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?
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!
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??
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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