02 October 2010

Zucchini Bread Oatmeal and an Excuse for Never Raking the Leaves



When Gas Monkey wakes up on the weekend, he wants breakfast. After sleeping-in his gut instinct is to spend two hours making a morning "man-meal" of eggs, meat, hash browns, and pancakes. For me that is too much food, fat, and effort in the late morning. Instead I found this excellent oatmeal recipe. Gas Monkey looked at it with skepticism (vegetables in his oatmeal, that can't be good), but the man can't refuse food. It has a lot of flavor.

Zucchini Bread Oatmeal (for two)

2 3/4 cups of water
Pinch of Kosher Salt
1 1/2 cups traditional oats
1/8 cup of Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
2/3 cup of finely grated zucchini
1/4 cup of pecan halves - roughly chopped
2 pinches of nutmeg

Follow directions for cooking oats and then add ingredients. Cook a little longer. Serve!


It's October and by far my favorite time of the year. I am hoping that my zucchini plant will stop producing soon, because I just can't keep up. The newly changing leaves remind me that it is almost raking season. So I'm being proactive and getting my excuse to avoid raking out of the way.

Almost everybody has a leaf story. In the 5th grade, my friend J and I would go to her house and rake up a big pile of leaves. What do normal children do with a pile of leaves? Jump in it! That is NOT what we did. J's gerbil had recently had somewhere near 12 babies. They were in the cute mini-stage, and we loved to play with them. I'm sure you see no connection between baby gerbils and leaf piles. Let me help you. Brilliantly, we came up with the idea of playing hide and seek. We created a pile of leaves and gave each person a basket. We then hid all of the babies in the leaf pile. Then, on the count of ten, we raced to find and capture the most babies. This was infinitely more fun for us than the gerbils. Do you really think this story has a happy ending? After the last round we counted them up. One was missing. We looked through until we found him. Poor gerbil. The game had a high mortality.

That was my first experience with death. It did not affect me much, because we went inside and watched "Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen." But that is my excuse for never raking leaves again. I'm still slightly traumatized. You hear that Gas Monkey? Traumatized!


I dedicate this blog to Raunchy Rhonda who was gave me crap for not "inspiring" her with the Green Monster post.

16 comments:

  1. Love the incorporation of the zucchini. I still have many to use as well. Great breakfast idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Very healthy and very delicious.. Innovative way to introduce veggies with oats..

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  3. Definately inspiring :) Will have to try soon, but my mom didnt plant zucchini this year! :/

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  4. I have never thought of adding zucchini in my oatmeal :)

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  5. OlciaTomcia - Stop by tomorrow and I'll give you some.

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  6. What an interesting recipe, looks delicious! Lovely photos too.

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  7. Oh that sounds amazing - what a creative mix!

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  8. Love the oatmeal idea--brilliant! Your gerbil story reminds me of a similar story with an equally traumatic ending. When I was in high school my brother had a gerbil named Socrates and we were playing a fun gerbil-tag game that seemed benign but poor little Socrates apparently was less amused and appeared to keel over from a gerbil heart attack. R.I.P. Socrates.

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  9. Wow, this sounds delicious. See now this is something I would have added peanut butter to but you already have - fantastic!

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  10. That looks really yummy! We eat oatmeal a lot in the morning and we also love peanut butter. I'll have to give this a try.

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  11. Great oatmeal recipe...very different than the usual. Sounds good.
    Your stories crack me up. I think that's a fantastic excuse for not raking leaves!!!

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  12. Thank you. I'm sure if everybody tries hard enough you can all get out of raking the leaves. My favorite part of the oatmeal is the peanut butter.

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  13. Love it! I'm a big oatmeal fan. This is a healthy breakfast. Yum!

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  14. Umm this sounds amazing! Love oatmeal, love zuccinni! And I love your blog.

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  15. This looks soooo good! I am eating peanut butter oatmeal as I type. Thanks for the bloggy award!

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