The lunch I made today was so good that I just had to tell you about it. I woke up too late for breakfast (darn), so I didn’t get to have my oatmeal (I have been on a kick lately). So I thought to myself, “Oatmeal? I could do oatmeal for lunch, but I don’t want anything sweet.” That was like a challenge to myself….which I think I overcame quite nicely!
So I ended up making pizza style oatmeal – a great way to satisfy a pizza craving without having the crust. I also added a few healthy things that you can easily “hide” in oatmeal!
I made a regular serving of oatmeal and added:
1 tsp. ground flax-seed (a good source of Omega-3’s, fiber, and it helps lower cholesterol (particularly the LDL (the bad cholesterol) among other things))
1 tsp. chia seeds (high in protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, and Omega-3’s)
A healthy grind of black pepper
A handful of grated cheddar and parmesan cheeses
An ounce-ish of ham (that I diced) – I didn’t have pepperoni, which would have been my first choice
1 Tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes
A sprinkle of pepitas
A sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley
It was DELICIOUS, warm and satisfying!!! It really did taste like pizza…..AND it kept me full until about 5:00 p.m. Who could ask for anything more?
Dessert was so fresh and delicious tonight I just had to share! After a long walk with Jeff I couldn’t bring myself to eat something too rich, but we were craving something sweet; so I made caramel apple parfaits. And I must say they were scrumptious and beautiful!
I diced some honey crisp apples and used them as the base. I drizzled them with Apple Cider Caramel (see recipe below) and sprinkled on a few pepitas. Then I topped the apple base with a generous dollop of plain Greek yogurt, which I also drizzled with Apple Cider Caramel and sprinkled with pepitas. Finally I topped the whole thing with half a Sawgrass Apple Cider Cookie. If I do say so myself, “mmm mmm mmm!!!”
This recipe was a happy accident. I envision it being excellent over vanilla ice cream, perhaps drizzled over a bagel with cream cheese or over oven roasted sweet potato fries. The possibilities are endless!!!! Enjoy!
2 cups Apple Cider
1 pinch Kosher Salt
1 pinch Ground Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar (divided)
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Put cider, salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp of brown sugar in a heavy bottom saucepan, stir well and bring to a boil.
Lower heat to medium low (low if you have a particularly hot burner) and reduce to 1 cup.
Add the remaining 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, increase heat. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and reduce to 1/3 cup.