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October 6, 2020
My Favorite Breakfast- Instapot Oats

Confession- I didn't use my Instapot for a whole year after I got it as a Christmas gift because I was so scared of it! I had visions of the lid blowing off from the pressure cooker and my face getting burned by hot food. I know, I know, a little dramatic.  Once I brought myself to finally watch some Youtube vids and figured out how to use it properly (and safely!), it became my favorite kitchen staple! I use it ALL the time now and it has saved me so much time being able to make healthy, home-cooked meals in minutes.  I also must say, now that I know all of the safety features that the Instapot comes with, I no longer have the same fears as I did before!

One recipe that I make several days a week is this Instapot Oatmeal. It is ridiculously easy, healthy, and delicious! There's nothing like a warm bowl of steamed oats on a chilly fall morning let me tell ya! I dump in all the ingredients, set the timer, go get my son awake and dressed and come back to the kitchen for a hot and steamy breakfast waiting for us.  Austin absolutely loves these oats, too, so it makes me happy knowing he is also getting a healthy start to his day!

Ingredients (makes 3-4 servings)

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (not quick oats)
  • 3 cups water
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in the Instapot and stir it all together.
  • Put lid on pot and set the knob to "sealing".
  • Hit the "pressure cooker" button and set time for 11 minutes.
  • Once timer goes off, set knob to "venting". Once no more steam comes out of the vent, you can open the lid.
  • Stir oats. If they seem watery, don't worry! They will thicken over the next few minutes.
  • Eat plain or top with your favorite ingredients!  I replicated one of my favorite bowls from a cafe in Portugal we used to go to which is warm oats topped with sliced up banana, hemp hearts, almond butter, and chocolate granola (Love Crunch is my favorite!) Enjoy!

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September 6, 2020
September Herb of the Month: Ginger

Heidi Anderson

Welcome to the start of my new series "Herb of the Month"! There are so many amazing herbs out there that are easily accessible, affordable, and are loaded with health benefits that I figured this was a great way to educate and inspire people to adopt more plants into their lives. We are kicking off this series with an herb you have all probably seen and tasted at some point in your lives- ginger!
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