. Usually bad eats. I always wanted french fries and Coca-Cola when I was having a bad day, and if the day was bad enough I would top it off with going to town on whatever I had in the house when I got home. I would say stress was the #1 cause of my weight gain in college

    Angharad
    A good tip is to fore-go the late night burger joint and eat something when you get home. It doesn’t have to be carrot sticks, but it also doesn’t have to be half a pizza! You’ll save money as well as calories.

    fightingwithfood
    I would add finding a few dorm-mates or classmates that share your goals. Get chatting! Odds are, someone in class will want to join up for a gym session after class or lunch at a healthy restaurant. Having someone else around (that you see on a regular basis) will help hold you accountable

    Really appreciated these extra tips! I never lived in a dorm, so I luckily didn’t have to rely on a microwave and cafeteria for sustenance.

    Instead, I made ginormous bowls of hot cereal ;)

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    I finished the cream of wheat! 

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    Polished off the box today with some egg whites and dates cooked in. Topped with homemade maple pecan peanut butter.

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    I must say, I`m now a cream of wheat convert. It’s fabulously creamy and the extra iron isn’t bad ;)

    Spotted: poodle hiding treats in couch.

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    I give Archie a treat after our walk everyday. Pretty sure I’ve found every single one hidden somewhere packing up. The most impressive one was found in the back of my closed sock drawer. How did he do that??

    Spent the morning packing my car to the brim.

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    Said goodbye to my favourite view…

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    Then hit the road!

    Arrived home to a loving household and dinner in the oven :)

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    Mom made one of my favourites – roast chicken.

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    Which I covered in homemade cranberry sauce post-picture.

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    Oven fries. Smothered in ketchup (of course).

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    And the mandatory greens. Perfect meal! Thanks mommy! I’ll have to contribute to the meals while I’m here. My mom has an excellent kitchen for cooking in.

    Now I’m cuddled up with the pooch, watching CBC with the fam (although technically the Fifth Estate just began. We know how to rock it on a Friday night!)

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    Archie won’t leave my side now that we’re home. My mom is jealous – muhahaha. Still have him on his new exercise regimen. Took him for a nice walk after dinner :)

    Well that’s all from me tonight! Tomorrow, I’m heading back to my apartment with a convoy to pick up the bigger items. Then I’m officially out of the place. On to my new adventure!

     

    Question of the Day: What’s your favourite homecooked meal? The roast chicken is one of my newer favourites since I was a vegetarian for so long. But my mom’s chili and lasagna is always in high demand!!

    I Don’t Monkey Around

    Hello friends!!

    I have tons of yummy food pictures for you today, so let’s get to it!

    I slept in until 8am today. Apparently, it takes four days to break out of your sleep routine. Noted.

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    However, the late wake-up call meant I was rushed this morning. Started off with a bowl of cream of wheat which always cooks up quick.

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    I don’t think I’ll get through this box before I move. However it was delightful topped with All Bran, molasses and almond butter.

    Then I got straight to work in the kitchen. A co-worker from my now old-job, celebrated her birthday today. I promised I’d show up with a treat, and to be honest, I couldn’t give up the chance to bake for somebody!

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    Last week, she was on the quest for the perfect cinnamon bun. I tucked this away back in my mind, and when word of her bee-day came up, I knew she was destined for some monkey bread.

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    I’ve never had or made monkey bread before. After many google searches, I decided on this recipe. The only change is that I used two cans of biscuits, 1/2 the pudding mix, and added 1/2 cup brown sugar.

    I’ve heard they call it “monkey bread” because it’s “so easy a money could do it.” I would have to agree.

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    Cut each biscuit into quarters, dip into melted butter, then shake up in your cinnamon sugar mix.

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    And build your loaf of bread!

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    It’s traditionally done in a bundt pan, but I don’t own one. Nor was I adding to my kitchen collection when I’m about to pack it up.

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    After that first piece, I got a little wise and started doing eight at a time. Went much faster.

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    Popped in a 350F oven for 35 minutes.

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    Mine browned a little on the top, which is a shame. But it was a sacrifice I had to make to cook the center.

    I had some of the cinnamon-sugar mix left, so I mixed it up with the remainder of my melted butter.

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    And spread it on top of the loaf. Mmmmm…

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    I couldn’t stick around for the loaf feast at the office, but it got nothing but good feedback. Hopefully it cured my co-worker’s cinnamon bun craving!

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    Instead, I snuck a piece fresh out of the oven as a little pre-run snack ;)

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    Totally against my “no refined sugars” thing. But exceptions must be made in certain instances! This is most definitely one! I must say, the butterscotch pudding totally made this recipe. It gave it a sweet caramel-y flavour. I highly suggest you add it to your next monkey bread :)

    The refined sugars of course were the perfect fuel for a quick 4 miler along my favourite trail. Holy beautiful day!!! Bittersweet, as it’s probably my last run along the riverfront trail. The same trail that taught me how to love running :) Additionally bitter because I got a sunburn. At 10am. In May. With sunscreen on. Ridiculous.

    The rest of my day was a whirlwind. It included donating 4 boxes of books to the library. Times like those I’m glad I lift weights! I did a lot of deadlifts with those things today :P

    I also went to the doctor as a follow-up to my skin thingy. I’ve been on antibiotics for a month now because of an infection of the hair follicles in my legs. It’s cleared up a lot in the past month, but the doc wants me to continue taking them for two more months to ensure it’s completely zapped. Unfortunately there’s a worldwide shortage of tetracyclene or something, so that issue is not sorted out yet. Nothing is ever easy, is it? I’m not really keen on being put on stronger antibiotics for any length of time either…

    At least I had yummy snacks to keep me going :)

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    Totally forgot I put maple in the homemade protein bars. Got a pleasant surprise when I bit into it!

    Dinner was leftovers made into a salad. 

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    The lentil-bulgur-hummus-feta-tofu mash up, baked into little patties.

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    On top of some “sweet potato chips.” Ie thinly sliced sweet potato dusted with salt and spices.

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    I drizzled some balsamic on the spinach, and the flavours happening on this plate were out of this world. Tangy, sweet, salty, good times.

    This evening, I added three more bags to my garbage pile. Throwing shit out feels awesome! Goooooodbye baggage! :)

    Just finished up a microwave protein cake.

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    30g peach-mango whey protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, 2 tbsp applesauce, 2 tbsp egg whites.

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    Topped with almond butter. The fruity whey powder made an awesome tasting cake.

     

    Now it’s time for me to get back to packing! I’m catching up on Gossip Girl while doing it, which is making it a little more bearable (and scandalous).

    So, here’s a breakdown of some things happening:

    • Final meeting with landlord and subtenant tomorrow. Could go badly, hoping it goes well.
    • Doing my personal training practical exam on Wednesday!! *insert hyperventilating here*
    • A BIG giveaway announcement tomorrow, Wednesday. I highly suggest you come back for that one ;)
    • Thursday, I am hoping to pack my Ford Focus up with as much as I can, and drive it to my mom’s
    • Thursday will also have a post on tips for staying healthy in college
    • Seeing as I’m feeling overwhelmed, moving to mom’s may happen Friday
    • Saturday, come pick up my big furniture with my dad and a truck
    • Sunday, hopefully relax, and celebrate Mother’s Day :)

    Right now I’m just trying to focus on the short-term and doing what needs to get done each day. Thinking ahead elevates my heart rate too much.

    Breeeeeathe.

    Phew. That felt good.

    If for some reason, I’m not back tomorrow, it means I just fainted doing my practical. No worries :P

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