This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.
Every week, The Oatmeal Artist posts a roundup of oatmeal recipes and Instagram pics, often based on an announced theme. This week, her theme is vegetables. I may have gone a little crazy…
Here’s all the vegetable-oatmeal dishes I made:
- Apple-Cinnamon Sweet Potato Oatmeal
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal Mug Cake (the recipe I am posting now)
- Mac-n-Cheese Oatmeal using vegetable pasta (recipe coming next Friday)
- Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies (using Amy’s recipe)
- Orange Dreamsicle Green Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl (recipe coming eventually…)
What can I say? I love oatmeal, and I love a challenge!
- 1/4 cup oatmeal
- 1 medium carrot
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Topping ideas: cream cheese, raisins, walnuts, shredded carrot, coconut
- Chop the carrot into several large chunks. Grind carrot and oatmeal in the food processor until it forms a course flour.
- Add orange juice, baking soda, and cinnamon to the food processor. Pulse 4-5 times to combine all ingredients.
- Coat a single-serve ramekin or a mug with nonstick spray. Pour batter into mug.
- Microwave for two minutes. Let cool.
- Decorate with desired toppings.
- Eat and enjoy!
For a Southern girl, I don’t drink a lot of sweet iced tea. Don’t get me wrong; it’s tasty on a hot summer day. I just would rather have a steaming cup of hot lemon tea. Or peach tea. Or green tea.
One thing is for sure though. I LOVE overnight oatmeal. No matter what type of tea you prefer, tea steeped oatmeal is a unique way to add new flavor to a classic breakfast food.
Here’s the basic recipe:
- 1 tea bag
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup milk
- Bring water to a boil and pour 1/3 cup into a mason jar. Add tea bag and let sit at least an hour.
- Add 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup milk, and “mix-ins”
- Seal jar and shake vigorously.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Remove tea bag from the oatmeal mixture before eating (if preferred, this can be warmed in the microwave before eating).
**If you prefer to make your oatmeal in the morning, boil 3/4 cup of water with tea bag and 1/4 cup milk. Reduce to low heat and add oatmeal. Cook for approximately 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and add mix-ins.
1. Orange Tea Steeped Overnight Oatmeal.
- Black pekoe-cut tea
- 2 tbs. raisins, chopped
- 1/2 orange, sliced
2. Green Tea and Nectarine Overnight Oatmeal
- Green tea
- Nectarine, pitted and chopped
3. Dark Citrus Overnight Oatmeal
- Orange spice tea
4. Tart Tea Overnight Oatmeal
- Lemon tea
- Dried cranberries
5. Pomegranate Punch Overnight Oatmeal
- Pomegranate Tea
6. Plum Spiced Apple Overnight Oatmeal
- Apple Spice Tea
7. Calm Carrot Cake Chamomile Overnight Oatmeal
- Chamomile Tea
- Shredded Carrots
8. Minty Morning Overnight Oatmeal
- Mint Tea
**This may sound like a weird combination. I was leery of it, but don’t be afraid. It is actually really refreshing!
9. Prominent Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal
- Earl Grey Tea
- Canned Pumpkin
10. Relaxing Honeydew Overnight Oatmeal
- Chamomile-Mint Blend Tea
- Honeydew, cubed
What is your favorite tea flavor?
Although I am from a town that claims to be the BBQ capital of the world, I am not a huge fan of pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. However, I found myself in the mood for some extra-flavorful veggies today, and these BBQ “fries” hit the spot. The tangy BBQ flavor mixed nicely with the sweet carrots to create a simple mid-afternoon snack.
The recipe below is for a single serving, but it could easily be multiplied to be served as a side-dish. Also, most people would probably prefer a stronger BBQ flavor; feel free to add more BBQ sauce!
BBQ Carrot Fries
- 1 large carrot
- 1/4 tsp. BBQ Sauce (or more)
- 1/8 tsp. chives
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Slice carrots into 3-inch by 1/4-inch fries.
- In a plastic bag, combine all ingredients. Shake well so that the carrots are well coated.
- Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and arrange carrots in a single layer on the pan.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until tender.
- Eat and enjoy!
What is your hometown known for?