In honor of MoFo, I've been a member of the vegan club for the month of November. I'm usually an ovo-lacto veggie, but I decided to ditch the dairy and eggs for the past couple of weeks. Except for Thursday and Friday. We already had the traditional dinner a few Sundays ago; my husband and my mom are both out of town, and I had no plans since my trip north fell through last week. So I got together with my brother for what basically boiled down to a festival of all our favorite junk foods. I fell off the wagon for Thanksgiving. And I hit the ground. Hard.
It's funny - I didn't notice any wonderful effects from giving up the remaining animal products in my diet. I wasn't filled with supernatural energy or bathed in golden, heavenly light. But now that I've had two days of eating mozzarella sticks, cheese pizza, and untold other whey and casein infested disgusting things, I realize that I must have cleaned out my body during the vegan-thon. 'Cause I sure feel like logey, tired, bad-tempered crap now.
So there it is, everyone - more proof that a vegan diet is good! Or that cheese is bad. Or maybe both - I'm no scientist :)
I got back on track today. And I have to say, the bowl of oatmeal I had for breakfast this morning tasted better than anything I scarfed on Thursday afternoon.
Of course, the toasted fresh Georgia pecans, Earth Balance, and Sucanat toppings might have helped with that.
The only thing of note about this particular repast was how I made it. I bought a Crockpot Little Dipper to heat gravy for the big dinner. I remembered seeing a mention in the Amazon reviews of a guy who made overnight oatmeal in his. I tried his formula, and it worked like a charm. A third cup of steel-cut oats, a pinch of salt, whatever spice(s) you like, and a cup of water poured over the works. I set a timer to have it cook for six hours overnight. The oats came out nice and thick (you'll want to add more water if you like yours a little looser). The only drawback: the Little Dipper was a crusty mess. The remains came out after a few hours of cold-water soaking, but if you're an "everything must be clean NOW!" type, it will drive you nuts.
Mmmm.... more oatmeal with nuts, please.