Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Lazy RV Chef

Have I ever mentioned that I am a lazy chef?  Oh, yes, sometimes I am an inspired cook.  But, at other times I definitely am a very lazy cook.  At times it matches my mood.  A grey mood, leads to times when I just can't think of a thing to fix.  At other times I thrive on fixing new recipes and trying new foods or techniques.

Since, I have been planning my getaway, I have been exploring cooking techniques that are effective for RV cooking.  If you are new to my blog you will want to check out my Thermal Cooker.  http://avintagerollingstone.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-comes-early.html  I am loving my Saratoga Thermal Cooker and it fits perfectly for my kind of RV living.

I like breakfast, but I don't always like to cook breakfast.  I often would be happy with just coffee in the morning but by 10:00 or 11:00 will have the coffee jitters and would eat just about anything, including all kinds of things not good for my body.

Last month I found another way to make oatmeal on a blog.
This way to fix oatmeal has been around for a long time.  Some people call it summer porridge or cold oatmeal.  I just call it yummy!

First of all, there is no cooking involved.
Second, it is made the night before, perfect for the lazy cook!
Lastly, there are all kinds of yummy flavors.

The blog has all kinds of yummy flavors to experiment with to help get you started.  I have found several favorites.  It also shows step by step recipes with wonderful pictures.

ch-ch-ch-CHIA seeds.  I have included chia seeds in my refrigerator oatmeal and they are wonderful and good for you!.  I ordered the seeds from amazon.   Here is some info about Chia seeds:
  • have more Omega 3 fatty acids than flax seed (important for heart health)
  • are the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 (better than salmon)
  • absorb 10 times their weight in water and transform into a gel-like substance--great for athletes for maintaining hydration and helps with weight loss by making you feel full longer
  • are as high in protein as quinoa

I have also ordered the PB2 and it will be wonderful for boondocking as it will not go rancid in higher heat
       (What is PB2? I recently discovered this amazing powdered peanut butter. It's simply peanut butter with 85% of the fat removed. With all of the flavor and protein of regular peanut butter, PB2 is recommended as a great way to reduce calories in all of your favorite peanut butter recipes. It's available at some Whole Foods and health food stores, and on Amazon, click here. )

 When I've first been to the grocery store and have lots of fresh fruits to use I certainly use them in these recipes.  I have also found the single serving portions of fruit that require no refrigeration to be perfect for making this no-cook oatmeal.  How perfect for stretching the menu when boondocking. 

I adore the chocolate banana with swirls of peanut butter in it.....I call it Chunky Monkey.
Can you say dessert for breakfast!
I love the raspberry made with my homemade raspberry jam and the Chunky Applesauce with Cinnamon.
And the latest I've created is, Pumpkin Pie Oh My, made with canned pumpkin and the powdered peanut butter.

I can't wait to create some new concoctions to try.

I know it's not rocket science but it fits perfect in my RV style of living.



  1. Those all sound very yummy. I love breakfast!

  2. You're not going to grown that green chia "hair" all over your head are you?!?! I never thought about cold oatmeal or dried p-nut butter. Food for thought, so to speak.

  3. Same seeds.... who knew???? These recipes are definitely in the try it.... you will like it category! I will have to admit to a healthy (pardon the pun) dose of skepticism. My first jar was made without the chia seeds. I have really grown to like these morning adventures and it will be awesome on the road. Takes about 2 minutes to put together before I go to bed and presto.... it is ready when I am in the morning.

  4. Me too. A sometimes cook who if hungry and lazy will grab less nutritious things for breakfast. Great post.

  5. sounds kinda weird and healthy to me! But it is worth a try. You never cease to amaze me with what you find.