Well I was feeling a little sluggish after my workout and wanted lunch fast. I had nothing fast that was not processed (dinosaur chicken nuggets from the freezer, eww. Although my kids think they are amazing.) or involving a bunch of prep time. So, I decided to make oatmeal for lunch. My kids love oatmeal. They eat a ridiculous amount considering their ages/sizes. And although Richard loves the smell of oatmeal cooking, he can’t stand the taste/texture so this was a “win-win-WIN” for everyone. (ha ha, name the show that quote is from!)
I threw this together with healthier eating/whole foods in mind and I was extremely pleased with how it turned out. We all enjoyed our lunch and I am sitting here not eating chocolate afterwards so I always consider that a success. Satisfaction is so important, rather than just being full! I have learned if my food satisfies me, I am much more likely to continue to make healthy choices. If I eat chips and salsa standing over the sink however, I am definitely more likely to make poor choices when the 3pm munchies hit. And yes, I know only Jesus can satisfy, I am talking purely about food here! 🙂 Amazing spiritual comparison about food/satisfaction/Jesus another day.
This is random so bear with me.
In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat place 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. As it melts mash 1-2 ripe bananas around in the pan with a wooden spoon. Add 1 chopped apple (I used a kinda getting mushy one that has been in the produce drawer for a bit too long…) and 1 tsp of cinnamon and a splash of water if you feel the pan is getting to hot/it needs it. Cook and stir for a few minutes until the apples start to soften and the whole thing smells delicious. Add to it 3 C of water/milk or a combo of and 2 C oats. (I used 1/2 C coconut milk, 1/2 C water, and about 2 C 2%milk.) Cook and stir over medium heat until desired thickness/creaminess. I would say this took maybe 10 minutes from start to finish. Optional, add 1 tsp chia seeds to cooked oats.
Serve in bowls topped with applesauce, yogurt, raisins, almonds, chia seeds, or whatever you desire. I ate mine plain with an additional tsp of chia seeds mixed in and the fruit sweetened it so nicely I really felt like it was tasty the way it was.
Here is the printable if you like printable kinds of things. Have a great Thursday!
PS there are no pictures because it was nearly gone before I thought of it.