Happy Wednesday everyone! Yes, I realize its Wednesday and that usually means What I Ate Wednesday but I forgot to take photos of my dinner yesterday and I figured rather than showing you a half assed day of eats, I’d focus on my breakfast and the yumminess that were these oats. If you’re still interested in reading about my eats, I’ll share my lunch & snack pics down below.
The weather is getting a little chilly out there so I’m finding myself craving things like a hot bowl of oatmeal or soup. Its been ages since I’ve done this and to be honest I almost forgot about it but I pulled out the trusty old rice cooker so I could have a hot bowl of oats waiting for me in the morning. I think I posted a recipe ages ago, but in case you weren’t with me then, this is how it works.
If you have a rice cooker sitting in your cabinets, its time to dust that thing off and put it to daily use. Basically you throw 1 part steel cut oats and 2.5 parts water into a rice cooker, select the porridge setting, set the timer to the time you want it to be done in the morning, start it and then walk. away. Or you can be extra stealthy and throw in things like diced apples and cinnamon and you’ll wake up to the smell of fall exploding in your nostrils. Word is, you can do this the exact same way in a slow cooker, I’m just old now and I go to bed at 9:00 so I’m worried that over 9 hours of cooking would create a burnt mess since mine tends to run hot.
I like to keep the ingredients I put in the rice cooker pretty simple, I haven’t tried putting a sweetener in yet because I’m afraid it would crust up and make it harder to clean. Its easy to dress it with those things after its done cooking so keep the first step simple, then you can get fancy. For mine, I added a swirl of maple syrup, more pieces of cut up fresh apple, flax seed, chia seeds and a splash of almond milk. I’m thinking I may try to get adventurous soon and make a bowl of savory oats, have any of you tried that? What’s your favorite combination. Its such a great meal, its cozy, healthy and super filling, oh and did I mention easy peasy?
Speaking of savory… here is my lunch from yesterday. I went out to dinner with a friend on Monday night and I ordered a buffalo chicken flatbread that I barely ate any of after I filled up on the appetizer so it made a delicious lunch along with a side salad.
For an afternoon snack I had some carrots and hummus along with some TJ’s nacho tortilla chips.
For dinner (not pictured), I cooked up some steak, sautéed zucchini and Alexia Roasted Smart Classics Fries.
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY:
This weekend, Tom and I started the process of emptying out some of our unneeded stuff to make way for the boys on the way. BTW – if you’re looking to get rid of stuff fast, post it for free on Craigslist! People go bat shit crazy over free stuff, doesn’t matter what it is. Within 3 hours on Sunday we had people come to get an ikea coffee table, an old TV, a DVD player, a rug, a framed pic of a map, a snowboard, bindings, a little fountain and a broken office chair. I realize we could have made some money if we had more patience but we just wanted to clean house and get things out of there as soon as possible. It feels so good to have all this extra space right now. I know it won’t last for long, the baby hand-me-downs are already filling up our spare bedroom but for the meantime, it feels good to get rid of some old stuff and make way for the new!