Ode to Oats

Last night I was in conversation with one of my favorites, Jenn, you all know her as Mischenko on here, and we were talking about healthy eating habits. She’s like my health guru because if you ever need to know what vegetable or fruit can cure your ailments, she’s the one you need to talk to because she’s full of amazing advice! I forget how we got on the subject of breakfast eating but we were talking about oatmeal and I remember telling her I found a link for some really good looking overnight oats. I’ve made overnight oats in the past but it wasn’t a successful, tasty endeavor. These recipes however sounded very appealing to my tastebuds. I shared the recipes with Jenn and she really liked the sound of them and we both got this idea that she’d make one recipe and I’d make another and then we’d both write a blog post about it today sharing out thoughts. So here we go:

I decided to make the berry overnight oats without the greek yogurt. I didn’t have any greek yogurt to begin with but also because I seem to have an aversion to it for now. All the other ingredients I had though. Prep for these oats takes literally 3 minutes. I had a mason jar suprisingly from back when it was cherry picking season and my boss made cherry jam for everyone. If you don’t have a mason jar though, I’m sure you could use any type of sealed container. Here are the ingredients:

  • Berries and Cream Overnight Oats:
  • ½ cup Rolled Oats
  • ⅔ cup Almond Milk (can substitute coconut or cashew milk)
  • ⅓ cup Greek Yogurt
  • ½ Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon Salt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons 100% Real Maple Syrup
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries

So what you want to do is put all the ingredients in a jar in the order of which they appear on the list. The other ingredient I didn’t add was salt because I just missed the step I think. Now, I used frozen blueberries and strawberries. The recipe wants you to add them after but I put them right in with everything else. Mixed it up and plopped it in the fridge. This is what it all looks like mixed up in the jar:

So my oats sat in the fridge from 10pm to 7am. I ate them when I got to work at 8 and let me tell you, I was not prepared for the first bite. Good lord is this super delicious! I don’t know what I did wrong the first time but there is no comparison to this recipe! It doesn’t even taste healthy; it tastes like a dessert! I’m truly blown away and thinking this my be a regular staple to interchange with my egg breakfasts (cause I freaking love eggs).

Do yourself a favor and check out Jenn’s post (click the word post to be redirected :P). She made the chocolate coconut recipe so you have to see if her reaction to the oats was as great as mine!

Also, here’s the link to all the recipes if this sounds like something you want to try in the future: http://www.modernhoney.com/overnight-oats-5-ways/

New Breakfast Staple

I have to start by saying, I absolutely adore the internet.

So I’m sitting on Facebook yesterday just browsing about when an author friend of mine asked if it was okay to eat chili for breakfast because it was -27 degrees Fahrenheit where she was and a hot bowl of chili would warm her right up. Obviously there are no “exclusive” breakfast foods. You can eat whatever you want for breakfast. However the words that stood out to me the most was breakfast and chiliI don’t know about you guys but I’m terrible at eating breakfast. Its hard to get hungry at 6am and it’s also hard to find energy to get up to make anything when you want those extra precious minutes to sleep cause you’re a light sleeper and every little sound plus your bladder wakes you multiple times in the night……. (I’m projecting). So, I decided to search ye ole Google to see if Breakfast chili was actually a thing.

Turns out it is! Most of the recipes only use sausage and tomato but that wasn’t filling enough in my opinion. With a bit more searching, I found a paleo recipe. Now I’m not diet savvy so you know I had to look up what the heck paleo means when it comes to food because when I think of paleo, my mind automatically turns to fossils and then Jurassic Park. Eating paleo means you are eating meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds while cutting out dairy, grains, certain oils and refined sugars from  your diet. Basically stuff you could catch or grow without processing it.

I decided to try the recipe out and let me tell you, what a freaking hit it was in my house last night! So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

1 lb ground breakfast sausage
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 small yellow onion or half of a big one
1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
1 can of beef broth
1 avocado
1 egg
Crumbled bacon (optional)
3 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
A pinch of salt

Now that’s my modified version because the one online called for garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and onion powder but blah. Trust me, you don’t need it.

  1. Peel and dice your onion. Also, peel and dice the sweet potatoes. I like larger sweet potato chunks, about 1 inch but you can cut them smaller if you like.
  2. In a medium saucepan (I used a cast iron pot I got from TJ Maxx for $16 bucks!), brown your ground sausage and onion with a little olive oil until the sausage is brown and the onion is translucent.
  3. Add your can of tomatoes, half the can of beef broth (about 8 oz), the sweet potato and the spices. turn the heat up til it starts bowling then turn the heat back down to low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or until your sweet potatoes are soft but not mushy. While the chili is cooking, you can cut up your avocado; slices or diced, whatever you fancy.
  4. While the chili is cooling down, fry up and egg over easy style. Spoon some chili into a bowl and top with the egg, avocado and whatever else you like to put in your chili.

Believe me when I say, you HAVE to try this recipe. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you can substitute the sausage with whatever meatless substitute you like or maybe just some beans and omit the egg. I was pretty skeptical about sweet potatoes being mixed with chili powder but MAN, was it really, really good. My husband hates sweet potatoes and he LOVED it all! He didn’t add avocado to his though. Gotta draw a line somewhere. 😉 Since I made so much, this will last me all week long which is great cause all I have to do in the morning is fry and egg real quick and voila, hearty breakfast!

Have you ever had anything like this before?? Do you think this is a recipe you might try? Let me know in the comments below!

Food Discovery

I was searching RT for a post I made a while ago about types of food that we eat together that some may find weird. However, there are 241 posts on this blog and searching for the word “food” brought up a ton of posts including every Endangered post I’ve written (which are just not related to human food). So failing that, I just decided to start the post anyway. If you go searching for it, and find it, you’re a rock star!

Edit theorangutanlibrarian is a super rockstar! She found the post I was thinking about. Now I owe you cronuts if you ever find yourself in the heart of the nation 🙂 (Click here to read it.) ***

The other day my husband was watching a video featuring Tyler the Creator talking about breakfast food. Based off the snippet I was listening to, he was looking for a new type of breakfast food he could come up with on his own. Throughout the video, he was exploring this shop that made some very interesting pastries that lead me and the husband to a food discovery. Also, at the end he ended up making a breakfast sushi which was pretty cool and worth mentioning. The sushi rice took the form of a piece of a waffle with the raw meat being sausage on top and it was wrapped in a thin sliver of egg which mimics the seaweed. He also made this green butter which mimicked wasabi on the side. All of this was with the help of a chef of course but it definitely made me want to try it.

(Have I mentioned how much I LOVE FOOD?!? Especially breakfast food!)

So anyway, what caught my husband’s eye and made him show me was this CRAZY, COOL pastry called the cronut. You read that right. A cronut! It’s a croissant donut! Donuts are traditionally deep fried to get that sort of crisp outside and soft center where a croissant is usually baked to get that fluffy, flaky texture (I may suck at baking but I understand the processes!). A cronut is a meld of the two sort of? I still don’t quite understand it besides the fact that it’s baked in layers with a donut-y (?) bottom of sorts.

ANYWAY! This beautiful cronut that he was experiencing, was not in this country. So of course I go on a frantic Google search to see if any possible bakery near me makes this wonderful food invention that we just learned about. Now, there are retail bakeries like Dunkin Donuts and Jubilee but it’s a pretty low chance you’ll find an authentic cronut at these places. There is a such thing as a mock cronut! I don’t know what one looks like though because I found a local, mom and pop bakery that makes the real, deal, holy field! Talk about lucky. You pretty much have to wake up at dawn if you want them fresh out of the oven. Since I suck at waking up that early unless I have a very specific reason, I went more around 9am.

I present to you, the cronut:

If you’re wondering, yes, they’re freaking delicious and are slowly ruining a regular donut for me with their goodness. Next time I go, I’m going to try the cruffin (you read that right too; its a croissant muffin!)

Have you ever had a cronut, cruffin or any other crazy, delicious bakery? Any recent food discoveries in general?? Let me know in the comments below!


I have food on the brain thanks to yesterday’s post.

What I wanted to eat for breakfast is not what I’m currently eating for breakfast. I’m a lazy morning person. It’s a legit struggle to get up out of the bed because it’s so comfy and warm. But then the birds start being obnoxious and the sun is up and work calls. You know, I love basking in the sun but I hate it when it wakes me up. The sun should not be mostly up at 6am. It’s just wrong. Sunsets > Sunrises.

Anyway, back to breakfast. I love breakfast food! I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack — doesn’t matter. The problem is I hate making breakfast. Lazy morning person. It’s a process to just to make toast let alone eggs and bacon. I’m not much of cereal eater so I end up skipping breakfast. Yes, I know. It’s the most important meal of the day but 1) I’m not usually hungry until about 9am and by then, I’m at work and 2) you guessed it: laziness. My rationale is that I can lay in bed that extra 15 minutes it would take me to make something to eat.

So I’m eating an apple and these chile lime crispbreads(?) They look like mini, crunchy pita triangles and they’re delicious! I don’t know why I paired them with an apple but this has been my go to “breakfast” during the work week even though it’s a strange combination. It got me thinking of other food combinations that seem to be weird but turn out to be really good!

Chicken and waffles is the first combination I can think of that’s just fantastic. There’s a restaurant in downtown Cleveland that does chicken and red velvet waffles! Talk about upping the sweet/savory game!

Another one is shrimp and grits. They just don’t sound like they should be together but I’ve had some really good versions of shrimp and grits. I think grits alone paired with other things is weird for some people. I used to be a sugar in grits person but then I turned into a cheese and runny eggs in grits person and now putting sugar in grits sounds awful.

One I’ve seen, but hesitant to try is mint chocolate avocado ice cream. I like avocado. I like mint and I most definitely love chocolate but together? I’m not so sure. Along that ice cream line, I’ve had green tea ice cream before and that was pretty good!

Oh! Also, polish boys! If you’ve never had one it’s basically a hot dog with coleslaw, french fries and barbecue sauce on top. It’s random as hell but so delicious! And then Lox which is smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers which I’ve had in sandwich form as well as crepe form.

There’s also the classics — dipping french fries into milkshakes, peanut butter and banana (just no) sandwiches and pineapple on pizza.

How do you feel about food combinations? Any that seem odd to some but that you would swear are delicious?