Time for an Oaty Tailgate Snack!

Yes, you read right, I’m in fact, suggesting you add oatmeal to your tailgating treats list. Instead of filling your weekends with burgers and beer looming, try this hearty, football - inspired Loaded OATato bowl and start your game season off the right way!

Ingredients

  • 1 c prepared Quaker Steel Cut Oats
  • 1Ž4 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 rounded T crumbled crispy bacon
  • 1 T sour cream
  • 1Ž2 tsp chives
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions

Prepare oatmeal as directed. Top with cheddar cheese, bacon, and sour cream. Sprinkle with fresh chives and season with salt & pepper. Enjoy! 

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Time Saving Tip

Always rush in the morning? Take your oatmeal on the go by carrying it to work or school in your travel coffee mug if you don’t have a small canteen. Try it out tomorrow! 

My Childhood Breakfast Routine

I’ve always been a morning person and to be completely honest, also a perfectionist. These traits work out well for me these days…owning an oatmeal cafe where my mornings start super early and attention to detail is a must!  As a kid though, I was always over-prepared, anxious even when it came to my morning routine before catching the bus to school.  Breakfast was a non-negotiable!  I would always eat while watching one of my favorite TV shows (and maybe finishing up some last minute reading or studying)!  I always gave myself ample time to enjoy the start of a day…and a satisfying breakfast. 

I think I went through various breakfast identities through the years.  Sometimes it was frozen pancakes, bagels, or waffles, microwaved or toasted and slathered to sweet perfection.  Other times I enjoyed cold cereal, strudel, bite size muffins, and some simple whole grain toast with jelly definitely made it into the rotation as well!  Most importantly, Quaker hot oatmeal of course!  My sister liked the instant varieties so we always had boxes in various flavors in the house but I enjoyed the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats which my mom taught me to cook all on my own on.  I felt very grown up stirring my oats on the stovetop and always preferred them even undercooked a bit, with lots of texture, a little sugar, and cold milk drizzled over the top.  I never really understood the kids who just rolled out of bed, barely leaving time to brush their hair (or teeth) and hopped on the school bus eating something wrapped in a napkin!

Weekend mornings were always a fun time to relax with my family.  I have fond memories of the family piling in the car to go out for donuts.  The kids would always have the privilege of selecting a dozen glistening donuts for our breakfast feast and without fail, we’d always make a stop at the convenient store on the way home for a gallon of milk!  On weekends that I had sleepovers with my friends my mom would make a special breakfast of pancakes and bacon, forming the pancakes in the shape of our initials!  I also learned to cook French toast, bake Cinnamon and Orange Sweet Rolls, and make sausage biscuits for my brother and I.  I’ve never liked eggs so you won’t find any egg mentions here.  My mom would make them for everyone else but I’d avoid them at all costs!

Wow, this has turned into a walk down breakfast memory lane for me! I guess mornings are kind of my thing…I like watching the sun rise and I enjoy the quiet stillness of a fresh day.  It’s no surprise really that I own an oatmeal cafe because I honestly have always felt that breakfast is something that shouldn’t be rushed through.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and part of what helped me to stay focused and perform well in school! These days, a sip of coffee is first but oatmeal is always the winner!  

Time for a Family Play!

I always love seeing families stop into OatMeals while on long walks or headed to the park. It’s great to see them staying active together. It reminds me of growing up and the fun games my family would play together.

I was so excited to hear Quaker teamed up with Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school wellness program. They are looking for families to share the fun and unique ways they play together. One lucky family will win a Day of Play* with Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck. Do you and your family have a unique way of playing? Learn more.

*3 hours of play with 75 guests

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a little over two years since OatMeals first opened its doors in NYC. #TBT to following your dreams - I can’t wait to see what’s next! 

Baked Autumn Apple Oatmeal with Raisins

When the wind is rising and the leaves are turning, it’s time to have some autumn fun with your diet. Here comes the Baked Autumn Apple Oatmeal with Raisins, a Food, Family & Finds recipe featured by Quaker. Try it out and get ready for a fruitful season!  

Oatmeal Face Scrubs

New find! Oatmeal is great for exfoliating your face because of its nourishing and soothing benefits. Indulge yourself with an oats face scrub tonight! http://www.beautyandtips.com/beauty-2/5-homemade-face-scrubs-using-oatmeal/

Red Fruit Trio Oatmeal

I just love the vivid color combo of this Red Fruit Trio Oatmeal. For me, it’s one of the best ways to brighten a cloudy day. Hope you find it cheerful too!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup(s) Quaker Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned)

2 Tablespoon(s) diced strawberries

4-5 Nos Fresh raspberries

3 Nos Fresh cherries, pitted & halved (or 1 tbsp dried cherries)

1 Teaspoon(s) Drizzle of honey

Preparation:

Prepare oatmeal as directed.Top with fruit, drizzle with honey & enjoy! Also try adding 2 tsp dried currants or dried cranberries to create a “four red fruit” experience.

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Jazz Up Your Oats

Ever wonder how to spice up your life? Start with your oatmeal! Here are some easy choices for you to jazz up your oats.

  • Fruits: Add some of your favorite fresh or frozen fruit, dried fruit or 100% fruit spread. Apple, mango, banana, kiwi, raspberries, cherries and strawberries. You name it!
  • Savory Goodness: Who says oatmeal needs to be sweet and fruity? Try some egg whites and turkey bacon and savor the goodness
  • Spices: Ground spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger or cloves can easily flavor your oats. It really depends on which one you like. 

My Fashion Lens

It’s my favorite week in NYC to watch fashion. I love to see the amazing new designs and feel the energy swirling through the city. Even though most days I’m working at OatMeals, I still love to dress up and stay up to speed with the latest styles. This week inspires me to incorporate these same passions into my oatmeal creations. Everything from splashes of color, to the season’s best ingredients and tastes, I love designing new recipes and showcasing my top creations. Maybe this year I’ll have my own ‘runaway show’ and let the staff at OatMeals test-taste some new creations?