Friday Feasting & Fool’s Gold

So we FINALLY made it to Friday! Everybody here and accounted for? Wait, has anyone seen little Johnny? Oh never mind, there he is sleeping in the back! 😉

I left you last night to find some snackage and drool over the best magazine ever published (oh my gosh, so much inspiration). After seeing both Heather’s and Christin’s oat bran sundaes this week, I really wanted one for myself. I was dreaming of a concoction that included a scoop of my coffee flavored Arctic Zero, but I wasn’t sure about having caffeine so close to bedtime so I went in another direction.

Remember how I told you guys earlier that if I had to put a name to my cooking style it would be a “Look Cook”? I look around the kitchen and see what needs to be used up and POOF! it appears! It goes a little like this:

“Hmm, what to eat, what to eat, what to eat. I don’t want something too heavy before bed. I need something satisfying”
Opens refrigerator
“Oh, that carton of egg whites is still in here! I really need to use that up. Wait, what’s in that bowl again? Oh yeah, the leftover roasted veggies from the Pizza Mountain.”

*POOF!*

Roasted Veggie Egg White Omelet:

  • 8 tablespoons egg whites
  • Leftover roasted veggies (about 1/4 cup worth)
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon nooch
  • 2 tablespoons salsa

1. Pour egg whites into small skillet* and allow to cook until the edges start to pull away.
2. Top with roasted veggies and season with black pepper. (Don’t over-do it though, you       don’t want to weigh it down too much.)
3. Carefully flip the entire thing over in the skillet.
4. Allow to cook for about 2-3 more minutes and then invert onto a plate.
5. Top with a good sprinkling of nooch and some salsa.
6. Eat with a fork as is or fold in half for the traditional omelet look.

*I actually attempted to type this twice and kept spelling “skittle!” 😀

Salads aren’t the only way to use up veggies! The nooch was the perfect addition to this little snack! So tasty! I didn’t even regret not having a “sundae.” That’s because I knew I would make it first thing this morning! 😉

I know, I know! First, she’s having cookies for breakfast and now ice cream? When will the madness end??

Hazelnut Coffee Carob Oat Bran:

  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 scoop coffee flavored Arctic Zero
  • chopped hazelnuts
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • carob chips

1. Bring 1 cup of water to boil on the stovetop.
2. Add oat bran and continue cooking for 2 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 2 more minutes.
4. Pour oat bran into a bowl and top with Arctic Zero, hazelnuts, coconut, and carob.

Mmm, mmm, mmm! This bowl made me think of having warm creamy oats with a freshly made frappuccino. Just like Christin said, “the warm oat bran and the cold ice cream [were] just dreamy together.”

Tonight, a friend of mine was in town from Oklahoma and I met her, her husband, their little girl and some other friends at Hooters for dinner. I got the “flappetizer” (5 hot wings) naked with medium sauce and a garden salad.

Not a fan of croutons…hence the reason they were sitting next to the wings! The salad was a lot bigger than I expected, but I finished it all, my wings, and some nibbles off my friend’s plate of fried pickles! The wings were a bit greasier than I expected, but the extra dashes of hot sauce made me forget all about that!

I rarely ever eat greasy/fried foods and with a dinner like this, I was a little worried about how my body would handle it so as soon as I got home I fixed myself a cup of tea and had a couple of pieces of my newest obsession:

Meet the lovely Crystallized Ginger!

I bought some crystallized ginger MONTHS ago for a recipe that I forgot about and then later lost…sad, I know. After seeing Elise eating this stuff like it’s the gateway to the fountain of youth, I decided to give it a taste…ok at first, but once you get past the sugar-coating, it has that ginger “burn” to it. I wasn’t a fan at first…until I tried having it with a fresh hot cup of tea. Right after chewing up a piece, just before the burn comes, I take a drink of tea and voila, pure delicious goodness!

I’ve found that as soon as I feel a touch of indigestion coming on or when I’m at work and have to scarf down my lunch in 5-10 minutes, popping a couple of these little golden nuggets eases the feeling and warms my tummy. Plus, it is so much better than taking antacids!

Well, off to bed! “See” you guys tomorrow!

Have you ever tried crystallized ginger? If so, what do you think of the taste?

Any big plans for the weekend?
Not, me! Just some reading, relaxing, and I’ll probably play around in the kitchen. I feel a bit of a baking itch coming on!

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20 Responses to Friday Feasting & Fool’s Gold

  1. I like your POOF method. 🙂

    And I really liked your breakfast. Oat bran + ice-cream = big Mocha Nutella sundae. Brilliant!

    Ugh, crystallized ginger. I ate it during my first trimester to try and help with the nausea. Let’s just say I don’t think I will ever be able to stomach it again. 😦

    • Awww, darn! Gotta hate the bad memory association! I got sick off some caribbean chicken once at a restaurant and to this day the smell of chicken and pineapple together makes me gag!

  2. Hazelnut Coffee Carob Oat Bran… that sounds like such a delightful combination! Enjoy your weekend, girl! 🙂

  3. I’ve never had crystalized ginger but I’ve heard ginger is good for digestion and tummy trouble but I’ve never actually tried it. Now that I hear it actually works I am all over it! I’m always having some problem with my tummy and especially when I eat something fried or most things when we go “out”. What kind of tea did you drink with this?

    I laugh until I cry when I hear a little Johnny joke…

  4. Nice oat sundae girl!!! Crystallized ginger and I have a love/hate relationship. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t! 🙂 I have some granola a friend made me right now with some in it that is awesome though. Weird, I know!

  5. Carlee says:

    I love love love making oats with PB, coconut, and chips! so so fricken delicious! Everything looks amazing!

    Have a good weekend!!

  6. Priyanka says:

    I am loving your dinner, I am having an affair with nooch these days 😉 Love that stuff!

    I have some shopping to do this weekend!

  7. ahh those oats are SOO GOOD i cannot handle it!

  8. lindsay says:

    way to use those eggs girl. Beautiful omelet! I like crystalized ginger too. I often buy it when I travel because it helps ease all those tummy aches.

  9. Lee says:

    This post reminds me that I actually have some crystalized ginger in my cabinet from a few months ago.

  10. spoonfulofsugarfree says:

    I haven’t tried crystalized ginger yet because it is sweetened 😦 I’ve always wanted to, though! Instead, have a nice cup of hot tea with fresh minced ginger in it!

  11. Mmm those look like some good eats! Your oats sound scrumptious! What I good idea to use crystallized ginger for tummy aches. I have been having stomach issues lately and nothing is seeming to help. I think i will try that! I LOVE eating crystallized ginger too! So strong and yummy!

  12. so your oatbran looks oh so delicious – love chocolate chips/shredded coconut combo!

    • Thank you! I tend to put shredded coconut on EVERY bowl of oats! It’s funny though, this time last year I wouldn’t touch a coconut with a ten foot pole! Guess it’s true what they say about your taste buds changing!

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