It’s Monday. I’m sure you all noticed. I’m a Monday hater, but my morning workout pepped me up a bit and I was even more excited when I arrived home for breakfast. Yesterday I made Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge in the crock pot. The recipe comes courtesy of Clean Eating magazine and the day ahead prep made my Monday morning much easier. Super good and enough for 4 easy peasy mornings. I made a half-batch this time to make sure I liked it, and I do!
Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge (makes 8 servings – about 1/2 cup each)
5 cups of water
1 cup dried fruit (I used chopped apricots, blueberry Craisins, and currents)
1/4 cup crystallized ginger
3T steel cut oats
3T cracked wheat (I used wheat berries…not sure if that’s the same thing)
3T brown rice (I used quinoa)
2T pearled barley (not quick-cooking)
2T millet or more regular brown rice (I used the millet)
2T yellow cornmeal
1/4 t salt
Add all the ingredients to a crockpot and cook on LOW for 6 hours.
Nutrition: cal – 142 fat – 1g sodium – 93mg carbs – 32g fiber – 3g protein – 3g
You can mix it with milk or top it with yogurt, maple syrup, coconut…the options are endless. I added a bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk when I heated it up to keep it moist, stirred in about a tablespoon of pecans and then added some ricotta cream to top it all off. The ricotta cream is another clean eating recipe and is simply equal parts ricotta and greek yogurt mixed with some maple syrup ( I used sugar free).
This would be super warm and cozy for a winter breakfast, too. If you don’t like ginger, I would omit the crystallized ginger. Maybe use more dried fruit or something. It’s a strong flavor.
On the side I had a couple of egg whites topped with hummus for protein and staying power. A morning meal with a combination of protein, good carbs, and healthy fats is my breakfast of champs.
Due to my MIA status at the end of last week, I’m behind on my 30 Days of Insight.
Day 05- A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 06- Earliest thing you can remember.
Day 07- Favorite cover of your favorite song.
Day 08- Someone you think would make a good president.
Letter to My Husband
You have changed my life. In many ways. For the better. You are my balance. You accept me for who I am. You call me on my crap when I need it and yet you calm me just by being there. One of the priceless attributes of my dad and his dad was the ability to calm. I always felt at peace just from sitting with them. For my high-strung head and soul, there is nothing better. You are that for me now. For life. Forever. Thank you.
Earliest Thing I can Remember
I remember going to Disney World with my family when I was a toddler (maybe 3 or 4). I got tired with all the walking and would just stop walking, stand in front of my dad, and hold up my hands. He’s scoop me up without missing a beat and lift me up onto his shoulders where my feet got a good rest and I could see everything.
Favorite Cover of Your Favorite Song
I admit I’m no music buff. I don’t really have a favorite song. I have songs that mean a lot to me, but not one fave and therefore no one cover. Check out a few of my memory invoking tunes instead and in case you missed it.
Someone I Think Would Make a Good President
I have to say I like the one now. I’m not sure anyone in that position is going to make a lot of friends. Let’s face it, it’s a hard job. There are millions of people counting on you and no way to make all happy. I think anyone I think would do a good job now would be hated by plenty once in the Whitehouse. It’s the nature of the job.
And for today:
Day 09- Five things you want to see change.
- I want to see all created equal actually mean that. Regardless of your choices, color, race, religion, sexual-orientation, etc, everyone man, woman, and child should benefit from the same rights. All the same rights. I think we are headed in the right direction but there are miles yet to go.
- I would like that to spill over into individual attitudes towards each other as well. Not just the political arena but life on main street We have much further to go on that one.
- I’d like parents to take responsibility for their children’s health. I’d like advertisers to stop targeting children. Obesity in our youth is a major problem and I think it’s equally the parent’s and the public’s fight.
- I’d like the weather to get cooler (I’m off my soapbox now 🙂 ) I’m over the upper 90s/100 degree days and am ready for fall. Hell, bring on winter at this point.
- I’d like 4 day workweeks and 3 day weekends to be standard. Isn’t the 5/2 ratio a little unbalanced?
What would you like changed?