Sunday, January 30, 2011

What I ate

I've never been a huge fan of oatmeal, the soggy mush texture just doesn't do it for me.  Steel cut oats on the other hand yum!  They are the same in the fact that they are made from oats but the texture is much different.  The negative to steel cut oats is the cooking time, you can't just add hot water and whambam they are done.  They take time cooking and is totally worth the wait.  I found a recipe for a crock pot version and modified it to meet my needs.

Add 3 cups of water in a pot on the stove.  Once it starts boiling add some salt and 1 cup of Steel Cut Oats ( I use Bob's Red Mill brand).  Also add 1 cup of frozen peaches and 1 cup of frozen blueberries (be healthy and get just the frozen fruit without any added sugar).  You can add your own sweetner, sometimes I like to use agave nectar.  It is much sweeter than sugar and isn't suppose to cause your blood sugar to spike.  I'm sure you can use splenda if you prefer, I'd suggest stevia if you have never tried it (this is what I use most of the time).  Now turn that stove to low and cover.  I cook mine for about 50 - 60 minutes on low stirring frequently.  I know this sounds like a long time but it gives the fruit a chance to breakdown a bit and makes it extra delish.

Chicken & Quinoa soup on the fly
When you can't find anything to eat just throw some stuff together in a pot and you can have a meal.  I guess if you are trying to lose weight and watch what you eat those drive throughs can be killer.  In attempt to be healthier this what I came up with.

Get a big pot or dutch oven, I always laugh when I say or see dutch oven.  Haha if you don't know google it.  Anywho... Chop up an onion and saute in the pot with a tad bit of olive oil, the olive oil spray works too if your hand can't handle the term a tad.  Mince up some garlic and add it to the pot, I use 2 or 3 cloves depending on the size or how much you like garlic.  Then add 4-5 cups of fatfree chicken broth.  I don't usually measure I'm more of an eyeballer.  To that add 2 cups of thinly chopped cabbage, about a tablespoon of tomato paste, herbs (use what you have on hand I used 1/2 tsp of basil and a dash of oregano, salt, pepper.  I had about 3/4 of a pound of boneless/skinless chicken breasts which I sliced up thin and threw in the pot for some protein and make sure you remove any fat bits.
While that is simmering away cook half a cup of quinoa according to the directions on package (mine take about 12mins) Once those are done cooking throw it into the pot you have been simmering.  Last but not least I julienned some zucchini and plopped them into the pot.  I cooked it for about another 20mins or so making sure the chicken was completely cooked.  I'm sure you can add any assortment of vegetables you want, I just used what was on hand since this was something I made on the fly.  It was quick, easy, cheap, healthy and most important it tasted good.  


  1. Haha, I just finished my oatmeal post:P I really love oatmeal though.
    Peaches and blueberries sound great, I'd love to try that too.
    And your lunch looks delicious!

  2. Mmm those two dishes look delicious!! I really want to make a dish with Quinoa soon. I don't know if the hubs has ever tried it but it looks delish! I am definitely going to try out your recipe.
    Take care friend!

  3. I've always wanted to try steel cut oats, but never took the leap. You've pushed me! :)

  4. YUM! These sound and look delicious - thanks for sharing. x

  5. Ooh, that soup looks so yummers! I'll have to give it a try!

  6. oh wow, I'm pretty sure I'm going to try both of those. Sounds delicious!