Lunch… California Style

Lunch today: Green Machine on the rocks, California style “turkey” burger with spicy honey mustard to dip, ezekiel bread with barney butter + cinnamon + honey. (I have officially fallen for Barney. I could eat it all day.)

Now I’m going to attempt to run. This should be amusing. (For those watching my struggle, not so much for me.)

Coconut Macaroon Oats

Over the last year I’ve become more and more of an oat addict. And one of my favorite things is copying the flavors of some of my favorite treats and then creating oats recipes that match. So far, in my short career I’ve mastered these flavors: pumpkin pie, Reece’s Cup, peanut butter cookie, Mounds Bar, and now I’m adding COCONUT MACAROONS.

I’m not sure why I got such an intense craving for almond extract and coconut but it instantly made me think of my favorite macaroon recipe and I decided to make it into oatmeal (sans the eggs, obv).

Ok.. now the goods. The best thing about oats is that you can really use whatever you have to make your own versions so if you want to use a different sweetener or whole grain, go for it. Here’s what I used:

1/2 c. oats
1/4 c. Bob’s Red Mill 10 grain hot cereal (because it contains all these goodies: hard red wheat, rye, triticale, oat bran, oats, corn, barley, soy beans, brown rice, millet, and flaxseed)
1 c. water
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1 tsp. ground flax seeds
4 drops pure almond extract
2 tsp. brown sugar
a drizzle of honey
1/8 c. coconut
spoonful of almond butter

Combine the first 3, cook until desired consistency, stir in the remaining 6. NOM NOM NOM!
Here’s a little trick I like as well… I like to add a bit of uncooked oats at the very end to stir in and add a bit of texture and chewyness to my oats. Kind of like crumbling in a granola bar without the actual granola bar part. 😉

PS. I’ve discovered that I really dislike almond butter on bread but can’t stop eating it when it’s mixed in with oatmeal. Go figure.

Perfect for chilly days: Sweet Potato Chili

Today I feel like I’m finally contributing the first, good, real post here. (We’ll call the rest “padding”.) It’s been hitting record lows this week and as a true girl raised in the south, the extent of my warm and cozy wardrobe equates to American Apparel leggings and J. Crew cardigans. I have been wearing  Edward’s sweatshirts a lot because mine are buried somewhere in the bottom of the hamper and I don’t really feel like trying to find them. (Why would I when there’s a big, cuddly, man-scented sweatshirt just waiting at the foot of the bed for me to crawl into in the morning?)

So, like I said, it’s been chilly. And I’ve been finding myself craving warm and savory foods. For serious, everything I’ve eaten and drank in the past 48 hours has been piping hot. Tonight, I was planning on having a nice dinner together but Edward was in a serious mood and just wanted to heat up leftovers so I was left to my own devices. I’m was actually really excited because I had been wanting to try something that I knew Edward wouldn’t be interested in: chili beans on a sweet potato. He thought it sounded weird. I thought it sounded just as delicious as those spicy sweet potato chips we love so much. So tonight, I did it. And holy crap it was FANTASTIC! I found these little individually wrapped Biggins potatoes at Target and thought I’d give them a try. You just pop em in the microwave in their wrapping for 5 minutes and they come out perfectly steamed. Genius.

I scraped the sweet potato out of the skin (because I wasn’t sure how clean it was and I’m weird about stuff like that) and then loaded it up with chili beans, a sliced up seitan sausage, and a bit of cheese. Oh, and a bunch of chipotle tabasco sauce. If you haven’t had that yet, go buy some right now. It’s amazing. And the result was better than I expected. I didn’t need any salt or extra seasonings. It had so much flavor. This is definitely a quick and easy keeper recipe!

I get really excited when meals of mine are pretty much all veggies in some form. And after eating it I didn’t feel tired or sluggish. I really do enjoy how I feel after eating a clean, healthy meal. I hate the feeling of a food coma. I have actually been craving green monsters lately but I just can’t bring myself to make any frozen concoctions when it’s so cold. Murphy’s law, right?

PS. Don’t judge my horrible lack of working out. I’m so bad at it, especially when I’m busy.

(And for those wondering, I still haven’t gotten a tape measure. It’s become a bit ridiculous. But I am determined to find one so I can track my success on this weight loss/healthy overhaul journey.)