September 29, 2012

Skip the Oatmeal!

by Marjan

Lately, I have been on a craze searching for tasty healthy recipes. I have shared with you some fantastic recipes in the past (and you count on even healthier ones in the future).

For breakfast, I have been looking for healthy, delicious warm oatmeal recipes. Yet there is one major problem: it does not exist! Trust me; I have been on a search. How does a savory chick research? Fortunate to live in Southern California (home to a large population of vegans, models, and dieters), I stalked every trendy restaurant serving breakfast. I was shocked! The assortment of huevos rancheros, eggs benedict, omelets, pancakes and waffles astound me! Every oatmeal dish I ordered seemed like the long lost relative you feel obligated to invite to the party. Oatmeal was on the menu to cater to those who just have to eat healthy. Bland and tasteless, the only variation I discovered was the topping!

Conclusion: If you’re going out for breakfast, just embrace the pork fat, butter, and starch! Lavish your taste buds with all the ingredients you would not normally find at home. Skip the oatmeal! Please!
The next morning, flush your system with my tasty, rich, aromatic recipe for warm oatmeal that will make you want to prepare everyday of the weak. But don’t do that to yourself: Sunday, immerse your palate with eggs, bacon and hash! That is my guilty pleasure.

Brisk fall days start better with a warm, healthy, nourishing breakfast filled with pecans, dates, and raisons exuding floral scents of cardamom. Try my oatmeal recipe. I promise you will NEVER order oatmeal in a restaurant again!


Ingredients (serves four):

1 cup oats
2 cups almond milk
1 apple- chopped into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons of honey
¼ cup slivered almonds
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
¼ cup raisins and chopped dates
½ cup crushed pecans
Optional: garnish with berries if available and in season

In a sauce pan bring to boil almond milk and oats until soft (approximately 7-10 minutes). Later add the apple, honey, almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom. Cook for a couple more minutes. Once well blended, check the consistency. If you like your oatmeal runny, add more almond milk. Vice versa, if you like a thicker consistency, cook a little bit longer to evaporate the milk.

Serve in individual bowls and top with desired amounts of raisins, dates and pecans.

3 comments:

  1. This is exactly what I have been craving! Thanks!

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    1. My pleasure! Enjoy :)
      I would also like to recommend adding one teaspoon of coconut oil in your bowl for extra nutrtious and flavor!

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  2. I finally tried the oatmeal and loved it! Rich and flavorful - just right for the cold winter days. I omitted the honey and raisins, as I like my oatmeal not too sweet, and it worked perfectly. My only suggestion: if you tend to have a rather hearty appetite in the morning (as I do), you may want to double the recipe if you want to serve four people. I used half the recipe for just myself and found it to be the perfect amount of oatmeal.

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