Oatmeal – “Chopped” Style

Slow cooker oatmeal with goji berries, shredded coconut and hulled hempseedMy brother thinks that the producers for the Food Network show “Chopped” come up with the basket ingredients just before a snow storm.  They just go to the supermarket and buy whatever is left on the shelf.

There is no snow in the forecast, but I decided to do my own “Chopped” style meal, oatmeal, in the slow cooker.

I picked my ingredients up in the bulk food section of Whole Foods:

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup dired goji berries

1/4 cup hulled hemp seed

Add that to my usual ingredients as follows:

1 cup steel cut oat groats

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

3 cups water

Grease the inside of the crockpot.  I find that butter works best.  Set it all up on Saturday night, let it cook overnight (make sure you wake up and turn it off after five or six hours) and wake up to a great meal.

Of the three random ingredients, the coconut was the most pronounced flavor.

I count this one as a success.  Try it and see.

Review – Killer Beef Kebabs from RealFoodbyDad

First weekend of the football season and we kicked it off with this recipe for beef kebabs from RealFoodbyDad.com.


I only did a couple of things differently:

  1. I did mine with more steak – 1 3/4 lb to be exact.  I marinated mine overnight.
  2. I used three peppers, a pint of grape tomatoes, two zucchinis and a red onion.  This was more than enough vegetables as we had some leftover to be grilled the next day.

I ended up with 11 kebabs.

They were awesome.

Highly recommended!

Review – Turkey Burger Kebabs From Health Nut Nation – September 5, 2015

We tried this one today – hamburger kebabs from Healthnutnation.com.

She’s got some great recipes and some great videos.  You should check it out.  We made ours with ground turkey instead of ground beef.  Also, we used a red onion.

IMG_2712I was concerned that the meatballs would fall off of the skewers so I was careful not to try to turn them too early.  It worked out fine, everything held together.


Served with refried beans and grilled asparagus and the meal was a big hit.IMG_2709


I’ll definitely be having this one again but with ground beef next time.  The turkey came out a bit dry (or maybe overcooked).


Burgers without the bun is the way to go!