Saturday, August 28, 2010

My New Favorite Breakfast Recipe --- Experimenting in the kitchen :)

Even though it is nearly 90 degrees outside, I made cooked oatmeal today. ? Puzzling?  As my dh and I continue to search for ways to lose weight and lower our cholesterol, breakfast is one of my hardest parts of the day.

Used to love bacon, eggs, and homefries for breakfast. drool   As a matter of fact, writing about them makes me wish I could dig in right now.... a thing I did with unhealthy abandon for years. Not every morning or even every week. Nope, worse yet, I frequently skipped breakfast and sometime even lunch on the same day. Was young, full of energy(and diet coke) so why worry? Returning home after a day of school ready to eat the linoleum off the floor. Big dinner couldn't possibly hurt... I'd skipped two meals already anyway. WELL, LIVE AND LEARN!

Now, twice the weight I should be, from years of overindulgence and a sedentary life, reforming my ways ain't all that easy. Not complaining...just putting it out there. Pretty sure no teenagers are reading my thoughts, but if you are, start eating right  ~ right this minute! It never gets easier to lose weight or reform bad habits.

Okay, off the soapbox!  This morning I made a pot of cooked oatmeal, something I've enjoyed since childhood. My dh had pointed out to me that oatmeal can be refrigerated for 3 to 5 days. I've bagged it up by servings and am trying whether most of the bowl can't be frozen. I'll let you know how it works next week. I can cook a pot up easier on the weekend, because I'm still getting up around 5:40 most weekdays, and out the door in less than an hour. Not that cooking it takes all that much time, but showering, taking meds and fasting bloodsugar, do leave me looking for something quick and easy.

I bagged up per bag
2/3 cup cooked oatmeal   about 27 g carbs (but low glycemic index)
6-8 raisins or Craisins per serving <10 g carbs guesstimated high
1 tsp brown sugar     4 g carbs
1 capful of almond flavoring (or another you prefer)  free?
Total carbs <40 g carbs    Our dietitian recommended hitting as close under 35 carbs as possible per meal, but I'm hoping that a good breakfast will give me a jumpstart for the day. This kind of thinking is my typical how can I bend the rules to my favor.

Especially, as adding 1/4 cup of  plain greek yogurt adds just 5 g carbs more to create an absolutely decadent and fairly large serving of oatmeal good enough to be a dessert flavor wise, although I shouldn't use it that way!

I'll be nuking the contents of the baggie,  and adding the yogurt this next week. Will try to remember to report back to all y'all whether it is worth trying. (with regard to the freezing) The actual results from freshly cooked oatmeal this morning were divine!

Have a great weekend... I'll be working in my dyepot this afternoon hoping to come up with some prim pumpkin tones...  Quite behind on photos, so won't even promise tomorrow!


Farm Girl said...

It sounds yummy and I will try that. I love oatmeal too. I have spent years eating the diet coke part and then the linoleum at night too. So I have really messed up my metabolism.
I am trying to get it all back to normal. I have spent the summer and still trying to get it in but doing 80 days of 10,000 steps, I think I am on day 68 that has helped some.
Thanks for the idea and I will look forward to seeing how it works next week.

Apple Tree Cottage said...

That sounds absolutely divine! I can eat oatmeal, no matter what the temperature is outside. Reminds me of my momma's breakfasts of so long ago. Thanks Jo!


Cotton Eyed Jo said...

So far, I've eaten this three days in a row, and it is still tasting good.

Report on my experimenting. 2 minutes on high seems to be needed for reheating. Put in the fridge overnight, but it still took 2 minutes to warm through completely.

Wish we could sit down together and have a cup of coffee and a bowl together! :)