"What if someone ate oatmeal for every meal for a week?" -Alison
"That would be really healthy and affordable," -Sarah
*Prolonged eye contact to show deep consideration of the idea* -Alison
"I'd totally do that with you," -Sarah
...and the Oatmeal Challenge was born. The Oatmeal Challenge is two girls taking a stand for a food that we feel has been the victim of prejudice for years, a food that has been unfairly limited to breakfast when it has all the capabilities of being lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks too. The Oatmeal Challenge is us having an oat meal every meal for a week. This week started Sunday, September 17th, and now this blog post marks the end of the Oatmeal Challenge and the beautiful journey that it was.
In all of our excitement to start the challenge, Sarah happened to misjudge the water measurements and microwave timing of the instant oats. This user error could happen to anyone, especially those who excel at not following directions. Alison went a bit "nuts" with her walnut and peanut butter oatmeal which was a perfect combination of creamy and crunchy to start the morning. This was our Sunday brunch.
|First Oatmeal Fail: No Use Crying over Spilled Oats|
|Alison's Walnut and Peanut Butter Oatmeal|
For our first oat dinner, we had steel cut oats with chicken, carrots, zucchini, and sweet/tangy stir fry sauce in the Asian inspired Stir Fry Oats. In the words of our third roommate, Bailey, "Wow, this is a lot better than I thought it would be. This actually tastes really good!" This came as no surprise to us, the oat enthusiasts.
|Stir Fry Oats|
|Banana 'n' Oats|
|Delicious Meal On the Go|
|Risotto Inspired Oats|
|The Kitchen where Oats Come Alive|
|Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal|
|Chicken, Carrots and Hummus with Steel Cut Oats|
|Oat Crusted Tilapia|
|Peanut Butter and Honey Oatmeal|
|Chicken Fried Rice Inspired Oatmeal|
|A Closer Look: Oooooo Ahhhhh|
|Apples and Peanut Butter with Rolled Oats|
|Half Eaten Oatmeal in a Mug|
|Cheat Day with the Finest of Friends!|
|Peach Pie Oatmeal|
|Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Courtesy of The Corner|
|Oatmeal Crust Pizza|
|Three Slices of Great Tasting Food|
This breakfast burrito bowl inspired oatmeal combined tomatoes, avocado, eggs, green chili, and chicken sausage with steel cut oats. It was a hearty brunch that was full of colors and flavors.
|Breakfast Burrito Bowl Oatmeal|
|Oat Crusted Tilapia|
After this week I feel that oats are even more versatile than I had imagined. Each of these meals I would gladly make and eat again. I look forward to working oats into many more meals in the future. This was definitely a game changer. My advice to others who are thinking about liberating oats from the confines of breakfast is not to let anything hold you back. If you think it might taste good, try it. There are NO LIMITS to where oats can go!
The Oatmeal Challenge exceeded my expectations. I could honestly see myself ordering most of these meals in a restaurant, and I would encourage more people to incorporate oats into more of their meals! After this week, I'm excited to repeat some of these meals again, and I'm sad to say goodbye to a week of oatmeal, partly because there's no food left in my fridge, but also because it was such a fun week!