My New Obsession And Funky Oats

by HEAB on April 1, 2009

Last night’s dinner was so good thanks to CD (CD = Chris, my husband for any new readers).  In college, Chris always added almond butter to marinara sauce, and I don’t know why it took us so long to recreate this dish.  Plus, after  my friend Cristy told me that she made some really good pasta sauce with flax seed last week, I knew it was my turn to get a little nutty in the kitchen.  Here were my ingredients:



I mixed 1/2 of the jar of sauce with 1 heaping spoonful of crunchy peanut butter and 2 TBSP ground flax seed (kudos to Cristy for this idea!) stirring occasionally on the stove-top until heated thoroughly.

Here was my plate:

Veggie pasta galore!

Veggie "pasta" galore!

I won’t lie.  To this day, I have a hard time with pasta.  I know, I know, I will eat heaping bowls of oats and other grains, but I NEVER buy pasta noodles – a Heather quirk I guess.  Usually, I substitute spaghetti squash but could not find any at the store.  Instead, I roasted 1/2 a bag of broccoli slaw with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, red bell pepper, onion, celery, and mushrooms and topped it all with THE BEST PASTA SAUCE EVER!  The addition of flax seeds really thickened things up, and the peanut butter added an amazing flavor.  Plus, I got some crunchy peanuts in a few bites – yum!  I will be eating this often.

This new sauce needs a name.  So get your creative thinking caps on and leave your brilliant ideas in a comment below.  I’ll leave the judging to CD since he was my inspiration.  The winner will receive one jar of Trader Joe’s peanut butter, crunchy or smooth.  Can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

My breakfast was a bit embarrassing, but I’ll show it to you anyway. 

Chocolate Peppermint Oats

Chocolate Peppermint Oats - Sounded good anyway.

OK, so I guess this  does not look much different from my previous bowls of spinach oats, but the color was truly awful. For those girly girls out there, I won’t say what it really looked like, but I’ll give you a clue…rhymes with goo and starts with a “p”.  Sorry, I grew up with brothers, and at times, I think CD is 28 going on 13.  NOTHING grosses me out.  Anyway, my recipe sounded so good in theory.  I brewed 1 1/2 cups of peppermint tea before going to yoga this morning (great class – lots of long holds.  Amazing!).  Upon my return, I added 1/2 cup oat bran and 1/2 cup wheat bran to my tea and brought it to a boil on the stove-top.  After it was done cooking, I blended my peppermint flavored oats in the Vita-Mix with 1/2 scoop Jay Robb chocolate protein powder, a few drops of dark chocolate flavored Stevia, 1/4 of a frozen avocado, a handful of raw spinach, and 1 TBSP of dark cocoa powder.  I figured the spinach would add a lovely minty-green touch.  What was I thinking? Brown cocoa powder + green spinach = dirt in a bowl.  The taste was a bit off as well.  I was hoping for more  Peppermint Patty, but what I got was a bowl of peppermint tea with a side of oat/wheat bran.  Won’t be trying this one again!

Quick dairy/soy-free month recap.  I feel great, and I’ve decided to stick with my eating plan.  Soy is not my friend.   Anything fermented like tempeh or miso seems to be okay, but tofu and soy milk kill my stomach.  I will not be eating/drinking either anymore.  As far as the dairy goes, I don’t think I’m lactose intolerant, but I truly think my body does better without it.  OK, so there were a few frozen yogurt mishaps, several servings of whey protein consumed, and one amazing french toast casserole with heavy cream…oh, and then there was some cake and ice-cream at a baby shower last weekend.  Hehe – guess I didn’t completely stray from the cow products, but I don’t think I’m going to purchase them for myself.  However, if they are offered to me, I won’t be turning them down…

Free Greek yogurt?  Yes please. :)

Free Greek yogurt? Yes please. :)

Many thanks to the kind folks over at Stonyfield for these coupons to try their Oikos Greek yogurt, the ONLY ORGANIC Greek yogurt on the market.  I will be picking some up very soon.

Guess who I get to meet tomorrow?!?  Click here to find out…so excited!!!

Don’t forget to name that pasta sauce and be sure to click here for a Quaker Oats giveaway at Keep It Simple Foods.  You know how I love my Quaker products. :)