Summertime Oats

So when Freddie first started eating solid food, we gave him baby oats. It was usually mixed bananas or some other kind of soft fruit. He loved it! After he turned one, I couldn’t bring myself to buy the baby oats anymore. He wouldn’t touch regular oatmeal and that made me a little bit sad. I started making this concoction a few weeks ago, and he asked me to taste it. I, of course, gave him a taste. It wasn’t long before he was eating the whole bowl out from under me and I had to make a double batch for us in the morning.

I have used coconut and cashew yogurt in this mixture and both are delicious. If you are watching your sugar intake, obviously buy unsweetened.

‘Bee free honey is a tasty mixture that I found at Whole Foods. It’s reminiscent of honey but a little bit different. It is made from apples, and is pretty much super natural. Best part is that no bees were harmed in the making of the stuff. Use a drizzle on top if you are a big fan of the yogurt honey combo.

Summertime Oats
This batch of Summertime Oats is topped with bananas, strawberries, toasted coconut, pistachio, and Bee free honey

Summertime Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup nondairy yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar or bowl and refrigerate overnight. Stir in the morning and add any additional toppers. Enjoy!

Optional Additional Toppers:

  • ‘chopped strawberries
  • ‘sliced banana
  • shelled pistachios
  • toasted coconut
  • chocolate chips
  • chopped peaches
  • chopped pineapple
  • maple syrup
  • bee free honey
  • or basically anything else you’d like to sprinkle on top

Rehoboth Beach Vegan Whirlwind

Three Days to hit all of the good spots

Every summer we make a trip to Rehoboth Beach for a Board meeting that Aaron is required to attend. On the “way” there and back, we stop at his parents’ house on the New Jersey Shore where the dogs take there own little vacation. This year is no exception. We packed up the Tiguan and headed east. I always have to get a bit creative with vegan eats while we visit these beach towns. They aren’t known for being particularly vegan friendly. I think I do a pretty good job of keeping everyone fed and happy.

As soon as arriving, I always check  Happy Cow just to see what’s around. A restaurant that has never popped up made a surprise appearance. I never know if they added a few vegan options or if they were an undiscovered vegan gem. We headed over to “The Cultured Pearl” and enjoyed some vegan teriyaki bowls with edamame, and ginger salad.

‘The next day we ran into a minor challenge. None of the breakfast restaurants open until 8:00 or 8:30 and Freddie wakes up around 6:00. What do you do with a hungry toddler for two hours? We occupied him the best that we could. And showed up for breakfast with a very cranky Little Man at 8:00.

We have been going to a breakfast/lunch place and juice bar for several years. They always have something that the whole family can enjoy. This place is called “Green Man”.

We order two smoothies and “The Curious George” for Freddie. It is a peanut butter and banana sandwich (we asked them to hold the honey). It comes with more bananas and yellow raisins. I had the Peachy Green Smoothie and he had the Vegan Beast. In the past I have gotten the tofu scramble. It’s good, but I wasn’t feeling a heavy breakfast today.

Green man Juice Bar and Bistro

Around 11:00, my tummy was starting to talk to me. We stopped at a health food store that also appeared on the Happy Cow Ap called “Good News Natural”. We got supplies for snacks and Freddie breakfast foods. We also got some veggie milk for coffee. I had some chickpea salad and plantain chips as a snack to tide me over until lunch. Freddie ate one of his favorite Lemon Poppyseed cookies from The Alternative Baking Co.

Chickpea Salad with Plantain Chips

We tend to eat lunch on the later side, so at around 1:30, we started to make our way over to “Arena’s Deli”. It’s mostly a sandwich shop with a few salads and of course a beachy drink or six. I got a salad wrap with hummus (making sure to have them leave the cheese off). Freddie just had a few tater tots. I think he was still full from the cookie.

Dinner was a work affair. The hotel puts together a backyard picnic and has the usual grilled meats and mayo salads. We just had a veggie burger and some watermelon. It was a decent dinner.

The next morning I found this stand right off of the boardwalk that makes green smoothies, oatmeal and açaí bowls. Jackpot! It was pretty awesome.

Dreamers Smoothie Stop

Of course we have been occupying ourselves with plenty of beach time. We’ve also been visiting a lot of the local shops along the main drag. Our favorite so far has been “Browseabout Books”. We grabbed a few items for beach reading and played with every toy that they had.

Browse About Books

I would be remiss to not mention “Dogfish Head Brewery and/or Restaurant” when talking about Rehoboth. The last time we were here, the vegan eats there were a bit limited, but now….They have the Beyond Burger! What a delightful surprise! I ordered mine Cali Style (hold the cheese obvi). I also had a beer called Dragon YumYums which was designed in part by The Flaming Lips.

Cali Style Beyond Burger

Aaron suggested a place for dinner called “Stingray”. It was super close to “The Cultured Pearl” and boy was it tasty. It’s Asian inspired and the food was surprisingly tasty. I think the waiter didn’t know how to handle Freddie and seemed to be terrified of small children, but he kept trying to give us free stuff. No complaints here Mister. We had some miso soup, salad, dumplings, edamame hummus, crispy wonton chips, and General Tso’s Cauliflower. All of this was accompanied by a tall glass of wine.

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I can’t leave out the amazing hotel where we stayed. Thanks Boardwalk Plaza! They hosted Aaron’s board meeting and kept us organized the whole time. Emro and Peanut (the two tropical birds that live in the lobby fascinated Freddie and kept us entertained constantly.