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Comfort Food

13 Nov

With the weather getting colder all of a sudden…it’s like 30 degrees for highs the past few days! Yikes! I am getting more and more ready for the holidays, snow, fires, and all of the fun things to come during the winter time. That includes some recipes that I loved last winter that I can’t wait to bring back in the mix now!

1) Famous Dave’s Corn Bread Muffins Mock Recipe from MacaroniandCheesecake.com – these were SO good and more like a dessert than a ‘side’ but I’d love to make them healthier…

2) Healthified Mini Pizza Meat Loaves from LiveBetterAmerica.com – also very good and David loved them!

3) Lighter Cheesy Garlic Bread from Portuguesegirlcooks.com – this bread was a great replacement for our typical frozen texas toast garlic bread that we usually resort to. It was fun to make this bread on my own and it was a little better than what we usually throw in the oven as a side with spaghetti or stuffed shells. I substituted the buttermilk for 1 cup greek yogurt and a 1/2 cup milk. and for the garlic I used garlic powder and olive oil instead of canola.

4) Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup from Pillsbury.com – this is our favorite chicken noodle soup and it is SO easy! I’ve given this to many people to try out and everyone seems to love it. It’s probably not the healthiest but it’s still very good!!

5) Hungry Girl’s Minestrone Soup from hungry-girl.com – not sure if you’ve ever heard of Hungry Girl but I LOVE her recipes so much! She always has really easy recipes and they are usually pretty healthy or at least lower calorie. This soup was a huge hit last year and I actually forgot about it until I went through my recipe list for this post! Might be on the menu for next week!

6) White Chocolate Cinnamon Pretzels from YourCupofCake.com – I made a huge batch of this last Christmas to add to cookie trays. It was my favorite and I literally could not stay away from it! Probably worst than most of your holiday cookies out there but it was a delicious treat!!

Now I’m craving sweet treats for the holidays! I have some really easy, great holiday recipes like Saltine Cracker Toffee and Tiramisu Balls that I’d love to create a whole other post with. I will save those for later but for now…feel free to check any of these out and let me know what you think! If you have any ideas on making any of these even healthier, I’d love to get some feedback!

Time to snuggle with my pup and watch another episode of Revenge! Do any of you watch that show?

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Steel Cut Oatmeal

8 Oct

Even though I was eating my steel cut oatmeal most days of the summer, it tastes extra good when the temperatures are a little chillier. I wanted to share how I make my steel cut oatmeal in case anyone is interested in trying it out! Steel cut oats keep you fuller, longer, and are an all natural, not processed, great breakfast option.

“Steel cut oats could be considered a “power food” because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and select vitamins and minerals” (Livestrong).

They are also great for nursing moms as they are known to boost milk production.

You can get steel cut oatmeal at any grocery store or place that sells old fashion oatmeal or instant oatmeal.

I make my oatmeal for 5 servings at once and then store the rest in containers in the refrigerator. To be honest, I can’t even remember what it breaks down to as far as the recommended ‘serving’ – I believe it’s a serving and a half that I make but I’ve made it for a year now and had all the math done a while back. It makes a pretty huge helping each day of oatmeal especially with added mix-ins so you may want to adjust.

I also have played around with how much water to add as I found I like them a little stickier rather than gooey or soupy, so you may want to experiment and adjust to your liking.

I make 2 cups of oats to 6 cups of water. I measure out the 6 cups of water in a pan and bring it to a boil.

Once boiling, pour in your 2 cups of dry steel cut oats. Boil for a few minutes – usually anywhere from 2-6 minutes depending on if I’m multitasking or not. I haven’t found that this part affects it much it just starts the soaking process.

Once the oats are boiling for a few minutes, turn the stove off and cover the pan with a lid.

Then go count some sheep and catch some Zzz’s and your oatmeal will soak while you sleep.

Before you put the lid on and go to sleep for the night.

“Steel cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein” (Livestrong).

When you wake up in the morning, the oats will have soaked up all of the water. Just turn the stove on, give them a stir, and let them heat through. This also depends on what I am doing but they’ll loosen up as you heat and stir and I just heat them through until they are warm, making sure to keep stirring so they don’t burn on the bottom. This is usually around 7-9 minutes.

After they soaked overnight and you take the lid off.

At this point, I add my ground flaxseed. The flaxseed is just an extra nutritional punch that I can’t even taste in the oatmeal. I put in 2 tbsp for each serving so it equals 10 tbsp which looks like a lot when it’s dumped on top but once they are stirred in it clings to the oats and blends right in.

You can also add some mix-ins right now if you’d like. Sometimes I just stop at the flaxseed but this week I wanted more fall-like flavors so I decided to add in some leftover pumpkin I had on hand and some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. You can add any of this at any point (when cooking or when reheating).

Once it’s all mixed through and the flavors have a few minutes to blend together, I turn the stove off and get my containers ready to go.

I take a ½ cup measuring cup to split the oatmeal and I just split the oats evenly between the 4 containers and my bowl for that morning’s breakfast.

Put the lids on and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.

When you are feeling like some oatmeal, just pull the container out, dump it into a bowl (or reheat in a microwave safe container), and place in microwave for 1:30 or so. Stir it up and get creative! I love a banana sliced on top and usually add on some walnuts, raisins, and/or coconut. If you want it to be a little more loose, you can add a little bit of milk drizzled on top.

Some ideas for mix-ins are:

Blueberries
Apples and apple pie seasoning
Applesauce (I use this quite a bit as well. It gives them a little more sweetness)
Cocoa powder or a hot cocoa packet
Any nut butter
Banana
Pumpkin and pumpkin pie seasoning
Cinnamon
Ground Cumin (totally kidding, but I accidently did this once thinking I grabbed my cinnamon, it was awful!)
Strawberries
Jelly or Jam
Walnuts
Shredded Coconut
Brown sugar
Granola
Raisins
Chocolate Chips

Get creative with those oats!

What do you put on your oatmeal?

Trust me though, once you go to steel cut oatmeal, and see how easy it is to make, you won’t ever want another instant packet in your life! Although you can’t trade up the smell of Strawberries and Cream Instant Oatmeal – they should make a candle of that!