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Oatmeal #130: Bread! November 9, 2009

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Oh what is this, an update 2 days in a row?

Look what I made 2 days ago!

My first loaf of bread everrrr!
This is actually my second attempt at bread baking, but the first time I baked sweet potato buns!

I’m so glad I decided to buy yeast at the grocery store–I think I have enough yeast to last me through the year, which means I never have to buy bread again! And I get to procrastinate bake some more!

This loaf turned out crunchy on the outside, and chewy and soft on the inside. And the smell was nutty and sweet! Too bad I didn’t have a bread pan, because otherwise this could have been sandwich bread!

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread
makes 12 thick slices

1 packet sweet & low [or 2 tsp sweetener of choice]
1.75 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp instant yeast
3 cups ww flour
0.75 cup quick oats [or ground rolled oats/oat flour]
0.25 cup flax
0.25 cup wheat germ
0.25 tsp salt

Mix everything together until it forms a dough.
Let sit for about 2 hours.
Fold the dough and let it sit for another hour.
Fold again. Wait another hour.

If you haven’t already, transfer the dough to a baking pan or pour it into a bread pan.
Shape the dough to your liking.

Sprinkle some oats or seeds on top of the loaf if you like. Might be helpful to brush a bit of eggs or water on top to help the toppings stick [I didn’t do that, but I should have!]
Let the dough sit another hour.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Ta da!

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Oatmeal #64: Barley July 10, 2008

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I’ve got a bag of pearl barley courtesy of mom’s visit–so I decided to use it 😀

Yesterday’s breakfast:

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I used 0.25 cup cooked barley [= 2 tbsp uncooked barley], 0.25 cup oatmeal–wayy too chewy. Can’t believe I’m actually saying this…but the barley took a ridiculous amount of time to chew…and there were little bits that I couldn’t really get at–which was a little annoying 😛

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Other stuff in the oatmeal included: goji berries, longans, wheat germ, PB, and milk. Along with a cup of green tea.

Zoomin’ along to today’s breakfast:

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Today I used 2 tbsp cooked barley [= 1 tbsp uncooked], 0.44 cup oatmeal–a lot better! Makes everything a lot chewier, but not so chewy that I spend about an hour on each spoonful 😀

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Other stuff: nectarine, milk, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, PB, and flax! My coffee grinder works! Whoo hooo! It was a lot louder than I thought…nearly jumped out of my socks when I first started on it 😛 But it’s all worth it ’cause now I’ve got ground flax to use! Today’s lunch was a potluck for all the neuroscience labs in the building, hence no pictures 😀 But I made butter cookies–the process was kind of a disaster and they were a little too crunchy…but at least people ate it! Dinner:

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Chunky potato soup with a chicken broth base–yummeh 😀 Along with a banana and 0.25 cup blueberries. It feels so weird eating bananas so late in the day ’cause usually I would have devoured one already!

Unfortunately I didn’t go running today due to a combo of waking up about 12 minutes later than usual, and breakfast took a little longer to make than usual [’cause I was washing the coffee grinder 😛 ]. The baking wouldn’t have been an issue at all since I could have finished it after breakfast and by the time it was time to go running. 😐 Oh well! Can always do that tomorrow–given the weather network doesn’t try to be all ironic and sarcastic on me again 😀

Oatmeal #63: Chocolate Cinnamon-Raisin – Cooked & Baked July 8, 2008

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Cooked:

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So so so excited for this! And now that I’ve tried it I must say that I’ve really been missing out all those years! Oh I’m so glad I started this blog 😀

I added 3 cups of water to my oats today just to see if it increases their volume or whatever…and it doesn’t really seem to? Hmmm…will do more experimenting on that tomorrow!

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Along with a cup of earl grey tea–I’ve never noticed the citrus-y taste before I read about it on some web article! I think I’ve finally found a type of tea that I prefer over all others!

Anywhoo this breakfast has: 18g fat, 7.5g fiber, 19g protein

Baked:

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more of my neon baking mat for the health of your eyes 😀

If I wasn’t about to leave for my run in like…10 minutes, I would have gobbled one down straight away!

Chocolate Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Chunks
Recipe:

  • 1 cup quick oats [I used 0.5 cup ground, 0.5 cup flakes]
  • 0.25 Kellogg’s All-bran cereal [because I put this stuff in everything 😀 You can also just use more oats instead]
  • 0.5 cup raisins [I actually used 0.25 cup + 2 tbsp]
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp cinnamon [for mixing in or for sprinkling]
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 75% of half a small banana, mashed
  • 0.25 cup milk or soy milk
  • 3 tbsp applesauce

Mix all ingredients together. Scoop parts of the dough with a spoon and drop them onto parchment paper or baking mat. Bake at 350 F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Makes 7 servings.
Nutrition info: 99 kcal, 1g fat, 22g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 3g protein

It was the perfect post-run snack!

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For some reason I couldn’t finish my breakfast this morning! What the hell? Total blasphemy. So I had that [hence the ugly bowl], one oat chunk, and then plain yogurt with a plum and the leftover banana from baking. Yes, I have ginormous snacks, I know.

Lunch and dinner were the same as the day before, except after dinner I had another nectarine and 0.5 cup of blueberries for dessert 😀 I like dessert 😀

Anyway, gotta finish reading my lab article for the lab meeting tomorrow so that I can go buy my coffee grinder in the morning!

Oatmeal #62: PB&J – Part II July 7, 2008

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Today’s breakfast:

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I first tried PB&J oats a few months ago, and today I decided to upgrade that a little by adding more crap! 😀 My bowl contains:

  • 0.5 cup water
  • 0.33 cup milk
  • 0.5 cup organic oats
  • 2 tbsp blueberries
  • 0.5 medium banana
  • 2 tbsp Kellogg’s all-bran cereal
  • 1 tbsp Skippy’s all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 tsp Ed Smith’s blueberry-cherry jam
  • wheat germ, sunflower seeds

Now I know why people like peanut butter oatmeal so much! Can’t imagine any other way to eat it now 😀 I think the problem before was that I stirred the PB in–which completely turned my oatmeal into some savory porridge thing and the PB flavor got completely lost!

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18.5g fat, 11g fiber, 17g protein

I’m thinking of buying a coffee grinder so that I can grind flax seeds for my oatmeal…do you guys think it’s worth it to buy one just for that purpose? Or would a hand blender be equally effective?

Post-run snack:

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Plain yogurt, a plum, and a broken up blueberry-raisin granola bar. This was the last of my oat bars! Gotta bake more!

6g fat, 4g fiber, 9g protein L

unch:

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A nectarine and a tuna-pumpkin sandwich, ’cause I wanted to save the kale and mixed veggies for dinner! And also ’cause I was curious as to what it would taste like 😀

5g fat, 10g fiber, 14g protein

Dinner:

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“Tomato” soup with microwaved kale on the side! The soup contains 1 small mashed potato, 2 different types of frozen veggie mix, about 0.25 of a medium onion, 1 clove minced garlic, 0.25 cup canned mixed beans, and 2 tbsp chicken broth mixed with 3 tbsp Classico Tomato & Basil sauce and the leftover boiling water from the pot! I guess I’ve found another use for my huge jar of pasta sauce now 😀

6g fat, 15g fiber, 13g protein –right on!

Oatmeal # 61: Chocolatey Simpleness July 6, 2008

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Since I bought a new jar of peanut butter yesterday, I’ve decided to take a break from my more crazy comboes and settle for the more simple and classic combinations. So this morning I cooked up some chocolate-peanut butter oatmeal:

I also used 0.5 cup of milk this morning, just to see if it makes any difference…and found that it doesn’t really seem to? Anyway, I think the combo was too simple, ’cause I didn’t really feel full 😛 But! Taste-wise I have nothing to complain about! Oh, how I’ve missed thee, PB.

For fruits, I only threw in half a medium banana…way less than the amount I usually throw in–I like to have at least two difference kinds of fruits in the morning..so that could have been another reason why I wasn’t full! And might I add that it took all the willpower in the world not to go back and devour the entire jar of peanut butter!

20.5g fat, 6g fiber, 19g protein

Post-ghettobug-slaying snack:

A plum and granola bar! Needed some dosages of major comfort food after running around my room with a can of bug spray trying to kill anthropods that move with lightning speed and turn up when you least expect them to!

6g fat, 4g, fiber, 5g protein

Lunch:

Kale & cheese sandwich with a nectarine and half a banana [leftover from this morning]

The sandwich was surprisingly filling! So the fruits became my post-walk snack.

Altogether: 6g fat, 9.5g fiber, 15g protein

And dinner was pretty much the same thing–mashed potato & mixed bean soup with tofu, mixed veggies, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, and garlic–my new standard dinner til I run out of potatoes!

Oatmeal #60: Rubies July 5, 2008

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Took a break from muesli to make some stovetop oats this morning!

Contains:

  • 0.5 cup water
  • 0.25 cup milk
  • 0.5 cup oats
  • 0.25 cup all-bran cereal
  • 1 black plum
  • 0.5 medium-ish banana
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp chopped sunflower seeds

Adding 0.25 cup of the all-bran makes all the difference! My breakfast is so much more filling and the eating experience is more fun ’cause there’s more to chew on 😀

And since plums were on sale at the grocery store, I went nuts and bought 6 small ones–would have gotten more, but I also bought 8 nectarines, so I had to exercise some restraint! 😛 Anywhoo–the plums were a great shade of red and added a slight tinge of sweet and sour to the overall mixture–fun!

Had it along with a cup of coffee.
This breakfast contains: 12g fat, 12g fiber, 15g protein

Had a boring snack today–some pumpkin and a nectarine–didn’t bother taking pictures 😛

On a really exciting note–I tried kale for the first time yesterday! Didn’t know what to do with them, so I attempted to make kale chips–but I didn’t drain them properly so they turned out soggy 😦 Still great though!

Had this along with mashed potatoes & bean soup:

7g fat, 12g fiber, 18g protein–UGH. Again with the protein overload!

I have lots of kale leftover ’cause I didn’t cook all of them at once–so I added two raw leaves to my tuna sandwich today for lunch:

Along with some jammin’ banana milk–basically: jam, half a banana, milk, and plain yogurt 😀 The yogurt made the milk much thicker–not unlike milk shake!

6g fat, 8g fiber, 20g protein–protein thanks to the tuna…

Basically had the same thing for dinner today as yesterday…except I ended up snacking on the soggy kale ‘chips’ as I cooked 😛 I also added some broccoli, cauliflower, and leftover rice from my rice milk adventures:

Very super filling! I added more onions and another clove of garlic, and more water–that probably contributed to the satiety!

6g fat, 11g fiber, 21g protein

And on a side note, I had a tablespoon of peanut butter for dessert–bought a jar this morning ’cause it was on sale! I’m going to try and make this thing last as long as possible 😀

Oatmeal #59: Pink & Green Oats July 4, 2008

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Not that you can see the pink at all here…’cause I’m such an awesome photog:

Today’s breakfast 😀
To tell the truth, I only threw this together ’cause I used up all my other fruits and don’t feel like using blueberries or repeating old comboes 😛 Therefore you get a random combo of raspberries, peas, and longans. It’s times like these when I’m thankful for my strange taste in food!

As disgusting as this combo is sounding…it was super good, I could smell and taste the raspberries with every bite, and the peas were sweet, so the tastes fit! And longans are always fun to eat 😀

I increased the amount of all-bran I put in my breakfast, so I was super full! Add the giant cup of coffee, and you’ve got a powerhouse breakfast! Talk about ingestible fuel!

And true enough, check out the awesomeness this contains: 13g fat, 12g fiber, 16g protein –the most fiber I’ve ever gotten out of my breakfast so far! Although I still overshot on the protein…-sigh-

I had a whole day off work today, so my friend and I made plans to walk to lunch–which I knew would take about an hour at the least, so I ate a small snack before leaving:


yogurt, raisins, blueberries

Contains: 0g fat, 1g fiber, 2g protein

An hour’s walk later–we were starving and ready to tackle the All-You-Can-Eat Japanese lunch! For $14, I think we got more than what we paid for! Have never ate so much sushi in my life! It was awesome 😀 [no pictures ’cause I care way too much what people think of me]

On a random note–check out yesterday’s dinner!

Right: Raw yellow pepper stuffed with sushi rice and mixed veggies–I think I added too much rice vinegar–oops! I ate this pizza-style, aka with my hands, ’cause I’m so cool.
Left: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, “seasoned” with some instant soup thing 😛
Top: half a salmon fillet topped with spinach and half a slice of melted cheddar…-drool-

Most fancy dinner I’ve ever made! And I’m proud to say this was a boil-free dinner. Yay for using something other than water to cook dinner! [Well…I did add a little bit of water ’cause I felt lost without it :mrgreen: ]

5g fat, 7g fiber, 22g protein

Unfortunately, not a very filling dinner ’cause not enough veggies, I guess? Need to stock up my fridge with more veggies!

So dessert followed:

Half a packet of instant cereal, 2 tbsp pumpkin, and 2 tbsp of all-bran cereal, thus upping my fiber count! 1g fat, 4.5g fiber, 2.5g protein

Oatmeal #58: Quaker vs. Organic July 3, 2008

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Guess which is which!

If you guessed organic oats on the left, Quaker on the right–then congratulations, you are a nerd 😀

Anywhoo, if you frequent this blog, you’ll know that I pretty my never get any organic stuff ’cause I’m too cheap for that! But apprently, us Kingstonians must have some patron god of oatmeal smiling down on us or something ’cause Quaker is actually more expensive than organic rolled oats in this city! OH MY GOD! So I can actually buy the good stuff instead of just looking at it longingly from afar–wowza!

Anywhoo–check out the texture on that stuff–people were right–Quaker does roll their oats quite flat…and they seem…whiter? Or could it be ’cause that stuff came from the bottom of the bag and therefore a little powdery? Who knows. But in short–did not expect such a striking difference in appearance!

So for today’s breakfast, I blended the two together…

It wasn’t til I actually started eating that I realized it would have been even better if I had made two separate bowls with the two different types of oats! WHY. AM I STUPID.

Sigh…although my oats did seemed chewier than normal today…or maybe I’m just crapping myself

List of stuff:

  • 0.25 cup Quaker oats, 0.25 cup organic oats
  • water, milk, yogurt, wheat germ, chopped sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp kellogg’s all-bran
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 7 longans
  • 2 tbsp corn

Crunchily delicious! Had this along with jasmine green tea for some pre-run caffeination.

Nutrition info: 12g fat, 7g fiber, 18g, protein –WHY do I always end up with so much protein?! Anyone got any fibrous food suggestions?

Moving along–check out my colorful dinner from yesterday!

I finished all of my gnocchis–I shall miss them! Will definitely be making more of these in the future.

2g fat, 10g fiber, 12g protein–that’s more like it! Although it was still a little protein-heavy…proof that you don’t need to be a total omnivore to get your protein requirements!

Today’s lunch:

I used the potato skins left over from my gnocchi making adventures as sandwich filling ’cause I didn’t want to just throw them away! Seems like such a waste! And food should never be wasted, boys and girls 😀

Anywhoo, I poured ketchup all over that stuff for flavors. Had this sandwich along with blueberryraspberryapplesauce milk! In short, the raspberry flavor permeated the entire drink, with maybe only a little of the blueberries…the applesauce was pretty much not there. And mixing regular milk with soy milk didn’t seem to have affected the taste…but then again, I was having trouble smelling and tasting thanks to the wonders of allergies and the failure of whatever drug company that produced my antihistamines…

To finish off–tomorrow’s my first ever workfree day in about 2 months! I’m so excited–am going for japanese with a friend, then going grocery shopping! Whoo hoo! 😀

Oatmeal #57: Chocolate Rice July 2, 2008

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Noooo I thought I had finally figured out how my camera works, but it turns out I haven’t! So there’s no closeup picture today–’cause all of them were blurry :X I guess the search for the perfect picture taking environment continues!

Anywhoo today’s breakfast contains:

  • 0.33 cup oats
  • 2 tbsp white sushi rice [leftovers from my rice milk making 😀 ]
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal
  • 20 grapes
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 tbsp chopped sunflower seeds
  • 0.25 cup water
  • 0.25 cup milk

Oats were runny again! What is it with today’s breakfast, dude? So annoying 👿 I think it’s ’cause the rice doesn’t soak up as much water as oats does…but anyway the chopped seeds and cereal gave my oats a grainy texture–very fun to chew! The grapes provided little explosions of sweetness and some fun crunch 😀 So taste-wise, this bowl was a success!

And I’ve decided I’m going to start keeping track of my nutrient intake just for fun! 😀 So this breakfast has: 11.5g fat, 7.5g fiber, 20g protein –wow, I get so little fiber! 😦

Anyway, my post-run snack picture turned out quite well:

I had pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon, kiwi, and I broke up the granola bars that I made into pieces to eat with the yogurt–yum! It was quite filling 😀

This snack has: 6g fat, 7g fiber, 8g protein

Lastly, for lunch today:

A tofu-ketchup sandwich! Along with raspberry-banana rice milk, which I’ve decided I’m going to save as a snack later on to fuel me through my lab work! The sandwich did a pretty good job of keeping me full anyway–that extra piece of bread I threw in today definitely helped!

The lunch contains: 10g fat, 10g fiber, 11g protein. [oh this is so oddly entertaining! I’ll be keeping this up for a while 😀 ]

Oatmeal #56: Thicker Muesli! June 30, 2008

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On Saturday night, when I was preparing the muesli for Sunday morning, I decided to reduce the amount of water I put in my muesli in an attempt to reduce their wateriness:

Evidently, I was successful 😀 And check out the awesome quality of these pictures! I was so happy at the way they came out:


Check out the texture!

Consists of:

  • oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, milk, yogurt
  • 0.25 cup water
  • 1 kiwi
  • 3 tbsp goji berries
  • 2 tbsp raisins

With a cup of green tea

Taste-wise–too much goji berries and raisins! Am going to reduce the amount I put in by half next time ’cause they completely took over my oatmeal! But anyway, I like this thicker consistency so much better ’cause the chewy factor totally skyrockets! And not to mention the fact that it’s easier to carry around 😛

For dinner–an awesome bowl of pasta with Tomato & Bail sauce!

And this time I had raw orange peppers, because I felt like cooking them would be a waste–why mess with a good thing?