As with most people, a new year means making some changes to your diet. For some that may mean eating out less and eating more home-cooked meals. For others, like some in my family, it means trying not to eat fried foods and chips. Though we never know how long we will last before we cave, the fact that we tried is all that matters.
For me, this year means the continuation of my transition from being a bread and pasta lover to being gluten-free. Now that I am living back at home, making choices to stay gluten-free has really been tough. My family tries to eat as many meals as we can together, so making sure there is a substitute for me has been fun for my mother.
When eating gluten-free came as a suggestion from a church friend who’s daughter had similar symptoms (skin, stomach, and gut issues) to myself, I thought why not. Nothing that the doctors recommended had significant lasting results, and so I took the dive.
Breakfast was the meal I had the hardest time changing, as I love and I mean LOVE bread. Cinnamon raisin toast, donuts, bagels, those soft and squishy Chinese buns with red bean or lotus paste inside!! Oh, how I LOVE BREAD! And so I had to settle on eating oatmeal…yes oatmeal. Don’t get me wrong, I like oatmeal…but I LOVE bread. These past months I have been experimenting with different recipes and I found some that have become my staple. One being ‘Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries‘ from COOKIE+kate. I made this recipe a few times during the colder months when I was in university, but now that I am home I don’t add the nuts – since my little sister is allergic to them.
To make this recipe gluten-free, I used gluten-free oats from Trader Joe’s, and just in case my little sister decided that it looked good enough to eat even though she doesn’t care for oatmeal, I didn’t add the nuts to the mixture.
And in less than 50 minutes, your home is filled with the warm smell of baking with a hint of cinnamon. This quick and easy recipe saves you lots of time in the mornings when you don’t know what to eat. All you have to do is scoop it out and heat it up in the microwave. Then if you want, pour some almond milk or add a dollop of soy/ lactose-free yogurt on top for some creaminess. On adventurous mornings, I will sprinkle some roasted slivered almonds or walnuts to add some extra crunch to the oatmeal.
Mornings made easy while heating up your body during these cooler months!
All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast
— John Gunther
Every day, Lai Day! Happy eating~