Tuesday, May 10, 2011
We had a rocky start, but now I am in love.
At the age of 22, I finally discovered the amazing-ness that is oatmeal. During my period of living out of a suitcase for 8 months, I made this discovery and it came in handy. From that day on, I would get anxious if I didn't have a box of oatmeal packets in my suitcase. Of course prior to this discovery the other staple that had to be in my suitcase was a jar of peanut butter, but that I think I discovered at birth I couldn't live without.
I dont know what provoked me to try it, but one day at a hotel's continental breakfast, I had a packet of Quaker's Maple Brown Sugar. It was to die for. Tasted like candy, it was so sugary. While growing up, I always hated oatmeal. I think this is because Mom always bought the plain old fashioned oat which you had to doctor up yourself. I guess they were not doctored up quite enough because I always thought oatmeal was so blant and boring.
Now that I have grown up a little, I now buy the old fashioned oats. I buy the huge tub too! Most cost effective way. I have perfected the art of doctoring it up and last summer made a new oatmeal discovery!
Overnight oats! Oatmeal is a staple breakfast for me, but when it is hot out, you don't always want a hot cereal. I stumbled across a recipe card at Whole Foods for an overnight oatmeal which sparked the idea in my head and now this is my new found favorite way to have oatmeal. The possibilities are endless too. I mix it up using different sweeteners (brown sugar, honey, maple syrup,) fruit (strawberries, banana, craisins,) and nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts.)
Here is the classic Brenda Overnight Recipe:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Handful of chopped almonds
Handful of dried cranberries
- Stir all ingredients together in a tupperware
- Put it in the refrigerator and enjoy the next day (or after a couple hours)