Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Cathy G.!

Hey, oatmeal lovers. I know, I’ve been absent a few weeks. As always, I blame it on lots of cloudy days and an inadequate camera. Thankfully, today I can introduce you to Cathy, whom you recognize thanks to her guest recipes, Cherry Chili Brownie Baked Oatmeal, Vegan Scrambled Eggs Oatmeal, and Cinnamon-Tahini Icing. I can’t believe she hasn’t been an Enthusiast yet, but that problem is solved today!

Hi!

My name is Cathy (well, it’s Kasia in reality but on the Internet I’m known as @cathyhope9).

Lauren has honored me with the title of Oatmeal Enthusiast of May 2017 and I’m proud to be included in such a noble group of oatmeal lovers!

I’m a 22-year-old Chemistry student from Poland. I discovered oatmeal about three years ago and I quickly got addicted to it! Now I need my cup of oats daily!

I never had oatmeal for breakfast until I started college. I got interested in working out, eating clean and being fit. I learned about overnight oats, and I made them only with Greek yoghurt and banana. My classes started early, so having ready-to-eat breakfast in the fridge was perfect solution. On weekends I made stove-top oatmeal with apples (and with water! I was vegetarian but I hated cow’s milk). I discovered that when I don’t eat yoghurt, my face is clearer so I cut down on dairy. I found out about veganism and made slow transition to plant-based lifestyle. (My mom threatened me that she will stop cooking for me if I ever go vegan, but she still cooks for me.) I’ve never had vegan overnight oats! (And I need to change that soon!)

My favourite type of oatmeal is definitely baked oatmeal. I can have it only when I’m at home (because we don’t have an oven in dorm) and it makes it very special breakfast I impatiently look forward to. I learned about baked oatmeal from Jasmin (@jasmin.clean.eat) whom I “met” on fitness app. She shared a recipe with me and I fell in love with baked oatmeal from the first bite 😉

I don’t remember how I found The Oatmeal Artist blog or how or who recommended me it but I’ve been a faithful reader since then. I learned so many useful tricks from Lauren, like segmenting orange, mixing PB2 with fork…. I read about soaking oats before cooking on the blog. Lauren’s imagination and creativity has no limits and I have never been disappointed in any of her recipes.

I eat oatmeal everyday, before classes, before working out, I ate oatmeal before running my first half marathon! When I can’t eat oatmeal, like when I don’t have access to kitchen, when I’m travelling, I start missing my oats very quickly.  Need proof that I’m an oatmeal lover? Some time ago I bought new shoes and a 2-kilogram bag of oats on sale and guess what made me more excited? Of course oats!

Day 1

It was Palm Sunday (that’s why I pictured my palm with my oatmeal) and for breakfast I had oatmeal with the best plant based milk I’ve ever had: rice-coconut milk (It was so delicious that I drank it straight from the carton and when I used it for oatmeal, I didn’t add any spices because I didn’t want to mask its flavour) and grapes.


Day 2

On Monday I made Orange-Sweet Potatoes Oatmeal and topped it with walnuts. I think my roommate has gotten used to the fact that I add potatoes to oatmeal 😉 She was very surprised with my food choices when we moved in together 😉

Day 3

Tuesdays are very tough days. I have classes from 9am until 5pm with only one short break so I need breakfast to fill me up for long time. I made oatmeal I call “Root Vegetables” Oatmeal (with sweet potato, parsnip and carrot) and added some apple, raisins and pepitas.

Day 4

This is what I call “Dump Oatmeal.” I made it on a day when I went home for Easter break and had to use as much of my fruits as I could. There were apples, oranges, banana kiwi, grapes and nuts. Honestly, this is the oatmeal I usually do, I don’t follow any recipe, I just throw whatever fruit I feel like eating.

Day 5

First morning back at home means one thing: baked oatmeal. I couldn’t decide what fruits I wanted to put into my oatmeal… so I added everything: pear, grapes, frozen pineapple and frozen plums. I love having a supply of frozen fruits. That way I can feel like it’s summer when there’s snow outside!

Day 6, 1 & 2

Yes, you see right: I ate two different bowls of oatmeal on Saturday 🙂 One was Orange Rhubarb Oatmeal with Orange PB2 (that I had to make perfect for “Spring” Oatmeal contest) and Mango-poppyseed Oatmeal that was inspired by my friend Jasmin’s (jasmin.clean.eat) picture on Instagram. I love mango and poppyseed so I fell in love with Jasmin’s idea and had to try it. The combo is perfect! I topped it with blackstrap molasses.

Day 7

This baked oatmeal is a combo of Lauren’s Coconut Banana Baked Oatmeal and Lemon Lover’s  Baked Oatmeal. It was delicious! I think lemons are very underestimated fruit in oatmeal! (TOA: I AGREE!!!!)

Thank you Lauren for giving me a chance to write this post and  I hope you enjoyed it!

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master’s degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.


2 Responses to Oatmeal Enthusiasts: Meet Cathy G.!

  1. Christine says:

    Great post, Cathy! Your pictures are beautiful. I’d love to see your recipe for Orange PB2. I’ve been really into Lauren’s PB2 recipes lately. They’re versatile as toppings for other breakfast foods too, such as pancakes.

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