The easiest Overnight Oats recipe you’ll ever find!

Hey, everyone! Without further adieux, I’m thrilled to report that the needle has finally moved! Drum roll please — today’s weigh-in:

196.0

Now that’s pretty cool, right? Three whoppin’ pounds down since last week’s near-200 squeaker!

Yes, in addition to (and perhaps even related to) my weight loss, I’ve also made a major life decision!


Well duh, but you already figured that out, right? No, the other big life decision is, I’m a vegan (again!)!

And this makes — let’s see — oh geez, at least the third time I’ve tried it during my lifetime. Back in the ’80s I lived for a while under the influence of some hipsters (well, they seemed hip at the time) who were granola-munching vegetarians.

But once I moved out and got my own place, I went right back to the hard stuff!

Then in the early part of the century (the current one!), shortly after my marriage to the longsuffering Mr. 50by60, I tried it again. On the one hand, it helped that, as a pierogi-munching Byzantine Catholic, he knew some good vegan recipes, since Eastern Catholics, as well as their estranged cousins, the Orthodox, go semi-vegan twice a year.

But it was really hard to find good meat and cheese substitutes back then, in the Dark Ages, P.D. (Pre-Daiya)! And after a long, arduous Amtrak train trip when Mr. 50’s menu featured luscious, well-cooked pasta with cheese, chicken, salmon, etc. and my vegan option was basically “yellow fake meat patty with rice” meal after meal after meal … I broke!

Yeah, I went back to the yummy dead animal carcasses and excretions! But long blog post even longer, two weeks ago I read Jonathan Safran Foer‘s new book, Eating Animals, and by the time I finished, I was done — and I done gone vegan again!

Well, not quite — there’s still that Overnight Oats recipe I promised in the title! See, I love oatmeal, but as we all know, as good as it is for you, it also has loads of calories! I decided to try this Overnight Oats thing I kept hearing about, but every recipe I found seemed to have a long list of ingredients, which always irritates me. Just give me the basic concept, and let me figure it out from there!

And the fact is, making oatmeal overnight is easy peasy lemon squeezy — although I don’t recommend adding lemon!

No, the basic and EASIEST O.O. recipe is the concept behind it! Basically, you just take one serving of oatmeal — say 1/4th of a cup — and put it into some kind of container, with a lid. THEN you add water — when I made it the other day, I put 3/4s of a cup. And THEN — you put the lid on the container, stick it in the fridge, and sleep the sleep of the just!

When you wake up in the morning and go check your container, you’ll be thrilled to find that science has, once again, proved correct, and that OATS plus WATER plus TIME equals an EXPANDED container of oatmeal which should last you for a few days!

Now, as Mr. 50by60 pointed out, it’ll be cold from being in the fridge, but you can easily just dollop out the amount you plan to eat and heat it up in the microwave or on the stovetop. That’s also a great time to add in your plant butter, sugar, etc. (Remember, though, even though sugar is “plant-based,” that doesn’t mean it’s suddenly become your best friend! Use it with caution!)

So there ya go (pant pant), a super long blog post with a somewhat anticlimactic sort-of recipe at the end, but y’know, you’re not paying for this so go complain elsewhere, ‘kay?

Ooh, sorry ’bout that! Well, that’s what happens when I don’t have my cofveve before blogging! I’ll do better next week, promise! Meantime, have a FANTABULOUS week, and remember — 2020’s almost OVER!!

A few Friday quickies!

When I started this blog, I imagined writing long posts, maybe (in my incredible optimism) even one per day.

Well, rather than wait for inspiration to strike, today I’m going to emulate Amy Welborn’s weekly “7 Quick Takes” over at Charlotte was Both, and just do a post with a few short, pithy* observations, comments, and whatnot.

  1. Happy first day of Fall! Yes, the leaves have started turning gorgeous colors (even out here in Southern California); the temperatures have been dropping (57 degrees Fahrenheit this morning, brr!!); and most importantly, the Christmas decorations are showing up at the drugstores. So we know it’s coming, right? The dreaded Holiday Season (aaughh!!) which causes so much angst to so many (and not just us dieters!).

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    But be of good cheer – one of the advantages of getting older is that time seems to pass a lot more quickly. Before you know it, it’ll be Spring again (aaughh!!).

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  2. In Praise of Fake Foods: Again, I was gonna do a whole blog post on this, and in fact, maybe I will, in the future. But yesterday I had a couple of completely fake slices of “vegan cheese,” and I just have to say, they were actually not too bad. A little oily-tasting (engine, not vegetable), but there was enough of a hint of a taste of actual cheese in it to satisfy my Cheese Lust, for a few minutes, anyway. So yay fake cheese, I guess (but not for too much longer!).
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  3. My husband is freaking out, on an almost daily basis, about the fact that our venerable old Weight Watchers digital scale (which, I’d like to point out, HE selected and purchased) is slightly inaccurate. Actually, it’s INCREDIBLY inaccurate. And not in a good way, like the even older analog scale which it replaced, which you could easily readjust (downwards) by sliding the little metal lever at the back just a li-t-t-l-e bit to the right. No, this one goes UP by two or three pounds, within a matter of seconds. I keep telling him to just do the weigh-yourself-every-day-and-only-count-the-average method, and he says he does, but he still freaks out. I sense some new scales in our future.

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  4. I’m doing pretty well with my exercise promises. This week, I did nice long walks (at least 30 minutes) on Tuesday and Thursday, and plan to do another one tomorrow (Saturday), for my bare minimum of three days a week. Now, I know a lot of fitness gurus out there say we should be doing this kind of thing every day. Well, I don’t know about you, but most of my “keeping commitments” energy is spent on remembering to brush and floss every day. So exercising three days a week isn’t too shabby, if you ask me!

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  5. Right now, I’m cooking a really yummy-smelling lunch: no-egg-yolk pasta, topped with just a sprinkling of cheese (the real, non-crankcase kind!), tuna, frozen veggies, and lots and lots and LOTS of garlic and onion powder. Mmm! (And yeah, I’ll definitely be brushing and flossing afterwards!)

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OK, that’s it – my Friday Five! Hope your first day of Fall is a scintillating one. (Dare I say it might be a good time to turn over a new leaf? Hee hee!)

(*watch your pronunciation there!)