There are so many ways to change up your oatmeal! Oatmeal is a great, healthy, super easy meal any time of the day but I know I tend to fall into a flavor rut. I hope these ideas help you change it up and try out some new combos! One of my favorite ways to save time and money is to make my own flavor packs. Just pick whatever toppings you want and throw them in a microwave safe tupperware or mason jar. When you’re running out the door you can grab it and go (If you want fresh fruit just pack it and add later!).
Here’s a few of my favorite combos but get creative!
This smoothie was a deliciously happy accident. I ran out of soymilk but really wanted a smoothie so I decided to try throwing some of my green tea concentrate in instead. I usually use the green tea for lattes (of course haha), mix it into plain greek yogurt, or sometimes even make milkshakes with it but this is a whole new, wonderful use! I think it would also be fantastic with a frozen banana instead of strawberries (and maybe even some white chocolate chips?).
This is the same concentrate used at Starbucks but you can get it at Target for about $2.50 a box (8 servings) so it saves money and tastes great! :)
Homemade pita bread with quinoa, asparagus and avocado
There is one polish food blog I adore - White Plate. I visit it on regular bases for inspirations and yummy recipes (believe me or not, I don’t only make breakfasts). After my last visit I had to make pita breads, as Liska wrote that it’s super easy to prepare at home. It is indeed and I am telling you, it’s just the beginning of a pita breakfast story.
We had a busy weekend with Tomasz as we’ve decided to take advantage of relaxed Mia and to cook and take pictures. It was fun, believe me. We did everything in a speed time, as in any minute Mia could have waken up. I had no idea that I can be so organised and fast. And guess what we’ve been talking about while doing things - of course Mia.
I remember hearing from my mothers-friends that they watch pictures of their children when they’re asleep. I used to think that it’s a crazy thing to do and always wanted to say “Why? Just relax and enjoy”. Well, Mia is sleeping right now and I just watched a video of her smiling to me. I’m officially a crazy mama. Don’t judge me please. You haven’t seen this girl. She has beautiful eyes and when she smiles it gets so tiny that you can hardly see it - the sweetest view. But there’s also a second side of this coin called life. Whenever someone is trying to wake my baby up I stop to be polite and I say “NO! DON’T!”.
I wanted to make earl grey granola since I saw it on Baking Magique blog. I made few changes and it’s awesome! We made it on Saturday so obviously it’s gone by now. But I still remember the flavour. It was a-w-e-s-o-m-e_! The cool thing about homemade granola is that you can put inside whatever you like.
You will need:
2 ½ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamon
1/3 cup coconut flakes
½ cup rice syrup
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup goji berries
2/3 cup water
3 tsp earl grey tea
zest and juice from ½ lemon
Heat an oven to 175*C. Brew 3 teaspoons of tea (in a bag on a brewing spoon) in 2/3 cup of boiled water. In a bowl place oats, sunflower seeds, chopped pecans, chia seeds, cinnamon, cardamon, coconut flakes, dried cranberries, goji berries and mix. Then add brewed tea, zest and juice from ½ lemon, rice syrup, coconut oil and mix well. Place the mix on a paper and bake for about 30 - 40 minutes. Mix it each 10 minutes and watch it after 30 minutes so it won’t burn.
I made these pancake bites last night. I used the only whole wheat instant pancake mix that Target had and loaded them up with blueberries. Turns out I got a little overexcited about the blueberries and added too many…some of them are a little soggy. *oops* But they’re still a fun, bite-size, portion-controlled treat. I think a savory version would be really good too…with some egg and sausage and cheese maybe? Or, do you think I could add some vanilla protein powder to them without totally messing them up?
They come out to 35 calories each, so I’m having 3 with my eggs this morning. :)
When you miss one city for far too long, you feel like a tourist when you’re back. I’ve been discovering Berlin quite a lot lately. One reason is that we had a friend over but also I want to make a small Berlin guide with my most favourite spots. I did not cook much, instead I kept eating out (more Eat Berlin posts on a way). But yesterday at night I got this amazing recipe from a friend and it turned out I had most of ingredients home. I modified it just a little bit and what came out is simply awesome(the original recipe at He needs food). Healthy, easy to make, vegan and yummy. You can give it to your kids, pack if for work, or eat it piece after piece for a whole day like me and Tomasz did.