Breakfast in the summer, that is. I know I’m one of them. I eat a lot of hot food in the summer, but I guess I’m just a heat junkie in general. The hotter, the better.
Onto the food though. I recently caught an episode of the Hungry Girl cooking show and was pleasantly surprised by how much more there was to the show than calorie counting. When she first became popular it seemed like her focus was mainly on counting calories and the pre-packaged foods that made it easy to do so. She’s been on the scene a few years now, and it appears that she’s not only gained a cooking show, but a somewhat healthier approach to food.
I’m a sucker for anything oatmeal, so when the trailer for the next segment of her show previewed a huge bowl of oats, I just couldn’t change the channel. Her ‘growing oatmeal‘ uses a single serving of oats, but by doubling the liquid and cooking time, it also doubles in size. Neat trick, right? Not only that, but her recipe was vegan as is – she was using unsweetened almond milk instead of skim! On a mainstream cooking show! I was impressed. Well, until I realized that unsweetened almond milk has about half the calories as skim milk and I knew what she was up to. It’s okay though, in addition to fewer calories it’s also better for you
Take a look, you end up with a lot of oats. It’s almost too big of a breakfast for me, I may try cutting the recipe in half next time.
For those of you who don’t like it hot, I have to suggest some blended raw buckwheat groats. I’ve seen this technique on a few blogs lately, but I used this particular recipe from Carrie on Vegan. It’s cool, creamy and definitely satisfying. I actually halved her suggested serving size of groats, letting only 1/4 cup of groats soak overnight and it was plenty.
After my first bite, I thought it could use some stevia, but I just kept eating anyway and by the end of the bowl I’d forgetten I even wanted to add it in the first place. Remember, buckwheat does NOT have wheat in it, despite it’s super misleading name. Not sure where to get them? Check your bulk aisle or whatever aisle you find the oatmeal. I’m going to experiment with a few more flavor variations. Hot or cold, both of these breakfasts are keepers. Green smoothie, I think you’ve officially been bumped to the afternoon.