Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Great start

What an awesome way to start Earth Day. It's an adaptation of my Best Breakfast Ever. Instead of grated apple I used some of the gorgeous berries I bought at the Farmer's Market this weekend.

Shopping at a Farmer's Market is a great way to celebrate Earth Day all year by supporting local growers and producers of food and products. Click on the Farmer's Market link above for more reasons why FM's rock and to find one in your area.

Shelly's Berry Oatmeal

1 cup Oatmeal (McCann's Steel Cut Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal accept no substitute)
2 1/3 cups Water
Pinch of Salt
1/4 cup Fresh Berries (I used a combo of raspberries and blueberries)
1/3 cup Milk (I use vanilla soy milk)
1/2 teaspoon Butter

Splash Vanilla Soymilk
Drizzle SF Maple Syrup
Strawberries, Sliced

Combine the oatmeal, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add berries. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the milk and butter. Stir well and cook for 1 minute. Serve immediately with a drizzle of SF maple syrup, some sliced strawberries and little more milk. I use Cary's Sugar Free Maple Syrup.

Some more ways to celebrate Earth Day:

Plant a tree!
Carry a cloth bag when grocery shopping.
Avoid items that come in lots of packaging.
Buy a reusable drink container and don't use disposable plates or cutlery.
Learn about product exchange communities like Freecycle.org
Ride a bicycle or walk to work or to run errands.

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