Hi All! I have returned from an epic trip to Thailand and an exciting holiday season. I have many recipes in “the vault” and I am so ready to get back into a routine. I was fortunate enough to enjoy the tastes of Thai food which will surely be incorporated into my 2016 cooking. I had the opportunity to take a cooking class and I ate everything from fried silkworm to charcoal ice cream and traditional pad thai. One of the most enjoyable street foods was roti which is basically a fried dough stuffed with banana. It is theatrically made and a sight to see itself.
#TheRealWendy quest continues to update, upgrade, and cost effectively change fast food meals for the better. Since the start of a new year is usually full of healthy habits, todays quest is to conquer an easy custom made oatmeal from home. This one is less of a recipe and more of a custom creation made for your palate. I made a big batch of steel cut oatmeal and added different mix ins once I portioned it out for the days of the week. All around it is better to make this at home (from being more cost efficient to avoiding unwanted additives).
Here are a few examples of fast food chains who sell morning oatmeal. Although it is not a horrible option in most cases why not enjoy an extra few minutes at home in the morning as opposed to waiting in line? Also I have secret add ins to make an extra protein packed oatmeal.
- Wendy’s Oatmeal bar
- McDonalds fruit and maple
- Starbuck’s perfect oatmeal
- Au Bon Pan oatmeal
- Jamba Juice steel cut oatmeal
I make a batch of steel cut oats (or rolled oats) according to the package and scoop out portions into a muffin tin to cool before refrigerating or freezing. In the morning you can pop it in the microwave and add a bit of milk (any kind) to loosen to your liking.
Traditional add ins
- Fresh/ frozen/ dried fruit
- Sweetener- Brown sugar/agave/ stevia etc.
- Coconut flakes
- Chocolate chips
- Spices- cinnamon/ginger
- Canned pumpkin
- Peanut butter
- Nuts (be sure to add day of for crunch)
If you want an extra protein kick stir in egg whites, protein powder, or chia seeds.