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back to reality

Whether or not we like it, or plan it, vacation often takes a toll on us!  We walked a lot while in Seattle, but we also ate a lot!

We did a lot of good eating.  Everything is just so fresh and local out west.  It’s hard not to try it all!

I absolutely loved all of the food we ate while on vacation, but it is definitely nice to be back to home cooked meals, oatmeal and smoothies! 🙂

For breakfast this morning, I finally tried out the porridge setting on my rice cooker.  I have been wanting to try this out for awhile, but finally decided to give it a go after reading more about how delicious your oats turn out from Emily at The Front Burner.  She gives an excellent tutorial on How to Cook Oats in a Rice Cooker, so check it out here!

I followed Emily’s instructions and set up my oats in the rice cooker last night.

Into the rice cooker went the following:

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats (my favorite!)
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • splash vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla

I set my timer to have the oats ready when I woke up.

It worked!!!

It looked exactly like Emily said it would, a little soupy on top.

But, once mixed, they were perfect!

Perfectly cooked.  I topped my oats with a trio of fun:  chocolate hazelnut butter, coconut butter and raspberry jam.

These oats were delicious!  And, I didn’t need to spend 40 minutes cooking them and watching the stove this morning.  Instead, I woke up to a wonderfully filling breakfast.

These oats held me over until about 11am, when I snacked on a golden delicious apple.

Then, it was time for lunch!

I grabbed something easy today, an Amy’s Black Bean Burrito filled with black beans and veggies.  I like these for days when I don’t have time to pack a lunch.  They are filling and the ingredient list does not include anything scary.

With a few blue corn chips and salsa on the side, and some unpictured grapes.

Mid afternoon, I wanted something chocolaty, so I whipped up a smoothie.

Double Chocolate Smoothie

Serves 2

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 heaping tbsp cacao powder
  • dash vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 big spoonful chocolate ice cream 🙂
  • 1.5 cups hemp milk (or milk of choice)

Mix it up in your blender and enjoy!

It was chocolaty and delicious and hit the spot!

For dinner, I met a good friend at the Cheesecake Factory!  I haven’t been there in awhile and was excited to see that they offer 1/2 portions of salad now.

Still pretty big, but delicious.  I ordered a salad special with romaine, orange slices, pears, pecans, dried cranberries, feta and balsamic.

Have a great night!

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