Strange But Good Mornings

Strange doesn’t wait for 5 o’clock!


Neither does my mother… she’s in Mexico! 😉 

Remember Kat’s “Amazing Kitchen Mistakes” post?  We’ve been on the same wave-length eating similarly, so I apparently am also making happy accidents.

Have you ever under estimated how much is left in a bottle?  I thought there was just a drop of butter extract left when I dumped it into my oatmeal… it was more like 1/2 a teaspoon.  I thought I’d ruined it.  Too much extract can be nauseating (and I don’t need more of that!).  It turn out, too much butter extract in your oats is like eating cookie dough for breakfast.  Strange, but unbelievably good.

 Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Cookie Dough Oatmeal

  • 1/2 C oatmeal
  • 1 C water
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 5-6 drops liquid Stevia
  • 1 T peanut flour (or nut butter, to taste)
  • My toppings: pomegranate arils, Greek yogurt, more cinnamon


Cook oatmeal as usual, adding flavors in the last 2-3 mins (or when your microwave finishes).  Stir in peanut flour when just done, adding addition liquid as needed.  

Add toppings.  Inhale.


I’m not the first person to do eat quinoa in the morning… but it’s still uncommon enough to be strange.  And it’s good! 

What took me so long it beyond me, but quinoa for breakfast is amazing.  If you haven’t tried it, you must.  Particularly this cinnamon-y version.  The heaping scoop of cinnamon with the coconut butter had me dreaming of an airport treat that shall not be named.

I just realized this looks a lot like the oatmeal above.  I had a lot of pomegranate.*  Sorry.

 *Did you hear the FTC found “POM Wonderful health claims to be deceptive?”


Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Quinoa

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Quinoa

  • 1/2 C quinoa, cooked with a cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp coconut butter
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • Milk, to taste (I used ~ 1/8 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • My toppings: pomegranate arils, Morningstar maple breakfast sausage


Stir it all together, top with your favorites, and enjoy!

In order to kill two craving with one stone for Meal 2, I added a poached egg to the last of my mom’s Matzo Ball Soup.  The strange part isn’t even the egg.  It’s HOW I poached it.  My lazy arse poached that thang in the microwave.

Let me be the first to tell you that runny, silky, yolk porn goodness streaming into a hot bowl of soup is heaven on a spoon.  So good that I wanted to be spooned after it was over.


Matzo Ball Soup

Microwave Poached Egg

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar


Fill a small bowl (I used a cereal bowl) with water.  Add 1 T of apple cider vinegar (this is important – it keeps the egg white intact).  Microwave until boiling hot, about 2 mins.

Crack the egg and gently drop it into the water.  Whites will begin to cook/thicken, and you may need to use a spoon to carefully direct them around the yolk.  

Microwave for another 20-30 seconds.  Remove immediately from water and place in soup, atop salad, on bread, etc.


Now for the link up!  The rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above.

In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends!  Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.


Sprint 2 the Table


Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instragrams of your creations. :)


This time tomorrow I’ll be in a forest in FLA… in the midst of an 8-hour adventure race.  Ahhhh!  #strangebutcrazy

Also, I forgot to mention I was featured in FitFluential’s Ambassador Spotlight yesterday! Check it out here.

Have you ever made breakfast quinoa?  What are your favorite mix-ins?

What #strangebutgood creations have you enjoyed lately?



  1. says

    Kewl! I’ve never heard of butter extract 0.0 What is it? Interesting that you mention about the health claims relating to pomegranate. I’ve always heard that it protects against prostate cancer, I wonder if that still holds true :S

  2. says

    Again. Nothing strange here. 😉

    So, I like this whole ‘quinoa for breakfast’ idea in theory…but I also just love the way oats and oat bran (and yes, TVP) get all fluffy and volumized, and I’ve not had as much success with quinoa in that department. Bulgur, yes. Quinoa, no. Is there a trick?

    Your pomegranate situation rivals mine from last week…this week I have been covering everything with blueberries. I think it’s just what happenes when you buy enough food- for a small family (but it’s just you eating….)

    Maybe that’s just me.

    • Laura says

      I just cook it according to the package – 1 C quinoa to 2 C liquid. I bring it to a boil, reduce to simmer, put a lid on it , and cook ~15 mins, remove from heat and let it sit for another 5 before taking the lid off and fluffing it with a fork. It’s doubles in volume. Dunno…

  3. Amelia says

    Haha, your strange is definitely my ‘normal’. I thought you were going to say that you poached your egg directly in the matzo ball soup when you heated it up. Now that would have been interesting. 😉

    I made my own version of a bimbop bowl the other night for dinner with some delicious runny goodness on top. Nothing like a good yolk! Then last night I had your crabcake benedict for dinner (Can you have too many yolks in a week? I think not! ) My husband thinks its strange when I pile a poached egg on top of avocado toast. What does he know?

    Good luck this weekend with the 8 hour event! I can’t wait to see pics/ read all of the stories. :)

    • Laura says

      I thought about it but didn’t want to over-cook my matzo trying to get the egg right.

      Never too many yolks! Did you like thebenedict? I need to do bimbop again soon.

  4. says

    I’ve never poached an egg period. I do sometimes scramble them in the microwave though. Well, scramble is the wrong word, it kind of makes an egg patty.

    Good luck with your race!

  5. says

    Good luck Laura! I hope you have an incredible adventure.

    I treat breakfast quinoa like I do my oatmeal, but I’m guilty of always doing oatmeal. What can I say, I’m a creature of habit. I need to get some butter extract! Sounds amazing!

  6. says

    Who knew you could microwave-poach an egg?! You are so smart! My strange-but-good today was breakfast too!! I had sweet potato rounds and a few tbsp of peanut butter & honey. Strange (for breakfast), but soooo good. I couldn’t resist.

  7. says

    I tried quinoa for breakfast once after I found out that oats were causing me some stomach problems, but I didn’t really end up liking it – the texture just wasn’t something I enjoyed first thing in the morning. Nothing quite beats oatmeal 😀

    • Laura says

      Ok, if you haven’t tried pomegranate you MUST! It’s amazing. If you buy it whole, make sure you immerse it in water to peel and seed it. Otherwise red juice will be everywhere… and it stains.

  8. says

    Mmmm….I love cookie dough. Obviously I need that butter extract. :) And quinoa for breakfast is fantastic – especially when you cheat and throw all the ingredients in the rice cooker because you can!

    I know I’ve missed TWO #strangebutgood linkups in a row, but it’s been crazy. Sorry!!

  9. says

    Dude! You know you already changed my life by teaching me the ACV trick, but now you’re telling me I can have runny drippy eggy goodness in my mouth in less than 4 minutes?! Ahhhhh! <- That's totally me pulling a Macaulay Culkin! I have GOT to try this!

    And with the oats, I've been meaning to tell/ask you if you've tried this…I read on two different blogs a couple of weeks ago that if you add baking powder to a bowl of oatmeal, it makes it taste like cookie dough! I'm not sure how much baking powder, or if the sodium-free kind that we buy will have the same effect, but I really want to try it!

    Love the breakfast quinoa…even more because you threw in some sausage! Mmm, sweet and savory! 😀

    • Laura says

      Whatever happened to Macaulay Culkin? Didn’t he get all weird?

      I’ve never heard of this baking soda thing! I do’n get why it would work, but I’d give it a try. Anything for cookie dough. Did they add it whilecooking or stir it in after? I’d guess 1/4 tsp?

  10. Kat says

    How did I miss your blogs all week?!?!? *yes – i was that busy* the yolk porn is just that – porn. OMG. also love the reference to my post *yippee!*


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