So, every other week we get a box of organic fruit, vegetables delivered to our door in our desperate attempt to increase our fruit and vegetable intake. It also includes a couple of random items - sometimes carrot cake (Reagan's favorite) whole buckwheat (cook it like oatmeal), sparkling juices, organic marinara sauce and coconut milk to name a few. I realized the other day when going through my pantry that I had collected 3 cans of coconunt milk. In a house where only one person likes coconut, and only a little, I realized I needed to start looking for some ways to use it up. I found a couple of different recipes and since I was restricted to breakfast, dessert or smoothies, I decided to try this one first.
Indian Spiced Oatmeal with Coconut Milk
2 cups water
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 tspn salt
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn ground ginger
1/4 tspn ground cloves
1/ tspn vanilla extract
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup sliced or chopped almonds
1 cup coconut milk
Bring the water to a boil and add the oatmeal and salt. Cook until done. Take off heat and add all the spices, sugar, raisins and vanilla. Portion out (about 4 servings) and top with almonds and 1/4 cup coconut milk.
I used quick cooking oatmeal and this recipe was adjusted to that. I also would probably use a little less sugar next time, as it is just a touch too sweet. I also used around 1/4 cup of raisins - my choice. Overall, this recipe is amazing and a great use of the coconut milk. Now I only have two more cans to go....
Today I set off into the city for a little beauty treatment before the big day. Where I live it is mostly snowy but in the city, it is more icy and a real treat to walk around on. You already know I am not the best or fastest walker on this kind of crap, but add a few (ok, more than A FEW) pounds and the really, really true desire not to fall - lord help me. Shuffling around like a 100 year old woman. HA! Oh well, soon I will have a baby stroller to hold on to.
Tomorrow I am off to the chiropractor and then meeting my mother-in-law for lunch. Need to stop at the local baby store to buy some winter gear for the little one - you have to purchase pretty special type clothing for winters here - all wind, snow proof, thermal things. I think I have done enough research to know what I need, but this particular store is incredibly helpful and I love their gender neutral attitude. It is not that my girl WON'T wear pink, it is just that I think there are plenty of adorable girl clothes that don't have to be dripping with pink and purple. Never was my color anyway. I remember telling people in middle school that black was my favorite color. Anders likes to remind me that black is not a color but the absence of color. Smart ass....