Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Microwave Oatmeal

Here's a quick and healthy way to start a cold winter morning:  For a single serving, put half a cup of rolled oats with a cup of water in a microwavable bowl.  Microwave for 3 minutes.  Make sure you use a bowl that is big enough to allow for a bit of boiling to occur in the microwave, or else it might boil over.  After you remove from the microwave, stir in a little brown sugar and milk, or whatever toppings you like.  You could add fruit, maple syrup . . . be creative!  We eat this regularly in our house, plus I use rolled oats often in bread that I bake in my bread maker, so we go through a lot of rolled oats.  I buy them in bulk at the natural food store, and to be extra-environmentally conscious (think less waste and less factory packaging results in less energy usage) I take in a plastic pantry bin with me and have the store measure it before I fill it.  Then they subtract the "original" weight from the weight after I fill it with oats and just charge me for that.

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