Warm Comforting and Filling Breakfast
During the winter months, I crave warm comforting food. My boy’s favorite is my oatmeal. I make it weekly and double the batch. Since I cook the majority of our meals, I’m a strong believer in cook once; eat twice. What I love about oatmeal is that you can add so many different healthy options without anyone knowing. I regularly sneak in vegetables to any dish when I can. Also, extra protein and superfoods. In addition, I prefer to cook dishes that only require one pan.
Here’s How to Make an Easy One Pan Organic Gluten-Free Oatmeal
I start by adding in my organic gluten-free oats to a pan of water. I let it cook for a few minutes then I grate organic zucchini and apple. Zucchini is flavorless so my boys never notice it’s baked in. Next, I add an egg and then protein powder. Oatmeal tends to not fill you up for very long so I like to add a scoop of Hemp Protein Powder and an organic egg to add more protein. Next, I cut up Medjool dates into tiny pieces, slice bananas. I toss them in the pan of oatmeal and stir. Lastly, I add in some chia and flax seeds. I mix all the ingredients together in the pan of oatmeal and sprinkle it with cinnamon. Once it’s done. I dish it in a bowl and top it with blueberries or mixed berries. For myself, I’ll also add walnuts or pecans. To finish it off I’ll pour some coconut or almond milk over the oatmeal. Delicious! A perfect healthy start to the day. A dish full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. A balanced breakfast with whole grains, vegetables, fruit, protein, fat, and superfoods.
Preparing for the Winter Months
As we prepare for the winter months, find more time to cook comforting healthy foods that will nourish and sustain you throughout the day. If you need recipe ideas, or healthy cooking tips click here. Choose recipes that have only 8 ingredients and require minimal prep. Take shortcuts such as cooking once and eating twice. Find JOY in cooking for your family and friends. Recognize the privilege to nourish their souls.
Recipe for My Organic Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Oatmeal
- 2 cups of organic gluten-free oats
- 4 cups of filtered water
- ½ cup of a zucchini
- 1 small apple
- 1 banana
- 6 Medjool dates
- 1 tsp of grounded chia seeds
- 1 tsp of grounded flax seed
- ¼ tsp of cinnamon
- Optional Toppings: berries, pecans, walnuts, alternative milk of your choice (coconut, almond, cashew)
Pour the oats and water into a saucepan.
Turn burner to medium heat and stir regularly for about 5 minutes.
Grate in zucchini and apple.
Add in one organic egg and a scoop of protein powder mix well.
Cut up Medjool dates and bananas and add to the pan.
Stir oatmeal and add chia and flax seeds.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top and stir until all the water is gone and oatmeal looks done.
Dish out oatmeal into bowls and add berries, and/or nuts. Pour alternative milk of your choice on top of the oatmeal. Enjoy!
Grace and peace this holiday season.
Bridget Kilpatrick MA, Integrative Health Coach