Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How to Make Overnight Oats

First things first, Ina rolled over from her back to her stomach yesterday.

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And then wasn't very happy about it.  We put her back on her back to make sure we weren't hallucinating and she did it again!  Then she rolled from her stomach to her back!

I cried from excitement.  Then I cried because she is growing up too fast. 

I know I am going to miss out on some of her firsts when I am at work, but I was so happy to be able to experience the first few, like this and her first smile.

Lately a few people have asked me how I make overnight oats.  I know that this might be old hat to some of you, but if you have never experienced the wonder that is overnight oats, here ya go.  

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Main Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C oats 
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C yogurt
  • cinnamon to taste
  • 1 T chia seeds (optional)

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Mix everything in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.  

The next morning you will have a blank canvas to add whatever flavors you are feeling.  

Great add-ins include: fruit, nuts, nut butters, chocolate, honey, jelly, protein powder, etc.

My favorite comboninations are blueberry, walnut, and coconut or nut butter, banana, and chocolate.

Some notes:

- I make my oats with plain Greek yogurt so that I can add anything I want.  If you use plain, you will probably want to add some type of sweetener (jelly, honey, etc).  Another option is to use flavored yogurt.

- The chia seeds are optional, but they add a nutritional punch and give the oats a creamier, more filling texture

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- I like instant oats better than rolled oats, but using either is fine

- I use skim milk, but have used almond milk and it also works great

- Although these are called overnight oats, I usually make them in the morning after I get done running.  By the time I am showered and ready for the day, they are good to go. 

- I have heard that some people don't like the thought of cold oatmeal, so they microwave their overnight oats.  I can't speak to how that tastes, but thought I would throw it out there.

Eats

I made strawberry protein pancakes for breakfast yesterday - recipe to come.

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Lunch was leftovers from the night before.

Roasted some brussel sprouts for a snack.

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Dinner was a surprising success - pork tenderloin and veggies in the electric skillet.

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I rubbed the pork loin with thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and black pepper and seared it on medium heat.  Then I added carrots, potatoes, and onions, some olive oil, and some chick stock, covered and set it on medium-low for about a hour and a half.  

I was seriously surprised how well it turned out.  Dan is the roast guy around here.  

Dessert - carrot cake cupcake (so freaking good) with my loves

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Run

3 miles on the treadmill while watching Glee.  Want some motivation to crank up the speed?  Watch some high school kids sing a Spice Girls song.  

Works every time.

6 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, LOVE the last picture. LOL

    And yay for rolling over already! She really is growing way too fast. :)

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  2. I tried Overnight Oats a while back and just thought they were okay. Then I saw one of your posts that said you did one part oats, one part milk, and one part yogurt. I tried it and was hooked! Thank you. I know have to try adding cinnamon and chia seeds. I love the way you laid this out with the variations and suggestions. Thank you!

    And I'm totally going to try your roast pork recipe!

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    1. You MUST try the pork recipe! I had the leftovers for lunch and I just can't believe how good it tasted even though I just winged the recipe. I might have a little chef in me after all! Ha!

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  3. Thank you Racheal for posting the overnight oats. I'm so excited. I have wanting to try these forever.

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  4. I love your overnight oats recipe! I have a great electric skillet and the only thing I have ever cooked in it is fried rice:( Clearly I need to learn how to use that thing...your roast looks amazing!

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