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Quick summer oatmeal

7 Aug

8483070607_a74ecc1521Making hot oatmeal on an August morning may not be on the top of your list. The warmth is just not as welcomed as a cold winter day!

But the fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, iron and other minerals present in oatmeal is just too good to miss out on.

Here’s a solution – cold oatmeal!

All you need to do is soak the oats overnight in your favorite milk, add a touch of vanilla and cinnamon, and cover.

Then in the morning you are presented with a delightful, cooling, nutritious breakfast.

Get creative and add in whatever fruit, nuts, seeds you may have, and enjoy!

Serves 2 Prep time: 2 minutes Total time: Overnight

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • A few dashes of cinnamon

Directions: 

1. Prep: Take out two bowls, split the ingredients in two.

2. Soak: Cover, and soak overnight.

3. Eat: In the morning rise and shine to a cool bowl of oatmeal, add in whatever toppings you like.

Photo courtesy of desegura89

cold brew delight

27 Sep

6904368144_ea1340fe13For those of you coffee drinkers who absolutely love coffee but have challenges digesting the everyday pick me up, try cold brewing your coffee! Instead of using hot water, you use cold, resulting in a concentrate that is super low in acidity, and very tasty! It takes some time and patience, but worth every minute.

Here is how:

1. Pick up your favorite coffee beans, and opt for course grind. Note, there is a debate about fine vs. course. Choose which one makes the most sense for your brewing method. For you tea lovers out there, check out this link to make cold brew tea.

2. Without purchasing a Toddy, (which works wonders) there are many ways of cold brewing with equipment most coffee lovers already have sitting in their kitchen. You can use a french press, a jar, pitcher or anything that can hold water + coffee (since it takes a while to make, opt for a larger vessel, you will get a greater return on your investment). You will also need some sort of strainer, like cheesecloth or coffee filters and a sieve or colander.

3. The usual ratio is 1/3 cup of ground coffee to 1 cup of water. Slowly pour water over your brew, and do not mix.

4. Cover your brew, and let it sit on your counter for up to 24 hours. The longer you leave it, the stronger it gets. Optimal time is anywhere between 12-18 hours.

5. Strain your coffee into another vessel, through a sieve/colander lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. The resulting liquid is your delicious coffee concentrate.

6. Keep sealed and refrigerate for up to two weeks. If you make a huge batch and know that you won’t drink it within that time frame, you can freeze it. Tastes best within 1 week, but it can manage to still taste lovely within 2 weeks.

7. Make sure to dilute before drinking. Add ice to a glass, pour in 1/2 part coffee and 1/2 part water, if you like it strong, or 1/3 part coffee and 1/2 part water, if you like it more subtle. Then add milk or sugar, some people even add salt! For a cold winter day, you can heat up your cold brew over the stove or in the effective, albeit less desirable microwave. Dilute it as you would your iced coffee, and enjoy a hot cup of cold brew.

Your belly will thank you, and you will be as alert as ever. Happy cold brewing to all!

Photo courtesy of Jennie Faber