Cross-posted from my password-protected blog.
There are times in our lives when we have to work hard at keeping our physical selves afloat. From motherhood to mourning, times of high stress take a huge toll on your body and the last thing you want is to go without when it comes to fuel. Take it from someone who was just told by her therapist to buy some protein powder to get herself back on track.
My mom has this great recipe for Baked Oatmeal - something she serves at her bed & breakfast. She made it for me for the first time when she was here for Hannah's birth, froze it in single serving portions, and then warmed up a serving for me each morning. It was awesome. Precisely the sort of hearty, stick-to-your ribs actual nutrition I needed to hold up through the Do-Your-Boobs-Hang-Low days of newborn motherhood.
I, in turn, made it for a good friend and brought it by when she returned from the hospital with her newborn. She loved it so much she asked for the recipe as soon as the batch I'd made her disappeared.
I'll be making myself some tomorrow to help me pull through all the... well, to pull me through. I need to be well. I need to be fueled. And I need to not buy new clothes, vanity be damned.
Baked Oatmeal Recipe (= Doubled)1/2 C vegetable oil (1 C)
3/4 C sugar (1 1/2 C)
2 large eggs (4 eggs)
3 C quick cooking oats, NOT instant (6 C)
2 tsp baking powder (4 tsp)
1/2 tsp salt (1 tsp)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (1 tsp)
1 C milk (2 C)
1 chopped apple (2 apples)
1 C raisins (2 C raisins)
Mix oil, sugar & eggs until yellow and glossy. Add remaining ingredients and beat until
Blend in the optional fruit and raisins, if desired.Pour into greased 8 x 8 pan. (9 x 13 pan if doubled.)
Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (More like 50 minutes if doubled.)
Serve warm in a bowl. It will be a crumbly. Top with milk, brown sugar, cream, fruit, etc.
Or Freeze: Cut into individual portions when cool. Wrap tightly in foil and label & date them. To reheat, microwave each portion 1 - 1.5 minutes until heated through. I love to top with some milk.
What about you? Got any great, easy, bail-out recipes for the hard times?