Plain oatmeal, to be specific. But as I ate my oatmeal this morning, I thought about other foods I like ‘plain.’ Now don’t get me wrong. I like ‘fancy food’ as much as the next person. I have truly been enjoying the food Vicky has made for me this week. Each entree has a long list of ingredients, and each of them is a REAL food, herb, or spice. Things like quinoa citrus something or other–quinoa with orange, lime, jalopeno, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, olive oil, zucchini, and I don’t know what else. YUMM!
But back to my original premise. Last night I read a blogger who was talking about making steel cut oats. And it made me hungry for oatmeal. And honestly, every time I see oatmeal in all its glorious variations on the blogs, I want to eat it. And I have tried a LOT of those variations–pumpkin, peanut butter and jelly, banana nut, blueberry, ‘apple pie’…you get the picture. And every time I ate one of these I thought, I think I like plain oatmeal better. So this morning that is what I made. I did add some raisins, because to my mind that is plain oatmeal–what I grew up eating.
This morning I added some brown sugar, because that is also what I grew up with, and I wanted to enjoy that again. But guess what. It was too sweet. Oooh, I never thought those words would come out of my mouth. I really am trying to add less and less sweetener to my foods, and to enjoy the true flavor of the foods. I guess its working. Anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed my ‘plain’ oatmeal this morning. I thought about all the other foods I like ‘plain.’ I think it has to do with the food I was raised with. I like plain vegetables (yay!) I like plain chicken. I love plain walnuts (I can get carried away with these…) And of course, I like plain oatmeal.
I guess I’m talking to all those ‘picky eaters’ out there who don’t like their food touching other foods. It is okay to enjoy the singular flavor of a plain food. After all, that’s how God created them, right? You don’t have to embrace all the new and unusual food/flavor combinations out there in order to lose weight. It can be done one food at a time. In fact, since learning to eat differently, more healthily, I think I appreciate even more the simple flavor of a single food. Sometimes I crave a big plate of plain zucchini squash, or a really delectable apple.
Go forth and enjoy your weekend. Eat one plain and simple food, and concentrate on really enjoying the flavor of it while you munch.
Do you have a favorite ‘plain’ food?