*This post is sponsored by ViSalus. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Given the fact that I never rarely make the same dinner twice, you will all be shocked to know that I am unwavering when it comes to breakfast.
Seriously, if you even try to think about coming between my english muffin, two tablespoons of peanut butter (and sometimes cookie butter) and I…I will break you. No two ways about it.
You can ask The.Boy., who suggested that I didn’t really need to bring breakfast with me when we vacationed in Florida last year. And, you know, maybe we could “just wing it”.
“JUST WING” the most important meal of the day?!
Ummmm no. Not this girl.
So now I travel with packages of english muffins and those tiny single serving packets of peanut butter that will get through airport security.
And he makes fun of me for it. It’s a thing. But it works for us.
The only problem with this is that in addition to being the most important meal of the day, breakfast is also the best. Pancakes, waffles, eggs of all sorts, breakfast burritos, french toast, oatmeal…I’m not really ready to give all of these up just because I’m a little obsessive compulsive about eating peanut butter every morning.
Solution – breakfast for dinner.
You might have noticed that the majority of my favorite breakfast foods up there are sweet. And..that’s really a no-brainer. Being able to eat dessert for breakfast, breakfast for dinner, and hence dessert for dinner is always a good thing. But sometimes…it leaves you feeling less-than-full, if you know what I mean. The Vi-Shape Shake Mix is perfect for mitigating this. Basically it’s a protein powder blend that is low fat, low sodium, low calorie, low sugar, and lower carb than other brands I’ve seen.
And it actually tastes like cake mix.
Here, I’ve mixed it into some oatmeal that I topped with roasted cherries and a drizzle of a balsamic reduction, leading to a breakfast bowl that is both decadent and totally good for you. The fiber from the oatmeal has some serious staying power while the protein from the Vi-Shape Shake Mix will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
And the roasted cherries on top are just, well…the cherries on top.
Or the icing on the cake-flavored oatmeal.
Delicious, no matter which metaphor you decide to go with.
One year ago…Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto
Three years ago…Spanakorizo and Baked Falafel with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
Four years ago…Spicy Braised Korean Chicken with Potatoes
Roasted Cherries and Cream Oatmeal with Balsamic Drizzle
Serves 2, an Eats Well With Others Original
- 2 cups cherries, pitted
- 3 cups water
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1/4 cup Vi-Shape Shake Mix (or other cream-flavored protein powder)
- drizzle of balsamic reduction or mosto cotto
- Heat oven to 375. Spread cherries on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Heat 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt in a medium pot until boiling. Add in the oats, turn the heat down to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the almond extract and protein powder. Add salt to taste.
- Split oatmeal between two bowls. Top with cherries and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.