I had this dream of sitting down to a hot coffee every morning while my little guy napped peacefully in his crib. I'd enjoy my breakfast and prep for the day ahead.
That's not a dream it's currently a illusion and as anyone with a ten week old will tell you if you can't eat it with one hand you're not going to eat.
So, I wanted something that I could make ahead, control my sugar & fibre intake, and actually enjoy and feel full for an extended period of time. That's when I thought of baked oatmeal. I have always enjoyed oatmeal and tried to find healthy alternatives to the things that come in packages. I looked at several recipes online and crafted up these bad boys. I really enjoy the oatmeal and hope to post variations soon.
Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
(6 Smart Points for Weight Watchers)
* 2 cups oats
* 1 cup all bran buds (softened with about 1/4 or 1/3 cup boiling water)
* 2 cups skim milk
* 1 egg
* 1/3 cup brown sugar divided (or Splenda)
* Vanilla extract (a dash to a splash)
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 1tsp pumpkin pie spice
* 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
* One Apple diced (leave the skin on for fibre)
* Preheat oven to 375.
* In a small bowl mix half the brown sugar with half the cinnamon and set aside.
* In another bowl mix everything else together (yeah - it really is that easy).
* Spoon mixture evenly in a pan. Note: I use this Pampered Chef stoneware bar pan for mine. Because of this I don't need to use oil to grease my pan - if you're using something other than stoneware I'd give it a little spray down.
* Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the top.
* Bake for 25 minutes (or a little more or less depending on your oven and what kind of dish you use). Oatmeal should appear solid and dry.
What are some of your go to recipes for breakfast? How do you like to start your days?
I don't typically have a huge sweet tooth - I tend to gravitate to savoury, but now that I've been told I can't have sweets its allllllllll I want. Plus they're calling for snow in my neck of the woods so it seemed like the perfect day for hot chocolate.
Coco powder naturally doesn't have sugar in it, but when you buy prepared hot chocolate it has a butt load of added sweeteners. So I did a little research and found several recipes for diabetic hot chocolate mix, but a lot of them had milk powder and protein powder which I wasn't a huge fan of. Or they had a ton of sweeteners in them (some double of what I used below).
So this worked with my blood sugars, but keep in mind I'm not a registered dietician so enjoy carefully! In addition - now that I'm posting this I also wish that I was storing it in something a little classier than an old cool whip container. Please feel free to class up your storage container :).
> 1/2 cup coco powder
> 3/4 cup sweetener (I used Splenda)
> 1 package sugar free vanilla pudding
> Mix all ingredients above well
> I use milk for making my hot chocolate (I need the calcium and it makes it feel luxurious)
> I just heat up a mugs worth of milk and add about a tablespoon or so of hot chocolate mix (or more or less depending on what you like)
Note: if you are heating the milk on the stove make sure to wish - a lot to keep it from burning.
This weekend Jordan and I hosted Thanksgiving - kinda. Our house hosted Thanksgiving, but due to my current limitations my Mom mostly hosted from our house. Which I really appreciated.
My contribution to Thanksgiving were apple roses. I had seen this on the Domestic Geek's you tube channel and did a few updates to make the recipe a little more gestational diabetes friendly.
These apple roses are all over Pinterest and are super popular and so easy to make. Before diving into the instructions here are a few tips:
With a chill in the air, I have been attempting to find recipes that warm you up from the inside out. In addition, for years I have battled a sensitivity to tomatoes, but now seem to be able to eat them (something about your body chaining every 7 years...), so I am looking forward to trying new recipes.
I used to make this chili with just beer, but was happy to try it out with crushed tomatoes this time. My husband said it was the best chili I ever made, so I take that as a win and thought I would share it with you. I also like that there are hidden veggies in this recipe - so I feel like I can enjoy more!
What are some of your favorite tomato based recipes?
First off, I'm sorry that it has been a while since I posted. We've had a few exciting things happen on our house in the past few weeks and then I had technical difficulties so there was a delay.
In one week, my very dear friend welcomed a baby girl to the world and in the same week I became an Auntie for the second time when my sister-in-law welcomed my nephew to the world. I also ran my first 5 km, a goal I set after deciding that I would learn to run this summer, when I had never really run before.
During this time I was cooking a lot, but my attention was else where - so I apologize for the delay but the good news is that there will be lots of yummy posts coming soon!
But onto my Warm Jewel Salad. I chose that name because these delicious seasonal veggies are in season and when roasted look like beautiful gems.
This salad is super easy and you can add it to different meals throughout the week (quinoa to make a different salad, use the squash in a pasta or create a breakfast hash). Tip: If you are going to use the salad in multiple ways I would dress as you go so that you can choose your flavours.