Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tales of the Culinary-Challenged: Breakfast Oatmeal with a Twist

In my first Tales of the Culinary-Challenged post, I wrote about cooking edamame. For some, boiling soybeans in water is no big deal, but for the cooking spaz that is me, it is. The thing is, I try to eat healthy these days because I'm on my wedding fitness regimen - I'm training hard at the gym and making sure I have a healthy diet. However, I went on a similar regimen like this a year or two ago for a Boracay trip, and I kind of felt diet fatigue then. I rarely cook, and I relied on buying prepackaged stuff or fastfood deliveries, and until now I'm sick of the food I used to eat during that time. This is why I'm now forced to stock healthy food in my apartment as well as learn to cook healthy things I find yummy.

So here's my first try. It isn't cooking per se, but it's preparing food that I normally would not do. I made Overnight Oats - a recipe I got from The first try, I just made up the ingredient quantities and it came out super wrong. (Hello Julls, did you forget that you're culinary-challenged? You can't just wing it and have it turn out okay like how other people do it!) I tried again last night and this time I followed the recipe to the letter. It turned out yummy! I love that it's super healthy, but it also filled me up so much I had a lot of energy this morning. As usual, I took pics!

2/3 cup Cowhead Lite Low Fat Milk

Half-cup Quaker Instant Oatmeal

The recipe called for greek or vanilla yogurt, but greek yogurt is hella expensivo here, and I couldn't find vanilla, so I just got boring, plain, regular yogurt. It's probably tastier with better yogurt, but I'm making do. 
Mixed all the ingredients together and finished it off with a pinch of cinnamon.

The recipe said to put the mix in an airtight jar and leave it in the fridge overnight, but I don't have mason jars so I made do with an old coffee jar haha.

I loved this so much! I'm going to alternate it with my everyday cereal. It gave me the impression that it's super high fiber and high protein though, so just take that in mind. It's so quick and easy too. Mix ingredients in jar, stick jar in fridge, wake up to oatmeal goodness. This morning I mixed in a bit of brown sugar for an extra kick. Next time I plan on putting in some fruit, like a banana or something, plus a little orange honey. Yum!

Recipe after the jump!

Overnight Oats

  • 2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla (or plain) Greek yogurt (I used non-fat)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon

  1. The night before you plan to eat your oats, mix together all of the ingredients listed above and seal in an airtight container.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture overnight (they will be ready in about 3 hours, but overnight is best).
  3. Wake up and enjoy the next day!

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