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Baked oatmeal

Wow, I am absolutely amazed at the response of my last post. Thank you guys so much for your honest and insightful comments.

I really enjoyed reading all of them, I think that is the most I’ve ever had on one post 🙂

For breakfast this morning, I had some Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and banana slices. What? I didn’t have oats? You’ll see why soon enough.

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I felt like a “special” coffee today and so I did my part to support local business. Just a black coffee but so much better than Folgers today.

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Oh yeah, and some almonds.

Like the past two days, my appetite for lunch came way early again today. Guess I’ve moved to the 11:00 club now? Even people at work are like “wow, you are early.” Ha ha.

Leftover curry rules!

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A little while later, I had some peppermint tea and the other half of my chocolate from yesterday.

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I ate a Clif Mojo bar before I went to go work out, but I forgot to take a picture of it. Hmm…my favorite.

The weather was insane today and like I posted on Twitter, I wasn’t sure I could handle the major winds that made it feel like it was 22 outside.

So we decided to stay in and ending up doing a really great hill workout on the treadmill, walking at various inclines for 2.20 miles. Afterwards we did some stretching which will hopefully get out legs ready for a run outside tomorrow!

So back to why I ate toast for breakfast…I made oatmeal for dinner!

Baked oatmeal that is. It was my turn to have main course for Girl’s Night Potluck this week, so I decided on a breakfast theme, since it’s my favorite.

This was the first time I had ever made it even though I’ve ordered it at restaurants before. I used this recipe but made a few modifications of my own.

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It sure did look good. But then I got to thinking, there are five of us girls and we all eat pretty good, so I felt like I needed to make more to take with me.

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Banana oatmeal saves the day! I cooked up two servings of oats with water and a banana (cooked with it to make it marshmallow-like) and sprinkled some brown sugar on top.

It’s funny, I think everyone might’ve liked this one better 😉

Here was my “breakfast for dinner” spread:

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Baked oatmeal, banana oatmeal (with PB, I just can’t do it without!), potatoes with ketchup…

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Peaches and Cascadian Farms granola (which was really good, my first time having it). And some OJ to wash it all down.

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I went back for more potatoes and baked oatmeal. The recipe was perfect. I would definitely make it again and I can’t wait to try other variations.

We watched “Glee” and made homemade ornaments (well, the girls did, I supervised) and then called it a night. I really enjoyed all the food tonight as I am such a big fan of oats and breakfast in general.

Ah, it’s late (for me) so I’d better get to bed. Hope you had a good Wednesday.

Have you ever made or tried baked oatmeal? What did you think of it?

I really liked it but it was more like a dessert to me than a breakfast dish. I had leftovers though, so you will likely see it again 🙂

Snow, rain, wind

Brrr…I really struggle this time of year because I am NOT a cold weather person at all. But so far, I’ve been able to survive and I even ran in the cold temperatures yesterday!

Yesterday we had snow and everyone freaked out but it melted quickly. Today we have rain and then the temperatures are going to shoot up and cause some major wind before dropping down to the 20’s. Gotta love Kentucky.

A hot breakfast helps on days like this…banana PB oats 🙂

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Mid-morning, I snacked on some almonds and enjoyed my coffee in a holiday mug. I felt festive!

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I ate lunch early but it was delicious. Creepy Wolfgang came through 🙂

For my snack, I ate half of this bar before class and then the other half before I went for a run.

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It was pretty good. I still think the Mountain Mix is my fave.

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After work, I layered up with two shirts, a jacket, hat and gloves and ran 3.2 miles. On Mondays, when I get that first run of the week in, it makes me realize that taking Sundays off (and sometimes Saturdays too) is such a good idea. I felt fresh and the run was really easy today.

I didn’t follow my usual plan of eating the other half of my snack after my workout, but I felt okay and ate as soon as I got home, which was earlier than I’m used to. I think my internal clock was off today!

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Leftover vegetarian curry, even more delicious than the first time. I took Mama Pea’s advice and added sriracha to spice it up. Perfect!

Around 7:30, I had my evening snack.

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Even though I stayed up until 10:30, I just had some tea and didn’t eat anything else after this.

I always laugh at myself for not doing this all the time but today I really listened to my hunger and just ate when I was hungry and not on my “schedule.”

And I felt good all day long!

How was your Monday?

Sleeping, shopping and curry

After getting home around 2 a.m. this morning, I was planning on sleeping until about 9 or so, but Suzie had another plans (meaning it was 7:30).

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“You WILL wake up and take me outside now, Mama!”

After I couldn’t say no to Evil Eyes, I was up and went ahead and made breakfast since I was practically starving.

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Nothing like banana PB oats to quiet a growling tummy stomach. I scratched that out because the word tummy actually bothers me and I don’t use it normally, ha ha.

I also had some coffee with light vanilla soymilk in a Christmas mug, which is another one of my favorite things about this time of year 🙂

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Once everything settled, I organized my grocery list and coupons for a while before going to my mom’s house for a bit and having lunch at Subway (veggie delight-no pic).

Then I hit the grocery stores and did some major damage…for $54!!

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That big can of oats is actually hiding a lot of stuff, ha ha. Today, I shopped at Target, Walmart and Kroger which is convenient for me because they are all right in a row on the same street (two in the same shopping center).

I found some great deals and used lots of coupons…I love trips like this!

I got hungry after all of that excitement and had a spoonful of peanut butter to hold me over. I didn’t want to eat too much of a snack because I needed my appetite good and ready for a special recipe!

I decided that tonight, I would make Mama Pea’s Vegetarian Curry. I followed her recipe pretty closely, making only a few adjustments for what I had on hand.

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I decided to use spinach, mushrooms, potato, onion and carrots for my veggies.

And my favorite tofu!

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Plus the rest 🙂

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This was my first time using canned coconut milk, so I was excited (it doesn’t take much).

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I followed her directions to the T and everything came together nicely. I started by sautéing the veggies.

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Then I made the curry sauce, which smelled delicious.

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All together, on top of some brown rice.

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This dish was pretty good! I think I would like to make it spicier next time (even though my nose was still running) but it was definitely the best curry I’ve made yet.

Big thanks to Mama Pea for providing this easy recipe which I plan to make again in the near future (plus I have leftovers from tonight, yippee)!

Since Josh is currently yelling at the Texas game, let’s hear it…What is your favorite college football team?

Long weekends are the best

Hi friends!

Sorry for the short hiatus…I have been thoroughly enjoying this long weekend and also getting quite a bit accomplished at the same time. My apartment has NEVER been this organized and yet I’m coming up with more to do 🙂

Anyway…Sunday morning began like many others, only it was sort of special. I had oats in a jar!

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Then on the way to church, I had another treat…soy pumpkin spice latte! Uh oh…

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This was so incredibly delicious. But I can’t make this a habit. For financial and waistline reasons 😉

Lunch was rather unconventional…I got this weird craving for waffles and sausage so that’s what I had for lunch?

Two Eggo waffles, two Morningstar Farms “sausage” patties. And I added a tbsp of light syrup on top.

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I got creative with La Croix as Amanda inspired me to do this!

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So much fun!

I spent most of Sunday cleaning, doing laundry and lots of other stuff I can’t even remember. This whole long weekend threw my memory off, ha.

In the afternoon, I snacked on some popcorn. This stuff is seriously good.

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Then for dinner, I decided to get creative! I knew I wanted chickpeas, but the thought of eating just plain ol’ chickpeas cooked in the microwave did not appeal to me at all!

After researching recipes for a while, I decided to just go with my own thing and see what happens. Here are the star ingredients!

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I knew that a lot of curry dishes are made with coconut milk, so I thought why not try this soymilk? It is unsweetened so it should work. That little thing of Thai Kitchen red curry paste was a worthy investment as well.

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I started out heating 1 can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed well) with 1/2 cup soymilk and added 1 tbsp curry paste.

But the longer I thought about it…I kept adding more stuff! I ended up adding chopped onion (1/2 cup), spinach (1/2 cup), minced garlic (1/2 tsp) and a pinch of salt.

The result looked like this:

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Overtop a whole wheat pita pocket with a side of stir fry veggies.

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I was ready to try it after taking that picture, but I was a bit nervous!

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I love throwing things together on my own, especially when it was all stuff I already had on hand! This was delicious…not quite spicy enough but that is something I can improve on in the future. Success!

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Then for dessert…the very last of my ice cream. Yes Mari, I still had some!

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Another great use for a wine glass 🙂

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Goodbye dairy ice cream! It’s been real. I would say I’ll miss you but we all know there are plenty of great alternatives out there.

I know this post is long so I will be back in a minute with today’s!

Spinach Chickpea Curry

On Wednesday night, I served a dish that I made the night before. I really enjoyed making this ahead of time because I really got to focus on the recipe, properly measuring the ingredients and not feeling rushed to get it done in a certain amount of time.

I found this recipe on allrecipes.com for Spinach Chickpea Curry. I find that when a recipe’s name contains that many of my favorite words, it has to be good, right?

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Anyway, I followed the recipe almost exactly, just substituting canola oil for vegetable oil since it’s what I had and I used part frozen spinach since I didn’t have enough fresh left for the recipe. And I also added 1/2 tsp of cumin which was not on the list, per another reader’s recommendation.

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The recipe called for extra firm cubed tofu and I just so happened to have this container of already cubed tofu which worked out so great!

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This was awesome and didn’t cost anymore than the non-cubed containers. I will definitely be getting this one again for other recipes!

Per another reader’s recommendation, I baked the tofu first at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Turning over once halfway through.

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While it was cooking, I got to work on the other ingredients. Then I threw in the tofu once it was done cooking. I was very pleased with the texture, I need to bake it first more often!

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This was also my first time using curry paste!

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This is small container and cost over $3 but since I just used a little bit in this recipe, I’m sure it will last me a while.

Coming together…

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I didn’t taste it before I put it in a storage container for girl’s night. I don’t know why, but I rarely taste dishes I make ahead of time. Unless it’s dessert 😉

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Stay tuned for my post about Wednesday and find out how it tasted!

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Happy Friday!