Monday, January 09, 2012
This is the first of hopefully more observations on food, life, and getting healthy as E and I work our way through The SparkPeople Cookbook.
E is a big oatmeal fan. Moi, not so much. Not even a little. I love an oatmeal cookie and oats in bread but pour hot liquid on it and call it a meal... I don't think so. I've never like the slimy stuff. And, as this recipe calls for nuts, the meal requires lots of chewing which means the slimy stuff must stay on my tongue even longer. Eeewwwww, yuck.
We used the oatmeal we had which was large oatmeal flakes. At the end of the 5 minute cooking period the flakes did not seem tender enough. E microwaved for one more minute, on high, and this still didn't make the flakes tender, but now it's too hot to eat. Waiting five minutes for oatmeal in the morning doesn't sound like a lot, but when you have to be at work at 7:30am every minute counts.
She says "the nutty flavor and the occasional sweet fruit bites of craisins makes this an ultimately good tasting food." For E, not moi. But next time she would add half raisins for about the same calorie count.
Nuts and dried fruit are high in calories and this would be an above 300 calorie breakfast. In weight loss mode, nuts and dried fruit should be consumed in small quantities. (I fractured a molar biting into an almond just before Christmas and for me. now and likely forever, if I want nuts I should get peanut butter, or cashew butter.) E had more of this oatmeal the next day, without the microwaving and she is getting use to a more al dente slimy bit,er oatmeal. ;) This might be a weekend breakfast, or sometimes a supper/dinner. "It's very filling." For E, not for moi, just so we are a clear on that oatmeal thing. ;)
We made 6 servings instead of the recipe's 12 servings. Another 4 servings are stored in tupperware in the fridge.