A big, green surprise

You can call me weird (Abigail already has), but I prefer cold oats to warm ones any day — even on chilly winter mornings.

The basic mix is 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats and 1 cup milk. (I use almond milk.) Then you add nuts, dried fruit, nut butter, chocolate chips … pretty much any mix-ins you’d like. (One delicious trick is to make your oats in an almost-empty nut butter jar.)

I like the simplicity: You prep the bowl the night before, and it’s ready to eat when you get up. And the flavor is fantastic, especially when you make them in that nut butter jar I mentioned.

Another thing I’ve discovered I just might prefer cold: Green beans.

Color me surprised!

Not all green beans are cut out for cold consumption, though. Canned ones still taste better piping hot.

Roasted green beans, however, are actually more appealing cold, I think.

How did I discover this, you ask?

I was at the Boyfriend’s Sunday and Monday. Because Monday was the first day of the Elf for Health online challenge I’m participating in, I planned ahead and took some food with me. The day’s challenge was to go meatless, so I packed a veggie burger, baked sweet potato topped with butter and nut butter, a can of high-fiber minestrone, a bowl of prepped oats, some pineapple and a bowl of green beans I’d roasted up Sunday morning.

My recipe for the beans, based on the one in Robb Wolf’s Paleo Diet Solution, is super simple: One bag of green beans, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Roast at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.

When we left the Boyfriend’s place Monday morning, I wasn’t sure how long we’d be gone. Having gone to the Girl Scouts school of prep — “Be prepared” — I packed snacks. I wasn’t about to botch the challenge on Day One, by golly.

I didn’t count on getting hungry while he was giving a tennis lesson. There was, of course, no microwave in sight.

It didn’t matter. I was hungry enough to … well, to eat cold green beans. I figured a few would take the edge off until we could get to Wendy’s where I could get some fries and a salad or something.

They’ll do when I’m on the run without access to a microwave.

I cracked open the container and started chowing down.

Surprise: I didn’t want to stop after eating just a few of those beans. The garlic flavor was nice (much better than the rosemary the original recipe called for) and the beans still had some snap.

Actually, I heated up rest of the beans at dinnertime Tuesday — and discovered they tasted better cold. And when I tweeted about eating — gasp! — cold green beans, one of my health-minded friends said that’s the way she always ate them.

That means if I’m weird, I’m certainly not the only one! 😀

How about you, chicks and roosters? Do you eat anything other people think is strange?



5 thoughts on “A big, green surprise

  1. Okay. You didn’t qualify your cold oat eating with additions. I take my oatmeal straight up. Nothing in it but water.

    Still, though… before I nuked it yesterday (I make a crock pot full and eat it for breakfast during the week), I tried some of it cold. It was just as yucky as I thought it would be. 🙂

    The green beans sound delish, though.

  2. OMG! A co-worker asked me this week if I’ve ever eaten uncooked oatmeal. I didn’t know that it could be eaten that way. How she described it is similar to what you described in the opening and she said it’s the German way of eating oatmeal. Personally, I prefer the old-fashioned Irish way. 🙂

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