lemon macadamia

This om of the day was inspired by a lemon macadamia nut cookie.  Bon Appetit!

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1 T lemon simple syrup
2 T chopped macadamia nuts
1 T butter

Directions:

To make the simple syrup, mix equal parts water and sugar and the lemon zest (I like to use one lemon per 1/4 cup of sugar).  Put all ingredients into a saucepan and let simmer until mixture is reduced in half.

Mix nuts and butter with oatmeal.  Add a tablespoon of simple syrup and enjoy.

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Ingenuity and inspiration are cousins in a mind rich with contemplation, meditation and courage.

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sundae sundae

There’s no fooling anyone on this om of the day.  It’s basically dessert for breakfast…But every once in a while it’s ok, right?

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1/4 C ice cream (your favorite)
whipped cream
nuts of your choice
anything else you put on your sundae!

Directions:

Mix oatmeal with ice cream.  Top with whipped cream and nuts (and any favorite toppings)!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Flattery, according to Merriam-Webster can mean insincere or excessive praise.  Have you ever resorted to flattery to get something you wanted?  How could you have gone about it in a more authentic and meaningful way?

fried plantains

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1/2 plantain
1 T coconut oil
1 T agave

Directions:  Cut plantain into 1/4 inch slices.  Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add plantain one piece at a time, and let fry on one side until it is golden brown on the bottom (usually a few minutes).  You may need to turn your pan down to medium.  Flip plantain pieces and cook on other side.  When both sides are browned well, remove from heat and let cool on a wire rack with a paper towel (to soak up excess oil).

Add agave to bowl with oatmeal and mix well.  Add plantain pieces, enjoy!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Plantains will always remind me of my trip to Costa Rica to get married.  Such good memories can be experienced through food.  What are some of yours?

coconut walnut

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1/3 C walnuts
1/3 C shredded coconut
2 T agave

Directions: Saute coconut and walnuts in agave over low heat until coconut is fragrant.  Mix with oatmeal and get your spoon!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: I like to think I have a bubble of good energy around me, full of love, joy and peace.  If you had a bubble, what would it be filled with?  What do you want it filled with?

easy homemade granola

This is one of the best recipes I have ever had.  It was so good that my husband was a little upset when I gave away our last bag of the granola to visiting family members.  I have to admit that I used this recipe because one of the recipe maker’s names is Renato…It was a sign, right?

Adapted from:  http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2009/01/easy_homemade_g.html

Easy Homemade Granola
from “Baked: New Frontiers in Baking” by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey (I used brown rice syrup)
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole almonds
1/3 cup whole hazelnuts
1/3 cup golden raisins (I used thompson raisins)
1/3 cup dried cherries (I omitted these, as I had none in the house)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them: Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture.

Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture.
Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the almonds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.

Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the hazelnuts over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Let cool completely. Sprinkle the raisins and cherries over the granola…

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Sharing is caring…remember that old adage?  Who can you share with today?  What will you share?

apricot cinnamon

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1 fresh apricot
1 t agave
1/4 t cinnamon
1 t butter
splash of milk

Directions:
Cut apricot in chunks.

Mix butter, agave and oatmeal in a bowl.  Fold in apricot and cinnamon and add a splash of milk if you like your oatmeal a little creamier…

Om,
Renata

mOMent: A calling could be described as a loud inner guidance or impulse assisting you toward a direction.  Which calling will you follow today?

cinnamon raisin walnut

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
2 T raisins
1/4 C walnuts
1 T agave plus more for drizzle
1 t grapeseed oil
1 t (or more!) cinnamon

Directions: Add all ingredients to a saucepan over low-med heat for just a few minutes until all of the ingredients are combined well and the raisins and walnuts are coated and warmed through.  If you like your walnuts more toasted, saute for a bit longer.  Remove from heat and let cool for a few moments, add to oatmeal and drizzle with a little more agave.

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Connecting with your heart can be a powerful exercise.  Tune in today and ask your heart what it wants.  If it could have or do anything right now, what would it be?