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Oat Cakes: A Recipe for the Constantly Dieting [NewlyNested]

Sometimes I feel exhausted because it seems like I’ve been on some sort of diet all my life.  I dream of cookies, ice cream, and cake, sometimes just to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I often joke around (although I am mostly serious) and say that when I turn 70 I will “go out” in bed, surrounded by cookies and watching TV, just enjoying TV and getting fat because it doesn’t matter anymore.  But the truth is I really love life and I want to live my life as healthy and long as possible.  My weight has always gone up and down at a reasonable rate, but when I got married I packed on major pounds and I’m still working on getting them off.

Recently I put a major dent in the weight loss journey by losing 10 lbs. with a healthy diet and Isagenixs (a protein shake brand that I used for breakfast and lunch).   This month I started to get off the shakes and eat a normal diet again, although as the shakes went away so did my good eating habits.  I noticed that most of my meals were carbs, carbs, and more carbs.  A few days ago I remedied this by sitting down and coming up with some meals that were high in protein and vegetables that I knew how to make quickly.

One of those recipes is Oat Cakes.  I learned how to make these in college when I dabbled in the zone diet for a month.  Even when I dropped that fad diet, I still occasional made this recipe because it was high in protein and kind of gave me the feeling like I was eating a pancake.  Here it is.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

What you’ll need:

¼ cup oatmeal

¼ cup cottage cheese

1 egg

1-2 packets of splenda or 1-2 tsp sugar

Olive oil

Nonstick pan

Mix the top four ingredients.  Heat some olive oil in a non-stick pan on a medium-low setting (you do not want to smoke the olive oil).  With a big spoon place 1 scoop of batter into the pan in a patty like shape.  You should have two.  Brown on each side, it should take you about 15 minutes all together.  Enjoy plain, with maple syrup, jam or apple sauce!

featured image credit: S. Diddy