So today started with a fail. A running fail. I woke up set to do an easy 3 miler before breakfast, but it was tipping down with rain! Absolutely pouring. I looked up the weather forecast, and it said that it would stop raining by 10am. Well it didn’t. BUT on the upside, I did have just about the best breakfast ever. Yep, as you probably guessed by the title, I had pumpkin oatmeal!
I know, it doesn’t look very appetising, but trust me- it tasted so good and kept me full for hours afterwards (rare for me!).
Basic Pumpkin Oatmeal (serves 1 hungry person!)
- 1 cup oats
- 1.5 cups milk (or 1 cup milk+ .5 cup water)
- 0.5 cups canned pumpkin
- 0.25 teaspoon mixed spice
- 0.25 teaspoon cinnamon (I actually used about 1.5 teaspoon- I love cinnamon!)
- Agave nectar/sugar to sweeten if desired
- Any other add-inns! (I added 1 tbsp raisins)
Microwave milk/water and oats for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir in the canned pumpkin and spices. Heat again for 40-60 seconds, then sweeten and put in add-ins if desired. Then enjoy
I then went out to lunch with my family in London. We ate at a cheap family pub called ‘The Fox on the Hill’. I always have doubts about eating out, because I often struggle with the menu. Finding good, filling healthy vegetarian meals that appeal is something I find quite difficult at many places, but surprisingly, not here!
For my starter, I had organic tomato and basil soup, which was delicious, and Thai Noodles with a side of veggies for my main (forgot to photograph before diving in-sorry!), which didn’t disappoint either- the veggies were especially yummy!
I was too full to even consider the desserts, but by the time we got back home, I had just about made room for some dark chocolate! In fact, quite a bit of chocolate…
And typically, by lunchtime, the weather had brightened up considerably! The sun was shining for once! I hope it is for my postponed run tomorrow morning too! This was the view from where we were sitting at lunch:
Of course I also had time to scrawl a quick Operation Beautiful note on a Post-It note (I carry them everywhere with me now!) to leave on the mirror in the restaurant toilets:
When I got back, I looked at the pile of work on my desk that had to be done, and then I thought about what I really wanted to do. Responsibility or pleasure? Well of course, I went for the latter- baking time! As promised yesterday, I have a recipe to share! And of course, going back to the post title, guess what it mainly consisted of? If you guessed pumpkin and oats, then you are a genius
Oaty Pumpkin Squares (vegan friendly)
Take a yummy pumpkin pie filling, and sandwich it in an oaty, crumble mixture, and you end up with a delicious, healthier treat that is quick and easy to make! Makes about 24 squares.
Add 110g (3/4 cup) soft light brown sugar, ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), 85g (3/4 cup) softened butter. (I used half sugar, half natural sweetener and vegan butter substitute.
Mix it all in! I would recommend you make sure your butter is really soft, because I had some trouble mixing it in to begin with! Then press 2/3rds of this mixture into your baking tin and bake for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, put into a bowl 350ml (2 cups) pumpkin puree, 100ml (2/3 cup) milk, 50g (1/3 cup) soft brown sugar, 1 egg, 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground nutmeg, ¼ tsp ground cloves. (I used unsweetened soya milk, 1.5 tsp cinnamon and half sugar half sweetener). Yes it doesn’t look pretty at first:
Then top with the remaining crumble mixture.
Put back in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until set. Then cut into squares/bars, cool, and enjoy!
If you are like me, enjoy 3 of them! You can store the rest in a airtight container in the fridge, until the next time hunger strikes, or your sweet tooth rages. Then you’ll know exactly where to head…
…the clearing up!
Question: Do you have problems with the menu when eating out? How do you get around this?
Have a great evening everyone!