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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Monday, February 15, 2010

The funniest thing happened after I talked about not wanting pumpkin pie oatmeal for awhile. All I could think about this morning was eating some pumpkin pie oatmeal!! So I took some pictures of the process.

The first thing I wanted was some banana yogurt. I took some fat free greek yogurt (Chobani, of course) and blended it up with an ounce of banana, some vanilla and some stevia.



Then I put that in the fridge to thicken up a bit while I finished the rest of my meal. For the oatmeal topping I use:

1/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 packet of Stevia
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

I blend that up to a nice and smooth consistency with 1/2 cup of water.

I add it to 1/2 cup of oats and microwave for two and a half minutes.

I then give it a stir and add a couple of extra tablespoons of water before microwaving for another two and a half minutes. Then I let it sit in the microwave to thicken while I get the rest of the meal ready.

For my sides I grab my banana yogurt, and about fifty calories worth of sliced almonds. If you like things mixed together add it all to the oatmeal bowl. You have the perfect whipped topping (yogurt), filling (pumpkin oatmeal) and crust (almonds). I keep all of mine separate.

I take a bite of yogurt, a bite of oatmeal and then I eat a few sliced almonds. And that’s what I call “Pumpkin Pie” oatmeal! I just finished my meal and now I feel full and satisfied.

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day!

Bonus picture of awesome chocolates :

Yeah I like to use a knife to cut them all open so I know exactly which ones are worth it! Did you do anything fun or get anything cool for V day?

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ELLIEFUNT 3/3/2010 11:30AM

    I'm going to have to try that! I love pumpkin!

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*AMBER512 2/16/2010 11:23PM

    For anyone curious about the calories :

For everything (almonds, yogurt, and oatmeal with toppings) about 420 calories, 53 grams of carbs, 11 grams of fat, and 29 grams of protein! A million grams of YUM! =)

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PJDKSMITH 2/16/2010 10:11PM

    OMG! I have to try the oatmeal thing; it looks GREAT!! What's the nutritional value of that meal? I'm gonna look in ur tracker!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/16/2010 10:58AM

    that is funny that you wanted that pum
pkin pie oatmeal after talking about it so much emoticon. thanks for showing the demo on how to make it. you know, i never did think about opening chocolates with a knife, that is interesting.

Lori emoticon

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KNMMOMMY 2/15/2010 4:33PM

    Since pumpkin pie is my favorite, this is a must try for me. You are so creative. Thanks for your menu blogs with all the pictures.

I also think your idea about the ability to take bites from three different things is an outstanding way to trick your brain.

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Kashi Cereal and Chobani Greek Yogurt

Saturday, February 13, 2010

So I talked a bit in my oatmeal blog about getting obsessed with pumpkin pie oatmeal to the point where now I’ll consider eating it and think “ugh, not again!”

I try not to just eat the same thing every day, but I tend to find a meal combination I really like and then WANT to eat it constantly. Lately, it’s been Kashi Go Lean cereal.

I start out with just the cereal.

Then I like adding cinnamon and stevia on top.

Then I mix it with a bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. For staying power and tastiness I have some banana and a Chobani yogurt on the side.

My favorite flavors of the yogurt are pineapple, pomegranate, and peach, in that order. Apparently I like all of the “p” flavors! I don’t like blueberries or anything blueberry flavored, so I haven’t tried that flavor. And I didn’t like their strawberry flavor, which is very strange to me because I LOVE pretty much everything strawberry flavored.

When I want something other than one of their fruit flavors I buy the plain. I use the plain in place of sour cream and mayo in savory dishes as well, but most of the time I like something sweet! So I mix in some stevia and some organic vanilla. So that this :

can get mixed together and become a smooth and creamy this :

So yeah the flavor combination is just plain fantastic. And that’s probably why I have so many pictures of my cereal, yogurt, and fruit meal!

Do you like cereal? Do you top it with anything?

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RONIE11 2/13/2010 12:12PM

    I love the vanilla non fat yogurt. I threw in about 6 raisins and it was so rich and wonderful. Like a fancy desert. lol. I've found that since cutting out sugar my sweet tooth finds food much sweeter than before. I also put a spin on your pumpkin and oatmeal dish I had a 1/2 a baked yam I heated and mashed up and then mixed it together yummy

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/13/2010 12:06PM

    kashi go lean mixed with another cereal and almond or soy milk is devine! :)

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Peanut Butter and Jam Oatmeal

Friday, February 12, 2010

I am pretty new to eating oatmeal in general. I always hated how "soggy" it was. But I discovered that I just have to make sure I don't add too much liquid and then I can make it nice and chewy. My favorite topping for the longest time was canned 100% pumpkin, cinnamon, ground flaxseed and sliced almonds on the side.

I was eating “pumpkin pie” oatmeal so much I got completely sick of it. I usually end up doing that with my food. I find a recipe I like and then I eat it CONSTANTLY until I never want to eat it again. Then it’s a good long while before I become obsessed again.

So I was searching the internet for what other oatmeal toppings people used. I got really inspired by a “peanut butter and jam” oatmeal I saw. I changed it up and this is what I did.

I started with oats

Then I blended a bit of banana, vanilla, stevia, and water together and poured it on top.

Microwaved it for three minutes, stirred, microwaved another three minutes.

While it was cooking I got my toppings ready.

And what I wanted on the side.

Although I changed my mind and did add the strawberries on top.

It was really tasty! Although, next time I will leave the strawberries on the side. I’m not a big of fan of meals where everything is in together. I like the different textures to stay separate and then it feels like I get more food. Instead of a spoon with yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit on it, I can take a bite of yogurt, then a bite of fruit, and then a bite of oatmeal. Dip my spoon three times instead of one, BAM, triple the food. Yeah I know, I’m a little crazy.

But it’s why I don’t like parfaits. I hate each of those things mixed together. If I eat a “parfait” each thing (yogurt, fruit, granola) is in its own bowl.

And I like any trick that makes me feel like I'm getting to eat more food!

Do you eat oatmeal? What do you top it with? I’d love new ideas!

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MDTWEETY 2/15/2010 8:23PM

    Mmmmm...oatmeal!! I like to make my oatmeal on the stove the old-fashioned way. I make it with vanilla almond breeze. Same calories as skim milk but it's already sweet so I don't have to add sugar. Sometimes I put in some peanut butter and/or raisins or dried cherries. Pumkin butter or apple butter is also good in it. Love me some oatmeal! emoticon

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AUBREYINGMAN 2/13/2010 12:17PM

    I really enjoyed your plating on this dish. I think it looks pretty cool.

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DEBBIER9 2/12/2010 3:07PM

    sounds yummy thank you for sharing

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/12/2010 2:14PM

    mmm that is funny i am like you too in that i do not like soggy oatmeal either. i like my oatmeal with soymilk microwaved for a couple minutes. i pour just enough soymilk in that it will not be soggy and actually chewy. my favorite topping is brown sugar but not too much or some banana slices and sugar or splenda. i have not eaten oatmeal for a very long time but hope to get back to it soon. i find i am not hungry in the morning and usually just try to drink a little coffee. i am glad you found a new recipe that you like, it sounds yummy :)

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DNJEN471 2/12/2010 12:59PM

    I am boring and don't put anything on my oatmeal. But maybe I will give it a try now.

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TINK9305 2/12/2010 12:13PM

    I totally agree with you on wanting "more" stuff without actually having more :o)

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REMCMFA 2/12/2010 12:10PM

    I eat oatmeal with peanut butter and a minced up apple for my recovery food after I run. Yum, heh?

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THROOPER62 2/12/2010 11:59AM

    This sounds delicious. I am addicted to peanut butter. So I am definitely trying this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Pizza - I tried Amy's Spinach Pizza

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I love pizza. No seriously, I LOVE pizza. I have tried various “diet” pizzas, but the list of ingredients is longer than some short stories! So I tried an all-natural pizza for dinner tonight and was thoroughly impressed.

I bought an Amy’s cheese pizza about a week ago and was bummed with how greasy it was. I didn’t end up eating it. But this time I picked a spinach pizza which looked pretty darn good.

And it was! I baked it in the oven for ten minutes, but the outside was getting pretty crispy. I like my crust soft and chewy (of course!) so I took it out and heated it through in the microwave. Sounds like a weird way to go about dinner, but it really worked. It was heated through without getting crunchy.

I usually don’t like any toppings on my pizza other than sauce and cheese. I love veggies, but prefer them on the side versus being on top of my pizza. The only exception to this no-topping rule used to be pineapple, but I stopped being able to stomach pineapple awhile back. Which makes me sad, because I love the taste, but the acidity of it just turns my stomach now.

But the spinach didn’t even really seem like a “topping” it was more mixed into the sauce. The taste was in a word…FANTASTIC! It was like having a spinach-dip on top of nice chewy bread.

On the side I had my favorite salad.

I apparently made my plate in the spring of 1992. I find it very funny that I still have it! I always use that plate when I have pizza because it’s the biggest and I guess mostly just because of tradition. It’s my “pizza plate”!

One day when I feel a bit better about my cooking skills I will tackle making my own crust. I like that I can trust the ingredients in Amy’s pizzas, and I liked that they had a low-sodium version of the spinach pizza. But there is something about truly making my own food that makes me feel good.

Do you make your own pizza or buy it? Or, do you even eat pizza? Am I alone here in my pizza love??

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TINK9305 2/11/2010 10:45PM

    I like making it better have a good whole wheat pizza crust I make, but when I'm lazy I have it on occation. Hardly ever though. Funny thing though Schwans came tonight and I got a Spinach mushroom fire baked one. I will find out how it is soon I will eat 1/4th for 280 cal. I'm vegetarian so I have had some of Amy's stuff :o)

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/11/2010 5:08PM

    sounds yummy! emoticon emoticon I have had amys food before and also kashi which is very good too. It is a good alternative to the pizza nights we have around here which are either dominos or the local pizza place where you can almost always count on the crust being burned underneath, blech! thanks for your reviews, when i get better i shall have to buy that spinach pizza and try it :)

Lori in new york emoticon

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SHEILAKHS1 2/11/2010 12:26PM

    Good Review. I like pizza but have never heard of Amy's guess I will have to look for it now

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MDTWEETY 2/11/2010 12:10PM

    Thanks for the review! I'll have to pick this one up at the store. Love pizza.

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DNJEN471 2/11/2010 12:32AM

    I enjoy Amy's pizza every now and again. Really we don't get pizza very often with Jeff being Vegan- it's so expensive to buy bread with toppings and no cheese. So yeah... Anyway... I'd agree that the plain cheese one isn't good.

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AERYFAERY 2/10/2010 11:59PM

    I love pizza too! The Amy's no cheese pizza is really, really good. The roasted peppers make it really tasty and almost sweet. You don't miss the cheese at all.

I like to make mini-pizza's on tortillas or pita breads. Topped with a little tomato sauce and tons of veggies, and YUM. A satisfying, hot meal.

I've tried making my own crust, but I guess I haven't gotten the knack yet. I keep trying though!

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Pita Pockets

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I have been trying out different wraps and I picked up these Kangaroo Pita Pockets. While not completely clean they have only one preservative instead of the 10+ that are in my favorite flatbread.

I had one for lunch yesterday and I had it with hummus and veggies inside.

Then for lunch today I had it again, this time with all-fruit jam, strawberries, banana, and all-natural peanut butter. (Sorry the picture turned out blurry for some reason.) The taste is fine, but I really miss the texture of the flatbreads. I love my bread soft and chewy!

I still love the Food Should Taste Good potato chips. I really like that they don’t have all of the chemicals of the Baked Lay’s I loved so dearly. And they are a MILLION times better than Pop Chips and Kettle Chips which taste like pure grease to me. I even tried the baked version of Kettle Chips and all it tastes like is salt, grease, with some more salt…and grease!

Oh, but back to liking my bread soft and chewy. I am trying to find a good swap for Texas Toast. I love me some garlic bread! It is just the best side for spaghetti! But I know it’s full of junk. Ugh, what to do…what to do?

Also, Aubrey and I are still using up our Ragu. I love that there are no chunks in it (my pet peeve when it comes to sauces...chunks!) I am still looking into a tomato-based sauce that won’t taste like tomatoes! I know, I’m quite picky when it comes to my foods! I always wished that I could be more easy-going, but it never quite seems to work out for me!

My ranch dressing is still awesome and I added some green onion on top for extra flavor.

Well, now I’m going to go take care of my poor sick hubby. Although I think he’s secretly loving getting to play his video games all day long. =P

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ANGIERUNNER 2/10/2010 11:08AM

    hmmm! It all looks so good!

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SARAHF_24 2/9/2010 5:57PM

    Yum! I never thought of putting fruit into the pita pocket! I do really like the kangaroo pitas! Thanks for the tip! I will definitly be trying that out!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/9/2010 5:31PM

    yum looks so good :)


Lori in new york

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TINK9305 2/9/2010 4:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures. Lokks yummy. I really need to work at planning for a whole food lunch. I'm getting there and it's making me feel so much more satisfied!! :o)

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