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Are You Hungry? Baked Berry Oatmeal

I have to make this snappy. The husband is throwing daggers into me, with his eyes, right now. Ive been researching homeschool materials on Pinterest for awhile now and hes ready for me to relinquish his computer back to him. Pinterest sucks you in, man! Its like crack. Lol! Even looking something up as mundane as homeschooling lesson plans will keep you searching and searching until you have discovered THE perfect pin.

Anywho, I found this next recipe on good ole Pinterest! I have been drinking green smoothies after my morning workouts but I could tell that that wasn’t enough. After researching nutrition and working out I discovered that ‘they’ say you need to eat something high in protein 30 mins after a workout. It helps your muscles rebuild, or something like that. Lol! (Sorry, I don’t have time to look it up and site it right now but I WILL come back to this topic in a future blog.)

Which is where this breakfast comes in! I have plain oatmeal that’s been sitting in my pantry for the longest time! I didn’t know what to do with it because Im use to eating those packs of instant pre-flavored oatmeal. They are full of sugar and crap. Really, if you eat the packets of oatmeal junk, stop it. You can make your own, control exactly what goes in it, and use fresh ingredients. Its just as easy and quick! Prepare and bake it at night, I put individual servings in ramekins (which I got cheap in Target’s dollar bin section), then in the morning heat it up for about a min and youre good to go. You should also try quinoa in place of oatmeal! Quinoa, mmmm! Its yummy stuff.

Baked Berry Oatmeal
I used this exact recipe except I added 2 tbs of chia seeds. I also used a bit more unsweetened almond milk because I like my oatmeal creamy.

Baked Berry Oatmeal

Baked Berry Oatmeal


Are You Hungry? Tofu Scramble!

Ive never been a big breakfast person. Now I usually drink a protein shake with fruit for b-fast (its quick and easy). Before I went veg I would have a bowl of cereal (Honey Bunches of Oats was my fav). While in highschool I would eat a large Fudge Round (real healthy, huh?! lol) and when I was sick/didnt feel good my mama would sometimes fix me a huge bowl of Froot Loops … but she would pick out the yellow, green, and orange loops. BahHahaha (talk about spoiled)!! Ive never been one to eat eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, ect…

Well, last time I went grocery shopping for tofu I bought the firm cubed kind, thinking that they would be good for putting on skewers and grilling. But I didnt realize that the cubes would be so small! Way to small for skewers! So I googled different ways of cooking the tofu and found scrambled tofu (like scrambled eggs). I cooked it over the weekend and it was good… very easy and quick! It tasted strangely like scrambled eggs! The perfect dish for those who have a craving for eggs, except its healthier!

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble with Tomatoes and Avocado

Tofu Scramble with Tomatoes and Avocado

1 block firm, cubed tofu (frozen first)
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but strongly suggested)
salt and pepper to taste
veggies of your choice (optional)

Note: I strongly suggest freezing your tofu first because the texture of frozen tofu is more like eggs. If you forget or dont have time, it will still turn out fine. (How to freeze tofu.)
Place the tofu in a ziplock bag, using your hands mash the cubes “crumbling” it until it looks like the consistency of scrambled eggs. Sautee onion, pepper and crumbled tofu in oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring often. Add turmeric, salt, pepper, and any veggies (optional) and continue to cook for 5 mins, stirring often. Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and serve. (The turmeric makes it taste like eggs and the nutritional yeast adds a salty, cheese/buttery flavor)
Note: Tofu scramble is very versatile. You can add whatever veggies or spices you have on hand. My fav combination is making a Veggie Tofu Scramble Sandwich with toasted whole wheat bread, the scrambled tofu, tomatoes, avocado, and a dollop of salsa. Burrito style would be really yummy too!

Are You Hungry? Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal

Right now Bethany is chewing on my keys! I know, I know… ewww! And I usually am a freak about germs. She will be 10 months on the 14th and has never gotten sick. 🙂 (Goodness, I hope I just didnt jinx myself) Shes like a puppy! B is attracted to germy, smelly things (shoes and socks). And paper…. omgosh…she loves the stuff! She only has her two bottom teeth but she will bite on paper and tear at it like shes chomping on a tbone steak. She would be in baby heaven if I gave her 10 mins alone with my iPad, something about its shiny screen screams, “Lick Me!!!”  Yeah, totally like a dog. Arnt babies FUN?!

Heres a picture of her ‘playing’ with her brother’s legos earlier this morning. I was eating breakfast..dont worry.. she was being supervised the whole time. She wasnt able to grab any legos, but she sure did try. (And yes, since then I have moved the legos).

Bethany Playing with Legos

Bethany Playing with Legos

Now the real point of this post… When we woke up this morning Bethany was content with playing nicely in her high chair, which gave me some extra time to come up with a yummy breakfast. I found this apple oatmeal recipe online that sounded delish. Then I noticed it would take a freakin HOUR to bake in the oven. Um…No! I was too hungry for that. So I changed it up and made my own version. 😛 Im sure it tasted just as good! Ha!

Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal (4 servings)

Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal

Healthy Nutty Apple Oatmeal

2 cups old fashioned oats (NOT instant oatmeal)
4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 large apple, pealed and cut
4-5 heaping tablespoons wheat germ (optional)

1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
1/2 pumpkin seeds

Bring water, salt, and sugar to a rolling boil. Add oats, reduce heat to medium and cook 5 mins, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit 2-3 mins or until liquid is absorbed into the oats. Then sprinkle in toppings, stir. NOTE: If you like extra creamy oatmeal, right before serving stir in a splash of (soy) milk.
Also the wheat germ is just for that extra boost of nutrition (folic acid, iron, fiber, and zinc). Its an excellent ingredient to add to your diet if you are a veg-eater. Its really good for you and can be put into lots of different foods. Click on the link to find out more.

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