I am so sleepy this morning! I tossed and turned all night and I'm not sure I slept more than a couple hours all in all. Not sure what's with me!
I decided to try to at least start my day right with a nice, grainy breakfast.
After gathering some advice from Kath (thanks girlie!) last night on how best to prepare it, I made my first ever bowl of Pumpkin Oatmeal! This will count as my second dish for my weekly food challenge (click for details). Here's what I put in it if you want to re-create this:
Pre-cooking (stir together the following):
- 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup (or a well-rounded tbsp) canned pumpkin (leftover from those Pumpkin Pie muffins)
- pinch of flaxseed
- pinch of pumpkin seeds (also leftover from those Pumpkin Pie muffins)
Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp 2% milk
- Top with another sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
- and a drizzle of maple syrup
I was surprised at how good the pumpkin oatmeal really was. The first time I saw it on Kath's blog, I thought it looked kinda weird and I was scared to try it. But, I don't like to knock anything without trying it for myself and I'm so glad I gave this a go. Since I didn't put too much pumpkin in, it didn't taste overwhelming like pumpkin…just different. If you're afraid to try this, maybe just put a wee bit of pumpkin in to start? Like a tsp or something? Seriously, you should try this one out…especially if you're getting bored with your current oatmeal eats. Oh, and the pumpkin turned my oats a beautiful, bright orange color that was fun to look at while I ate. The pumpkin seeds gave the oatmeal a nice texture, too.
Even though I knew the bowl of oats would fill me up, I couldn't resist toasting up a piece of the High Fiber bread we got from Kath and Matt (thanks guys!) last night. Look at all those great grains! The texture is fabulous! I topped mine with a little butter.
I also set aside this pumpkin muffin to come to room temp (it was in the fridge last night). I don't know what I was thinking when I gathered it with my other breakfast items. I am so stuffed, I couldn't possibly eat this. Good thing it will make a nice snack later! Yum!
Ok, off to run errands and continue to attempt to get organized!