I had planned on preparing this post on Sunday evening to go live on Monday morning. However, life had different plans and I’m just now feeling like I can, or at least should, get around to doing it. If you know me personally, you know that while I don’t have kids, I have cats and I that love them as my family. Our Tres was diagnosed with a terminal illness this past March and passed away peacefully yesterday while I held him on my lap. It became clear this weekend that his health was failing and I couldn’t bear to write something false and peppy. I truthfully couldn’t bear to do anything at all. Instead I focused on what was important.We just spent long hours together with Tres and PB, relishing each others’ company. I would’t change anything, aside from asking for more time.
We cook for our families because we love them. We want to nourish them, give them enjoyment and show them that we care. On special occasions that may mean an impressive layered cake or a roast turkey with all the fixings. But on a daily basis, it’s the heart we draw in peanut butter on a PB&J sandwich. It’s the cup of coffee we set next to our spouse’s keys before they head out the door. It’s even the chicken nuggets at the drive-thru that, while maybe not ideal, are always well received. This oatmeal is an every day recipe with a special touch. Old fashioned rolled oats are cooked in spiced, sweetened coconut milk and mixed with juicy mango and nutty coconut. It comes together in 10 minutes, which means that it’s a do-able weekday breakfast as school resumes and mornings become more hectic. So you can focus on the things that really matter, like a little more time with your family, whether they stand on four legs or two.
Mango Coconut Oatmeal
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 cups coconut milk beverage (I used unsweetened SO Delicious Coconut Milk)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ginger
- 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 egg white
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup mango
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp honey, plus more to serve
- 1/3 cup coconut shreds (I used unsweetened, but you can also use sweetened coconut)
In medium saucepan, add oats, coconut milk, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Bring ingredients to a boil. Once boiling, add about ¾ of the mango and coconut. Reduce heat to a simmer and add egg white, vanilla, salt and honey. Simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and divide into bowls. Top each serving with remaining coconut and mango. Add additional honey to each serving if desired.
Serves 2 generously or 3-4 smaller appetites.
If anyone is ever in the same situation with a pet, I highly recommend Lap of Love. A veterinarian came to our house and allowed Tres to pass in the peace and comfort in his own home as I held him. While I’d rather not need their services at all, I’m grateful that they helped our family handle this time with grace and dignity.