I woke up Saturday morning feeling as one feels the morning after one’s friends have come into town and bought one shots. On a scale of 0 = no hangover to 10 = the worst one I’ve ever had, I was somewhere around a 3, which is really not so bad. Anywho, the very first thing I thought when I woke up was that I wanted a “decadent” breakfast. Decadent is not a word I use, nor an adjective I wish to describe my life (which it certainly does not), but apparently it was a breakfast I wanted. So I made Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bran. BF was borrowing my camera to craigslist some furniture, so you get a cell phone shot that is unworthy of the true deliciousness.
I like to plop pb on my oat bran right when it’s done cooking, that way when you stir it in it melts a little. Some bites are more pb than anything else, and obviously, those are the best bites. I left the banana chunky and used crunchy pb in this cause I like the texture, but mashed banana and smooth pb would be really good too. This decadent breakfast is actually really good for you!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bran
1/4 c oat bran
1/2 c rice/almond/soy milk
1/4 c water
handful chocolate chips
pinch of salt
1-2 Tbs peanut butter
1. Combine oatbran, milk and water in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave 1 minute.
2. Stir in the banana, reserving some for garnish. Microwave another minute.
3. Stir in the chocolate chips and salt; microwave another minute.
4. Stir again, and if a thicker consistency is desired microwave one more minute.
5. Put the pb on top, and garnish with banana and extra chocolate chips. Stir before eating.
Sunday morning I woke up with a hearty hunger. I had been contemplating biscuits and gravy since I had biscuits to use up in the freezer. I also though I had half a package of Morningstar chick’n strips, so I was thinking white peppery chick’n gravy. Turns out they were steak strips, and so I made steak gravy.
It doesn’t make for the prettiest picture, but the gravy was so good! I used the Easy Gravy recipe from Hot Damn & Hell Yeah as a reference. I subbed rice milk for some of the water, added a dash of vegan Worcestershire sauce, used copious amounts of salt and black pepper, and threw in chopped “steak” at the end. My singular complaint is that it took FOREVER for the gravy to cook down. Like, over an hour. Maybe my roux wasn’t as roux-ish as it was supposed to be, I’m no roux expert. Even with the wait, this meal was well worth it, especially to use up more bits from the freezer.
I’m starting to freak out a bit about moving. NEXT WEEK. Until now it was some thing in the future that I had plenty of time to plan for. Now it’s next week. I had a really hard time falling asleep last night. Partly because we watched the third Lord Of The Rings movie (which was really awesome, but far too action packed for just-before-bedtime), and partly because my mind started obsessing over all the stuff that’s still in my apartment that I can’t take with me. It’s okay though, there are some people coming by tonight to hopefully by furniture, and I’ve set Friday as the date to cart off all the smaller stuff to Salvation Army. Until I move it will continue to be simple eats for me, such as dinner from Saturday night.
There was a free preview of some MLB package going on, so we watched baseball all day and grilled lunch and dinner. Lunch was an uneventful veggie burger. Dinner was a prepackaged herbed tofu steak with mushrooms, grilled asparagus, a hedgehog potato (stuffed with minced garlic, salt and pepper – first saw the idea here), and grilled zucchini with red onion leftover from lunch. The grilling gods were not smiling upon us, I think it took over two hours to complete this meal. So I guess it wasn’t really that simple. It was mostly due to the Publix Greenwise charcoal we tried to use – It would blaze for 15 minutes or so, then completely die. We had to finish the potatoes in the oven.
Since there’s been so much on my mind I haven’t been keeping up with laptop lunches. I still take a lunch every day, but more often I have been throwing stuff in tupperware instead of taking the time to arrange it. Here are a few from last week.
7-15 chickpea cutlet & tomato parmesan, cherry tomatoes, spaghetti marinara w/
almond parmesan, roasted green beans, peach slices, blackberries
7-16 lima & edamame succotash, onion rings, ketchup, fig bar, blueberry muffin
7-17 bulgur pilaf, cucumber tomato salad, spaghetti marinara w/
almond parmesan, gherkins, dried apples & pineapple