Are there days when you are tired of your current reality and wake up and say “From today forward I am going to….run, take 2 deep breaths before responding to a question, meditate, floss my teeth daily, write my expenditures, call my friends weekly, spend an hour alone, do the craft project 30 minutes a day, sing more or just eat breakfast daily”? Every year when school starts I make a commitment to start a new habit. This week fall term started at Portland State University, where my husband teaches. After being sick for a week, and completely abandoning my routine and rhythm for cooking and eating my one- dish wonders, I decided to focus on eating breakfast.
I have noticed that there are times that I will wake up and start a project, surf the net, or even head to work; and several hours have passed since waking up and I have not fueled myself in any way, shape or form except some water here and there. Then the “hangries” step in and I crash and it is not pretty for bystanders.
So with my husband leaving for work by 7:30am from now on and needing to be fueled so he can be on his feet lecturing and thinking for two hours, I needed to come up with a sure-fire winning breakfast plan that was simple.
In comes the time saving crock pot. For of those who are new to my blog, my household does not have a microwave. So the crock pot comes to the rescue. After consulting the all-knowing World Wide Web, I stumbled across an overnight almond oatmeal recipe from the blog The View from Great Island. This is where the cymbals would smash in a movie. An epiphany!
With this recipe you put the oatmeal in Mason jars at night with milk and water and then fill the crock pot with water so the glass containers are submerged half way. The water bath method of cooking – brilliant! The recipe recommends ¼ cup of oatmeal per Mason jar. I found that ½ cup was the right amount and ¼ cup was more like an appetizer. I set up the condiments for oatmeal and all you need to do is use an oven mitt to take the jar out ; add a little milk and whatever you fancy and you have a rib sticking breakfast that will keep you gong for whatever your morning brings you.
If you add half a diced apple to each jar, you will have a Just-One Dish breakfast that contains fruit, protein, grain and fat. I have made it with apples in the jars cooking in the crock pot and without apple, both were delicious. If you like a little crunch in your oatmeal, I would suggest adding some apple the same time you add the almond butter. This is on heavy rotation for our breakfast plan, at least 2-3 times per week.
I think oats were one of the original superfoods in North America. This grain lowers cholesterol, stabilizes blood sugar and is packed with protein, according to Authority Nutrition.
Every time I cook for myself and sit down and eat my creation, I feel like I am giving myself the most loving, nurturing hug. I certainly like waking up to that.