Ok, so I hate to be a complainer…well Ok, I complain a lot! But I’m pretty much over this whole snow thing! I have things I need to do today and I don’t feel like doing them in the snow. Ok, it IS pretty…
It even makes my funky back yard look like a wonderland!
I get it…it’s pretty…enough already!
I realize it seems like I’ve been food shopping a lot lately, but sadly my old brain forgets what I need. I’ve decided my best bet with the ancient beans is to make soup, however, I need to get carrots, onions and celery to make it. I went through my supply when I made Ralph’s turkey soup yesterday. The whole process went well, but I decided I didn’t really need photos of chopped up turkey on a blog focused on vegetarian eating. I talked enough about it the day I cooked the turkey. It turns out that chopping up cooked turkey is less disgusting than preparing a raw turkey…ugh…did I just say that? 😦 But it’s true and the fact that I saved all of the cooking juices makes a huge difference in the flavor of the soup. (I think! ) I had a momentary corn emergency yesterday morning when I thought I was out of it, but I found another bag lurking in the back of the freezer. Ralph declared it…Delicious! Good thing too because there’s a ton of it to be eaten! He’s got a bad cold so soup is good for him…I realize it’s not chicken soup, but it’s close enough. As my dear father in law used to say…”Chicken is nothing but a bird.” Not sure what that meant but it makes me smile to remember it. 🙂
Ok, enough bird talk here, let’s get to something wonderful that I love! At the produce place over the weekend, I got a LOT of apples, because they would be good snacks and I thought I might bake them as a good healthy, low point dessert. Yesterday I tried something I’d never done before: I cut up an apple and put it in my oatmeal. I didn’t think I’d be so excited about it so I didn’t take any photos yesterday so I had to recreate the scene of the crime this morning.
It’s my traditional mix up:
1/2 cup quick oats
1 Tbsp of chia seeds
1 Tbsp of ground flax seeds
1 & 1/4 cups of water (I used to just use 1 cup but I’ve found when using the chia seeds, they like to suck it up, so I now add extra.)
Lots o’ cinnamon
Used my trusty apple corer thingy to cut the apple. Since this is just the re-creation of the scene, I’m not going to chop it yet because I’m not ready to eat and I don’t want it to get all brown and icky! 😉
Now we’re back live to yesterday’s actual oatmeal…
I added Splenda and 1/2 cup Almond Breeze (which I continue to LOVE!)
I microwave my oatmeal and I give it 1 minute 3 times. I do that because I’ve found that my particular microwave will sometimes bubble over if you do it for the full time to start. The neat thing is that in the microwaving, the apples retained a little of their crunchiness but were also creamy. Sometimes, my experiments actually turn out well! 🙂
It looks like it might have stopped snowing. I guess I need to get myself up and going if I’m ever going to get what I need for that darned bean soup! Film at Eleven!