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Who wouldn't want to wake up to this?

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this?

I was browsing through instagram on the weekend when I found a slogan that really stuck with me. It was a meme, but the photo was of a countertop with 5 tupperware containers filled with fresh cut veggies. The slogan superimposed on top of the image said “Fail to plan. Plan to fail.” This has really stuck with me since you know how lazy I am, and how I’ve been working to make healthy eating as effortless as possible. The hardest meal of the day to plan for is breakfast, and it is the meal where I’m most likely to sabotage myself. There’s nothing more disheartening than waking up full of good intentions, and then instantly shooting yourself in the foot with a high-calorie muffin, or a carby bagel.

My usual solution is to fall back to hemp hearts and almond yogurt, but really, there is nothing in the world like a hot meal. Especially when you live in a cold climate, and you are forced to get out of your warm, cozy bed to go do things like work. But I recently found a solution.

Last year for Christmas Santa Claus brought me a crock pot. I’d wanted one for a long time, and I was delighted when I tore the paper off the package and found it sitting inside waiting for me. I used it constantly last winter, for meat loaf and roasts, but since cutting meat and animal products from my diet back in the fall I haven’t had much use for it. But still, it was the kind of thing that I was really unwilling to give up, and while I search for some killer vegan slow cooker recipes I will share one recipe that has made my mornings easier, tastier and much healthier. That recipe is for slow-cooked apple cinnamon oatmeal.

Ingredients

4 cups milk (I prefer non-dairy)

4 cups water

1½ cups steel cut oats

3-4 tablespoons of cinnamon

2-3 tablespoons of nutmeg

2 gala apples (or other of your choice)

½ cup raisins

½ cup frozen cranberries

2/3 cup brown sugar

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 8 hours.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

In the stoneware add milk, water, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, sliced apples, raisins, cranberries and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Stir together so that all ingredients are mixed together uniformly. By this I mean that you don’t want to have “hot pockets” where all of the cinnamon is, but obviously you won’t be able to ensure that things are incorporated since it’s cooking so slowly.

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Set your crock pot on the lowest setting, and leave it and go to bed. Wake up and stir in the remaining brown sugar, making sure that it is thoroughly incorporated in the now cooked mixture. Turn the crock pot off, and allow the oats to sit for 15 to 20 minutes while you make the bed, and get dressed, or do whatever you do in the morning.

Who wouldn't want to wake up to this?

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this?

Stir the oatmeal a few times, breathe in the tempting aroma, and serve.

Be careful, it will still be quite hot. But it is so tasty; the cranberries will pop tartly in your mouth, while the rest of the oatmeal will sweetly coat your mouth, and stick to your ribs, making you ready to take on the day.

The beauty of this recipe is that I am easily getting 6 servings out of each pot, and what’s great about oats is that you can store them in the fridge for a couple of days, and in the freezer for up to a week. They reheat beautifully, and will ultimately give you 6 healthy, filling meals. Also, you can now roll out of a nice, warm bed and find a fantastic hot meal waiting for you, that will also make your home smell delicious.

Bon appétit!

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I know I owe you pictures, but I’m not ready yet, so I promise, I will have something for you on Monday. Instead I bring you my kitchen wish list.

I know that it’s a poor craftsman who blames their tools. But the more time I spend working in the kitchen the more I realize I “need” to make my kitchen experience better.

1) A cooling rack. No, I don’t have one, and I know, it’s the simplest and most basic of all the kitchen accessories. I know, it’s also one of the cheapest, so I should just bite the bullet and buy one, but in the meantime, I will dream about owning one. Even now, I can just see all my cookies and mini muffins cooling on a lovely little rack, while the dog strains her neck trying to get close to it. (Don’t worry, the rack will be up too high for her to reach 😉 )

 2) The Slicer Plus knife  is the greatest thing ever for a lazy person like myself. It’s a knife with a built-in cutting board.  This would be so perfect for me, and…can I tell you my dirty little secret? I drool a little every time I see it on television.

3) A Le Creuset pot. I’ve always admired the red ones, but now I think I want a whole stack of white and robin’s egg blue ones. Think of all the wonderful, delicious things I could create with this.

4) A KitchenAid Mixer. I have nothing to say about this desire as I think just about everyone who doesn’t have one, wants one. The only real trouble I have is in deciding which colour would best complement my lifestyle.

5) A milk steamer/cappuccino maker. I know I really should not tempt myself further by bringing the ability to make my own latte into my home. But, I would LOVE to have a steamer.

6) An arena-style popcorn maker. I’d love it to be all red and white, and chrome all over. With a large glass front so that you can see all of that fully delicious popcorn rolling around in there.  But I could be very happy with this one. It looks much more practical for storage, and for someone who anticipates occasional use at most.

7) New knives. I’ve heard stories of knives so sharp that you can actually cut things with them. Is this true or just a fairy tale? I’m determined to find out for sure.

8) A crock pot, or slow cooker, or whatever you call it. I’ve always been afraid to go to work and leave the crock pot on unattended. Mostly I worry that the building will catch fire and the dog will die. It makes me cry every time I think of it. But I have been assured that the crock pot is very safe and the dog will still be alive when I get home. Think of it. How wonderful would it be to come home from Body Pump, walk the dog, and then sit down to a ready-made, hot and filling diner. Sigh!

Swoon.

Moving on.

9) An ice cream maker. Like the steamer it would be best if I didn’t bring this temptation into my home…but if I’m dreaming I might as well dream big.

10) More space. I used to watch Reba McEntire’s show just so I could admire the kitchen. I would love to have a big, sunny kitchen where I can move around without whacking my elbows on walls or appliances. PS. this is just proof that I can’t dress myself, I thought that shirt looked good. I think I need to start taking picture when I get dressed in the morning.

Have I left anything out? What’s on your wish list?

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