My FAVORITE Overnight Oats

Have we ever talked about overnight oats before?

I was NEVER a fan of oatmeal. In life. Ever.

The consistency was similar to porridge or something equally as goopy and unappealing in my head.  I wouldn’t even pretend to entertain the idea of eating it. The texture just seemed so weird. Or maybe it’s me, but I wasn’t going to eat the stuff.


Fast forward to now, I’m older, wiser and with a different more refined palette (at least I think) and its weekly  staple in my breakfast routine!

It’s one of those amazing quick breakfasts that I can make at night and customize to my specific tastes. Or it can be my mid afternoon snack; I can add protein powder and boost it’s amazing health properties even more. I can add any extra toppings and create different flavor profiles, I can use different kinds of yogurt and make it creamier or thicker.


Lately I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this method, to the point where I’ll even call it MY FAVORITE OVERNIGHT OAT variation. I have been making this for my breakfast for a good solid 3-4 weeks now. Exactly this way, exactly these ingredients.


I think this is partially because I am obsessed with chocolate and the base for it is a Chocolate yogurt. But i couldn’t help but try the “chocolate mocha” flavor when i saw it. Usually the larger yogurt containers in the store come in 3 boring flavors: vanilla, strawberry and plain.


So what did I use?


Chocolate Mocha Greek gods yogurt

Rolled Oats (uncooked)

chocolate covered espresso bits

I used a 1/4 cup rolled oats to start.

Added in a good handful of chocolate covered espresso bits, the crunch these little babies give when you eat them is so deliciously good!

And then i cover the oats with yogurt. If i find that the mixture is too thick, I add a little almond milk either right after I’ve mixed it or in the morning when I go to eat it.
That’s all! Enjoy !

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Cookies Again

Just a few more pics of cookies that I was practicing on.

I gave these to my friend for his wife who just had their 3rd baby girl!

His other 2 are big fans of Minnie Mouse so I thought they would like something special as life is new and they are not the center of attention anymore. 🙂

   
    
 

Tomato Soup

im experimenting with vegetables.

and with varying the foods i give to my sassy toddler.

i came across this awesome website: yummytoddlerfood.com and thats where i got the inspiration for this recipe.


Ingredients:

2 TBSP butter

1/2 medium onion, thin sliced (recipe called for a whole) (i sliced with my mandolin)

1/2 tsp salt

2 cans diced tomatoes (i used one fire roasted and one regular) (original recipe calls for 5 cups diced fresh tomatoes)

3 cloves garlic

1 medium roasted sweet potato or 2 small

some fresh basil

  1. Melted the butter and let the onion, garlic and salt cook on medium for just a few minutes. 
  2.  Added in the tomatoes, covered let cook for 10-15 mins.
  3. Baked & roasted my sweet potato (i use the microwave and then my toaster oven) 
  4. Added the roasted sweet potato to a blender, with the tomato soup. Pureed til it was smooth. 
  5. Made a grilled cheese.
  6. Put it on a plate and ate it all up! 

Mexican Chopped Salad

when we first started talking about having a mommy + baby bbq day our beuatiful host said it would be a healthy one.

like what does that even mean?

what is a bbq without mac & cheese, potato salad, dessert????

i told her that grapes are healthy, and wine is made from grapes so that counts, right?


anyway she gave me an idea to do a mexican chopped salad. i was excited to have another salad recipe as ive been trying to make different kinds. she  sent me this link for inspiration: mexican chopped salad

so that’s what i made for our mommy + baby day.

i stuck to the basics of the recipe,but altered just a little.

[i didnt use jicama, used green bell peppers, and diced my red onions smaller. only used 1 can of black beans, only did 3 ears of corn, and probably didn’t add a whole 1/2 cup cilantro.]

the recipe for the salad calls for:

  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce , chopped in approximately ½ inch pieces
  • 1 medium bell pepper, diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ medium red onion, diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • ½ medium jicama, peeled and diced in ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced in ¼-inch dice
  • 4 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced into ¼-inch dice
  • 4 ears corn (if fresh corn is not in season, substitute 1½ cups of sweet, tiny frozen corn)
  • 1½ cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup finely chopped cilantro, plus whole cilantro leaves for garnish, if desired


everyone was telling me how bomb the salad was! every single person came back for 2nd and sometimes 3rd helpings until there was literally none left. i was sad cause i wanted to have leftovers for work but happy that it was such a hit 🙂

you can bet i will be making it again soon.

i made the dressing exactly as was written:

  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (used the one out the bottle)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper


i had corn tortilla chips that i broke up and topped it with so i didn’t need to fry my own. it was easier that way.

i boiled my corn in salted water with a little bit of heavy cream.

i used small campari tomatoes? they are the small sweet kind.

Homemade Granola

i work in a room that always has snacks. i’m taking doritos, cookies, peanut butter crackers, pringles, beef jerky, chocolates, biscotti, endless coffee, you name it.

i love it.

the unfiltered access to midday snacks is awesome. keeps you somewhat motivated and upbeat, especially when that 2:30 sleepy feeling washes over you…

But too much of that and not enough of things like cardio, or restraint (haha) can lead to a tight waistline 🙂

i’ve done a great job about paring back to snacking on things that are a little bit better for my body.& i’ve come to the realization that i really like yogurt, if granola is involved. i mean i can eat yogurt + granola everyday. but did you know granola is kind of expensive? like a little bag can run you at least $5. and for a girl that’s eating it everyday, that adds up.

i finally decided it was time to just make my own, cause really its not hard at all. or expensive.


my first attempt at homemade granola i mixed:

3 cups rolled/old fashioned oats

sweetened coconut flakes

chopped dark chocolate chips

cocoa powder (no more than 1/4 cup)

chopped almonds

cinnamon

sea salt


on the stove at medium heat:

regular honey

amaretto honey (that i bought from a local person)

brown sugar

< 1 tbsp veg oil

(oven set to 350F)


i waited til my honey mix was basically liquid-y and took it off the stove to cool a little.

i spooned it into my dry mix a bit at a time, trying to coat all the ingredients.

spread the mix onto parchment lined baking sheet.

baked for about 30 mins, turning every 10 mins. it smelled AH MAZING, like D came in the kitchen because of the smell.

i let it cool after; it got nice and crispy.

then i broke it apart (it had formed a nice little plate of yummy granola-ness) and put it in a tupperware.


im going to experiment with other flavors lator, maybe add in some dried fruit, other nuts, protein powder, peanut butter. 🙂