My usual lazy Sunday has been packed full of activity and all of it enjoyable.
It started out this morning with one of my best friends from college coming over with her six month old baby girl for breakfast. She lives in Houston and her husband was riding in the MS 150 which is a bike race from Houston to Austin (180 miles) They start on Saturday and ride about halfway then ride the other half on Sunday. He started at 7am and she headed here to see him finish. He wasn’t going to be pulling in until after noon, so we got to have her for a few hours. Her little girl is so freakin happy and we had a great time playing peek-a-boo and laughing really loud for no reason. Oh if it were only that easy to be entertained!
I made baked oatmeal for our morning meal and it was yummy! I had planned to use the clean eating version, but after last night’s mexican food, I had already veered off course for the challenge and so might as well make the real deal. It was a special occasion having my old college roomie in town.
I did still use a healthy recipe, it just had some serious brown sugar involved. I also changed it a little by using an unsweetened blackberry applesauce instead of butter and added some blueberry craisins. They’re a new craisin flavor and they’re awesome! I didn’t measure out the 1 cup of bananas and just sliced one whole one to put on top before baking (the recipe adds it after baking, but I liked them to cook a little and get really soft). I also took it out after about 30 minutes so it was still a little soft and less cake or bar-like. Everyone loved it!
1 1/2 c skim milk
2 eggs, beaten
2T unsweetened applesauce (I used a blackberry applesauce)
2 1/2c rolled oats
1/2 c brown sugar
2t baking powder
1/4c dried fruit (I used blueberry craisins)
1 banana – sliced
In a medium bowl mix the milk, eggs, vanilla, and applesauce. In a larger bowl, mix the oats, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder. add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and fold in. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and pour mixture into pan. Top with sliced bananas and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.
If you click on the link above you can get the nutritional info for the original recipe. I think my version saves about 10 calories and several grams of fat without the butter and with the addition of the craisins, but I didn’t calculate it all my way. You could also serve it cold with milk or yogurt on top.
I also forgot to take a picture before we dug in, but I snapped one of the leftovers.
It was much prettier in the pan, I swear. It was a little sweet for me, so next time I will probably use half the sugar. I also plan to only eat half a serving at a time for breakfast this week and mix it in some plain greek yogurt to up the protein and cut the sweetness some. I’m already looking forward to that. This recipe is a definite winner and great for entertaining!
Jensen and I spent the rest of the day at the home and garden store and took advantage of a rainless (though still cloudy) afternoon to plant some plants. Earth Day challenge point-getter activity number….I can’t remember, but it was on the list. Bam! Another point!
Let’s just hope I can keep all of these alive.
I’m not sure what that is, but it looked really cool which is about all that I require to purchase it.
I was pumped to see the first of our zucchini rearing its little head.
No actual veggies, yet, but the plants are coming through already.
I bought some spinach and a lettuce variety pack with green and red types to add to the garden, too. Salad!
I have a really early morning tomorrow, so I’m off to relax a bit and wind down for bed. See ya tomorrow!