Oatmeal is a staple food in our house. With approximately 8 grams of dietary fiber and 11 grams of protein per serving, it’s a food I can feel good about feeding my daughter (and myself.) Here are a few fail-safe ways of preparing it so your kids will enjoy it as much as you enjoy watching them eat healthy, wholesome foods.
Basic Oatmeal Recipe:
I don’t like putting too much effort into cooking early in the morning; I need coffee first. Oatmeal is so quick and easy to make. Plus, it’s cheap and healthy! This is how I cook our oatmeal.
Ingredients and Supplies:
2 cups water
1 cup rolled oats/old-fashion oats
salt is optional, I don’t use it
2 c liquid measuring cup
1 c dry measuring cup
- Place water in small saucepan, bring to boil.
- Add the oatmeal and reduce heat to low. Simmer.
- Continue to cook until desired consistency is reached. For babies and toddlers, I usually cook until cereal turns to mush adding water as necessary, but for older kids and adults I cook it just until soft and chewy.
Finally, I suggest dressing oatmeal with one of the following serving suggestions.
Poor a quarter cup heavy cream (or half and half or milk if watching your figure) over basic oatmeal, then top with two tablespoons brown sugar and a good sprinkling of cinnamon.
Prepare Basic Oatmeal.
Add 1/4-1/2 cup dried fruit to the water with the dry oatmeal and allow to cook together. Cooking the dried fruit with the oatmeal softens the dried fruit a little giving it a great chewy texture.
When desired consistency is reached serve with cream and a light sprinkle of brown sugar or drizzle of honey or agave nectar.
Try any combination of these dried fruits: raisins, blueberries, cranberries or apricots, cherries or strawberries cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
Oatmeal with grilled peaches and cream: (Great Summer Breakfast!)
Prepare Basic Oatmeal. While oatmeal is cooking, halve a peach and grill face down on electric or outdoor grill on low. Flip peaches when soft and beginning to caramelize on bottom. I recommend using a pair of tongs to handle peaches. Continue grilling until other half softens. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly, then remove peel. Peel should come right off. If it doesn’t, then they need to cook longer. When peaches and oatmeal are ready, serve oatmeal with peach halves, cream, a sprinkle of granola and a light drizzle of honey.
Oatmeal with Blueberry Sauce and almond slivers:
Place 1 cup fresh blueberries, 1/3 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. lemon zest in small saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring frequently, so as not to burn. Lower heat to simmer and mash blueberries with heat safe potato masher (or whatever you have handy.) While blueberries are simmering, prepare basic oatmeal, stir both frequently. When oatmeal is ready. Divide oatmeal and blueberry sauce between bowls. Sprinkle each with 1-2 TBLS slivered almonds. Delicious!
Baked Oatmeal and Quinoa
This oatmeal is baked in a casserole dish with quinoa, banana and berries. It is delicious, healthy and addicting. I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I can’t. I found it on Cooking Quinoa. This dish is great for a lazy Saturday Morning, or consider baking it for a pregnant friend or new mom. The folic acid in it is great for developing babies, plus it is packed with protein for tired moms, and the oatmeal helps increase milk production! Thanks Wendy for your wonderful quinoa recipes!
Baked Oatmeal and Quinoa
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/3 cup natural sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups low fat milk
1 large egg
3 T unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
2 bananas, cut into pieces
1 1/2 cups mixed berries
Preheat oven to 375 and spray olive oil in your pan to prevent sticking.
Mix together oats, quinoa, half of walnuts, sugar (if using otherwise add maple syrup with wet ingredients), baking powder, cinnamon and salt. (Note: this can be done ahead of time.)
In a separate bowl lightly beat egg and add in milk, vanilla, maple syrup (if using) and half of the slightly cooled butter.
Place banana slices on the bottom of the prepared pan. Top with 2/3 of the berries and cover with oat mixture. Pour wet Bake for 40 minutes. Drizzle with remaining melted butter and additional maple syrup or sugar if desired.
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