Meals for Your Planner: Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

I'm a little late to the game, but recently I discovered overnight oats. I love how convenient and versatile they are. Easy too. I thought it would be a good topic to share for those who are looking for a quick or inexpensive breakfast.

If you haven't made these before, don't hesitate when reading ingredients as I find, so far, I have been able to substitute or leave out certain ones. Really, as long as we have the oats and something along the lines of milk / yogurt for moisture we're good.

Substituting Overnight Oats Ingredients

When I first started making them, I saw ingredients like chia seeds, Greek yogurt, muesli, and flaxseed - which aren't things I had on hand or buy regularly. However, the more I searched, I did end up finding some simpler recipes and established somewhat of a base I'm going to use for my oats going forward. I also noticed it's easy to substitute ingredients.

For example, the blueberry overnight oats recipe I was following one of the first times I made them called for Greek yogurt. I'd forgotten to add that to my shopping list when planning so I substituted some raspberry Activia and it did the trick! It doesn't have to be exact as long as you have a good feeling the flavours will go well together. I know there's a considerable price difference with Greek yogurt as well, but since it makes so many portions - I decided to get it.

Really, it all comes down to preference. With all that said, the other night I went searching for a simple apple cinnamon version. I couldn't find one that I loved, so I made up my own.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats (rolled, old fashioned, large flake)
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 apple, chopped
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (optional)*
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt

*Note: submerge the apples in a cup or so of cold water and add lemon juice to prevent browning.

Directions

  • Add oats and milk to a jar or container
  • Add greek yogurt
  • Add chopped apple
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and salt
  • Drizzle with syrup
  • Close the jar or container and place in the fridge overnight
  • Give it a stir before eating

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this recipe!

If you have had overnight oats before, what are some of your favourites?


Meals for Your Planner: Fried Beans with Cashews

Who says dinner needs to be difficult?

No one, that's who.

Fried beans and cashews is a crowd-pleaser, it's simple to make, and doesn't take much time.

For me, it's one of those recipes that has simply become measurable in handfuls and pinches. We all need some of those recipes in our repertoire! For this post, I added some approximate amounts for you to go by if you wish.

If you want a recipe that's more formal, Google fried beans with cashews and some recipes will come up. However, if you don't need things to be perfect you can use the lists below as a reference. Keep in mind that if you follow this one, it's more of a side dish for two. I find when I make this I only need to make one side dish to go with the meal.

If you want to have it as the meal (I've done it) I would double the portions.

Ingredients

  • Two big handfuls of beans. If you have large hands - a little less. Be reasonable.
  • Enough olive oil to lightly coat the beans
  • A little bit of butter, maybe a teaspoon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt - I just crank my salt grinder 5 times
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper - 15 cranks
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder*
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder**
  • Your palm-full of cashews per handful of beans***

Notes:

  • In place of garlic powder, you can use fresh cloves - try two*
  • In place of onion powder, I used to include a bit of red onion, but not everyone accepts them**
  • If you are out of cashews, try pepitas instead. I've done this. It's good.***

Directions

  • In the size of frying pan you need, warm the oil and melt the butter of medium heat
  • Put the beans in and sprinkle with the salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder* (thaw first if frozen)
  • Stir occasionally until they are starting to look cooked and add the cashews
  • Fry until they start to brown
  • Serve warm

Notes:

  • If using fresh garlic, cook for a minute in the oil before adding the beans
  • If using fresh onions add them with the cashews so they stay a bit crunchy

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This side pairs well with oven-roasted or baked potatoes as well as steak, pork chops, chicken, or sausage.