Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ingredient of the month...


It's getting cooler again...doesn't a warm bowl of oatmeal sound good? I love oatmeal...and it has a place in every meal and in between. It's high in fiber and can lower your cholesterol! It fills you up for the whole morning or overnight. And it's CHEAP!!! Buy it in bulk and on sale.

What can you do with oatmeal....
*Traditional breakfast....add brown sugar or maple syrup, nuts, spices, dried fruits, and yogurt! It only takes 2 mins in the microwave! A bowl of oatmeal is a great dessert replacement!

*Add into baked goods...treat as a 'mix-in' (like chocolate chips or raisins). Add to cookies, breads, pancakes, waffles.

*Use instead of breadcrumbs (rub between hands) in recipes such as meatballs, meatloaf, chicken fingers, or stuffed mushrooms.

*Use cooked and cooled oatmeal (or leftover) in smoothies! A great, quick breakfast.

*Mix with sugar, spices, and butter to top pies or fruit crisps.

*Make homemade granola! and granola bars (see previous recipe posts).

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