Adventures with Oat Bran 2: The Savory Side

April 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Well my love affair of Oat Bran has continued onto the savory side. I’ve seen a lot of people try savory oats but it never really appealed to me. Since oat bran has a similar texture to grits,  I decided making a savory twist on them could be delicious..and man was I right!

I started off with 1/3 c. of oat bran  and made it on the stove top. I put 1/2 T. of nutritional yeast in it as well as some salt and pepper. This was my first time trying nutritional yeast too! I always see Gina using it on popcorn and such and wanted to try out this alternative to cheese!

It was pretty tasty, I have to say. It wasn’t overwhelming or anything. It reminded of the powdered white cheese you find on rice cakes or something.

 

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I topped my oats with 1 egg + 1 egg white, Texas Pete and a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese.

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This was so. good.

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If you have never tried savory oats before, I HIGHLY recommend it.  With every bite of this I was mmming and saying how delicious it was (to Toby since James was at work!). I will be making this again…and again!!

Yesterday I went back to  Hemlock Bluffs to run with a friend on the trails and it was so much fun! Having a running buddy is fantastic! I’ve definitely missed having one. It makes the time go by so quickly and one more lap means more time to chat. Plus Toby had a great time running around and sniffing everything. One drawback of trail running: we saw a snake!! A big long black one! It was freaky. I just thanked God Toby didn’t see it!

Do you like running alone or with others? I really like running with people, as long as we are at pretty much the same running level and like eachother!

Adventures with Oat Bran

April 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Happy Friday!

Last night James and I had plans to go to a new cool pub downtown with some friends but that kind of fell through. We loafed around for a while after I got home from work debating different ideas of what to do. Eventually, we decided we would just get in the car and start driving, hoping a good idea would come to us!

And it did!! We ended up going to a nature preserve not far from our apartment :

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We sat on the bluffs and thumbed through an Architectural Digest mag and pointing out what we loved and what we hated.

Does anyone else do that? We also like to drive around the cute neighborhoods here and pick out what houses we want! I actually have my dream house picked out and drive/run by it every now and then to swoon over it!

On the way home, we swung by Whole Foods and I perused the bulk bins (love these!). One of my purchases was something I had been dying to try for a while: Oat Bran!!

The second I woke up this morning I was eager to test out this new find!

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I decided to make it on the stove top since we have today off from work because of Good Friday.

I used:

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Holy Yum!! I found a new love! Of course oats could never be replaced but this will definitely be integrated into my breakfast mix! The consistency reminded me of grits and it was so thick and creamy. And the charoset was SUCH a fantastic mix in. I mean it had everything you could want to top your oats with : almonds, apples, dried cranberries, dates, cinnamon and honey. I was in breakfast heaven.

This, of course, makes me want to try all the OTHER kind of whole grains in the bulk bins at Whole Foods!! So much good stuff out there I haven’t tried yet!

What is one thing you have to have in your dream house?

For me, it’s a huge wrap around porch. There’s nothing better then sitting outside on your porch on a cool summer night!

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