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Overnight Oats Tutorial

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I was first introduced to the idea of overnight oats through the blog world.  Many bloggers (myself included) really enjoy a morning bowl of the nutritious whole grain, and it seems as though we are always coming up with a new way to prepare them.  Overnight oats are simply your regular oats that you make oatmeal with soaked in twice the amount of liquid in the refrigerator overnight.  That is the basic formula, but the variations on this equation are ENDLESS!

How to Make Overnight Oats

Begin b by measuring out your oats.  I typically start with either 1/2 cup.  Then pour that into your bowl, or container of choice.

Next, measure out your liquid.  This will be double the amount of oats that you put in your bowl.  Now, this is where you can start to get creative.  Most of the time I just combine 1/2 cup of oats with 1 cup of water, but you could do 1/2 cup of milk (almond, cow, soy, etc…) with 1/2 cup of yogurt for extra thick and creamy overnight oats.  You could even use some pasturized egg whites to get some protein.  Do whatever your taste buds desire!

When I don’t use yogurt or egg whites, I mix in some protein powder so that I can get adequate protein in my morning meal.  Just one scoop will do!

I then like to add in vanilla extract, maybe some stevia, cinnamon, or other flavorings so that they can really soak through the entire bowl of oats all night.

The last step is to simply place in the fridge and wait until the morning! (This process can also be done in about an hour if you forget to do it the night before.)

In the morning, simply remove the bowl from the fridge and add your toppings.  My toppings are usually fruit and nut butter, but yours can be whatever  you want!  Crunchy cereal, nuts, granola, the possibilities are unlimited.

Cinnamon and Blueberry toppings

Cinnamon and Blueberry toppings

Apple topping

These oats are so simple, and great to make if you don’t have a lot of time in the morning.  If you love oatmeal for breakfast in the winter, but hate the thought of something hot for breakfast in the hot summer months, then overnight oats is a great thing to have in place of your regular hot oats.  This breakfast is a thick, creamy, delicious way to enjoy your morning bowl of oatmeal.

Other Overnight Oats Ideas:

Breakfast

Oddly enough, I did NOT have my overnight oats for breakfast this morning, I had a smoothie bowl 🙂

Strawberry Almond Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 scoop pea protein powder
  • splash of water
  • 3 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend away! Once my mixture was thick and creamy I added 2 tsp of crunchy Maranantha Almond Butter on top.  Delish!

 

 

The Return of Guy Food

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Hello everyone!

Brian and I have been working hard to bring the next episode of Guy Food to you for your viewing pleasure.  This week:

Chicken Salad Three Ways

When I make Brian lunch, most of the time it is chicken salad.  It is easy, it can make a big batch all at once, and it can be made in many different ways.  Brian asked me if I could teach him how to make chicken salad all the way down to cooking the chicken.  Here is our step-by-step guide to the perfect chicken for chicken salad.

Step 1: Put water in the bottom of a glass baking dish (about 1/4 inch)

Step 2: Place a chicken breast in the pan (can cook more than one at a time if needed)

Step 3:  Season with salt and pepper or any other spices you have on hand

Step 4: Place in preheated oven (350 degrees for thin chicken and 400 degrees for thick chicken)

Step 5:  Set the time to 20 minutes

Step 5:  Remove chicken from oven and cut in the center to see if it is done.  Check to make sure there is no pink

You chicken is made!

You will then want to let it cool, and chop it up into small bite sized pieces if you are making chicken salad with it.

Chicken Salad #1:  “Classic” Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Hellman’s Dijonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp of either Low-Fat Miracle Whip or Low-Fat Mayonnaise (I am a Miracle Whip girl and Brian is a mayo guy)
  • 1 chicken breast (may use less, depending on the size)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/4 apple sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp chopped red onion
Preparation:
After chopping the veggies, combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Taste to make sure that it is seasoned properly.  May serve with crackers, on a wrap, as a sandwich, or may eat with a fork!

Chicken Salad #2:  Buffalo Chicken Salad

Brian likes to take credit for this one because it was his idea 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Low-Fat Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise

    He was worried that it might be hot!

  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to taste ( I like a lot, Brian likes a little)
  • 1/8 cup blue cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 chicken breast (may use less depending on the size)
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve the same way as “Classic” Chicken Salad.
Chicken Salad 3#:  Curry Chicken Salad
Ingredients:
  • 1 tsp yellow curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp Low-Fat Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp red onion
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 chicken breast (depending on the size you may use less)
Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy just as the other two chicken salad recipes.
**These all make one serving
Enjoy!!! Feel free to add in other vegetables (bell peppers, tomato, carrots, whatever you have on hand!).  You can also add nuts or seeds such as pecans, walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds.