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The past week sort of threw me for a loop. You’d think I’d been out of the work force for a couple years, not just a couple months! But I used last week as a figuring-things-out week, as far as getting the family back into a morning routine. While I was unemployed, unless I needed the car for something, I usually just fed the bambino, made sure his lunch was packed, and sent him and Jay out the door (Jay doesn’t usually eat breakfast). About an hour or so after they left, then I’d realize I needed to eat or get dressed for the day.
But now that I’m back to work, I really do need to get into a serious morning routine. And breakfast HAS to be part of it. Both due to some medications I’m on, but also because I can’t go too long without eating. And because I’m only working part-time, my break is 15 minutes. Which means smaller meals or heavier snacks. So I need to make sure I start my day with something substantial to eat. Enter Baked Quinoa and Oatmeal.
I don’t have to be at work until a couple hours after the bambino and Jay are off to school and work (respectively), but the bambino and I often have breakfast together while Jay is getting ready. It’s something we’ve done since he was in daycare, and I made it a point to continue to do so once he started school. So something we can share, or that can be reheated quickly, gives us more time together, and a chance to connect before we start our days.
And though I’ve made this baked-grain breakfast before, I never make it the same way twice. I love that’s it’s so easily customizable–Throw almonds or walnuts in there, if you like. Use all oatmeal, all quinoa, or whatever combination of grains you like. Add dried fruit, if desired. In this version, I left out the sugar, and instead, added in Vanilla-flavored Carnation Breakfast Essentials®. You can find everything you need at your local Wal-Mart:
You can find the oats there in the cereal aisle as well, but you’ll likely have to search your respective store for the quinoa (here in Brookings, it was in the baking aisle, with the flours).
This is a great thing to make Sunday evenings, because you can bake it up first thing Monday morning, then reheat it during the rest of the week. It makes eight servings, which means you can feed your family for a couple days or yourself all week long. And it uses minimal dishes–You can mix it right in the serving dish if you like. I mixed the liquid items together first, then stirred in the grains.
Carnation Breakfast Essentials® is encouraging people to take a 7-day challenge, and make breakfast a priority. Complete some breakfast “missions” through the end of February, and be entered to win some prizes! Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps:
1. Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com.
2. Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes will be revealed every day!
3. Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
4. Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.
Don’t forget to enter!
Do you have a morning routine? Is breakfast part of it?