Easy lunch idea: Mexican Oatmeal

Sunday afternoon I found myself hungry and roaming the kitchen for something good to eat. It was the last day before grocery shopping so pickens were slim. Inspired by Angela at Oh She Glows as well as a lack of food in the house, I found myself making an old favorite that I hadn’t seen in a while: Mexican Oatmeal!

You may think eating oatmeal at any other time than breakfast (and with any other toppings than fruit) is a bit weird, but I promise that not only is it tasty, it’s quick and easy to throw together as well. Not to mention filling!

This type of “recipe” also lends itself well to versatility so the options are endless based on what you have.

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Mexican Oatmeal

Inspired by Oh She Glows Cheezy Oats

Base:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup water (give or take)
  • 2-4tbsp nutritional yeast, depending on cheeziness preference
  • A few generous shakes of: garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt

Mix together and cook on medium until desired creaminess (adding water if needed to get the oats to cook through fully)

Toppings I used:

  • Cooked, crumbled veggie burger
  • salsa
  • red onion
  • jalapenos
  • shredded romaine

Other toppings I know are delicious:

  • black beans
  • avocado or guacamole
  • corn chips

Of course if you don’t care about it being vegan, you could always use shredded cheddar in place of the nutritional yeast.

Well hello there

Okay let’s just get it out there: I haven’t posted in over four months. Whew, now that’s off my chest and we can move on.

I’ve been feeling an itch to come back to this space lately. Partly because I miss having a creative outlet with which to share my love for yummy food. And partly because I have WAY more time on my hands than I have in the past year and a half!!

A lot can happen in four months. In fact, since we last met….

We had a beautiful and long fall in Colorado that made me fall even more in love with where I live.

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I finished up the third and hardest semester of nursing school…and even made the president’s list again for my GPA!

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I was laid off from my job of the past 2+ years…hence all of the extra free time :)

Steve and I visited the Dominican Republic for a week of lounging on the beach! It was my first time ever out of the country.

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I started back up to school for my fourth and final semester and have recently started my last stretch of clinicals!

And of course I’ve spent countless hours with the best friends anyone could wish for…

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Being laid off right before Christmas break left me with over four weeks of free time. Needless to say there were a few emotional breakdowns and lots of inward focus. It took me a good while to get used to the idea of not being constantly busy. Working for 32 hours a week during nursing school left me with precious little free time and without that go-go-go I found myself feeling a bit worthless.

Thankfully I’ve started to appreciate the art of relaxation. I’ve been reading for fun again (no medical jargon allowed)! I’ve been cooking more than I had in a while. And I’ve been enjoying more hikes with Steve and the pups. All things I really couldn’t do while I was working.

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On the academic front, I’m ready to finish nursing school strong! I’m also currently in the process of studying for my personal trainer certification through ACE as well as an Associate Diabetes Educator certificate through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. I figured I’d at least make a little good use of all this time I have on my hands.

I know I keep promising to blog more and then I disappear for months on end. I imagine you may have trust issues with me right now :) Please, let me know if you’re still here and if you’re still interested in my pointless ramblings (and pictures of the animals, of course).

Good to see you again, old friends!

Gratitude List

 

I find myself being very happy lately. I’ve seriously had multiple moments in the past few days alone where I had to stop, take a look around me, take in a deep breath and just be amazed at my life.

I wish I could say this was because I won the powerball or something but honestly I’m just happy and I feel incredibly lucky to have this happiness in my life.

I thought I’d share a gratitude list with you today and try to capture it all before I forget!

Living in Colorado – I was hiking with the pups on Saturday and I had to stop for a moment to take it all in. Even after living in Colorado for 5 years now it continues to take my breath away. I cannot believe that a view like this is right out my backdoor! This is a hike at the top of our neighborhood that takes 2 minutes to get to…2 minutes! It’s our Saturday tradition to go up and hike in the morning when the world is beautiful and quiet. Well quiet except for the panting ;)

Steve – I just love my husband so much. Our relationship is stronger and better than ever and I am very grateful to have found him. He makes me laugh every day and he also laughs at my jokes which is just as important to me. He makes me feel safe and loved and needed. Okay…mushy moment over. photo 3

Fall – I don’t want to jump the gun here but FALL IS HERE….FALL IS HERE. It’s my absolute, hands down most favorite time of the year. We are planning to drive up the mountain and see the changing aspens on Thursday and I cannot wait. Fall means school and college football. It means pumpkin spice lattes and comforting chili. It means a crispness to the air that is cleansing and refreshing. Fall feels like more of a fresh start to me than new year does.

School – speaking of school I am so glad to be back. My work situation isn’t the best right now and having school in my life keeps me happy, motivated and fulfilled. With each week that passes I am more and more sure of my decision to go into nursing. Plus, I’m finally feeling confident and together this year – it only took a whole month!

Vacation – not to dismiss school so quickly but we are going to the beach in approximately 2 months, 19 days, 6 hours and 2 minutes. So yeah, I’m a little excited.

Being inspired in the kitchen – yes, this is something to be happy about. For a while I just didn’t want to cook or spend time prepping food but I’m back in the swing of things. Food is my passion and I love to create healthy new meals that keep me feeling good.

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The pups – last but certainly not least. I love these two goobers more than I could put into words. They make me so happy every day. When Hula grows up she wants to be just like Franco.

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Remember, happiness is a choice. No matter what is going on in your life you have the power to choose happiness every day. I hope you do.