Slow Day

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It’s a ridiculously slow day at work, so in between re-teaching myself Bash scripting, I’m pestering you folks with 8000 posts per minute.

Yesterday, I was poking around 101 Cookbooks, a very nice source of vegetarian recipes. The link there is for a hearty and healthy breakfast bowl. I ate a variation of that most mornings a few years ago, then I let apathy route me back into grabbing whatever was quick and handy.

Making A Real Breakfast, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, takes more time – both in the cooking and in the eating. Here’s my variation of Heidi’s bowl. It’s kind of breakfast cereal on crack – overly-healthy, full of more stuff than you can shake a stick at. Huge and filling.

1 serving steel-cut oats, or any other whole grain (wheat berries, farrow, bulgur, brown rice) cooking in milk or water
1/2 an apple, diced
1/2 a pear, diced
1/2 a sweet potato, grated
1/2 tsp flax seeds
2 tsp flax seed oil
1 or 2 dates, diced
1 or 2 figs, diced *
2 Tbsp dried cranberries
6 – 8 raw or toasted pecans, chopped
Tiny bit of real maple syrup if you need more sweet than the fruit provides
A bit of plain or vanilla yogurt, if you prefer your grains cooked in water

Just before the grains finish up, dump everything else in there to get a little heated up, but not cooked. Serve. Voila. The cooking and the chopping takes less than 20 minutes, unless you’re using rice – the eating might take a bit more.

It’s a lot of food. Smaller appetites could cut the whole thing in half.

It’ll stick with you, too. There’s a lot of stuff your body needs in there. I’m the kind of person who likes to eat something small for breakfast, and it wears off after 2 or 3 hours. Thi s sticks with me for a good 5 or 6.

* How sad is it most of our society has no idea what a fig is, outside the context of a Newton? Figs are amazing. Figs rule. Eat more figs!

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