Weeknight Kimchi Fried Rice with Leftover Vegetables

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. ove how she uses leftover veggies for this recipe, but also tells you how you can use fresh veggies too if you prefer.

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. ove how she uses leftover veggies for this recipe, but also tells you how you can use fresh veggies too if you prefer.

I love ordering kimchi fried rice but I never reazlied how easy it is to make! It's a great way to use up leftovers for dinner, too. Plus, you can make it as spicy as you wish. ove how she uses leftover veggies for this recipe, but also tells you how you can use fresh veggies too if you prefer.

Please Note: affiliate links are (or likely are) included in this post. That means if you make a purchase through any links I’ve included here, I may receive a pennies on the dollar commission for sending you there. I would never recommend a brand or products I didn’t know and trust. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. This post is sponsored by VeeTee Rice. 

Kimchi Fried Rice is super easy to whip up on a weeknight for dinner, and it’s a great way to use up leftover ingredients hanging around in the fridge.

The spicy, umami flavor of kimchi tossed in fried rice elevates the dish and perks it up, while being good for your gut health at the same time!

 

And using VeeTee Rice is a super easy way to get make fried rice, which is always best when made with slightly old, dried out rice. Since VeeTee is a parcooked, microwaveable rice, it’s cooked just enough and  is dry just enough to toast and caramelize the rice, making this dish a perfect “I’m in the mood for fried rice” option that you don’t have to think ahead for.

I’ll also confess that I have a major soft spot for kimchi, which is a Korean style of spicy pickle.

Koreans add kimchi to tons of different dishes, and it’s so good for you. If you’re thinking about hopping on the fermented foods bandwagon, kimchi is a great place to start.

Where we live in New York City, kimchi is really easy to find. You can even grab a jar in our local bodega/deli!

However, if it’s not something that’s found in your neck of the woods and you’d like to try it, I’ve used this recipe from The Kitchn to make my own before, and it’s crazy simple. You can purchase gochugaru, a Korean style of chili flakes, on Amazon.

If you’re used to getting your fermented goodness from things like sauerkraut or kombucha but you haven’t given kimchi a try, I really recommend it. It’s a cool, pickle-y, spicy flavor that adds so much to any recipe. My favorite way is on the side of my scrambled eggs in the morning!

Remember the secret I just told you, about how the perfect fried rice, kimchi fried rice or otherwise, starts with slightly old and dried out rice?

It’s by losing its moisture that puts rice in its best position to be fried, so VeeTee’s pre-cooked Heat and Eat Single Flavor packages are a great pantry option to keep on hand for nights when you’re in the mood to whip up a batch of fried rice.

 

 

In this particular recipe, I used roasted broccoli I had made earlier in the week as part of my power hour meal prep sesh.

I didn’t know how I would use it that when I was prepping, but chopped broccoli florets were on sale at Fresh Direct this week, so I bought two packages and roasted them up on Sunday.

I love the way roasted broccoli takes on almost a popcorn-y flavor, and it’s so good to have on hand as an addition to meals, or just as a side dish.

Weeknight Kimchi Fried Rice
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 small onion diced (about 1 cup diced)
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 package VeeTee Heat and Eat Long Grain Rice 10 ounces
  • 1/2 cup chopped prepared kimchi
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 1 cup roasted broccoli see note if using fresh
Instructions
  1. Combine vegetable oil and sesame oil and heat until shimmering in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and carrots and cook until the onions have gone translucent and the carrots have softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice and break apart with a wooden spoon. Toast the rice, stirring occasionally, about 3-5 minutes or until it has started to brown.
  4. Add the kimchi,, garlic, ginger powder, peas and broccoli and cook, stirring to combine, another 3-5 minutes or until the vegetables have heated through.
  5. Remove from heat and serve,
Recipe Notes

if using fresh broccoli: about 1 1/2 cups fresh florets, chopped fine.

PK Weekly [Issue #61, April 13, 2018]

Issue #61, April 13, 2018

Hi busy friends!

What is this? If you’re new to Percolate, I send out a weekly email each week full of kitchen hacks, recipe tips, foodie deals, and food-world news. Plus, I highlight a roundup of what you might have missed on the website!

What’s in this week’s email: Steal other people’s meal plans (I’ll show you how), guest speaking in the Busy Mom Collective, making cream cheese from scratch, how food goes viral, and more!

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Now on to the fun stuff. Enjoy your week!

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PERCOLATE KITCHEN RECIPES: 

Ground Chicken and Olive Burgers with Black Pepper Mayo

A healthier version of the classic hamburger, green olives add moisture and a briny punch to these delicious weeknight chicken burgers! 

WHAT’S THE HAPS

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2018

It’s here! If you’re new to Ultimate Bundles, they’re digital bundle packs of products and resources from bloggers around the world, sold together for a limited time and at a drastically reduced rate.

This version of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes a copy of my ebook, The Weeknight Dinner Survival Guide, along with hundreds of other resources to help you make your house a home. There are almost $4,000 worth of products inside this bundle, for just $27.99! That’s over 98% off. But its only for sale between April 11 and 16th, so make sure you grab your copy while you can.

Curious as to what’s included? The post I linked to above, Create a Stress-Free Home with These 14 Tips and Resources, has a highlighted section at the bottom of my 7 favorite products!

Percolate Kitchen in the Busy Mom Collective! 

I’ll be guest speaking in the Busy Mom Collective Community on Tuesday, April 17, at 8:30pm! Host Stacey and I will be talking about ways busy moms can cut corners in the kitchen without creating extra work for themselves. I’d love for you to join us! Click here and join the group, then make sure to sign up for the updates! 

LATELY, ON SOCIAL MEDIA…

BUSY MAMA? TINY ASS KITCHEN? YOU’LL LOVE THIS GROUP!

If you’re stressed out, tired, busy as all get out and dealing with a teeny tiny kitchen, you’ll love my new Facebook community.

Because ladies, it’s hard enough balancing the juggling act of childcare, making dinner, and organizing groceries and kitchen gadgets in your cupboards and pantry…. but doing it all in an itty bitty kitchen with like 3 feet of counter space is even harder.

Come hang with us and vent, swap recipes and ideas, and get a weekly peek into my meal plans and grocery lists! 

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Create a Stress-Free Home with These 14 Tips and Resources

Ever walk into your home at the end of a long day and think, "this place is just one more thing on my to-do list"? Don't sweat it, busy mama: I've got 14 tips and resources to help you create a stress-free home you love coming back to.

Ever walk into your home at the end of a long day and think, "this place is just one more thing on my to-do list"? Don't sweat it, busy mama: I've got 14 tips and resources to help you create a stress-free home you love coming back to.

Please note: There are (or likely are) affiliate links included in this post. This means if you make a purchase through one of my links, I’ll receive pennies on the dollar commission for sending you there. I would never recommend a product I don’t know and trust. For more info check out my disclosure page. 

Creating a stress-free home sounds like something other people have, doesn’t it?

I walked in the front door, set down the diaper bag and 3 bags of groceries, slung my youngest down from the baby carrier, reminded my daughter to put her shoes away for the millionth time, tried to think of what we were making for dinner, looked around the general mess of our apartment and thought, “this whole freaking place is just one more thing on my to-do list.” The mere idea of a stress-free home felt like an impossibility. I had had enough.

I hated walking into our apartment and immediately feeling stressed out about everything there.

I mean, I already feel as though I’m juggling a million things at once, and since 90% of said juggling items are located within my house, the entire place felt like one big mountain I needed to scale.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I was determined to find resources to get my little place in order and create a stress-free home I felt calm in.

Since living with young kids means the chances of having a clean home are next to impossible, I knew I could do the best thing: concentrate on the things I could change, and felt like I had some sort of control over.

After all, the messes kids make won’t last forever.

(I repeat that to myself like a mantra as I use a baby wipe to furiously scrub yogurt stains off my favorite jeans.)

Here are the things I’ve started implementing that save me time, reduce the overall stress and overwhelm of my house, and get me closer to the stress-free oasis of my daydreams…while ignoring the day-old, half-eaten banana I found behind the couch the other day.

AROUND THE HOUSE 

1. Get it together the night before.

I will confess, I struggle with this one. After my kids go to bed, I’m usually too wiped out to do a whole lot. But I make an effort to at least pack their babysitter bag, clean out their lunchboxes, and pull out clothes they’ll wear the next day.

I do this for me, too! My husband is usually sleeping in the mornings when I get my kids ready (he works late) so I grab my clothes the night before so as to not wake him up rifling through our dresser.

I also preset the coffee maker every night before bed.  We have a Keurig, so before I go to bed I’ll top up the water canister, fill the reusable pod with fresh coffee grounds, and place a coffee cup underneath the spout. Then when I wake up, I just press the start button!

2. Keep a stocked bag at all times

I keep my diaper bag and purse stocked at all times, as opposed to refilling it as needed. The second we run out of diaper wipes, snacks, diapers, changes of clothes, crayons and paper, etc- it gets restocked.

We don’t have a car here in NYC, but when we visit my parents in Michigan, I also pack a ‘survival bag’ to keep in the trunk. This bag has things like extra band-aids and batteries, an umbrella, raincoats, blankets, and towels.

Why don’t you keep a survival bag in your stroller in NYC? Because I hate pushing around a giant stroller and I love my super lightweight Zoe stroller! I figure if we need anything while we’re walking around, there’s always a bodega or a Duane Reed no more than a block away to pick up supplies. That’s the beauty of living in the city!

3. Water Your Plants the Lazy Way

This tip was lifechanging for me, since I kept inadvertently killing the cute little succulents I have all over the apartment. So I started tossing ice cubes into the planter pots and now watering the plants is SO EASY. Much easier than going around with a heavy watering can, stopping to refill it, etc.

4. Have Mommy Hiding Places

While there is something to be said about “a place for everything and everything in its place”, I sometimes find new places for things- even temporarily – that save me tons of time and hassle.

For instance, the hinges in the glider in the kids’ room from time to time gets super creaky. My solution? I keep a can of WD-40 stashed away at the back of my son’s pajama drawer. I can grab the can, lube the hinges, and replace it quickly- without mentally adding it to my to-do list.

Other sneaky things I have hidden around the place that save time: 

  • candy in my underwear drawer for late night binges (every mom does this though, right!?)
  • Roku app on my phone so I can control the TV from the kitchen and turn off the Mickey Mouse Club when it’s time for dinner
  • a phone charger in the kids’ room, for the nights I’m up in the middle of the night rocking a teething baby back to sleep
  • garbage bags in the kids’ room so I can quickly change out a stinky diaper pail
  • kids’ pajamas in the bathroom so I can change them in straight after their bath at night

IN THE KITCHEN

5. Whenever possible, batch it out

I batch cook as much as I can, whenever I can. I find that batching my prep always saves me time later on.

Batching can mean different things depending on that you’re cooking. Here are some of the things I tend to batch prep together:

  • When I make pancakes for the kids, I’ll cook up another 5 or 6 at the same time, wrap them, and then reheat for breakfast the next morning
  • When I’m making lunch for myself one day- say, a sandwich or a salad- I’ll double it and store for the next day, so I can grab it and go. (This is a great tip for those of you who don’t have the time or motivation on the weekends to make a week’s worth of lunches!)

You know the adage “cook once, save twice”? It really works!

6. Make lunch at dinner

This goes hand-in-hand with my batching trick- while you’re making or cleaning up from dinner, get lunch ready for the next day.

My kids bring lunch to their babysitter and eat there before coming home and taking a nap here. And the mornings are already insane enough without packing a full lunch for them!

So, while I’m cooking or while I’m cleaning up, I’ll make sure to portion out their lunches for the next day. This might mean putting leftovers into small containers so I can grab and go in the morning. Or it might mean that while the casserole is cooking, I put pretzels into baggies and set them aside.

Whatever makes my life easier in the morning rush is a huge help!

7. Get the rotisserie chicken

For whatever reason, I was always against picking up those $5 rotisserie chickens you see turning on a spin in the grocery store. Why was I so resistant? No freaking clue. Because once I started picking one up with just about every trip, I realized how amazing they are.

It’s not just about a deliciously juicy chicken with crispy skin. It’s about what you can do with that chicken that saves so much time!

I’ll give some chicken to my kids at dinner, then I’ll shred the rest and store it. It goes into chicken salad sandwiches or a quick chicken noodle soup, and then I toss the bones and some veggies in the crockpot with water and let it simmer all night long. In the morning I have free chicken stock.

$5 chicken for the win!

 

OTHER RESOURCES

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8. The 26 Ingredient Pantry

With just 26 ingredients, you can create over 100 gourmet dishes… all without ever heading to the store first! Basic recipes to make staples including pasta, sweetened condensed milk or chocolate cake and fancier delights such as lemon meringue pie are included, along with tips on what to do with leftovers.

Original Price: $4.95

9. Freezer to Slow Cooker Meal Plan

Get 3 months of a full meal plan that gives you 12 weeks of 6 dinnertime slow cooker recipes, along with grocery lists, recommendations for side dishes, assembly instructions, freezing tips, and more.

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10. Start Your Own Freezer Club

I love this idea! Start your own neighborhood freezer meal club and connect with your community while filling your freezer.In this easy-to-follow course, Amylee lays out step-by-step what you need to do to start your club, including how to plan for dietary restrictions and allergies, people with small freezers, and more.

Original Price: $49.99

11. So Many Littles, So Little Time

When you have a lot of little ones, it often feels as if there isn’t enough of you to go around.  You meet yourself coming and going most days, and you desperately wish you had more hours in the day…or a maid…or both. 

This book is your guide to navigating a busy household full of little ones!  It won’t magically give you more hours…or a maid…but it will give you practical ideas to find more margin in your day, more energy in your parenting, and more joy in the journey of raising these precious little ones.

Original Price: $7.99

12. 31 Days to an Everyday Clean Home

Does this happen to you, too? My kids follow along behind me as I clean, making a mess of something the second I’ve wiped it down or put it away neatly. I sometimes feel as though I’ll never be on top of the cleaning, but this 31 days challenge walks you through getting on top of the mess and keeping a clean home- always.

Original Price: $8.97

13. The Clutter Handbook

I need this for my closets! The Clutter Handbook is a 50-page pdf guide designed to take the guesswork out of decluttering your home.  If you’re starting from a room you can’t walk into or just a couple clutter piles, this guide is designed to take you from clutter to decluttered in simple, manageable steps.

Original Price: $12.00

14. Boss Mom on a Budget

Looking for extra money, or have a great business idea but don’t know where to start? This course gives you everything you need to create a real profit-based business out of your home- while managing little ones at the same time.

Original Price: $79.00

That’s it!!

What do you think? Is the idea of creating a stress-free home a little less overwhelming now? I know I’ll never quite have the clean, orderly home of my Type-A dreams. But with a few handy tips and hacks, I can get a little closer. What about you?

Ground Chicken Burger with Olives and Black Pepper Mayo

I love these ground chicken burgers as an easy low-carb burger alternative! I wasn't so sure about the green olives she adds to the burger mix but they added a lot of extra moisture and flavor, so don't skip them. The black pepper mayo was a good condiment!
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A ground chicken burger that’s mixed with green olives and topped with melty swiss? Heck yes.

Ok, let’s get a little weirder up in here with our chicken burger: top that baby with black pepper mayo.

Say what!?

I KNOW. It’s a little offbeat but it so works.

The green olives add briny moisture to the ground chicken burger mix, and the melty cheese holds it together, and the black pepper mayo on top is just the kick you need to kill it at making easy dinner on the grill on a weeknight.

The thing with ground chicken burgers is that they often come out a little dry. There’s not nearly enough fat in the mix to keep things nice and moist, the way a great burger should be.

So adding chopped green olives to the mix is a slightly different, totally tasty way to change things up and at the same time make that burger patty the best it can be.

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The idea behind this ground chicken burger with green olives came to me at a diner in Northern Michigan last fall.

I was visiting my parents in my hometown and we grabbed a bite to eat at a local restaurant. I ordered the chicken burger toped with sliced green olives and swiss, and it was… underwhelming.

It’s a common sandwich in the Midwest: grilled chicken breast topped with sliced green olives, topped with melted swiss cheese. It’s served in a bun like a hamburger would be, but most of the time that’s where the similarities end.

What if, I wondered, slathering on more mayo to cover up the dryness of my chicken sandwich, you could make a better chicken burger by blending the green olives into a ground chicken mix?

Drumroll….. it works! So well. Those olives up the moisture and the flavor. The melted swiss gives it more of a “burger” feel. And that black pepper mayo is just because I’m obsessed with the stuff and it goes well with everything.

Things to remember when making these ground chicken burgers:

For the green olives: 

  • Start with pitted green olives to save yourself the hassle
  • If you don’t feel like chopping them by hand, toss them in the food processor and pulse until they’re roughly diced
  • Don’t feel the need to go with fancy green olives here; plain ole’ martini olives will work great

For the black pepper mayo: 

When you’re grilling: 

  • Make sure to oil up the grill pan or grates before you add the patties. Despite the olives adding moisture, chicken burgers still don’t have a ton of fat in them. That means they lack grease, which means they have a tendency to stick to the grill. Adding oil will help when you flip halfway through.

Other than that, I love these easy ground chicken burgers as a changeup from the usual. It’s a healthier version of my beloved hamburger, and the extra additions make it better than most. Enjoy!

Ground Chicken Burger with Olives and Black Pepper Mayo
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped green olives
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • spray canola oil
  • 4-6 slices swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Burger buns for serving
Instructions
For the burgers:
  1. Heat a barbecue grill or cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. While the grill is heating, combine the ground chicken, green olives, and ground mustard in a large bowl. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  3. Form the chicken mixture into patties.
  4. Spray the grill with oil, then place the patties on the grill, leaving an inch or so of room between each.
  5. Grill 3-4 minutes, then flip. Top each patty with a slice of swiss cheese.
  6. While the second side is grilling, mix together the mayonnaise and black pepper in a small bowl.
  7. After the chicken patties have cooked all the way through, remove from the grill and place each on a bun. Top each patty with a dollop of black pepper mayo and serve.

Meal Prep Recipes for Beginners: Thai Larb Rice Bowls

These rice bowls are a great make-ahead work lunch idea! I was looking for meal prep recipes for beginners and I love how tasty and easy these are. They're a good work lunch either hot or cold, too. These rice bowls are a great make-ahead work lunch idea! I was looking for meal prep recipes for beginners and I love how tasty and easy these are. They're a good work lunch either hot or cold, too.

Are you new to the idea of meal prepping work lunches for the workweek? Easy meal prep recipes for beginners can feel hard to come by.

I mean, those pretty bowls on Pinterest look like they take forever to assemble!

Plus, I don’t know about you, but I’m not on any special diet or meal plan, like paleo, 21-Day Fix, Whole30, etc. And sometimes it seems like every meal prep recipe out there is geared specifically to some sort of diet or meal plan.

Don’t get me wrong; diets and special meal plans are awesome for some.

But when I go to search my Pinterest boards or Google for meal prep recipe ideas, I find myself wading through bodybuilder and paleo sites and have trouble finding what I want: a make-ahead lunch that is simple, tasty, and portable.

That’s why I’m starting a new series of recipes, for those of us who want make-ahead lunches but aren’t especially following a specific diet or meal plan. And to kick off this series, I’ve teamed up with Farm Promise pork to make these crazy easy, super delicious Thai Larb Rice Bowls.

Thai Larb Gai is a traditional meal from Laos, an area in Thailand. On your typical Western-style Thai restaurant menu, it’s usually served as seasoned ground meat with red onions and other veggies, on a bed of lettuce and drizzled with a bright and zesty lime dressing.

I took that standard appetizer dish, layered it with rice, and turned into a perfect working lunch.

These Thai-style rice bowls make an awesome meal prep recipe for beginners, and they come together quickly. Plus, they taste even better as the week goes on!

Bonus: this meal prep recipe works as a hot or cold lunch option! This means you don’t have to have lunchtime access to a microwave or stove in order to enjoy it #LunchtimeWins

A big part of what makes these Thai Larb Rice Bowls so good is using quality pork from Farm Promise.

Farm Promise recently reached out to me to see if I would be interested in developing recipes highlighting their new pork products, which are sold in ShopRite stores throughout the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

Once I looked a little more into their standards and promises and discovered what a quality brand they are, the offer was an easy one to agree to.

You guys know that I’m not one to advocate for a specific brand or company unless I 1,000% believe in it. It’s simply not worth my time or yours to recommend a product I’m not excited about.

But Farm Promise is good stuff. Farm Promise farmers don’t use antibiotics in feed for their pigs. They’re raised humanely on family farms, fed a vegetarian diet, and are raised without growth promotants.

Basically, it’s farming like it should be, on local farms run by families that care about their products. And it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to buy, either.

To make these Thai Larb Rice Bowls, ground pork is browned in a hot pan with brown sugar, garlic, and lemongrass paste.

After the pork browns in the pan, it’s taken off the heat and tossed with a simple lime juice, fish sauce, and basil dressing.

Divide the pork over cooked rice, and you’re good to go! If you’ve already got rice prepared, the whole dish comes together in about 10 or 12 minutes. (so easy!)  

It’s the perfect amount of food for 4 on-the-small-side lunches; if you’re serving this dish for dinner, it makes enough for 2.

Meal prep for work lunches = never easier.
Thai-Style Larb Gai Rice Bowls
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Servings: 4
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass paste
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 pound Farm Promise ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 leaves basil roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Thai chili paste optional
  • 4 cups basmati or white long grain rice
Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to the instructions on the package.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  3. Add the garlic and lemongrass paste and stir, cooking until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the brown sugar and stir until melted, then immediately add the pork to the pan. Cook, breaking the pork up with a wooden spoon as it browns until the pork is cooked through completely and no pink parts remain.
  5. While the pork is cooking, combine the lime juice, basil, fish sauce and (optional) Thai chili paste in a small bowl, stirring to mix.
  6. After the pork is cooked through, remove the pan from heat and stir in the lime juice mixture.
  7. Divide the rice into four meal prep containers (or bowls, if serving immediately). Top each container with an even amount of the pork mixture.
  8. Cool to room temperature, then store, tightly covered and in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.
Recipe Notes

Serves 4 Time 15 minutes

If you’re new to meal prepping, you’ll LOVE my Meal Prep Power Hour Worksheet. It breaks down exactly how you can plan, prep, and cook a week’s worth of lunches and dinners- in only 60 minutes!

Leave your name and email below, and I’ll send it to you straight away.

How to Make Overnight Oats for Breakfast so You Can Actually Get Out the Door on Time

I SO needed this primer on how to make overnight oats! She goes through just how to do it, what kinds of oats you should or shouldn't use, how much milk or liquid, and how to make overnight oats in a jar. Then she includes 5 variation recipes to try at home. These are so helpful for quick breakfasts when I need to get out the door but still have a healthy breakfast that's a quick breakfast recipe, too. Very tasty and helpful post.

I SO needed this primer on how to make overnight oats! She goes through just how to do it, what kinds of oats you should or shouldn't use, how much milk or liquid, and how to make overnight oats in a jar. Then she includes 5 variation recipes to try at home. These are so helpful for quick breakfasts when I need to get out the door but still have a healthy breakfast that's a quick breakfast recipe, too. Very tasty and helpful post.

I SO needed this primer on how to make overnight oats! She goes through just how to do it, what kinds of oats you should or shouldn't use, how much milk or liquid, and how to make overnight oats in a jar. Then she includes 5 variation recipes to try at home. These are so helpful for quick breakfasts when I need to get out the door but still have a healthy breakfast that's a quick breakfast recipe, too. Very tasty and helpful post.

I SO needed this primer on how to make overnight oats! She goes through just how to do it, what kinds of oats you should or shouldn't use, how much milk or liquid, and how to make overnight oats in a jar. Then she includes 5 variation recipes to try at home. These are so helpful for quick breakfasts when I need to get out the door but still have a healthy breakfast that's a quick breakfast recipe, too. Very tasty and helpful post.

Today, my busy lovelies, I’m going to teach you how to make overnight oats for breakfast so you can actually get up, get out, and not be running late on an empty stomach for once.

You’ve probably heard some fuss about overnight oats and how they can save you time, money, and extra calories in the mornings. It’s true! Overnight oats are a fab option for busy people breakfasts since they are literally made while you sleep.

Overnight oats can save you a ridiculous amount of time in the mornings, and as a bonus, they are super customizable, easy to make, and a great make-ahead prep recipe!

Here’s why learning how to make overnight oats can save you morning time hassles.

I’ve long struggled with eating breakfast; I’m rarely hungry in the morning and would prefer just coffee.

But I know breakfast is important, and if I don’t eat it, I usually wind up a hangry, shouty mommy by like 9am.

Not good.

I kept hearing how amazing overnight oats were, but I was hesitant to try it out since, like, cold oatmeal? Um, no.

But my son loves oatmeal and I was sick of making it from scratch in the mornings, so I gave an overnight oats recipe a whirl.

They’re more filling than a bowl of cereal or a slice of toast, and I can create individual options for my kids based on their tastes. PBJ for one, brown sugar and walnuts for the other, fruit-topped for me.

Or we could all eat the same flavor instead. No one will die from the lack of variety. But that’s not nearly as Pinterest-y, now, is it? 😉

These little overnight oats in a jar are also a fab grab-and-go breakfast item. Kinda like this Overnight Chia Pudding, you can whip up a batch during a weekend Power Hour prep sesh and line them up in your fridge for the week.

Since they do all their ‘cooking’ while you sleep, it’s the ultimate in easy prep!

Does it matter which oats you use?

In a word, no.

Personally, I prefer steel-cut oats to rolled oats, since I like the chewy, hearty texture.

But rolled oats are the standard style of oats most “experts” (ahem, other foodies) recommend when teaching how to make overnight oats, so that’s the more “traditional” choice.

1-minute or quick oats are generally not recommended since they get super soggy overnight.

How do you store overnight oats?

I prefer to mix up overnight oats plain, with no seasoning other than some salt, and pop the mixture into small, 1-cup Pyrex glass containers since they will stack easier to stack in the fridge. But mason jars are a great place to store overnight oats as well, also.

And, of course, mason jars are way more Instagram-worthy. These are the important details, after all.

Here’s an easy formula to remember how to make overnight oats: 1 Part Oats + 1 Part Liquid + Sit Overnight, then add toppings. 

  • Take one part steel cut oats (which are better for overnight oats since they’re ‘sturdier’ than quick oats)
  • Combine with equal parts liquid (milk, water, even bone broth if you like your oats savory)
  • Shake
  • Sit, overnight if possible
  • Add toppings (nuts, peanut butter, coconut flakes, etc)
  • Enjoy!

Here are 5 easy variations on overnight oats:

 

Overnight Oats
Prep Time
5 mins
 
Some people like to add the flavorings and toppings beforehand, but I find a lot of toppings don't hold up well to overnight soaking and can get a little soggy. Experiment and find what you like best!
Servings: 2
Author: Ruthy Kirwan
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats (see note)
  • 2 cup milk (see note)
  • 1 pinch salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, milk, and salt in a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid, seal, and shake to mix thoroughly.
  2. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Top as desired and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

A note on oat types: Steel cut oats will give you a 'chewier' and heartier texture (they're my favorite!) Rolled oats are the standard style used in most overnight oats recipes and bring a more traditionally soft oatmeal texture Quick or 1-minute oats tend to get too soggy when left overnight; these are best used when you want "overnight" oats but forgot to make them the night before 🙂

A note on milk types: Feel free to use any kind of milk here, be it plant-based or animal based. You can also sub in water or even bone broth if you're going for a savory flavor!