Remember how a few days ago I had made a batch of steel cut oats and popped it in a square brownie pan to let it sit and chill in the fridge? Well, today it was time to put the pre-made oats to good use. I used to do this all the time in my sophomore year of college because it was great for busy mornings. 😀
Simply take 1/4 of the chilled oats and place it in a microwaveable bowl. It looks a little like a tofu block, but don’t freak out. It only needs a lil’ TLC. 😉
This time, I added 1/2c. milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the bowl. I whipped it around and microwaved it for about 1-2 minutes—just until hot. On the side I heated a cups worth of blueberries in a small frying pan and drained it from the juices before adding it to the bowl of oats. I also included 1/2 c. of milk on the side for a boost of protein. 😀
The walnuts and sprinkling of brown sugar made this bowl of oatmeal—delicious! 😀
After a nice filling bowl of oatmeal, my dad and I headed out for a 4-mile run. The snow started to fall really heavily by the time we were on the 3rd mile, and we came home full of white. It was such a great run though. Very energizing!! 😀
Steel cut oats always keep me so full!!! I think I prefer the texture or rolled oats—they’re more creamy and carb-y. But despite how tasty rolled outs are, nothing can beet the steel cut in terms of the fullness factor. 😀 It was 2:00 by the time I was home from grocery shopping, and I was only starting to feel hungry. I’ll have to make these more often on busy school days when morning snacking isn’t always an option. 😀
Since it was getting late, I used up the last of the vegetarian chili by topping it on 1/2 a baked sweet potato with some chopped cilantro.
+ a juicy red grapefruit.
Afternoon: Making SUSHI
I love everything about sushi. How fresh it is. How healthy it can be. And how easy it can be to make! 😀 I have to admit though—I’m not an expert on making sushi! 😀 But the following methods work for me, and I enjoy every bite. But feel free to add any comments on what works for you or what you have done differently. 😀
First I like to get the rice going since it takes about 40 minutes to cook it. Choose a short grain rice, which will become sticky and starchy—long grain won’t work since it’s much dryer. I like this Whole Foods short grain brown rice! 😀
Make sure you have everything else you’ll need!
Seaweed wraps (available in the Asian section of most grocery stores)
Juilenned vegetables—I like red bell peppers, english cucumbers, and carrots! Avocados make a nice addition too. 😀
Protein source—not actually necessary, but I find it keeps me full longer. You could marinate tofu, add some honey roasted peanuts (trust me, this is an a-m-a-z-i-n-g addition!! 😀 ), shrimp, etc. Tonight I added some smoked, wild caught salmon for a special treat.
Vinegar—Traditionally, rice vinegar is used. But white wine vinegar works just fine too. When the rice is finished cooking, I’ll add 2T. of vinegar to it. I also use a bit on my fingers when spreading the rice to prevent sticking!
Wasabi—again, not absolutely necessary, but a nice little touch. It’s super, super hot though, so don’t go too crazy with it! 😉
Cool the rice! I’ll usually spread it out on a plate after adding the 2T. vinegar, and let it cool just enough so that I can handle and work with it.
Spread the rice on the seaweed sheets, and spread a bit of wasabi down the center….forming a little “dip” in the center where the filling will be placed.
Put some filling in the center and start rolling!! 😀 Don’t take it too seriously. It’s okay if a bit of rice falls out here and there. 😉
When you reach the center, tuck it in a little while applying a bit of pressure with your fingers.
Start slicing! 😀 Remember that sushi should be bite-sized peices!!
Plate it! 😀
Nicole and Nate were coming over tonight for games and food. For dinner, I started with a big salad…
And ate it with the sushi I made this afternoon. 😀
With green tea!
After dinner, we all opened our fortune cookies and read them aloud. I love fortune cookies. They’re light and lemony and crunchy. You all know how much I love the crunch factor! 😀
I’m still trying to figure out what this even means…haha. 😀
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
There was a dish of pineapple for dessert, in addition to the fortune cookies. It was perfect. Super ripe and sweet. 😀
I was still hungry later tonight. A bowl of kashi heart to heart with milk and a pear on the side hit the spot perfectly. 😀
Now I’m just waiting for the ball to drop. Just 15 minutes to go!!
HAPPY 2010!! 😀