Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Oodles of oatmeal: first flavors

Here are some of my first flavor additions to my easy plain oatmeal

I would also like to add that I have switched from my old method above to making my oatmeal with Quaker's mixed grains hot cereal. It is full of more fiber and is lower calories. I make it exactly how it says to on the box. 1/2 cup dry plus 3/4 cup water heated for 1 minute or so. MMMMMMMM....  
Still both methods are good ways to prep oatmeal, and if you don't like real mushy oats do try my afore-mentioned method by following the link above

Flavors:

Fresh sliced strawberries
         -I would say that this is a wonderful treat if you can muster up some berries. A great start to the morning.

1 tsp Peanutbutter
        -Suprisingly you only need one tsp or so to flavor your whole bowl. Peanutbutter is very good at sending out its exceptional taste with very lottle needed. My only note is that it does soak up extra moisture and becomes a bit sticky. Either enjoy the gooey goodness, or compensate with more water.
        -This is also good accompanied with a small handful of raisins

Frozen peaches
        - If you have fresh peaches or nectarines, use them instead. Put the frozen peaches in before heating, mash slightly and mix.
        - this flavor is good, but not the best to be honest. I'm sure it would be worlds better with fresh fruit.

1/2 a Banana and a dash of Cinnamon
      -There is something magic about this combo. It is warm, filling, and tastes like desert :)

AND...... MY FAV!

PUMPKIN PIE:

To your dry oats and water add 2 heaping spoonfuls of canned pumpkin. Then add a dash each of cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, nutmeg, and ground ginger.
Aftr cooking, spritz a tablespoon or two of whipped cream on top and savor each bit with a touch of the fluffy or melted cloud.

ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!   and very healthy whipped cream aside. (2 tbsp of whipped cream is only around 15 calories anyways)

Savor and enjoy your warming desert-like breakfast!

Peach frozen yogurt

Super Easy Peach Frozen Yogurt:


1 container lowfat vanilla yogurt ( I use Safeway's O Organics)
1 12 oz bag of frozen peaches
2 tsp vanilla exctract

Take peaches and heat in a microwave safe bowl until mostly thawed. Throw in the blender and add a little of the yo9gurt. Puree intil smooth. Add the rest of the yogurt and vanilla and blend. If needed add sugar/agave/honey to taste (remember the flavors need to be strong because freezing mellows flavor). Put into ice-cream machine according to instructions and enjoy!
If your not going to enjoy this treat right away, be sure to put into the fridge for 15 minutes or so before serving, or thaw in the microwave for 10 seconds.