Oy Vey! This post is somewhat gross, but has a feel good ending so stay tuned.
Having your eyes glued shut is NOT a good way to wake up in the morning. Lately I’ve been having a bit of sinus pressure, nothing serious, but it has come with post nasal drip and some eye puffiness. My eyes started feeling a bit swollen last night when I was working at the bakery. I thought maybe it was just the intense cold and blizzard condition snow getting to me. As the night went on I realized that I was feeling a little fuzzy, and that the weather probably wasn’t the main cause. My contact fell out of my left eye, and shortly after, that eye became irritated. I have had stray bread crumbs rip contacts before so thought that might have happened. All of my speculation was of course wrong. I woke up today with PINK EYE! Super. And, in both of my eyes! Seriously, who gets pink eye after the age of 5? I have no idea how I got it, but I was absolutely miserable. While I was waiting to go to the doctor to get a cure for my infection, I decided to do all that I could to cure my misery. The best way to make a bad day better: good food. I needed something warm and hearty, the result: Pumpkin Bread Oats.
It was fantastically creamy and flavorful. I love the way raisins become plump and soft when you give them moisture, and the nuts were, of course, hearty, satisfying and gave that necessary little bit of crunch. The one element I added to this oatmeal that I don’t typically add was wheat germ. It is virtually flavorless, but adds a slight texture; I think they made my oats a bit thicker. I have been reading about the health benefits and thought it would be a nice addition to my morning meal. It contains 23 nutrients; more than any other grain or vegetable, and has more potassium than any other food source. Two tablespoons of wheat germ has 60 calories, 4g of protein and 6% DV of iron (good for women!!). Even if my eyes are sick…at least my body will be healthy! My Pumpkin Bread Oats were warm, comforting and made the world of difference in my sad, sad day.
Washing My Hands Compulsively (I don’t want anyone else to suffer!),
What are you favorite “turn that frown upside down” dishes?