Every now and then I feel like all of my food mojo gets lost.
I’ll be rocking and rolling for a few weeks, buzzing with creative energy and excitement around menu planning and cooking. And then BOOM. It’s gone without a trace. No note left behind for where it’s gone, or even when it will be coming back.
And into the mix two other mouths to feed and it’s a recipe for disaster.
All I have to say is thank god there are other food blogs out there to help pull me out of my food rut.
Case and point: The Oatmeal Artist.
How that gal finds a way to stay inspired and creative with one single ingredient is beyond me. Believe me, I’m not complaining. Quite the contrary, I’m freakishly enamored with her and her uncanny talent for creativity when it comes to oats.
This bowl of yumminess is a take on her Sweet Potato + Cranberry Oatmeal.
I had initially made it for The Babe, but it looked way too good to let her have it all. So, I took a spoonful to taste. And then another spoonful, and another spoonful…
Don’t worry, she definitely got her fill of sweet potato oatmeal yums. She kept pointing at the spoon, squealing, and opening her mouth for another bite. LOVE HER.
Sweet Potato + Dried Cherry Stove Top Oats
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbs maple syrup
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
Peel and chop sweet potato and place in a small saucepan with water. Bring to a boil and cook until sweet potatoes are fork-tender; approximately 5-7 minutes.
Drain water and mash with fork or potato masher. Transfer to a bowl.
Combine water and almond milk in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add oats and reduce heat to medium.
Let simmer for about 4-5 minutes or until oats begin to absorb the liquid.
Add in 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes, reserving the rest for tomorrow (or another use). Stir to combine.
Add in cinnamon and maple syrup, and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until all liquid is absorbed or at desired consistency.
Add in dried cherries and stir.
Transfer to a bowl and serve warm!