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Kath inspired oatmeal

For those of you unfamiliar with Kath Eats Real Food, I suggest you change that. Kath Younger has been blogging (about food of course) since 2006. Her story is pretty inspirational, and she’s currently studying to become a registered dietitian.

For those of you unfamiliar with me, before my time spent here at Rowan,  I was studying to become a registered dietitian. I changed my path at the end of my third semester at Montclair State University, when I decided that not only did I want to be fluent in nutrition but that I wanted to express my love for food and nutrition in writing, which I’ve loved to do for as long as I can remember.

So that’s essentially where I am today. Although my fascination with nutrition has never escaped me, my focus today is also on finding affordable ways to enjoy healthy (and alright sometimes not-so-healthy but realllllyyy tasty) meals and sharing them with you in whatever which way I can.

Now, back to Kath. If you head over to her blog, you’ll notice that this young women has an obsession with oatmeal. This is totally cool in my book. Although it took me quite some time to grow a fondness for oatmeal, I’m finally able to appreciate not only the wonderful nutritional value, but its versatility. Kath helped.

Here is my Kath inspired oatmeal. I hope you like it as much as I did!

Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal

  • 1 cup water, nonfat milk, or a combination of the two
  • 1/2 cup plain, quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon sweetened, dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, toasted walnuts
  1. Begin by heating the water or milk in a small saucepan.
  2. When it begins to boil, stir in oats. Continue to stir, about five minute, until the liquid is absorbed and oats are desired consistency.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, mix in the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and Splenda.
  4. Pour into bowl, top with cranberries and walnuts.

1105091025a**I served mine with a steaming mug of Tazo Joy tea.**

November 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm 3 comments

Good morning sunshine!

1029091053I guess technically it’s afternoon now. Regardless, I love the early morning and I LOVE my great big mug – or bug as I shall refer to it from now on –  and I love tea with milk and honey! This morning was particularly lovely because not only did I get to enjoy a steaming bug of tea, but I also remembered I had a loaf of Whole Wheat Chocolate Zucchini Bread that I made and saved for a rainy day in my freezer. HOORAY!

So I defrosted a few pieces, sliced up an apple to enjoy with it and snuggled up on my couch to watch the Rachel Ray Show, which I do when I can in hopes of finding inspiration for an upcoming meal.

1029091052Delicious &
Nutritious

Anyway, this last week has been kind of lame for me. I’ve been working nights all week and have hardly had any time to cook anything at all. And that, my friends, makes me sad. 😦

In the upcoming weeks,however, I plan to take culinary journeys to Germany, Jamaica, England, and maybe even a brief trip to Texas. I’m also hoping to snag an interview with someone who – for the time being – shall remain nameless because I don’t know if I can get it. FINGERS CROSSED! So be on the lookout for new posts containing interviews and new, scrumptious recipes! I can’t wait to get cooking again!


October 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Oh, honey

Hey folks!

I know it’s been a few days since my last post, but I’ve been a busy bee lately.

Speaking of busy bees, I am pleased to send a big THANKS to some legitimate busy bees and an even busier beekeeper for providing me with some fresh, local honey that I have the pleasure of enjoying in my tea as we speak. Yum. 🙂

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*image courtesy of carolinabees.com*

Honey is really one of natures wonders, don’t you think? Not only is it extremely tasty, but its health benefits are astounding.

Did you know that consuming local honey can help ease allergies and hay fever?

Now that flu season is upon us it’s also good to know that honey can help to sooth a cough or sore throat.

And I know by now we are all aware of my love of cooking – honey is a great substitute in quick breads and baked goods because of it’s ability to retain moisture.

So give it a shot!
Pick up some local honey.
You’ll be supporting
your immune system,
your local economy,
and your taste-buds!

October 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

A night off!

From the moment I woke up this morning, all I could think about was, “What should I make for dinner tonight?!?!” Odd, you say. To the average gal, perhaps. But not for I! Typically, this is my first thought everyday.It’s more than likely that this is the case because I tend to think about what to have for breakfast before I go to sleep. Heh. What can I say? I’ve got food on the brain. But here I sit at my computer with my nightly cup of tea and a full belly after enjoying my first night off in a week.

← see, here’s my tea! yummy!

*note:  I just so happen to work for Starbucks, so as I write this blog you may see a number of Starbucks mugs, coffees, and  TONS of Tazo tea.*

“But Jen?! Quit dilly dallying! What did you make for dinner tonight??”

I thought you’d never ask!

Being that fall has finally arrived and I am finally in my happy place (fall is my favoriteeeeeee time of year!), I decided to take one of my fall comfort food favorites and put a healthy spin on it. The result?
Turkey Florentine Meatloaf

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 packet dried onion soup mix (I always use Lipton)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3c breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until just combined.
  3. Place mixture on a foil lined baking sheet and form into a loaf,
    about 9×5.
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until crunchy on top and the juice runs clear.
  5. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!

I served mine with Au Gratin potatoes, Betty Crocker ones, but they were still a delightful accompaniment to my meatloaf for such a chilly fall evening. I also enjoyed some apple cider with it, too. *contented sigh* I love the fall. 🙂

September 30, 2009 at 11:32 pm 3 comments


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