No you are not going crazy, nor do you need your eyes checked. I did in fact say “ice cream oatmeal”. While trying to determine what to make with all the ice cream Graeter’s sent me I somehow got the bright idea to use some ice cream in place of the liquid needed to make oatmeal. I felt like a genius, although I did worry it would be too sweet for the first meal of the day. But guess what? It wasn’t too sweet at all, in fact it wasn’t any sweeter than other oatmeals I’ve made in the past.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can use any flavor ice cream you want, assuming it is a flavor you would care to enjoy for breakfast. I chose Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip and with the addition of chopped almonds it was everything I had dreamed of – a creamy oatmeal with a hint of cherry and chocolate flavors and the crunch of almonds. I threw more almonds and dark chocolate chips on top because I couldn’t get enough.
One year ago: Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Want to wake up to a warm bowl of fall? If you make this baked oatmeal that’s exactly what will happen. With fresh apple, oats, cinnamon, walnuts, and even apple cider you’ll be ready to navigate your way through a corn maze – or just get through another weekday. For an extra boost, serve it over some vanilla Greek yogurt or even apple cinnamon Greek yogurt! I don’t think it’s possible to be overloaded with apple-cinnamon in this situation.
In other news, I finally submitted my first job application yesterday for a senior research position in the Infectious Disease Department at Genentech. Somehow, not quite as nerve racking as sending my dissertation to my committee, but still up there. I was so involved in the application process that I forgot to eat lunch until nearly 3pm. Even better reason for me to wake up to a bowl of comforting, fall-flavored oatmeal!
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you’ve heard me say many times how difficult it is for my to devote more than 1 minute to the preparation of breakfast on weekday mornings. I just don’t want to wake up any earlier than I already do, and as a result most warm breakfast recipes I post were made on the weekend, in a crock pot overnight, or for dinner. Thankfully, there are more options than a bowl of cereal every morning, such as this single serving oatmeal in a jar.
The great thing about this oatmeal is that it can be made a couple days in advance and can be mixed with any fruit or nuts on hand. I know plenty of people rolling in berries from picking throughout the summer and this would be a great way to use some. The rest of the ingredients are staples I have stocked all the time. In the morning the jar can be snatched for an on-the-go option or warmed up in the microwave to enjoy warm at home. Or while we’re at it, nuke it and then take it to go!
Memphis may be experiencing highs in the 80s and lows only in the 60s, but that doesn’t stop me from craving a warm breakfast. The great thing about this oatmeal/cereal is that you can prepare it the night before and then reheat it in the morning, complete with some great toppings. It even has some quinoa in it instead of just being all oats so it’s packed with extra protein. And by the way even if you are not a quinoa fan, it blends right in. Which got me to thinking, maybe I should try adding quinoa to granola bars?
After my trip to Trader Joe’s this past weekend, I have successfully inhaled three of their dark chocolate peanut butter filled cupcakes. The fourth I reluctantly decided to share with my labmates before I ended up finishing it off myself. But those three cupcakes are still sitting not-so-pretty in my belly so it’s time for some oatmeal! Because healthy things negate bad calories, right? Which is why I will later eat some s’mores cookie dough bites for dessert O:-).
One year ago: Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Smoked Paprika
While at the self-check out line at Kroger over the weekend, the attendant came up to me and asked in a fascinated voice, “How did you get your hair that color?” I get this question quite often (although not so many with such amazed looks on their faces), so I proceeded to say how I have to bleach my dark brown hair first in order for the purple to show up in my bangs. Apparently this answer was insufficient to her, because she still looked very confused upon asking, “But what did you dye your hair with?” My response – “Purple hair dye”. Disbelieving me she said “They make that color?”, and I secretly rolled my eyes while thinking “obviously” but instead politely said, “Yes, you can get hair dye in any color you can think of”. This shocked her, which I found amusing but it was sufficient to fulfill her curiosity as she asked no more questions. On that note, I’m going to be really bummed when I finally dye my bangs back to brown. Over the years, I have received compliments from a wide variety of ages, ethnicities, and gender about how much they like my hair. But my favorite is when little girls point and say to their moms, “Her hair is pretty!”
Just like the bangs on top of my head, this oatmeal has a sassy top. A caramelized top, not purple. And as far as baked oatmeal goes, this one retains the most moisture compared to others I have tried. Although, it is likely due to the fact that it’s mostly prepared on the stovetop and then just broiled in the oven. But who is complaining with a bowl of creamy oatmeal and caramelization?
Okay, after a week full of sweets being thrown at you, it’s time to enjoy a nice fresh and healthy breakfast (and maybe you can make this for your overnight Valentine ::wink wink::). It was especially necessary for me to get a good bite this morning because it’s going to be another long day in the lab. Fridays are supposed to be nice and easy days but no, I am determined to get stuff done. Having had this for breakfast hopefully the day won’t seem so bad, although I wish I still had some Meyer lemon curd to put on top.
Anywho that’s all I’ve got today. If you need me, I’ll be at my bench developing carpal tunnel from excessive pipetting .
One year ago: Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Cream
I know I left you hanging on Friday by saying I specifically whipped up homemade eggnog to use in a recipe, so today I am telling you why I went through all that trouble. I used it in slow cook oatmeal! Why? Because there’s nothing better than breakfast ready and waiting for you in the morning. And when you live by yourself that notion is pretty much impossible (without a slow cooker).
The eggnog added the perfect amount of sweetness to the oatmeal, which is why you don’t see any sugar in the ingredient list. So yes, homemade eggnog was worth the extra time in order to make this oatmeal. Eggnog may actually become a year round thing so I can continue to have a supply of this oatmeal. All to myself.
Also, I would like to point out that you can cook this oatmeal two different ways in your slow cooker. The first method cooks on low continuously, and leaves you with crispy edges along the walls of the slow cooker. But if you would prefer not to have those edges, cook it on high for a short time and then it stays in the slow cooker while it cools overnight. It’s as if you blast it with heat and then let it gradually go down to low and then off, which means you will have to heat up the finished oatmeal in the morning. The latter method is the one I used. As you can see in my picture, I still had a little bit of the crispy edge phenomenon but I thought it added great texture.
Before we put the sole purpose of a chair to the test at dinner, let’s eat breakfast! This baked oatmeal is the perfect treat for Thanksgiving morning before diving into the days cooking. If you are not the one cooking, be super nice and make this for the cook and then they will be thankful for you today ;-). Ulterior motives, anyone?
This oatmeal is for one serving, but can easily be doubled or quadrupled for a larger group. And feel free to get a little crazy with your toppings. I used peanut butter, vanilla Greek yogurt, and maple syrup. Yummy!
One year ago: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup
About mid-summer I became disconnected from the internet at home and I have yet to turn it back on. You see as a graduate student, spending $60 a month on internet when I am only home for a couple hours before sleeping wasn’t really worth it. The first half of this year I shared internet with a neighbor but she has moved, and I have not made friends with the new neighbor yet. As a result, I save recipes from browsing online at lab (shh don’t tell) on a USB drive to take home and open on my computer. But sometimes I fail to do so. While panicking one evening I realized I have an entire shelving unit full of under-loved cookbooks just begging to be used. As a result this whole no internet at home business is actually forcing me to use my cookbooks more often – nothing wrong with that!
I love homemade oatmeal. So much that I cannot even look at the packaged stuff found at the grocery store. It is just too good and easy to make yourself to bother with them. And when I saw this recipe for two servings of autumn in a bowl I knew what I was having for breakfast. The sweetness of the apples is great along side of the tart cranberries, but also added walnuts because I like a little crunch in my oatmeal.