Behind The Butter/ Breakfast

Off to School

This morning I switched it up a little from my usual steaming bowl of peanut butter oats to have Overnight Swiss Oatmeal (see recipe in section). It was really really good…I need to remember to make this more often! Quick recap on how to prepare it: the night before mix together 1/2 cup oats with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk. Add 10 grams toasted walnuts and .5 ounce of dried tart cherries. Lots of cinnamon. Cover and set in the fridge. In the morning add 4 ounces of creamy greek yogurt and a sliced banana. Very creamy and tasty! You could also add some honey or maple syrup to sweeten it up if you wish, I love a little maple syrup as always! Okay…off to school for my first day back and apple pie baking! I’ll let you all know how it goes 🙂


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  • emily
    January 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Just an update on ordering the ice cream! Well it is going to cost $50 for shipping plus $10-15 for the cooler and dry ice plus the cost of the ice cream! I was thinking the shipping would be about half of that amount so unfortunately, I am going to pass! What a bummer!!!

  • hk
    January 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    so this swiss oatmeal, (sort of like a muesli?) requires no cooking of oats at all? just want to be sure i’m getting it right; looks delish 🙂

  • Sara F
    January 9, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve been eating some delicious dried blueberries lately and was thinking they might be a nice addition to the swiss oatmeal, instead of the cherries. With a little maple syrup it would be like a blueberry pancake flavor. either way, the recipe sounds amazing

  • arimcg
    January 9, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Jenna, quick question. I tried your tips for tofu (squeezing the water out with a heavy cookbook, which I’ve always done, and then freezing, which I’ve never heard of before) and this morning when I opened my freezer, my tofu was a strange brown color! What do you think I did wrong? Or is it supposed to do that (I doubt it, right?)? Thanks so much!!

  • Danielle
    January 9, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Well I’m glad to see you’re feeling better, better enough for baking class at least! A day of rest (and PHO apparently) can do wonders! I have yet to try the vietnamese soup but I’m keeping my options open. I had a question about your 2 oatmeal recipes. I’ve tried the peanut butter oatmeal and it’s delish but I’m also going to give the swiss oatmeal a try. It’s all so new to me! Which one is more filling? I’m going to need to keep my hunger at bay for quite a few hours once my classes start. Also what adds so many extra calories to the latter? Thanks Jenna, have fun making apple pie! Homemade apple pie ala mode is my favorite holiday dessert, yum!

  • mel
    January 9, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Jenna! I’m glad you are feeling a little bit better!! I woke up this morning and my throat was SO sore..I thought about you and went and got some medicine and sherbert! haha!I’m trying to take it easy before class later. I think it’s bec Kentucky weather has been changing daily (20 degrees colder from yesterday!! ) I have a few questions for you! I made turkey chili last night with white meat from a butter ball turkey i baked, red. sodium chicken broth, and all organic ingredients (corn, peppers, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes) and tons of spices’! it was so good! what kind of broth do you use? i also put some shredded monzeralla cheese on top. what kind of shredded cheese do you prefer? I didn’t know but I know this cheese has less fat and calories than cheddar and other kinds. Also, I got fiber one choc chip granola bars at the store the other day (they have 140 calories each, 4 grams of fat and 9 grams of fiber) do you feel about these? sorry for writing a novel! hope you have a great day Jenna!!

  • Liz
    January 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Arimcg…I also pressed and froze my tofu…first time! My frozen tofu turned a weird brown color in the freezer as well, but I took a piece out to defrost and it is back to white…how weird. I found that the bag with the tofu ended up with a little water in it from defrosting, but the tofu seemed more firm and i’m going to cook it up tonight! Any suggestions for some recipies??

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 6:38 pm


    No! The swiss oatmeal has NO cooking time…..just let the oats sit overnight in 2 ounces and 2 ounces milk then the morning stir in the yogurt. Its creamy and delicious!

    Sara F,

    Blueberries would work wonderfully! I love all sort of dried berries, esp. cranberries. Cherries are my new addiction though! When you let them sit overnight in the oatmeal they soak up the liquid and become large and soft. 🙂


    That color is normal….unless its like a deeeep brown color its normal for the tofu to be a tad discolored. No worries!


    I think both recipes really keep hunger at bay for a few hours. I, personally, like to eat every 3 hours and both of these keep me full for that long! The reason that the swiss oatmeal is higher in calories is because of the addition of the dried cherries and the yogurt instead of just milk. Do try it though because these are all “good” calories that will keep you full and energized all morning long!

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 6:43 pm


    For chicken broth I usually either by Wolfgang Puck’s all natural broth or some other organic chicken broth. Shredded cheese is a little tougher since I prefer to use a little bit of the “real” thing rather than low fat, less tasty options. If you do want to use reduced fat cheese, 2% cheddar might be a good and still tasty option, but I suggest splurging and buying some good stuff along with a hand grader and get in the habit of just using a little bit because with real cheese, a little goes a long way! I promise you its going to be about the same calorie wise as reduced fat because with reduced fat you need more of it to satisfy you.

    On to the bar question……..those bars you bought aren’t “bad” so to speak…but they aren’t great either. They contain high fructose corn syrup along with a TON of sugar (i think sugar is like the second ingredient in that which means it has the second most used ingredient in the recipe!) Plus, they do have artificial things in them as well…..Now, I’m not opposed to banning these altogether but when I, personally, look to buy bars I want only ingredients in it that I can pronounce such as fruit and nuts. That’s why my favorite bars are the KIND: fruit and nut bars that ONLY contain fruit, nuts and a tiny bit of honey. Don’t throw all those away though! Eat them, then next time explore your options! 🙂

  • arimcg
    January 9, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks, Jenna. I feel better, I was a little freaked out about eating it 🙂 Liz, try her peanut sesame soba noodle recipe, it’s really good! I also like to just add it to stir fry with a little sesame oil/soy sauce and veggies like you would chicken or beef. It’s also good in a curry sauce, with light coconut milk and curry paste, and of course veggies.

  • Liz
    January 10, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Thanks, I’ll have try to soba noodle recipe…it looks great…just have to get the noodles first!

  • jenna
    January 10, 2008 at 1:10 am

    They are easy to find—-just look in the part of the grocery store with the ethnic food like japanese food and mexican food! They aren’t with the regular noodles!