Sunday, December 19, 2010
Vanilla Spice Oatmeal
We're going on vacation in a few weeks, to a warm place where people wear bikinis, and after trying some on at the mall, I realized it was time for a little calorie-cutting. I went through Ellie Krieger's books and picked out a bunch of recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and even a few for dessert. I'm also planning to try to work out every day from the day after my last final to the day before I leave for vacation.
For breakfast yesterday, we tried the Vanilla Spice Oatmeal from So Easy. It was easy, but it wasn't very vanilla-y or spiced. I probably should have trusted my instincts and added more of the vanilla and cinnamon, especially since those wouldn't contribute much in terms of excess calories. I used currants instead of raisins, and those plus the chopped toasted pecans are what gave the oatmeal its flavor. I like how oatmeal is inherently creamy anyway, but it did need a bit more flavor.
I'm not sure whether I'll make this exact recipe again, but I like the formula it presents. Oats and water, plus a dried fruit, a nut, and a spice. This could go in many directions! I'm already thinking of flavor combinations. Apricots and pistachios come to mind. Dried cherries and five-spice, too. So I look forward to playing around with my oatmeal flavor profiles.