Ok, I admit it…I have become quite the foodie lately. I have had a lot more free time on my hands since I graduated college, and I have tried numerous amounts of recipes and become quite adventurous with my taste … Continue reading
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A friend of mine blogs for her career while living in England and she constantly posts pictures of her overnight oats on her Instagram and blog. I had never heard of them until I saw her post it months ago, and I decided to finally try it myself. I probably should have tried her recipe that she posted on her blog Love and London, however, I just Googled a random simple recipe that included ingredients I already had.
The recipe which I found online, was a Strawberry-Coconut Overnight Oats recipe, and I changed up a few ingredients. Instead of using Almond Milk, I used Soy Milk and I also didn’t add maple syrup, which probably should have been added. I also had read several other recipes which had greek yogurt in it, so I added that as well to this recipe.
I doubled the recipe on most ingredients, and added more strawberries. When I ate it in the morning, I didn’t think it had as much flavor as I had hoped it would. I would recommend using a flavored greek yogurt if you want more flavor, as this was pretty bland. Many people also think you are supposed to heat up the overnight oats, but you don’t cook anything!
What I used:
- 1 Cup Greek Yogurt
- Handful of freshly cut strawberries
- 1 Cup of Steel Cut Oats
- Sprinkle of Chia Seeds
- Splash of Soy Milk
Mix it all together, and stick in the fridge overnight. Again, I would recommend adding more fruit, a flavored greek yogurt, or nuts. Or, try one of my friend’s recipes such as the one listed on her blog Love and London.
So this past weekend was the kick off to strawberry season in Wisconsin, and my mom and I decided to jump on the bandwagon and enjoy the gorgeous day to go strawberry picking! There are quite a few farms in the Milwaukee area where you can pick from. Anyone from Wisconsin looking for a good place to pick? Just look on this website for locations and details!
With all of these strawberries, I had no idea what to do with them all other than head to Pinterest for some ideas! My mom made some strawberry pie and I made Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria, which I learned how to make last year and have made several times since I posted about it before (view the post & recipe link).
I froze a ton of them for smoothies, brought some into work, and still felt like they weren’t disappearing! So I made strawberry basil lemonade which I found on Pinterest with this recipe. SO AMAZING!
Tips & Hints:
- Instead of just throwing the basil leaves and strawberries into the lemonade mixture, I threw the basil and strawberries into my blender to create a puree
- The finished product was a bit sour for me, so I added more water to it!
- The taste of strawberry and basil combined is unimaginable, and so much better than I expected. In fact, I plan on making strawberry basil cupcakes tomorrow! (Stay tuned for that post!)
- Make sure you mix well and serve over ice!
- Stays good for several days too!
Original Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/152840981075429921/
I don’t own a panini pan at school, so this recipe is just as easy in a pan. For some reason, the link on Pinterest doesn’t open the actual recipe, so I googled it. You can do it with any kind of fruit. Here is the recipe and instructions via stove top:
- Fresh strawberries (or any fruit)
- Two slices of bread
- Cream Cheese (softened in the microwave for about 25 seconds before)
Butter one side of each slice of bread. Put the cream cheese on the non-buttered sides and place fruit on top. Put the slices of bread together and cook it on the stove top like you were for a grilled cheese. Cook until lightly browned, and enjoy!