Breakfast

Heavenly Oats!

I just ate the best oatmeal! And I didn’t even make it! 😉

Ryan and I went out to breakfast at our favorite little breakfast spot near the apartment….we used to go every single Sunday when I lived here and now only can go sometimes. I never get sick of it–the food is SO good! I ordered oatmeal, which is a real treat since it comes in a HUGE bowl and topped with banana, blueberries and candied pecans. I asked for the pecans on the side and only added about 1 tbsp worth. They give you sooo much oatmeal though…it had to be about 2 cups of cooked oats and I could barely finish half. Ryan and I also split a whole wheat pancake (yes they have whole wheat everything here!) with strawberries on it. I had a cafe con leche with skim milk to drink.

Now I’m all full and happy and Ryan is off to play golf and I’m off to do 90 minutes of power yoga….I feel like I need it after last night! I probably ate less than I thought last night, but whenever I eat a steak I just feel really full and heavy afterwards. That’s why I don’t do it often !

Have a great morning!

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11 Comments

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    aimee
    January 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Jenna! I made the Maple Oatmeal Sandwich bread yesterday.. my FIRST time making bread (I’m an avid cook and baker, but haven’t tried my hand yet at bread) and it looks and tastes great (thanks for the inspiration). But one question.. it’s a little dense and I’m not sure if that’s the whole wheat flour or if I kneaded it too much? Any tips for future bread making? I’d appreciate it! I’d love to try a ciabatta or focaccia next.. Mmmm! Thanks again =)

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    Kath
    January 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    WOW!! That’s the best looking oatmeal ever!

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    VeggieGirl
    January 20, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    my goodness, that oatmeal looks marvelous!! and those strawberries on the pancakes are so vibrant!!

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    Michelle
    January 20, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I’m just curious – since you say you usually wake up on the early side, what time do you go to bed at night, in order to get the suggested amount of sleep?? Thanks!

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    Katie
    January 20, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Jenna – Love, love, love your blog! I have question related to measuring grains. There is discrepency between the weight provided on a package of oatmeal, for example, and the measurement provided. According to the package, 41 grams = 1/2 cup. Not true! I eat 1/2 cup (dry) which actually weighs more like 51 grams! If I am calculating the nutritionals (cals./fats/protein), is a serving 1/2 cup or 41 grams?
    Thanks!

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    Maggie
    January 20, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Jenna, is there a food magazine that you would recommend? I only want to purchase one right now. I’m a beginner cook. I’ve heard of cook illustrated and cooking light. I just don’t know what is the best of the magazines. Thanks!

    Also, do you recommend any non-food magazines?

    Enjoy your day!

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    Susan
    January 20, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Jenna, I just ran out of instant oats, and plan to buy old fashioned quaker or steel cut. Like Kath I am a volume eater. Her steel cut did look small, but yours always look so voluminous. Any idea why? I am hesitant to buy a large tub of steel cut. Do you eat 1/4 or 1/2 cup steel cut per day? Thanks!

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    jenna
    January 20, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Aimee,

    Hmm….You might have kneaded too much but that’s not likely if you are doing it by hand. Did you use the proper proportion of whole wheat flour? My bread was “denser” than most because it is whole wheat and whole wheat breads are dense because of the flour. It wasn’t incredibly dense though and I posted the exact recipe that I used so I’m not sure what happened…You could try to play around with proportions of whole wheat flour to regular flour or use a bread flour instead. OR try making it in a kitchen aid mixer which would give you must more superior results!

    Michelle,

    My schedule is CRAZY! In an ideal situation when I don’t have to work at night I go to bed at 10:00. But…my schedule is about to change and soon I will have class every night until 11:30 and wont even get home until midnight. So we will have to see what happens when that day comes…I need about 7-8 hours of sleep a night to fully function!

    Katie,

    Hmm…good question. I don’t weigh my oats on a food scale, I just use a measuring cup so I’m not sure. What I DO know is that there is such a tiny, tiny, TINY difference between 51 and 41 grams. Seriously its probably only a tsp more. I wouldn’t worry about it and do whatever is easiest to you, whether its measuring it out in a cup or weighing on a scale. I think using a measuring cup for oats is much easier and faster!

    Maggie,

    I LOVE cooking light! and gourmet! Those are my 2 absolute favorites that I look forward to every month. They are great! on the non food side, I also like to read Shape magazine, Health and Fitness once in a while……and us weekly secretly sometimes 😉

    Susan,

    Kath and I don’t really know why my oats look more voluminous. Here’s exactly what I do: The night before I take 1/4 cup of steel cup oats and simmer then in 3/4 cup water until they are tender. I put them in the fridge. In the morning I add about 1/4 cup milk to the bowl, stir around, add a chopped banana and micro for a minute or until its all warm. I think it turns out great! I only eat 1/4 cup, which is the serving size and it always fills me up, miraculously!

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    Katie
    January 20, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Got it, Jenna! I won’t sweat it. I’ll just use my measuring cup per usual. Thanks, and enjoy your movie!

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    Ashley
    January 20, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    That oatmeal looks great! what is the difference between a latte and a con leche? The breakfast place that I like to go has buckwheat pancakes and those are my all time favorite!

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    jenna
    January 20, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    There’s really no big difference between the two except in a cafe con leche the milk is not frothed. There might be less milk in it but I’m not sure. Its spanish for “coffee with milk”…..about the same as a latte!

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