I tend toward food phases, don’t you? I will eat the same or similar breakfast or other meal every day. My body likes it. My stomach feels secure knowing there will be no surprises headed down its way.
Mostly I do this with breakfast. My current breakfast is oatmeal (although once in a while I use TJ’s multigrain cereal instead). I cook up a few servings at a time, slicing in an apple, a pear, and a few dried Turkish apricots, and then add a dash of cinnamon. The fruits give the oats a nice mild sweetness that is very nurturing. No brown sugar or maple syrup needed! And it’s delicious. Natural sweetness provided by whole foods is so much more satisfying than any added sweetener could ever be!
But I don’t stop there! Once that scoop of yummy cooked oatmeal is in my breakfast bowl, I pull out the Golden Yogurt from the fridge and add a nice dollop right on top. Also in the fridge is my ever-present jar of soaking raw almonds. Within a minute or two, I’ve got 8-9 of them peeled and looking pretty topping the whole thing off. Nice!!
Then I set a pretty place at the breakfast table and sit down to enjoy a few minutes of peace before the busy hours of the day set in. I love to look out over the garden through the bay window, count the morning blue jays and red bellied whatevers pecking for food in the dewy lawn, while I take in and enjoy every bite. Of course, all this while sipping every now and then on my cup of Yogi Tea or decaf coffee…. whichever suits my mood.
Simply Divine Oatmeal
Yield: 4-6 servings
Make a batch for your family, or do as I do… make a batch to last a few days. Oatmeal stores very well in the fridge and heats up on the stove or in the microwave. On the stove, add a little bit of water when you reheat.
4 cups water
Dash cinnamon powder
3-4 dried unsulphured apricots
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup Golden Yogurt per serving
8 raw almonds, soaked overnight in water and then peeled, per serving
Put water in 2-quart sauce pan, add salt and cinnamon, and put on high heat to bring to boil. While it’s heating up, wash, core and slice up the apple and pear and add to the pot. Also, cut up the apricots into raisin-size pieces (or, just use a tablespoon of raisins instead) and add them to the pot. When the water comes to a boil, add the oats. Stir, return to boil, and let it simmer a minute or two. Then cover, remove from heat, and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
Serve cooked oatmeal in breakfast bowl, top with Golden Yogurt and a small handful of soaked and peeled raw almonds. Enjoy!