Hey hey hey and Happy Hump Day! Today was another B-E-A-Utiful day outside which was of course another day spent trapped inside four walls! I’m so hoping this weather continues over the weekend so I can actually enjoy it!
It’s Wednesday folks…you know what that means! It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday!
I’m so excited to share my breakfast with you guys! In the spirit of all things quick, easy, and of the overnight variety, I tried something a little different for my morning bowl!
“Wonderbowl” Groats and a cup of Joe (unpictured)
All I did was soak 1/2 cup of oat groats in 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1/2 cup water overnight. This morning I poured the groats and soaking liquid into my Magic Bullet and blended away! Once the groats were good and processed, I added a tablespoon of chia seeds and let it set for about 15 minutes to absorb the liquid. What I ended up with was a bowl of raw oats with the perfect consistency and chew factor topped with bloobs and steebies and a good ol’ spoonful of PB&Co. White Chocolate Wonderful!
Lunch was tasty I’m sure…what little bit I actually tasted! We were crazy busy at work today so this was thrown down in approximately 12 minutes!
Salad: Spinach, mini peps, carrots, portobellas, and corn topped with 2% cottage cheese + pepper and a Trader Joe’s Veggie Masala Burger on a whole wheat English Muffin.
Post Workout Snack: (5:00pm)
Lundberg Rice Cake topped with dark chocolate almond butter,
1/2 a banana and cinnamon
Textersation with my sis earlier today:
Well, I think she forgot about this little remark until I said something after dinner! Muhahahaha!
Tricky Tempeh Taco Salad
Tricky Tempeh Taco Salad: (serves 4)
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes, no salt added
- 1 package Trader Joe’s tempeh, crumbled
- 2/3 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- pepper to taste
1. Saute onion in oil over medium-high heat until translucent.
2. Add all other ingredients, turn heat down to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
Taco Salad Layers: Crumbled Baked Tostitos Chips, spinach, taco “meat”, Daiya cheese, guacamole (just a simple mix of avocado, garlic powder, lime juice, and Mrs. Dash Chipotle), salsa, and cilantro.
I sat at the table and listened to my sister mmm’ing and ahh’ing. I waited until she had cleaned her plate, then asked what she thought of dinner.
“It was soooo good!” she answered.
I said, “Oh, so you couldn’t taste the tofu?” *insert evil grin*
She couldn’t believe it, nor could she believe she had just had soy cheese! Hahahahaha! Another convert in the making! 😉
Well, I’m off to finish up Whip It and munch on some juicy green grapes with the sis!
Have you ever tried oat groats?
Have you ever tricked someone into eating tofu? How did it go?
1. SO trying cottage cheese on my salad
2. SO MAKING this taco salad!
Thanks for linking up dahhhling! your colorful meals always make me smile! =)
I used to hate cottage cheese, but now I almost always top my salads with it (or hummus). I love the extra protein it gives and you don’t need any dressing!
Always a pleasure my dear! Looks like WIAW is growing a bit too! Yay!
Ohhh, Dark Chocolate Almond Butter sounds AMAZING!!! Especially with bananas! 😀
I’ve been really tempted to trick my husband into eating tofu. He declares tofu something he won’t eat because it’s “geometric.” My mother, I learned recently, used to put tofu in her lasagna every time she made it when we were kids, instead of ricotta. I’ll definitely try that! Got to tell you that breakfast looks tasty, I may need to give this method of oat-making a try.
Geometric? That’s one I’ve never heard of! Lol! Ah ha, just now finding out mama was a bit sneaky in the kitchen, huh? Haha! That’s great!
I tricked my mom into trying a bite of tofu pudding once and she liked it! People are always hesitate to try my food because they know I eat ‘weird’ things- but once they do, they usually can’t taste the fact that it has vegetables / tofu / healthy stuff in it 🙂
I know what you mean! People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I made muffins with avocados or spinach pancakes! When I offered to host Thanksgiving dinner last year, the first thing my dad said was, “Nothing too weird, ok?” Ugh! He takes the fun out of everything! 😉
Haha! I need you to cook for me and trick me into eating tofu!
Can do! C’mon over darlin’!
Daiya is actually soy free! 😉
I love masking foods and getting people to expand their food horizons involuntarily! 😀
Oh yeah! I knew that! Thanks for the correction! Oh me too, especially when they can’t even tell the difference!
Siblings can be so easy to fool sometimes. I have done the exact same thing with my brother and he could not believe it either and he will not touch tofu with a pole.
Um, I would happily come over and live with you and eat all your dinners with nary a complaint about tofu.
just sayin’ 😉
your eats look deeeelicious!
Ok! I’ll cook dinner and you can make the cookies!
I’ve never try oat groats, but your breakfast seems goood, maybe I should!
My ultimate goal is to trick my dad into eating tofu since he is a incurable meat-eater. That would be a glorious day!
Oh yeah, if I could get my dad to eat tofu…I think hell would freeze over!
I loved the oat groats and they’re perfectly chewy texture! You should try it!
i love groats! i tried to make overnight oats once before with regular oats but it didn’t turn out good. maybe the groats would be better since their a bit denser. love your glass bowls, beats plastic. thanks for the tempeh taco idea! genius.
What about your overnight oats seemed to go wrong? A lot of times you can thicken up the mix by adding yogurt and/or a tablespoon of chia seeds if you think it’s too soupy. I love overnight oats in just about any variety, especially these with the chewy texture!
I just recently made the switch from glass to plastic. Since I take my lunch to work everyday and occasionally use the microwave, it makes me feel better to use glass. You never know how many plastic chemicals are soaked up during the heating process! Eww!
ahah NICE JOB!!! :D… i will def try that trick next time because whenever i mention tofu my whole family cringes…
a butt load of yummy eats for you today!! i haven’t tried groats cuz ive never seen them in the stores.. but i will grab them if i find them!
My fam does the same thing! One down (sis), two to go (mom & dad)!! Muhahaha!
Man I wish I could have invited myself over. hehe. Spicy tempeh on a beautiful day really makes for a perfect wednesday! Enjoy the sister time. oh and I love that she ate tofu without knowing it!
Love those eats!!!! I wish my sis’ would cook like that:)
Love the sister trickery! I don’t eat much tofu, so I haven’t had a chance to sneak it into any meals yet. I do ‘fortify’ most of my dishes with something random, like oat bran in banana bread or shredded carrots in tomato sauce, so my family is never 100% sure of what they are eating.
That’s great! I love adding extra veggies to soups, stews, and chili. You can’t even tell the difference but it definitely gives the nutrient profile a kick!
I’ve never tried oat groats- on my list to try, along with MANY other foods, in the near future! I wanted to try Gina’s raw breakfast cookie, using raw oat groats. Your cereal, along with all your other eats, look amazing!
I think I missed something. I don’t know what groats are! grains and oats? 🙂 dduuurr…
whatever they are, as an oat lover… they look GREAT!
(great… oats = groats?)
haaa.. okay, I’ll stop.
Haha! Great…oats sounds good to me! Groats are actually the purest form of the oat before any processing. You can read more about it here:
The lundberg rice cakes are the best ones I have ever tasted. They have the perfect amount of salt on them and they keep me full for so long!
I don’t think you can get groats in my part of the world… but if they give porridge the chew factor, I want them!
I made chocolate avocado cupcakes with chocolate tofu buttercream last week because I’d done a vegan challenge week for work and didn’t tell my most doubtful colleague what was in them till she’d eaten one – and said she eally liked it.
She pulled a face and said “I can’t believe I’ve just eaten tofu!” Brilliant 🙂
Mmm, those cupcakes sound delicious! Great sneak attack on the colleague! Never even saw it coming!
Trader Joe’s Veggie Masala Burger = they dont stock those in So Cal! and i am sooo bummed, i wish they did, ive asked.
too ironic you commented on my site…i had your site open from a comment you left on heab’s, and was like, need to go over there…
and then bam, you were in my inbox!
and the taco salad looks PERFECT! easy, fast, delish!
and i used to trick the hubs into tofu, but now, it’s just…tofu 🙂 12 yrs and lots of plants later, he’s finally on board. 🙂
Haha! Yeah, I’ve lurked around your blog off and on for a while now! 😉 I love your new layout…it looks great! The main reason I got the Masala burgs was b/c I saw you post about how amazing they were on Allie’s blog! Lol
Okay this has convinced me to try tofu! Delicious!
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I’m glad I was included in this blog! It makes me happy! 🙂 I was literally laughing my butt off!!! I love you, Sissy!
Yay for your first comment on the blog! You should come stay the night with me on Thursday night so we can get some sushi! I am having some serious seaweed salad cravings!
Thanks for posting your success with the raw oat groats! I’ve been tempted to get them off of Amazon for a while now and you have motivated me to go ahead and do it. 🙂
Glad I could help! I really enjoyed them…so chewy and nutty tasting! Mmm!
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I see this post is 10+ years old, so you may already know about anti-nutrients, saponins, phytic acid & phytates by now.
Basically, most whole grains & pulses have built in ‘protection’ to defend against predators (usually insects). These can range from a soapy taste to blocked nutrient absorption due to complex molecular structures.
Happily most of these issues can be remedied by pre-soaking, then draining & rinsing your raw material to eliminate most of the phytic compounds. That liquid is unhealthy & shouldn’t be consumed, but it’s fine to water your houseplants with.
To make these even more healthy, sprouting grains and pulses is the best practice. Once sprouted, complex proteins have broken down into much simpler molecules that are much more easily absorbed into you nutrition system.
So at least soak for 30-60 minutes or, better yet sprout for a day or two before consuming for much more nutrition than consuming raw.