Hi there! I really dropped the ball on Cinco de Mayo… sorry! Though I love being a teacher, May is probably the craziest time of year for us. It’s nice being able to say we only have a few weeks left until summer, but at the same time we’re trying to get so much done in so little time and it gets really hectic. Even though I didn’t make anything for Cinco de Mayo, I did have Mexican food yesterday since Chipotle had a special deal for teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (which is this week!) I basically only get Chipotle once a year during Teacher Appreciation Week since it gives me a reason to go, but I immensely enjoyed my burrito bowl yesterday so I think I will be going a lot more in the future.
I don’t have a super exciting recipe for you today, but I since I’m super crazy about oatmeal and many people do not share this same love, I thought I’d show you how I make mine as it’s super good and might make you change your mind! Though I love a good eggs and bacon breakfast, I feel a lot more energized and healthy when I start the day with a nice bowl of oats.
Here’s what I do:
First, I actually use oat bran usually but oatmeal is just as good. I just like the creaminess of the oat bran.
Instead of cooking in water like the directions on the box, I follow the same cooking guidelines, but substitute unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It gives it sooooooo much more flavor! Heat the oats and almond milk on the stove until it starts to boil, then cook for about one more minute while it’s boiling.
Here’s my other “secret”: when the oats have only a couple minutes left to cook, I slice a banana and stir the banana slices into the oatmeal. The banana gets nice and soft and adds to the flavor of the oatmeal.
When it’s all cooked, pour oatmeal into a bowl. Mix in blueberries and sliced strawberries then top with a drizzle of honey and a dash of cinnamon.
Mmmm I never get sick of eating oatmeal/oat bran like this! Also, cooking it over the stove is a lot better than in the microwave. I can never get the right creamy consistency from the microwave.