Mom, What’s For Dinner? – January 8, 2018 & Pressure Cooker Steel Oats

Last week was crazy.  I only worked twice during the week.  We had below freezing temps.  Extremely below freezing temps.  The wind chill on a couple of the days registered -20 or so below.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’ve been in the mood for homemade granola so I decided to experiment.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought chocolate covered strawberry granola would be a great version.

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Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

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Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

Snickerdoodle Oatmeal

 

Stars of the recipe:

  • ½ c. quick cooking oats
  • ⅓ c. milk of your choice
  • ⅔ c. water
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

 

Steps:

  1. In a large microwavable bowl, combine oats, milk, water, and salt.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Top with butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon.  
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Top with sugar and chopped pecans or walnuts if desired.
  6. Enjoy!

For a printable version of the recipe, click here.

Happy Eating,
Traci

Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal

Until a few years ago, breakfast was not a favorite meal of mine.  I almost never ate breakfast which is not a good habit to get into.  Then I made a resolution in 2013, to eat breakfast every day.  I did 98% of the time but a few times I forgot to – usually if I was sick.  I’ve been getting into the habit of not eating breakfast some mornings or grabbing breakfast at school.  Those breakfasts are not the healthiest so I need to rethink breakfast once again.

In August of 2013, I wrote a blog post about 6 Easy Breakfast Foods.  One of the foods I mentioned is oatmeal.  Oatmeal can be eaten hot or cold.  It can be savory or sweet.  I have not eaten savory oatmeal though.  I took oatmeal packets with me to Walt Disney World when we went during my Spring Break in 2014 with a hot water kettle.  Mornings were oatmeal and coffee and then running around the parks.

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Lately, I have been craving oatmeal for breakfast. I tried to make some overnight oats for breakfast on Friday. However it was very runny. So I did not eat it since it was unappetizing.

I tried to make a different overnight oatmeal Friday night. It ended up being much better then Friday’s oatmeal. It tastes just like fall. Yum!

A year ago, I had made this recipe while the boys and I were on a road trip so I knew it was good. However I stopped eating oatmeal for a while.  Actually I continued to eat oatmeal but in the form of granola.

So why is overnight oatmeal a great choice for breakfast?

  1. It can be made up the night before.
  2. You don’t need to cook anything.  Just place in the container and go so it’s great for when you are on road trips.
  3. You can dress it up almost anyway you like.

Some overnight oatmeal recipes call for yogurt while other’s don’t.  This one is one that does not call for yogurt.  Instead I use applesauce as the binder.  You can either use homemade applesauce or store bought.  It’s totally up to you.  If you are using unsweetened applesauce, feel free to sweeten the oatmeal up with some honey.  If you want to add some protein, add some nuts.  I think walnuts are a great type of nut for this overnight oatmeal.

Onto the recipe:

Applesauce Overnight Oatmeal

Adapted from Cheap Recipe Blog 

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 c. rolled oats (don’t use quick oats or steel cut oats)
  • 1/2 c. milk of choice (cow, almond, coconut – I used almond.  It tasted wonderful.)
  • 1/2 c. applesauce – (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon or apple pie spice
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. honey or sweetener of choice – optional
  • 1/4 c. chopped nuts – optional (I used walnuts.)

Steps:

  1. In a jar or mason jar, place the oats, milk, applesauce, cinnamon, and sweetener if using.
  2. Put the lid on and shake up.
  3. Place in the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  4. When you are ready to eat it, take it out of fridge.  Allow to sit on the counter for 10 or so minutes to take the chill off.
  5. Add the nuts, if using.
  6. Enjoy your breakfast!

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Happy Eating,
Traci

Almond Joy Granola

One of my favorite candy bars is Almond Joy.  This is a good thing on Halloween because the  boys won’t touch them with a 10 foot pole or if the Imaginative One is being his snarky self a 9 and 3/4 inch pole.  I get their Almond Joy candy bars on Halloween.  The combination of chocolate and coconut is pure heaven!!  🙂

My other favorite treat is granola either plain or with plain Greek yogurt.  So the combination of the taste of Almond Joy candy bars with yogurt is the best flavor combination at least it is to me.

Almond Joy Granola

Kiss My Broccoli

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 c. quick oats
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil (I heated mine up in the microwave for a minute.  Then it smelled like paradise.)
  • 1/3 c. honey (Spray down your measuring cup with cooking spray first.)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/3 c. shredded coconut (I used sweetened.)
  • 1/2 c. almonds – 1/2 whole, 1/2 slivers

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, cocoa powder, and salt.
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil after it’s heated up, honey, sugar, and almond extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over dry ingredients.  Mix until combined.
  5. Spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes, stir, and then bake for another 8 minutes.
  7. Take out of oven and let cool for 10 minutes.  Then add almonds and coconut.
  8. Store in an air tight container for 2 weeks.
  9. Enjoy by itself or over yogurt!

Printable Recipe

Pumpkin No Bake Energy Balls

For a long time, I had wanted to try Larabars but was afraid because I didn’t know how they would like it because of the dates.  Once I finally tried one of the bars, I decided it was not as bad as I thought it would be.

This past weekend, I picked my first container of dates with the intention of making some energy balls to eat as a snack and for breakfast.  At first I was going to make regular no bake energy balls but then found a recipe for pumpkin no bake energy balls.  I decided to make them instead.  Oh my goodness, they are delicious!!!!!!!  :)’

The best things about this recipe is you don’t need to bake them.  I also like all the different textures and flavors within one little ball.

 

Pumpkin No Bake Energy Balls

adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 packed cup pitted and chopped dates
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. pumpkin puree (make sure it’s not pumpkin pie)
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds or ground flax seeds (I used chia seeds.)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked) (I used quick oats.  Those worked great.)
  • 1 c. toasted coconut flakes
  • 1 c. pumpkin seeds

Steps:

  1. Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia or flax seeds, and spices in a food processor. Pulse until it’s smooth and combined.
  2. Put the mixture into a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the remaining ingredients until evenly combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  4. Once it’s cool, using a spoon or cookie scoop to shape into desired size of energy balls.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  (When they are stored in the refrigerator, it helps the energy balls hold their shape.)
  6. Enjoy – Savor the textures and flavor as you are eating them.

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Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

A couple of days ago, Tiffany from Eat at Home posted a recipe for cranberry orange oatmeal cooked in the slow cooker.  I’ve attempted to make oatmeal in the slow cooker and it did not turn out pretty.  Most of it was wasted.

This recipe turned out great because I found a different way to cook the oatmeal in the slow cooker that did not burn or dry out the oatmeal.  The result was creamy oatmeal that I did not have to add any liquid to it when I heated it up the next day!!!!!!  🙂

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

adapted from Eat at Home  and the Motherload

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 c, steel cut oats
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/4 c. sugar (I omitted this.)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 c, dried cranberries

Steps:

  1. Find a bowl that is big enough to hold the oatmeal but small enough to fit in the slow cooker.  It also needs to be oven safe.
  2. Spray the bowl with cooking spray and add the ingredients.
  3. Stir!
  4. Place the bowl in the slow cooker.
  5. Pour water around a the bowl to create a water bath (an inch high).  Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  6. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 6 to 8 hours.
  7. Enjoy!

BTW:  I used a 6 quart slow cooker.

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