Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Another Breakfast Idea

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on July 7, 2013 ][ In Breakfast ]

Well I”ve survived a week after my fall but still no CT scan.  Note to everyone: don’t get sick on a holiday week, nothing happens unless you’re bleeding to death.  The pain is usually kept to a dull roar but I’m definitely not anywhere close to back to normal.  I managed to trip over a curb Wednesday and wrenched my back painfully in the process.  I had to go sit down with an icepack again.  So much for grace and coordination.


Despite not being able to function as I’d like, we still have to eat at my house.  My family has been helping out but you know I can’t sit still for long so I’ve been cooking as I’m able.  I’ve kept it simple and I did pick up dinner from Meals For Moms one night, thanks to owner Lindley Pipkins.  I was also able to finally try a new breakfast idea this morning that I’ve had my eye on for some time.  Such a simple breakfast, one that I could do even in my injured state.  You know I preach that everyone needs breakfast.  Those who eat regular meals maintain a normal weight better than those who don’t.  Your body needs fuel to function properly and children can’t concentrate on school work if their stomach is growling louder than the teacher.  So eat your breakfast! Your body will thank you.  But please make it a healthy one.  It won’t do you any good if you stuff a donut in your mouth.  Get some fiber and protein instead.


I always encourage people to think outside the box when preparing food.  When someone claims not to like a certain food, my answer is that they should try it prepared a different way.  Growing up, I hated oatmeal.  There was many a battle waged between my father and me over oatmeal.  Bless his heart, he just didn’t know how to make good oatmeal, though he was an outstanding cook overall.  My parents’ standard version was to serve a grey-ish glop with white sugar, butter and Pet milk stirred in.  I have been more adventurous with oatmeal as an adult, adding all kinds of fruit, brown sugar or even olive oil, cheese and a fried egg.  Now I like oatmeal.  When I saw this Mediterranean style, I had to try it.  If you like goat cheese, you’ll like this idea.  Don’t be tempted to add more sugar as the dates make it plenty sweet.



Mediterranean Oatmeal

Prepare as many servings of steel cut oats or regular whole oats as you need, according to package directions.  Please don’t use instant as you will be missing out on much of the nutrition of oats.  Add a scant 1/4 cup of chopped dates for each bowl and let them simmer along with the oatmeal.  If you add them towards the end of the cooking time, the dates will still be somewhat chewy.  Add them at the beginning and they will be totally soft and blend into the oatmeal.  Top each bowl with a small handful of chopped walnuts, a tablespoon of crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of honey.  Enjoy!

Upadated on July 7, 2013

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