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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Oat Meals in Under an Hour

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By Juvy S. Iliwiliw


Children and adults love oat meals. I personally love to eat oats during breakfast and even in my snacks. But I have learned only one way of cooking it. And it is just by cooking with water and by just adding sugar or milk or chocolate powder to make it extra special. Then an idea came that its best served with fruits or vegetables toppings.

I went to the grocery store sometime and found this book of recipe for oat meals. You have to try these yummy new recipes which I doubt you have not yet cooked before for the family, You will find here 15 recipes for meals, snacks, breakfast and desserts. Each one is easy to follow, speedy to cook and above all, delicious to eat.

Surprise your family with these exciting new dishes that will have them begging for more.

A BERRY GOOD SMOOTHIE


You will need:


1      cup cranberry juice
1      cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1      carton of low-fat vanilla yogurt
2/3   cup Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
        some ice cubes
        sugar to taste

Here's how:


1. Put everything in a blender, except the ice.
2. Blend it on HIGH until smooth.
3. Gradually add the ice while continuing to blend. Serve immediately.


GOOD MORNING GRANULA


You will need:


3 1/2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1/2    cup honey
1/2    stick melted butter or margarine
1       teaspoon vanilla
1/2    teaspoon ground cinnamon
1       package of dried mixed fruit
1/2    cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
         salt to taste

Here's how:


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine ALL ingredients except the dried fruit in a large bowl.


2. Spread ingredients in a 15  x 10-inch jelly roll pan and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.


3. Let it cool and mix in the dried fruit. Store it in an airtight container at room temperature. Enjoy it every morning!


Note: You can substitute dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries or chopped apricots for the dried fruit mix.




FLUFFY OATMEAL PANCAKES


You will need:


1 1/4   cups all-purpose flour
1/2      cup Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2         teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4   cups skim milk
1         egg, lightly beaten
1         tablespoon vegetable oil
           salt to taste

Spike your pancakes with any of these...

1         cup fresh or frozen blueberries (don't thaw)
1         ripe banana, mashed and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4      cup apple, finely chopped, 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Here's how:


1. Combine the flour, oats, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Mix it well.

2. In another bowl, combine the milk, egg and oil. Mix it!

3. Now add both mixtures together until all the dry ingredients are moistened. (Don't overmix)

4. If you want to spike your pancakes, add them now!

5. Heat a skillet over medium heat and lightly grease it. Pour 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Flip them over once the tops are bubbling. Eat right away!



LOLA'S OATS CALDO


You will need:


1/2      kg chicken breast, sliced and diced
1 1/3   cups old-fashioned Quaker Oats, uncooked
3-4     shivers of ginger
2        stalks of lemongrass (2-3 inches, near roots)
1/2     onion, thinkly sliced
2-4     cups of chicken broth (from the wings)
           pepper and fish sauce (patis) to taste

Here's how:


1. Saute' the onion, ginger and lemon grass in a bit of oil. Then season with pepper and fish sauce.

2. Put in the chicken slices and saute' until the chicken is tender.

3. Add the broth then bring to a boil. Then add uncooked oats.

4. Keep it boiling until the oats are cooked. Serve it hot and make grandma proud!


QUAKER SOUP
for the SOUL and STOMACH


You will need:


3      tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
1      onion, finely chopped
1/2   cup shredded carrots
1/2   cup Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1      cup COOKED Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned)
6      cups ready-to-serve chicken broth
3      tablespoons fresh parsely, finely chopped
        or one tablespoon dried parsely
        salt and pepper to taste

Here's how:


1. In a large skillet, saute' the onion and carrots in 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Stir for 5 minutes.

2. Once the onion is tender, add the 1/2 cup of uncooked oats and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook till the oats are golden brown.

3. Now stir the broth and bring to a low boil. Add the cooked oatmeal and stir thoroughly. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

4. Season to taste with salt, pepper and parsely. Soothing!


THREE PEPPERS ARE BETTER
Oat Casserole


You will need:


1/2     cup of red, green and yellow bell peppers
1/2     cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2     cup sliced green onions
2        garlic cloves, minced
1        tablespoon olive oil
1        cup old-fashioned Quaker Oats (uncooked)
2        egg whites or 1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4     cup chicken broth
2        tablespoons fresh basil, minced in 2 teaspoons dried basil
          salt and pepper to taste

Here's how:


1. Over medium heat, cook the peppers, mushrooms, green onions and garlic in olive oil until crisp-tender.

2. In a large bowl, mix the oats and egg whites until all oats are evenly coated. Now add the oats to the veggies on the pan.

3. Cook for about 6 minutes until the oats are dry and separated. Now add the broth, basil, salt and pepper.

4. Continue cooking for 3 minutes or until the broth is absorbed. Serve immediately!


JUICY JUMBO BURGERS


You will need:


1        pound lean ground beef
1/2     cup Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1        egg, lightly beaten
1/2     cup ketchup, tomato sauce, beer salsa or BBQ sauce
1        tablespoon onion, finely chopped
2        teaspoons prepared mustard
          salt and pepper to taste
          hamburger buns (optional)

Here's how:


1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except the buns. Mix it with lightly but thoroughly and shape the meat into six 1/2 -inch thick patties.

2. Broil or grill the patties for 4-6 minutes on each side to medium doneness,  until the center aren't pink.

3. Serve it as burger steaks or in hamburger buns. Juicy!


CHICKEN STIR-FRY


You will need:


3/4     cup Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1        teaspoon ground ginger
1/4     teaspoon garlic powder
1/4     teaspoon salt (optional)
1 1/4  pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch strips
3        tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2        cups broccoli flowerets
1        cup bell pepper strips
1/2     cup green onions, sliced
1        cup mushrooms, sliced
1        teaspoon chicken flavor instant bouillon granules
1        cup hot water
1        tablespoon corn starch
1        tablespoon light soy sauce

Here's how:


1. Place the first 4 ingredients in a blender for about a minute. Now pour this mixture into a plastic bag.

2. Put the chicken pieces in the bag and shake well!!

3. In a large pan, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Stir-fry the chicken till they're brown and tender. Transfer to a plate.

4. In the same pan, heat the remaining oil with the broccoli, bell peppers and green onions. Stir-fry until crisp-tender. Add the mushrooms and cook for another minute.

5. Dissolve the bouillon granules in water. Mix in the cornstarch and soy sauce.

6. Now mix this with the veggies until sauce is thick and clear. Combine the veggies with the chicken and serve!



MEATBALL WRAPS


You will need:


Meatballs
1         pound lean ground beef or turkey
3/4      cup Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1/2      cup water chestnuts, finely chopped
1/3      cup green onions, chopped
1         clove garlic, minced
1         teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
1/4      cup light soy sauce
1         tablespoon water

Wraps
3/4      cup prepared plum sauce or orange marmalade
6         warm flour tortillas
1 1/2   cups shredded carrots and cabbage

Here's how:


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all meatball ingredients in a bowl and shape into 24 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Now place them on a rack of a broiler pan.

2. Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes or until the centers are no longer pink.

3. Spread the plum sauce on the tortillas, add the coleslaw mix and four hot meatballs.

4. Fold the sides of the tortillas, overlapping the edges so the filling doesn't spill out. Cut in half and serve it!


HOT CHICKEN OOH-LA-LA 
WITH SUNSHINE SALSA


You will need:


Sunshine Salsa
3/4 cup prepared salsa
3/4 cup orange sections, coarsely chopped

Chicken Ooh-la-la
2       tablespoons canola oil
1       tablespoon margarine, melted
2       teaspoons chili powder
1       teaspoon garlic powder
1       teaspoon ground cumin
3/4    teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups quick cook Quaker Oats (uncooked)
1       egg, lightly beaten
1       tablespoon water
4       boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
         chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Here's how:


1. Combine the salsa and orange in a bowl and refrigerate.

2. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.

3. Mix the oil, margarine, chili, garlic powder, cumin, and salt in a dish. Add the oats and stir evenly until moistened.

4. In another dish, beat the egg and water till frothy. Dip the chicken into the egg mixture then dip in the seasoned oats.

5. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve it with the salsa and enjoy!


BLUEBERRY-GINGER
MUFFIN TOPS


You will need:


1 1/2   cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1/2      cup granulated sugar
1/3      cup margarine or butter, melted and divided
1 1/3   cups all-purpose flour
1         tablespoon baking powder
1         tablespoon ground ginger
2/3      cup milk
1         egg, lightly beaten
1         cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Here's how:


1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet.

2. Combine oats and sugar in a bowl and mix well. For the streusel topping combine 1/4 cup of the oat mixture and 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a small bowl.

3. For the muffins, add the flour, baking soda and ginger to the remaining oat mixture. Mix well! Add milk, remaining melted butter and egg in a small bowl.

4. Add these to the dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Stir in the blueberries.

5. For each muffin top, drop butter by 1/4 cupfuls on the cookie sheet and sprinkle the toppings evenly over the batter. Pat gently!

6. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!


EASY-AS-PIE APPLE BERRY CRUMBLE


You will need:


1 1/2    cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1          cup all-purpose flour
1/2       cup packed brown sugar
1/2       teaspoon baking soda
10        tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1          can apple pie filling
3/4       cup dried cranberries
1 1/2    teaspoons lemon juice
1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon

Here's how:


1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray a 9-inch glass pie plate with nonstick spray.

2. Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and baking soda in a bowl. Add the melted butter and mix well. Set aside 3/4 cup of the mixture for the topping.

3. Press the remaining oat mixture firmly on the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Stir together the pie filling, cranberries, lemon juice and cinnamon. Spoon the filling over the hot crust.

5. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the filling and bake for 18 to 22 minutes or golden brown. Easy as pie!


FRUIT CRISP OF HAPPINESS


You will need:


Filling
6       cups of thinly sliced apples, peaches or pears
1/4    cup apple juice
1       tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar
2       tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2    teaspoon ground cinnamon
1       cup of raw raspberries

Topping
3/4    cup Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1/3    cup firmly packed brown sugar
3       tablespoons vegetable oil
1       teaspoon ground cinnamon
         Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional)

Here's how:


1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Combine the apples and the juice in a bowl. Add the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and stir until the fruit is evenly coated.

3. Gently stir in the raspberries and spoon into the baking dish.

4. For the topping, combine the oats, brown sugar, oil and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well. Sprinkle this over the fruit.

5. Bake for 35 minutes or until the fruit is tender. Serve it warm with ice cream. Yummy!


CHEWY GOOEY CHOC-OAT-CHIP
Bar Cookies


You will need:


1       cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2    cup packed brown sugar
1/2    cup granulated sugar
2       eggs
2       tablespoons milk
2       teaspoons vanilla
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1       teaspoon baking soda
1/2    teaspoon salt (optional)
2 1/2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
2       cups semisweet chocolate pieces
1       cup chopped nuts (optional)

Here's how:


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Beat margarine and the 2 kinds of sugar until creamy. Add eggs, milk, vanilla and beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt.

2. Mix in the oats, chocolate pieces and nuts. Now drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes for a chewy gooey cookie! Let it cool then transfer to a wire rack.

Bar Cookies
To make this, press dough onto the bottom of an ungreased baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes!




OAT BROWNIES


You will need:


2/3     cup margarine or butter, softened
1 1/4  cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/3  cups Quaker Oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
1 1/3  cups all-purpose flour
2        eggs
1/2     cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/2     cup chopped nuts
2        teaspoons vanilla
1/4     teaspoon baking soda
1/2     teaspoon salt (optional)

Here's how:


1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

2. In a bowl, beat the margarine and sugar until well blended.

3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Now spread this into the prepared pan.

4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool before cutting into squares. Serve a la mode!










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