Overnight Oats Failure

I make overnight oats one or two times a month. I usually make a batch that includes 1 cup of dry oats and it lasts me a few days. We have only been keeping Steel Cut Oats in the household lately. I had a craving for overnight oats so decided to give it a go with the steel cut oats. What I found is that the steel cut oats do not soak up the moisture like the rolled oats. The end result was a chewy mess. Recipes online say to heat up the oats before serving to make them smoother. I tried heating them but it still was not smooth as I like it and I prefer my oats cold. Additionally you lose the benefits from the active cultures in the yogurt when you heat them. Next time I will pre-cook the steel cut oat or use rolled oats again.

Kale Chips

It has been a while since we have attempted to make kale chips. We had an abundance of kale so I decided to take a stab at it.
I loosely followed this recipe.
They were crunchy fun but only lasted a few minutes. I guess next time larger batches are needed.
Note: Check on your kale while it is cooking, mine only required 25 minutes to be fully crunchy.

Zucchini Frittata

I made a very low carb breakfast the other morning. The zucchini frittata recipe that I used was adapted from the Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook. This book was the basis that my husband used when he went on a candida cleanse a couple of years ago. Consequently he was cured of many of his allergies.

4 large eggs beaten until foamy
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (from garden)
1 tsp finely chopped dill weed  (from garden)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp sea salt
couple dashes cayenne
2 cups grated zucchini (slightly drained of juice)
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives (from garden)
1 tsp oil (olive oil) or butter 

Pre-heat broiler in oven. Melt butter or oil in cast iron skillet (or high heat pan) on burner on medium heat. Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Pour egg mixture in pan.  Tilt the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface. Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the frittata with the spatula in your other hand, to let the eggs run underneath during the first few minutes of cooking. When it is browned underneath place the pan in the oven on broil and let cook for 2-5 minutes or until fully cooked or dry and firm on top.

I served it with homemade yogurt topping. 
1 cup plain yogurt  (used fat-free but low-fat is recommended as well)
1 tbsp chopped dill
1/2 tsp garlic powder

It was a nice protein filled breakfast.

  

Watermelon Summer Cocktail

While in Miami last month I was craving a light summer cocktail. In a great cafe on Lincoln Road I ordered this delicious and refreshing cocktail.

I have had the urge to try to reproduce this cocktail at home. Today I had the opportunity. I am attending a BBQ this evening and this drink would be great to drink in the heat.
The drink menu at the restaurant only lists ingredients but no amounts. After some web searching I came up with my own recipe and I have to say it seems pretty darn close to what I experienced in Miami.
And if someone asks me, I will deny that I sampled this cocktail at 8:30 am on a Sunday morning.

For 1 serving:
1/2 ounce of Aperol
1 ounce of St. Germain
1 ounce sparkling water (or club soda)
2 ounce Prosecco
1/4 cup pureed watermelon (seeds removed)

As a little side story, the bottle of Aperol is not the first one I purchased for this drink concoction. The first bottle was purchased at a large Florida liquor chain store. Most times when you buy more than one bottle, they place one in a paper bag so they will separated from each other. This is so the bottles do not hit each other. The brilliant guy at this store did not do this time and I heard my bottles go “clang clang” as I walked to the car. I started my car, blasted the air conditioner and started to drive home. I soon began to smell a musty bar. I dismissed this smell; the bottles probably just had an odor from the liquor store. Then I heard liquid running; I dismissed this to be the sound of the liquid moving within the bottles. When I arrived home I found a bottle, empty of liquor, and the bottom had fallen completely off. Red-ish orange booze spread from the plastic bags all onto my car mats. My car now smells like a boozer car. Lesson learned kiddos, make sure your liquor is paper bagged and if you suspect it has leaked, it probably has.