The suggestion of eating oatmeal as anything other than breakfast is a controversial concept. But oats, like many grains, simply take on the flavor of what they’re seasoned with, and we’re just used to them being seasoned in a sweet fashion for breakfast. That doesn’t mean they don’t do savory just as well.
Enter the savory dinnertime oats recipe below, which you’ll want to eat all winter long. We’ve also pointed out six other ways to improve upon your week, like an evening meditation class that will give you a break from the holiday season madness, the pop-up shop that will solve all your last-minute gift-shopping quandaries, the perfect mini-vacation from the blistering-cold temps, and more. Take your pick below!
Embrace savory oats! The trick behind these brilliant Dashi Oats, the brainchild of Bon Appetit, is to use instant dashi seasoning to transform the flavor, making for a great (read: easy) weeknight dinner. This recipe makes four servings, so you could make one big batch to play off of (throw a fried egg on ‘em! Sauté some ‘shrooms!) all week long. Do it.
Get your mind right. It’s no secret: The holiday season can be stressful AF. If you’re trying not to pull your hair out as you read this, may we suggest a trip to our Northern Liberties Focus studio for a little mind-body TLC at the 30-minute 5:15 p.m. meditation class. Do it.
If sweating out stress is more your style, pedal it out with Emma Barrera at East Market’s 5:30 p.m. Synergy class. Bonus: Emma’s musical theme for this class is Queen vs. Elton John, so to say we’re excited is a bit of an understatement. Do it.
Reach for the stars, er, ceiling: Philly’s huge new rock climbing facility, the Cliffs, just opened in Callowhill. If you’re new to the sport, join in on their evening Intro to Climbing class. Do it.
Escape to Mexico. Well, kind of. If this ice-cold weather has you daydreaming about warmer climates, you’re not alone. The fix for those of us who can’t just hop on a plane: Head to El Techo, order a margarita and the queso fundido, and play pretend. Do it.
Play Santa! So you left all of your holiday shopping until, um, now. Don’t panic: Original Object, the pop-up shop (which happens to be City Fitness Fishtown’s neighbor) that’s home to all sorts of local makers, has a little something for everyone. Think: eye-catching ceramics, cozy winter hats, stylish socks, THE scrunchie of the moment and more. (Yes: There is a scrunchie of the moment, and it’s this one.) Do it.
Get outside! Brandywine Creek State Park is giving you some incentive to abandon the dear, dear warmth of your home: They are leading a free winter solstice hike, complete with all sorts of info on what winter the shortest day of the year means to different cultures. Or you could just DIY your own winter solstice hike in the Wissahickon. Whatever you do, get outside—at least for a bit. Do it.
Stock your fridge for the week ahead! As Be Well Philly reports, Lidl, the German grocer with prices known to rival even the beloved Trader Joe’s, just opened its first Philly outpost in Port Richmond. Praise be! Do it.