o’er the land of the oats

i had the best dinner last night. i have a horrible cold right now, and have been feeling so gross lately. (so sad to be sick on the 4th of july!) i thought i wasn’t in the mood for anything last night, but somehow i managed to make a delicious meal that i never wanted to end! soup is always good for the soul, isn’t it?

in the bowl on the left is mashed cauliflower (steamed cf blended with a little bit of plain unsweetened soy milk, sea salt, and black pepper) with cinnamon abu and picked ginger slices. i made this abu with unsweetened almond milk, and it was so good! i thought i didn’t like almond milk, but i guess that’s only when i drink it on its own. in smoothies and other things, it’s really good! this was my first time making mashed cauliflower. don’t ask why, because i truly don’t know. how have i lived 18 years without it?! and with abu and ginger…mmmm, mmmm, mmmm. no words.


i feel like my meals always looks so huge in pictures. when i’m actually eating, my portions seem pretty normal to me. and hey, even if my meals are kind of big sometimes, a vegan’s gotta eat! anyway, in the bowl on the left is a fantastic and super easy-to-make soup. the broth was simply vegetable broth with a little bit of soy sauce, some cayenne pepper, and a dash or two of sea salt. resting in this lovely broth are buckwheat soba noodles and arame! oh, how i love arame. katie, you like? 🙂

strawberries have been so beautiful lately. i love when they’re really dark red and juicy. time to backtrack to yesterday’s breakfast.


1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, raisins, chopped strawberries, 1 scoop peanut butter, some more chopped strawbs on top for prettiness, a glass of rice milk

as for this celebratory july morning, i made a special bowl of oatmeal. very, very special. it’s definitely going down as one of the yummiest and prettiest bowls of oatmeal i’ve ever had! and i have high oatmeal standards, so you know that this bowl must have been really amazing. take a look at…



1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup water, banana slices, fresh blueberries, a little bit of stevia, ground ginger root, special strawberry sauce, 1 spoonful cacao bliss

i guess it was actually pink, white, and blue…but the effort was there! this strawberry sauce was the simplest thing to make. i just blended a few strawberries with a little bit of unsweetened almond milk and a few sprinkles of stevia. so healthy (because the whole fruit goes into the sauce, not just the juice) and so delicious! you can’t see the all the blueberries and banana slices in the photo, since the strawberry sauce spread all over the place like it owned the bowl. there’s one little bloob peaking out there in the middle, though! how cute. when adding sliced banana to oatmeal, i highly suggest cooking it in the oatmeal instead of adding it in at the end. when banana cooks, it gets that heavenly bananas foster-y flavor. yum. today’s breakfast was absolute perfection. happy, happy, HAPPY birthday america! and thank you for inspiring this red, white, and blue oatmeal. i really do live in the land of the oats, don’t i?

i hope everyone has a happy 4th of july filled with fun fireworks, good food, and good people!


11 Responses to “o’er the land of the oats”

  1. Chocolate-Covered Katie Says:

    OMG I *just* made arame salad today! No joke!

    (And don’t worry; you know how huge my meals are! Gotta love huge meals.)

  2. Mitri Says:

    Ahhh!!! I love that red, white ‘n blue oatmeal. Supah creative 🙂

    Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Shelby Says:

    Mmm, love the oatmeal!!

  4. Meg Says:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE your celebratory red white & blue oats – so cute and creative 🙂 What kind of special strawberry sauce is that and where the heck can I get some?! 😛 Haha it looks SO good, and summery!

    Enjoy your 4th!


  5. Jenny Says:

    m’mm soup is the perfect comfort food when we’re not feeling great !! hope you get well soon and enjoy a very happy 4th of July holiday :)! xo

  6. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope Says:

    AWw, well I hope that delicious soup made you feel better! I hate being sick on holidays too! Hope you feel better soon!

    Love the *pink*, white, and blue oats. So patriotic! 😉


  7. psychoj1 Says:

    Sorry to hear your sick. I’m sick as well 😦

    Love your eats. Red, white, and blue oats is so cute!
    ❤ jess

  8. broccolihut Says:

    Hmmm you’re making me think I should give mashed cauliflower another try. My attempts in the past have been quite disappointing. Any tips?

  9. Emily Says:

    Sorry you aren’t feeling well, but I’m glad you had a delish dinner. I have never tried mashed cauliflower but it sounds really good, especially with almond butter.

    Love your pretty oats, too. So patriotic!

  10. makingmymove Says:

    hey love! thanks for adding me to your blogroll, you’re officially on mine too — we oatmeal lovers need to stick together! that’s a fabulous bowl by the way 😉

    hope you had a fabulous weekend!!

  11. Neela Marijana Says:

    aww you’re too cute. love the blue,red white oatmeal. isn’t oatmeal fantastic. i love how almost everyone in the blogworld comes up with a different unique way of preparing it for themselves 🙂
    love it
    have a great week beautiful

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