Sunday, March 15, 2009

Savory Oatmeal with Kale and Mushrooms

Whoa! This was actually good. Sometimes I surprise myself. Credit to Genevieve Laloue over at her blog Health Food Makes Me Sick for inspiring me with her post earlier this year.

1/2 cup quick oats
1 1/2 boiling water
2 tbl dried porcini mushroom
1 cup chopped lacinato kale
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbl tamari
1/2 tbl sesame oil
1/2 tbl hot sauce
1 soft boiled (4 minute) egg

Reconstitute the dried mushroom in the boiling water, allowing to soak 30 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the water and chop them, then add the water with the mushrooms, salt, tamari, hot sauce and sesame oil to a small pot with the instant oats. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, steering all the while until oats are nearly done, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped kale and half the scalions and stir, cooking another minute or so. The oatmeal should be somewhat watery, like a thick soup. Pour into a bowl, break the egg onto the top and garnish with remaining scallions.

The crunchiness of the kale and scallions go well with the creamy soft oats and mushrooms. The rich, salty and earthy flavors from the tamari and porcini play nicely with the dash of hot sauce. And who doesnt love a 4 minute egg! Even so, I am wondering how i might incorporate some tofu cubes instead of th egg, maintaing the protein and makign this vegan. It's all ready gluten free (check the label on your tamari to be sure).

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I did this one again tonight, but instead of the quick oats I used 1/3 cup red quinoa and 1/3 cup steel cut oats. It needed a little more water and about 30 more minutes of cooking. Egg cooked for 3 minutes. Home run!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Teach a man to fish...

On Sunday, July 26th, 2009, I will complete Ironman USA in Lake Placid, NY. (Ironman is a multisport endurance event consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run). As a member of RaceWithPurpose.Org, I am combining my passion for community service with athletic performance and working toward something bigger than myself.

My goal this year is to raise funds to serve kids who struggle because of poverty and disadvantaged educational systems. In particular, I will support efforts in Youth Financial Literacy Education through World of Money, a 501(c)3 charitable organization.


I truly believe that by teaching kids to approach their finances responsibly we can have a lifelong positive impact on them, their families and communities.

WorldOfMoney.Org is committed to prepare under served youth for real world financial responsibility. The Money Track curriculum includes: wealth consciousness, disciplined savings, stock market investment, bank accounts, real estate investing, mutual funds, credit and mortgages, house-hunting and business etiquette. The Summer Financial Literacy Training Institute was launched in 2006 with its mission to give young people empowering tools to survive life’s economic roller-coasters.

The training will serve 75 young people, ages 11-17, over three weeks at The Beacon School in Manhattan. Each youth will receive a Certificate of Completion, book bag and school supplies at the graduation ceremony in August of 2009.

The Money Track curriculum focuses on financial literacy and financial responsibility.


Ø Budgeting/Money Management
Ø Investing
Ø Real Estate
Ø Stock & Bonds
Ø Disciplined Saving
Ø Developing Credit
Ø Wealth Creation
Ø Taxes
Ø Responsible Consumption
Ø Poverty Mindset vs. Prosperity
Ø Mindset
Ø Understanding the Stock Market
Ø Banking Experience

Ø Meeting prominent financial experts
Ø New York Stock Exchange Visit (where possible)
Ø Bank Visit

I am raising money to support World of Money ( , an organization providing education in financial literacy to under served youth in our area. I truly believe that by teaching kids to approach their finances responsibly we can have a lifelong positive impact on them, their families and communities. And having made a commitment to this meaningful cause will help me to stay focused through long months of training and the many hours of actual execution during the event.

I'm asking you to help by making a contribution! Please use this link ( to donate online quickly & securely. You will receive email confirmation of your donation and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. I thank you in advance for your support, and really appreciate your generosity!

There is also a link on our home page at, for your convenience.

Or, if you prefer to make your donation offline by check, please contact me directly for a donor card and information on how to make your donation in that way.

I’ve set a goal to raise $20,000 for this worthwhile cause. Whatever the size of your contribution, it is appreciated and will help us to achieve our goal. Thank you!

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The Robert H Lorsch Foundation is a private 501 (c)(3) organization with a long history of supporting youth-wellness causes.