Blend Me Up, Scotty

First – I apologize in advance if my posts today aren’t super cheerful or funny.

My mom went back to the ER last night with symptoms that sounded (to me) like a heart attack. Apparently, all her bloodwork so far is normal, but she is going to have a stress test done sometime this morning, so we’ll be waiting all day for those results. Any prayers/good thoughts are welcome!  I love you Mom!!! Watch some FoodNetwork for me today  :) Hi Dad, Mammaw, and Melissa! Give her a hug from me  :)

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This morning was my first experience with blended grains. When I made the chicken barley chili the other night, I had about 1/3 cup dry barley left, so I just went ahead and cooked it that night for later this week. This morning, I decided to use Katie’s Almond Joy Oatmeal as my inspriation, making substitutions for what I had.

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Um…what have I been missing out on? Look at that creamy deliciousness.

Here is what I ended up using:

  • 3/4 cup cooked barley
  • 2 Tbsp oat bran, cooked in microwave with 1/2 banana
  • about 2 Tbsp leftover cooked sweet potato
  • splash of milk
  • salt
  • cinnamon!
  • about 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp mini chocolate chips

I cooked the oat bran/banana for 1:30 in the microwave, heated up the barley and sweet potato and put that all in the blender with a little milk.

Dump into bowl, add cinnamon, pinch of salt, and  top with almonds and chocolate chips  :)

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The only problem? I don’t have a VitaMix, and I don’t think my regular ol’ blender would be happy doing this every day. It was still super tasty, though!

I just had a cup of water with my breakfast this morning, since I was bringing a green smoothie with me to work.

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I had about 1/2 cup of coffee this morning before switching over to this, which is what I’m having right now:

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I didn’t take a full on shot of this one – it’s not the beautiful green color, but it sure is tasty!

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • about 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 2-3 cups kale
  • 1 tsp flaxseed

Back to work I go – at least it’s Thursday! AND the last Thursday of WINTER!!!

And Let’s Go Hokies!  What a great game last night – I missed most of LOST because of the double over time, but how exciting.

9 Responses to “Blend Me Up, Scotty”

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    Chocolate-Covered Katie — March 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Oh Brandi, it looks AMAZING! Yuuuuuuumm!

    I’m definitely keeping your mom and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I’m praying that her stress test results are as good as her blood tests.

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    VeggieGirl — March 19, 2009 at 10:17 am

    INCREDIBLE breakfast!!

    Brandi, you KNOW that I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything will be alright. Hang in there.

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    Danielle — March 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

    So sorry about your mom! I hope she gets better quickly! I’ll be praying for your mom and your family!

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    Becca A — March 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I’ve got your mom, you, and your family in my thoughts! Hope all is ok!

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    verbalriot — March 19, 2009 at 10:53 am

    sorry about your mom, best wishes for her to get better!!!

    I’d love to mix barley with oatmeal and oat bran for a healthy breakfast. Barley is a staple of the Eastern European diet but it’s usually eaten as a side, not as a breakfast.

    And watch LOST online today, it was SO GOOD!

    have a great day!

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    fitforfree — March 19, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Bran — I’ll be thinking of you and your mom; please let us know when you hear back about the stress test!!

    and um, AMAZING oatmeal!

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    Yasmin — March 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    So sorry about your mom! Thoughts and prayers with her!

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    Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday — March 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    HUGS to you, my friend. I am thinking of you and your family today.

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    Sarah — March 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    mmmmm almond joy blended barley … YUMMMMMMM. i need to go restock on grains asap!

    i’m thinking of your mom — i hope the stress test goes ok and that they can figure out what’s up. waiting’s so hard!

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