PB&J Oats

It’s 11:30 pm right now.  When I got home from work the internet was not working and then of course it came right back on before it was time to leave for our softball team BBQ. 

Anyways, I’ll still give you my breakfast, as long as I don’t fall asleep at my computer in the process.  It was newish as promised.  PB&J Oats :D.  Oats aren’t new, but the PB&J part is!

Super simple:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 T chia seeds
  • 1 T maple syrup

Mix the oats, water, and milk and cook in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.  Mix in the egg whites, by tempering* them first.  Whisk the egg whites while pouring in some of the hot liquid from the oats.  Then stir this mixture into the semi-cooked oats.  Microwave for 20-30 seconds at a time (usually 3 times for me) until the oats are cooked and thickened.  Watch them, because they have a tendency to boil over!  Add the chia seeds and maple syrup. 

*If you’re using bulk egg whites, just stir the oats while you pour in 1/3 cup of egg whites.

PB&J portion:

  • 1/4 cup frozen berries
  • sweetener
  • 1-2 T PB or almond butter
  • 1 T milk (I used almond milk)

Microwave the frozen berries, add sweetener of choice and mix.  Separately, mix PB and milk to form a thick sauce. 

Add to oats.  I also threw some coconut butter on top! 

The egg whites give these oats an awesome protein boost to keep your belly full :D!

Sorry, but it’s midnight now.  I hope these amazing oats are enough to hold you over!

Love Mondays Off!

So, I get every other Monday off with my job and it is amazing.  I swear, getting a three day weekend every other week just makes life so much more relaxed.  When I’m not using my Monday’s for things like weddings, or road trips to Colorado or who knows where else, I can just relax (aka climb ;)) on Saturday/Sunday and then be responsible on Monday.

But on to my eats on this glorious day of “productivity.”  Last night I threw together some of Angela’s Vegan Overnight Oats for my breakfast today.  I didn’t like the usual recipe you see that uses yogurt, so I figured I’d give these a whirl.  Don’t let the vegan label scare you either, because you wouldn’t know otherwise!!  Two huge thumbs up!  For me, the vanilla extract really made it, so don’t leave it out! 

Overnight Oats

Sooo cool and refreshing and creamy!

And to boot, I decided to go all out and make chocolate banana soft serve so that I could put together a breakfast parfait a la Oh She Glows!  I think just added about 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder per frozen banana. 

Are you ready for this one?

Out. Of. Control. Good.

You should really make this if you haven’t tried it yet!  And how about one more photo for good measure :P.

Last night on the way home from the canyon I called my dad to wish him a Happy Father’s Day and ended up talking to my stepmom for a second.  She mentioned she was making a caprese salad.  When I was in Europe 2 years ago, I had caprese sandwiches all throughout Italy at service stations on the road and they were phenomenal. 

If you’ve never been to a servo on the highway in Europe, don’t get freaked.  It’s a totally different beast!!  A lot of them are like restaurants where you walk up and order your food.  So anyways, my stepmom totally got me craving a caprese sandwich and voila!

Lunch today was an open faced Caprese Sandwich drizzled with balsamic (open faced, because I was afraid the whole grain bread might over power the other flavors, but it was perfect) and some leftover walleye.

For dinner, I continued on the italian kick and grilled some pizza :D.  If you haven’t grilled pizza you must try it!  I made a normal pizza crust a la Emeril, but made it with whole wheat pastry flour. 

  • 1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Apparently, you aren’t really supposed to use whole wheat flour with breads that rise from yeast because of the lack of gluten in it.  I’ve never had any complaints about the results, though, so I stick with the WW pastry flour.  Also, I use quick rising yeast, so I follow the instructions on those packets for rising the dough. 

I roasted some crimini mushrooms, onion, and yellow bell pepper for my toppings.

Grilling the pizza:

  1. Heat the grill to high.  Right before putting the pizzas on, you’ll put the burners to low.
  2. Make sure all of your toppings and sauce and cheese are ready to go before putting dough onto the grill!
  3. Roll out dough into rounds you’ll be able to handle with your spatula and place what will be the tops side onto the grill just until you are able to flip the dough with out it sticking to the grill.
  4. Top the pizza and close the cover to the grill to melt the cheese and heat the sauce and toppings. 
  5. It should take 5-10 to finish cooking the crust and melting the cheese.

Unfortunately, this storm came rolling in when I went outside to put my crusts on the grill.

Another cool picture of this storm as it was rolling out of town a few hours later…

Soooo, I turned my oven onto broil and got ready to finish off my pizzas indoors!  I grilled both sides of the crust until done and then topped the pizzas in my kitchen.  They went under the broiler for 3-5 minutes and it worked like a charm!

By the way, I just watched Food, Inc. today and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.  Yes, it was obviously biased like most documentaries (I’d always prefer to hear both sides of the story, although apparently most of the corporations declined interviews), but I felt like it put the information out there in a very responsible manner instead of just being a broad stroke attack on farming in the US today.

I’ve been making an effort to buy organic food produced in the US whenever it’s reasonable, but I’d really like to start having the same options with my meat.  Right now, unfortunately, it just isn’t out there in the few stores we have in town. 

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet!  And read Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food.  A great book on the history of the ever changing western diet and why it’s has changed so drastically from only half of a century ago!  Good stuff!

Have you seen Food, Inc. or read In Defense of Food?  Thoughts?  I’ve loved both and am looking forward to reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma, also by Micheal Pollan.