mama-in-law’s oats

Is it just me, or did the Thanksgiving holiday ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM by? 😦 Enter: Christmas Season 2010. It is now acceptable for me to watch Elf and laugh hysterically every day….gotta love it.

I am thankful for my lead foot, however. While my road rage had Mr. Prevention a bit frightened at times (no joke), we arrived back in Columbus with enough time for me to grocery shop before my hockey game last night. It was rushed, however. Let’s just say it was record-breaking grocery shopping speed that resulted in beads of sweat littering my forehead by the time I reached the check out. No shame! Mission accomplished! A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do….I’m just glad I meal planned and made my shopping list while we were away. Smart thinkin’, self! 😉

There’ll be a bit of this on the menu this week….

And some of this…

And this…

I’m excited for this week’s menu which will include LOTS of veggies! Things need to be lightened up after the holiday.

Anyways, my mother-in-law loves OATMEAL! I would go as far as to say she loves oatmeal as much OR MORE than Kath. Saturday morning we were at my in-law’s and when Susie asked if I wanted oatmeal for breakfast, it sounded so good. I like oatmeal, but I couldn’t have it every morning…no way. I like variety too much for that 🙂

Susie then asked if I wanted her to make me a bowl of her oats — Oats à la Susie! “Yessss! Of course!,” I said!

Oats à la Susie

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup unsweetened Silk Almond Milk
1 Tbsp wheat germ
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 small apple or 1/2 large apple, cored and diced
cinnamon, to taste
1 tsp brown sugar or sugar substitute (I used brown sugar, she used Sun Crystals)

Directions:

Core and dice apple, microwave in a bowl for 60 seconds on high. Combine milk and oats, cook on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 minutes or until cooked to your desired doneness. Top oats with apples, wheat germ, flaxseed, cinnamon, and sweetener. Enjoy!

While these were the Oats à la Susie of the day, she uses different fruits and variations of this recipe a lot. As long as I’ve been with Mr. Prevention (7+ years!), mama-in-law has loved her oats! 😀 The flaxseed and wheat germ add additional fiber and omega 3’s…gotta love that! They’re also nutty and add a richness to the oats. Mmmm!

So of course when I was grocery shopping last night, I couldn’t find Unsweetened Silk Almond Milk. I did, however, find SO Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk. While it’s not 35 calories per cup (it’s 90), it is SO delicious…just as the label stated. It is also made from organic coconuts, and is soy-free, gluten-free, non-dairy, and non-GMO.

The label also boasts that coconut milk contains 65% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) which has little relevance to the healthy human; it simply means the fat is very readily digested in the body even when malabsorption is present and thus MCFA’s are used in the clinical setting for people with liver and pancreatic diseases. In the healthy adult, MCFA’s are just used for energy very quickly, similar to carbohydrates.

Question: What’s your milk of choice? Cow’s? Soy? Rice? Almond? Coconut? Hemp?

The options are nearly endless!!!

Back to the grind :(,

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20 responses to “mama-in-law’s oats

  1. Tes

    Wow your mother-in-law oatmeal looks so healthy and delicious.
    I love coconut milk, too. especially for dessert and curry but haven’t tried drinking like milk. We loves organic whole cow milk and soy milk as regular drinking 🙂

  2. So glad you pointed out that MCFA have little relevance to the human body, other than their quick energy. While I don’t consider coconut milk or coconut water a miracle drink/food, I wish I could drink it without getting gassy! I stick to almond milk 100% of the time. I love it, but I’m sure I’ll get sick of it eventually.

    Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. Looks like your menu for the week will contain my new obsession…kale!! I have been eating it like it’s going out of style.

  3. I like almond, soy, hemp, and coconut– in that order 🙂 It also depends on what I’m using the milk for.

    We’ll be eating a lot of veggies in this house this week too– guf!!! Too much food!!!

  4. Carol Adams

    Mama’s oats look very yummy! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. I’m a soy girl and have been for 3-4 years now. When I think about drinking regular milk it gives me the jeebees.

    Can’t wait to see what you create with all those veggies!

  6. Grace Dickinson

    Good choices at the store…leeks make me excited! I recently just tried the So Delicious coconut milk and can’t say I was a huge fan, but I tried the plain, so maybe I’ll give the vanilla a shot. I bet it’d be good in that oatmeal your mother-in-law whipped up!

  7. I’m not a huge milk fan, though when I do drink it I use cow’s milk. I do like almond milk for oats, though. It makes them richer and creamier.

  8. I know what you mean by lots of greens this week… I call it my salad detox. I feel so much better after a week of such “heavy” foods…

  9. Cow’s milk!! 2% or 1%

    My splurge this weekend was Wisconsin milk for like US$6 for a literish (not sure of the exact size).

    Looking forward to some tonight!!

  10. Leah @ Why Deprive?

    I use almond milk just because I like the taste in my smoothies. That coconut milk is awesome though isn’t it? I found it a few weeks ago and did a little happy dance in the middle of the grocery store. 🙂

  11. I am a oat or rice milk fan – not soy though. I can’t have any of the nut based milk.

    I typically just drink plain ole skim milk – my favorite is stonyfield farm organic milk.

  12. Susie’s oats look pretty amazing! Love Elf — what a hilarious movie! Yay, I love the Christmas season! 🙂

  13. Charlene

    I love So Delicious vanilla coconut milk and I use it to make oats every morning. They do make an unsweetened, too, and it’s only 50 calories per serving.

  14. you know, I have always done cow’s 1%…but have often pondered why on earth, humans would consume something God intended for baby cows. Now with the new WW pointplus, 1% is 3 points per cup and skim is 2. Your coconut milk would be 2 points…so I think I may be looking for an alternative to cows milk….and would be willing to try this, if I can find it that is! 🙂

  15. I don’t mind almond milk, but I’m a cow’s milk girl at heart.

  16. I’m an old-fashioned cow’s milk kind of girl 🙂

    “Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?” hehe

  17. pup

    I could not eat oatmeal everyday, but every now and then I get a craving for it, and this recipe sounds delicious!!
    I am curious, you mentioned going to a Hockey game.. Who do you root for??

  18. I’m an almond milk fan. I’ve never tried coconut or soy milk though.

  19. Nothing wrong with some strategic speeding as I think of it. Glad you had a nice holiday.

  20. I’m so lazy and never make oatmeal from scratch – this looks so yummy though – I need to change my ways!

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