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Hardcore Hobbit: Bowl of Oatmeal

According to LOTRO this simple breakfast dish is delicious and satisfying. I’ll say! I had this for breakfast and I’ve been full for hours. I love having a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast on a cloudy morning. Especially when I do it up like this. No boring oatmeal for me. I like to throw as much nutritional num in there as possible. In the game a bowl of oatmeal is made with a bottle of water, honey, and a bunch of oats. As usual I take it a bit further than that. The nuts I put in add this satisfying texture and omega 3. The fruit helps you along with those servings you should be trying to get in each day. Then the fibre! The whole combination to me tastes like a breakfast fruit crumble. Did I mention it is super quick and easy to make? Epic win.

  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce of choice (I like strawberry kiwi unsweetened from Motts)
  • 1 tbl chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Combine the oats, walnuts and water in a bowl. Microwave for 1 1/2 minute on high. Cover and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the applesauce.
  3. Drizzle the honey on top. It will melt and glaze the top. Enjoy!

Serves 1. Contains 230 calories, 6.7 grams fat, 39.5 grams carbs, 6.3 grams fibre, 5.5 grams protein. Remember a solid breakfast helps you fight orcs and cravings later in the day.


Walnut Crunch Cookies

My husband loves maple walnut flavoured ice cream. For me, I have to be in the mood for it. Something about nuts in ice cream has always made me raise an eyebrow. No real reason for it, it just weirds me out…I’m silly ofcourse. Thinking about the flavours themselves though they sound oh so tasty. Especially for a cookie. So, for this week’s Engel game night I made up an attempt. The maple is only a hint but the walnut is definitely there and nummy. From the feedback I have received my husband and our other guy gamer loved these. I call that a win! This recipe is full of tasty whole grain stuff and omega 3’s from those walnuts. Healthy omnoms.

  • 1/4 cup light cooking margarine
  • 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 2 tbl sugar or splenda
  • 2 tbl light molasses
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbl light maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces
  1. In a large bowl combine the margarine, brown sugar, splenda, molasses, egg white, and maple syrup until smooth.
  2. In another bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture.
  4. Stir in the oats and walnut pieces.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Drop teaspoon amounts onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350F. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. You can shape these cookies but it will be messy to do so.

Makes 20 cookies. Each cookie contains 58 calories, 2.8 grams fat, 7.7 grams carbs, 1 gram fibre, and 1.7 gram protein. I have to say these are great with tea, even the not so great tea I was having that night.

Weight Loss Waldorf Imposter

This makes for a nice and easy, yet filling lunch. Lots of fruit and veggie serving potential in this one! We had this for lunch yesterday and even my husband proclaimed it filling. Considering how teenager like his eating has been the past couple of days, that is a huge compliment! He’d better not be pregnant or something. hehe.

This salad is probably closer to the original version by Oscar Tschirky in 1893…being that it doesn’t have grapes. That certainly shouldn’t stop you from adding them if thats your bag. I’m just anti grape for awhile after someone told me a story about folks finding black widow spiders in grapes…then showed me news reports to prove it. I have an issue with spiders…when they are poisonous that issue rises by a factor incalculable by man. Haven’t been able to look at a grape without shuddering since. A side note..in lotro you have to kill really realistic looking spiders, they even crumple up the right way when they die. This too gives me crawlies. Took me forever to complete that spider killing deed I tell you.

I know.

I’m a wuss.

Just eat your tasty salad you big meanie.

  • 1 apple cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 pear cored and cut into chunks
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 2 tbl raisins
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 1/4 cup half the fat mayo
  • 1 tbl lemon juice
  • 1 tbl orange/mango juice (just plain orange works fine too)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tbl toasted chopped walnuts (I’ve had this with raw walnuts too and it remains delicious!)
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions for al dente texture. Rinse under cold water when done.
  2. Combine the mayo, juices, honey, and salt in the serving bowl.
  3. Add the fruit, veggies and pasta to the serving bowl. Stir carefully to combine and coat.
  4. Serve and top with a bit of the walnuts.

Serves 4. Each serving contains 260 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber. This recipe refrigerated nicely for packing to go to work or for having leftovers for a second lunch the next day. Awesome stuff! I like the fact that it was enough to fuel me through an afternoon of crazy errand running without problems. Kept going all the way through to dinner. Wahoo! Definitely a good one to have ingredients on hand for.  I’m considering it for a good picnic lunch someday.