Oatmeal and Greek Yogurt BOWLS, anyone?

So, if you read my blog, you know my love/hate relationship with oatmeal. Growing up, almost every morning my dad made oatmeal for us kids. Honestly, I did not start back eating it again until I got in my thirties and now with a bit of culinary experience under my belt, it is one of the most exciting ingredients I love to work with. Exciting, oatmeal is not exciting you say? Give me a few minutes of your time and we will explore the possibilities together.

Now, this Greek yogurt thing came about when I wanted to add more protein to my diet. You see Greek yogurt is creamy and if you use the non-fat, original flavor, you can make it taste like whatever you want, besides it is loaded with happy tummy probiotics. I have had so much fun creating this wonderful Oatmeal and Greek Yogurt combinations. Allow your imagination to run wild. I promise you this, you will never look at oatmeal and Greek yogurt the same again and as always remember to Set the Table with Love.

I used Organic Rolled Oats, Quick Oats and Steel Cut Oats and non-fat Greek Yogurt for the yogurt bowls below, so follow the directions on the package. TIP: I always make my oatmeal with oat milk instead of water, it makes it more creamier. ENJOY! Remember to Always Set the Table with Love.

Here are the recipes for the toppings:

Triple Berry Jam

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large heavy pot, combine the berries and sugar; let them sit for 1-2 hours until the sugar has dissolved into the fruit and created a syrup.
  2. Place the pot on the stove top, on to medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low, stirring often until the fruit breaks down and the mixture starts to thicken slightly about 30-35 minutes. Add lemon juice, stir and let cook for another 2-3 minutes. Take the back of wooden spoon, stir the jam, if the back to the spoon leaves a coating, the jam is done. The jam will still have a liquid consistency, but that’s okay, as it cools it will thicken.
  3. Remove the jam from the stove and pour into3. or 4 clean half-pint size glass jars or similar. Add lid securely and cool completely. These will in the refrigerator for 4 weeks and the freezer for 6months, they also make amazing gifts.
  4. To make the blueberry jam, follow this recipe and just substitute for blueberries only.

Banana Fosters

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2  bananas, sliced 
  • 1 cup  light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add sliced bananas and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Lower heat and continue cooking, stirring constantly for 2 more minutes.

OPTION: You can add rum to this recipe if you like, but add it after your 2 minutes of cooking is over and remove it from the stove before adding the alcohol.

GRAND MARNIER WITH CARAMEL GREEN APPLES

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon 
  • 2-3 green apples, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 -2 tablespoon orange juice, use less if you want a thicker sauce and more if you want a thinner sauce.
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

INSTRUCTIONS:

1) In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt.

2) Cut them into quarters and remove the stem, core, and seeds. Cut each quarter into three slices.

3) In a nonstick frying pan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Add the apple slices coat with the melted butter.

3) Sauté the apples until they are brown and turn over on the other side to brown. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mix over top the apples and stir to incorporate the mixture over all the apples slices. Sauté until the other side is brown.

4) When the second side starts to brown, add the orange juice Grand Marnier and stir. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, until the liquid thickens into a sauce. Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit, before serving over over your yogurt and oatmeal. .

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Hi Guys. A little bit about me: The Jewels first, then the Profession: THE JEWELS: I have been married to the love of her life and kidney transplant donor, Joseph for twenty-five years. We have two sons, Julian Bernard thirty -three years old, Tyler nineteen years old and two beautiful grandchildren Naleyla, nine years old and a six-year grandson, Michael Julian. My life mantra is, " No matter what life brings, live your dreams short or long." HERE'S WHAT I KNOW: I understand what life feels like, when you have no idea if you will see your children grow up or never see the face of your grandkids. I was born with kidney disease and battled for almost 40 years until my husband of now, 25 years donated his kidney to me. Living a balance life, physically, mentally and spiritually was never an option for me to entertain. My life depends on it. I wrote this blog to share my journey and maybe touch the lives of those around me. My husband's generosity and the power of the grace of God has given me a second chance at life. I have been in and out of the hospitals all my life, came out of a coma, had multiple surgeries. I understand the importance of a positive mind. I have lost two babies and my mom, brother and grandmother in just months of each other. I want to share inspiration what inspires me to live and enjoy life each day. I have been a devoted yoga and meditation practitioner and a nutrition wellness coach for over 25 years, this was my road to staying as healthy as possible with failing kidneys and all the complications that come with it. I am grateful to share my life with you, through my food, my yoga and meditation practice, and just good old positivity. I hope my posts will bring joy to your heart, soul and tummy. THE PROFESSION: I am the the CEO of B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. I created this company after I finished my studies in Holistic Nutrition and Medicine from Clayton College of Natural Health. B'Tyli Wellness and Beauty Co. is a holistic wellness company specializing in body, mind and spirit alignment, through yoga, nutrition, meditation and organic skin and body care products. I am the author of three books, a healthy lifestyle cookbook, titled, Set the Table with Love, which was named after my blog page and two inspirational mediation books, titled, Living With The Silver Lining and Whispers of Silence. I am also a Health, Wellness and Beauty Expert and has had the honor to share my culinary perspective o Food Network's second season of All-Star Academy food competition for a two month. I have shared my approach to healthy living and eating in both medias of television and radio. She has been featured on Fox 5, Good Day Atlanta, 11 Alive, Atlanta and Company, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as well as radio, V103 and 104.7 The Fish and several magazine publications

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