Today is a day for breakfast and reminders.
It's your day off, afterall. And if you're like me, you're a little lost without your Monday routine. If you're like me, you've also eaten one too many cheeseburgers so far this weekend. Can someone remind me not to eat another tonight?
See, we can all use a few important Memorial Day reminders.
Reminder: Don't walk out to the mailbox today. If you're expecting that pre-cheeseburger-binge bikini you ordered last week, today's not your day.
Reminder: Summer unofficially starts today. You can run through the sprinklers and eat watermelon. You can wear white pants and catch lightning bugs. You can amble through the amusement park with your summer love, hands in each others' back pockets, sharing cotton candy and getting sunburned like 14-year-olds. Unofficially, of course.
Reminder: You will bump into someone you know when you run to the grocery store at 8am for that 'Smores ingredient you forgot to buy. It's inevitable. Either make sure you've brushed your teeth, or don't forget the marshmallows in the first place.
Reminder: It's a barbecue, not Fashion Week in NYC. I'll be sad if you squirt yellow mustard on those crazy 4" wedges (although they sound super cute, and I like your style).
Reminder: Today is meant for slowing down. Not speeding up. I know there's important summer business to get to, but remember to take a few minutes to stop and reflect today. Today means something. As Americans, today means slowing down to recognize how many have sacrificed so that we can be at peace to gather freely, live joyously, and laugh until it hurts.
Today my husband and I started the day with breakfast. Slow, deliberate, delicious breakfast. Monday breakfast usually gets the peanut butter toast or quick bowl of cereal treatment, but not today. Today we had slow-baked blueberry banana oatmeal.
With just the right amount of sweetness and bulk, this oatmeal breakfast bake is a special and delicious way to slow down. I made ours with blueberry, banana, and walnuts, but any combination of fruit, nuts, or other goodies you have on hand would be wonderful.
Happy Memorial Day, and remember to remember!
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from Skinnytaste.com
Yields 6 servings
1 large ripe banana, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 c blueberries
1/4 c + 1 tbs honey, divided
1 c uncooked quick oats
1/4 c walnuts, chopped
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbs sugar or no-calorie sweetener (I used Truvia)
1/4 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
Pinch of salt
1 c fat free milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 deg F. Lightly spray an 8 x 8" ceramic baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.
Arrange the banana slices in a single layer on the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle half of the blueberries over the bananas, 1/4 tsp of the cinnamon, and 1 tbs of the honey, and cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the bananas get soft.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the oats, half of the nuts, baking powder, sugar, remaining cinnamon, and salt, and stir together.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining honey, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
Remove the bananas from the oven, and then pour the oat mixture over the bananas and blueberries.
Pour the milk mixture over the oats, making sure to distribute as evenly as possible. Sprinkle the remaining blueberries and walnuts over the top.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and set. Serve warm from the oven.