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Cooking for 2011 
3rd-Jan-2011 02:38 pm
swedish chef
I was really lazy in 2010. I didn't cook often enough; ate out too much (gained a bunch of weight).
I took today as an extra vacation day and I've started cooking some stuff to get me through...well, however long it gets me through.
Nothing picture worthy yet, just a pot of couscous and a pot of oatmeal.
My breakfast for my first day back at work is going to be my "pina colada oatmeal." (Also known as pina colada couscous, brown rice, quinoa, millet...)

A serving of cooked grain of your choice
A tablespoon of nutbutter (my nut butter of choice is almond)
A serving of milk (my choice is almond milk. What? I like almonds!)
A handful of dried tropical fruit (I have the Sunmaid Tropical mix, which is papaya, pineapple, mango)
A sprinkle of shredded coconut

Mix it all in a bowl. Heat to your desired temp. Eat.

I've found that this recipe is best made the day before. All of the flavors really meld together and then I just pop it in the microwave for a minute on high and enjoy.

Obviously, any dried fruit or fresh fruit can be used. But, then you'd have to name it something else. :)

I'm also makingBaked Oatmeal Bars They are in the oven now, so I'll post more once they are done. I plan on wrapping them individially and putting them in the freezer for a grab and go.
I used almond milk, raisins and leftover a Trader Joe's trail mix (I forgot the name, but it's cranberries, pineapple, cashews, almonds (more!) and macademias). I picked out the dried fruit, cut up the pineapple pieces and chopped the nuts. I also added coconut. More to follow...
3rd-Jan-2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
ooh thanks! I'm totally going to try this!
3rd-Jan-2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
4th-Jan-2011 12:53 am (UTC)
i'm going to make both!!!
4th-Jan-2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
The bars came out delish...but fell apart because my oven sucks.
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