Ever since accidentally making lemon-meringue oatmeal yesterday, I’ve been fantasizing about recreating the amazingness today … the crumbling meringue crunch, the tart lemon custard, mmmmmmm. But before I get carried away, I want to give a few more details of the cooking procedure since it was such a success!
Last night, I combined 1/4 cup dry steel-cut oats in an ovensafe bowl with 2 tbsp unsweetened soymilk, 2 tbsp water, 1 small chopped apple, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Over the top of the mix, I spread about 2 tbsp plain yogurt, solely for moisturizing purposes since cooking yogurt kills off the healthy bacteria. Here’s what it looked like before going into the fridge:
This morning, I got up for my run and even made it all the way outside, but I just wasn’t feeling it! Rather than force a run and hate it, I just jogged once around the block and came back home to do some Gentle Hatha #2. While I was yoga-ing, my oats were cooking in the oven, covered, for 30 minutes at 375. Here they are right out of the fridge, after mixing and before going into the oven:
They came out of the oven looking like this:
In my pretty glass bowl, I layered the hot oats on top of 1/3 cup lemon custard (yogurt + cottage cheese + 1 tsp lemon curd). Just like yesterday, I crumbled two basil-spice meringue kisses over the top and added another dollop of lemon curd. Around the side were two balsamic-strawberry oaties dotted with homemade almond-cashew butter.
Mmmmm, just as tasty as I remember! I am so enjoying this experience of indulging in a pricey, fancy condiment that I never would have considered buying if not for the Forbidden Foods Challenge. It’s good to remember that I am allowed to treat myself every once in a while — my pennies do not always have to go toward things that are abolsutely necessary.
For an out-the-door snack at 10am, I had another oatie with about a tsp more of almond-cashew butter.
In class this morning/afternoon, I thoroughly enjoyed my donation-fueled lunch. First up was my chicken fajita sampler.
Two pieces of regular chicken fajita wrap with tomato salsa and black beans:
One piece of spinach fajita wrap with beans, brown rice, and roasted veggies:
And one piece of sun-dried tomato fajita wrap with chicken, beef, and roasted veggies:
The whole family:
For crunch and spice, I had my snack of the week: 1/3 cup asparagus guacamole with a serving of riceworks.
And for dessert, a 1-cup blended mix of plain yogurt and the cottage cheese from last night’s fruit salad, decorated with grapes and berries (also from the salad) and topped with vanilla almond granola:
On the way home from class, I had to switch trains at the Whole Foods stop, so I decided I might as well stop in for some samples :D. I had a handful of almonds with raisins and dates, 5 cheese cubes, 2 crackers with artichoke spread, and a bunch of carrot matchsticks with spicy miso dressing. I also accidentally bought a bunch of things because they were on sale for unbeatable prices: 2 pounds strawberries ($2/lb), brussels sprouts ($1.99/lb), pineapple ($2.99), unsweetened soymilk ($3.20), 2 mangoes (2 for $1.50), goat cheese ($2.99), plum (free because it was sitting on the counter left from the previous customer!). Total cost: $16.50
I’ve been baking up a storm with a special project this afternoon (and eating lots of batter along the way!), but I imagine I’ll be back with dinner at some point!
Do you ever accidentally grocery shop?
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Its impossible for me to go in a grocery store for “just one thing.”
The oats sound really good.
haha, yes i do accidently grocery shop! if i go to get one thing, i have to check out the other aisles too! i search for free samples, haha, and I have to make sure i’m not forgetting something else i “need.” i am an impulse food shopper 🙂
love all of the mini wraps!!
those oats sound awesome. I need to find some lemon curd now! I bet it would be great on my coconut ice cream 🙂
accidentally grocery shop? uh yeah. anytime I’m around any place that sells food – especially if they have sales!
I always accidentally grocery shop!! 🙂
Beautiful oats, and I accidentlly grocery shop wayyyy too much. Like every week. Or more. Ooops
wow, that is one yummy wrap
look at all those yum wraps and I’m looking for ways to make my steel cut oats, so I’ll be watching!!
Yep, totally accidentally grocery shopped at Whole Foods today. Went in for a can of soup, came out with a card, edamame snacks, soy crisps and a Z-bar as well. Mannn I love your breakfast. Have a great Thursday night! Whatchoo be bakin’???
I bought the same strawberries and goat cheese at WF tonight 🙂
I ALWAYS accidentally grocery shop — this is why I have no money!
Today I accidentally grocery shopped! I have to get snacks and stuff like that for the afterschool program where I work and I stopped by the store after work. Yeah, I also picked up my own things that I “needed” too!
I accidentally grocery shop all the time. I just can’t turn down a good deal!
Your eats today look so good!
I can do major damage at the grocery store so I try to only go once a week! LOL Those wraps are so pretty!