Today was a picture perfect fall day. Temperatures were in the high 60’s to low 70’s, there was a nice breeze and the sun was shining brightly. Today was one of those days where I am so happy to live where I live and enjoy a day like this. I don’t want fall to end!
I know the cold harsh winter is on its way (No!), but until then, I tend to cherish every moment of this beautiful fall weather. Today I celebrated by going on a challenging bike ride. I’m swapping one of my run days for biking in effort to heal my injured ankle. Speaking of the ankle, after a couple trips to the wonderful Dr. Kari, it has been determined that it is not my tendon but my ligaments. Good news: it’s not going to kill me and I will be able to do the half marathon in 4 weeks (OMG!). Bad news: ligaments take longer to heal than tendons. Hence, the bike. It was a fabulous day for a ride! In fact, I didn’t once wish I was running. It was nice to have a change of pace and just go all out on the bike.
I digress. Back to fall. Fall is by far my favorite season. I love the weather, the leaves, and the food that comes along with it. I’m a big fan of soups, stews, and anything warm and comforting that I can eat while wearing cozy pants.
One of my favorite ingredients during the fall months (heck, all year really) is pumpkin. I love everything about pumpkin …. well, except one thing. Pie. I really do not like pumpkin pie. I’m not sure why as I love everything else with pumpkin in it. One of those quirky things about me.
Currently, I’ve been enjoying pumpkin oatmeal. As you may know, I’m a big fan of oatmeal. The pumpkin version of oatmeal is super easy and such a treat. It screams fall. Please try it. It’ll make you a believer.
Pumpkin Oatmeal for One
Note: You can do this either on the stove top or in the microwave. If I use the microwave, I opt for quick cooking oats and if I’m using the stove top, I use regular rolled oats.
1/2 cup oats (quick cooking or regular are both fine)
3/4 cups water
1/3 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling). I use Libby’s, but you can use any kind you fancy.
1/4 cup milk (cow, soy or almond)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp. maple syrup or brown sugar (Honey, agave, or plain sugar are fine too. Maple Syrup is my favorite.)
Combine oats and water and cook in a large bowl (so it doesn’t boil over) and microwave for 1 minute. Add pumpkin and milk and cook for another minute or until it is at desired consistency. Add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and syrup and any additional toppings. Enjoy!
Combine oats and water and cook over low heat until most of the water is absorbed, stirring often. Add pumpkin and milk and cook until it is at desired consistency (about 3-5 minutes). Pour into a bowl and add spice and syrup and any additional add-toppings. Enjoy!
To jazz it up even more, try topping your oats with one or more of the following:
- toasted walnuts, pecans or other nut of choice
- flax seeds or chia seeds (my latest obsession)
- a dollop of greek yogurt or more milk
- dried cranberries
- banana slices
Question: What are you excited to eat now that it’s fall? Any fall recipes you’d like to see?