Hey everyone! Today is my baby sister’s 24th birthday! And like many other friends I am faced with the confusion of how my younger sister is now older than I am, hmmm? Haha no actually I enjoy the aging process so far. Remember the year I posted her email and had everyone send her well wishes since she wasn’t a “fan” of ROJ. Oh the good ol’ days. She has since come to her senses so we can’t be playing tricks on her anymore.
The other week I stumbled upon a great recipe thanks to Danielle of Foodosaurus Rex . Posted over at Shape.com was an idea for Savory Mexican Oats. Of course I went ahead an adapted it for my needs. Who says spice is only for dinner? While you can enjoy this dish anytime you please, I managed to make it an “overnight” success.
What you will need:
- 2 cup oats (I used steel cut)
- 2 cup salsa
- 2 cups corn (or 1 15oz can)
- 2 cups green/red/yellow/orange peppers (washed and diced)
- 2 cups water
- Optional : Your favorite spices, cilantro, etc (think burrito/enchilada toppings)
- In a slow cooker combine all ingredients
- Cook on high 30-45 minutes, stirring once
- Reduce to “keep warm” setting, cover and allow to set overnight
The original called for broth, I don’t care for broth, so I went with water. If you want more spice, use Mexican canned/frozen corn, add your favorite spices or buy the hot version of salsa.
I used a larger slow cooker and planned to store and share my creation. If you’re cooking for one, you may want to at least halve the recipe and/or use a smaller cooker. Because we all own multiple slow cookers, right?
Colored peppers? I used half a pepper of each of the 4 colors. This produced about the 2 cups. I’d say a good guess is 1 whole pepper=1 cup. So if you’re only using red, buy two, using a variety of colors? Practice your math skills. I threw the other halves in the freezer for another day.
Personally I LOVE “Mexican” food, and this is a great way to satisfy the craving other than my typical beans and rice…which you can’t really go wrong with either. It was my first time using steel cut oats, which means I naturally now feel advanced and educated in the food world.
Getting tired of my oatmeal related posts? Well, too bad. It’s getting to be fall in the O-H-I-O and some of us are freeze babies and need something quick and easy and full of variety…and when I’m not dating I want oatmeal. OH haha I crack myself up!
OK peace people, I have a Friday ahead of me. Enjoy yours!