Today was my day off, and I have thus far spent the majority of it running errands and doing chores. :-\ OK, OK my errands were basically clothes shopping. But it was for my new job, so not nearly as fun. (As a side note- it’s sort of ironic to spend money on new clothes so that I can work at a job to make money) The chores part of my day was some serious stuff. I did laundry! And I’m proud to say that there is no basket half-filled with unfolded, clean clothes on my floor. All of my clothes are folded (or hung) away into their happy homes. (Me – 1, Laundry monster – 0)
I haven’t been cooking much outside of breakfast for the past few days. So, I thought that I would share my latest (or continuing) obsessions with you. Let’s begin shall we? In no particular order…
My Food Obsessions
#1 – Cinnamon
Ah, cinnamon. My old friend. How I love thee. From a heavy shower in my oatmeal to a light sprinkle in my yogurt, I love to use this spice. And it has health benefits! Studies have show that it helps prevent spikes in blood sugar and can also help with cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with type 2 diabetes. And apparently the scent helps increase alertness. Anyways, the point is that it’s damn delicious. And that’s that.
#2 – Oatmeal (Steel cut, multigrain, instant…)
I think you probably can tell by now that oatmeal and I have a sort of thing going together. We connect on this level that’s just so incredible. So I have to have it. Every morning. For real. If I’m cooking breakfast, it’s oatmeal. I have 4 different varieties at the moment: Steel cut (pictured), Quick-cooking steel cut, 5 grain hot cereal, & Quick oats. They all have their own special place in my heart (and diet).
# 3 – Peanut Butter & Pear Sandwiches (w/cinnamon on top)
Seriously. I’m addicted. I can’t stop eating them.
Or, apparently, taking pictures of them.
They’re just so good. I sometimes day dream about them and imagine taking a bite out of their utter deliciousness.
I just can’t quit you. (Not that I’d want to.)
speaking of peanut butter…
# 4 – Peanut products
I love peanut butter. I love peanut flour. I’m relatively certain that they make my life better. Sometimes when I’m eating peanut butter I close my eyes and feel the most incredible sensation of joy. (See end of last post) The peanut butter picture here is my all time favorite. Kroger brand (hurray for penny-pinching) Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter. I kid you not, this is probably the best natural peanut butter ever.
And you all know how much I love peanut flour. I have to force myself to not put peanut flour in my oatmeal some mornings. I’ve even started incorporating it into my yogurt too. And, as you’ve seen, I’ve included it in a couple main dishes. It just makes everything… awesome.
#5 – Side Salads
I’ve been on a huge side salad kick. I think I’ve had one almost every day for a couple weeks. They’re just so delicious. Especially with my awesome new add-ins that I told you about last post (steamed beets, tuscany italian dressing, grape tomatoes) So. Good.
# 6 – Roasted Vegetables
I make them probably twice a week and eat them almost every day. I just love them so much. I’ve been mixing in other vegetables but my favorite is brussel sprouts, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Soo good. In fact, I’m about to go make some.
#7 – Canned Pumpkin
I am in love with canned pumpkin. I am oh so so so glad that there’s not a shortage this year! Last year there was no pumpkin to be found (due to a bad crop I think), but this year I can merrily skip off to my local grocery store and buy some no matter the season! I literally have to force myself to put something other than pumpkin into my oatmeal. It’s that good. (Especially with peanut flour or the almond butter + flaxseed meal combo)
#8 – Cocoa-Cereal-Yogurt (now w/peanut flour!)
Like oatmeal, this something that I eat every. single. day. (for the most part) My favorite yogurt is Organic Stonyfield Farm Low Fat Plain. Unfortunately, it costs 3.50/32 oz container. So I’ve been trying to perfect my homemade yogurt. I’m trying to use pectin as a thickener in my next batch to see if I can better-mimic the Stonyfield consistency. Wish me luck!
So now that I’ve filled you in on my obsessions, what are your latest (or long-standing) obsessions?