Savory start, spicy finish

by spiceaholic on March 8, 2010

Would you expect anything less, given my Spiceaholic persona?  🙂

Oatmeal is very very popular for breakfast throughout the blogosphere, and while I’ll eat it once in a while, I just don’t enjoy it as much as others seem to.  I think a lot of it is a texture thing — it’s so goopy.

Anyway I tried something new today —  making my oatmeal savory instead of sweet.  Sound gross?  Not really, it’s like how you can have fried rice or rice pudding.  The grain is just a neutral canvas for flavorings.  Besides, I saw other people eating it on their blogs, so you know it can’t be that weird!

I just took an instant oatmeal packet, added hot water, and then added hot sauce and some Cajun seasoning. It tasted fine, but it still had that oatmeal goopy texture.

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I also heated up a Morningstar spicy breakfast sausage patty and crumbled it into my oatmeal.

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Not bad, it’s a good way to shake things up a bit. I don’t know that this would convince me to eat oatmeal every day, but it’s good to have another way to eat it.

I was a bad food blogger and forgot to take a picture of lunch. It was SO nice outside today, almost 70 degrees, so a few of us decided to walk over to Jimmy Johns for lunch so we could enjoy the weather. Jimmy Johns is a sandwich chain that I have fond memories of from college. We would often order from them late at night when we were up goofing around.

Anyway, I had the Billy Club, which had roast beef, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and Dijon mustard. I got some jalapeno chips on the side. Mmmm! These sandwiches are pretty dang big and I should have stopped halfway through since I was getting full but of course I ignored my body signals and chowed away.

The good thing about having such a big lunch is that I wasn’t hungry all afternoon. I finally ate a little something around 6:30 as I was winding down at work.

Publix is having some pretty good sales this week and I definitely took advantage. They had Vitatops on sale for buy one get one free, so I decided to get a couple boxes. I figured they’d make a good quick breakfast or snack on the run.

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I’m still undecided about these. I know they’re really really popular and that makes me want to like them, but I’m not 100% convinced. I think I know part of it — when they’re heated up, they have a weird after-taste.   Well, now that I have a couple boxes I’ll have plenty of chances to decide what I think of them.

Even though I was going to be getting home late, I decided I wanted to cook dinner.  Mr. Spice was sweet enough to get stuff started so that all I had to do was start cooking.   All I did was brown some chopped onion in olive oil, add ginger and garlic, add some Shan spice mix (I used Bombay Biryani mix), then add chicken pieces and rice, add water, and cook it all together for 20 minutes.

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Quick and spicy, just how I like it! No veggies, I know. But I did have some spicy mango pickle one the side, so how about we count that towards my nonexistent fruit/veggie count for today?

Hopefully this week won’t be too crazy — I’m going to have to start working some longer hours for the next few weeks, but I hope to keep posting as much as possible.

Good night!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ameena March 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Thank you for the honest Vita-Muffin review…before I had to stop eating gluten I really wanted to try these but never got around to it. And all this time I was thinking I was really missing out! Glad you weren’t crazy about them because I feel a little better now.

Sorry about having to work longer hours!

Tanni March 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

My parents do the savory oatmeal for breakfast on weekend mornings too. They do savory cream of wheat too.

Christina (Dinner at Christina's) March 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Thanks for sharing your Friday Firsts! I haven’t tried savory oats before, but I think I’d like them. I’m much more of a savory breakfast eater than sweet. Give me cheese and sausage anyday over whipped cream on pancakes! hehe

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