Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Who cares if it's good for you, it taste great.

Not that I have a cholesterol problem, I'm one of those oddities that can eat butter on both sides of my bread and still show good numbers at testing time. This doesn't mean I'm skinny, nope, not afflicted with that disease. I've got one of those it's-easier-to-jump-over-than-walk-around types of bodies; could have something to do with the butter. As for eating healthy, I'm more of the hate the texture of a bowl of cooked oatmeal but like the cookies. I'm sure you're getting the picture. I did stumble onto a great recipe for cooked breakfast type oatmeal that has become a favorite in my house for family and friends.

2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 c raisins or combo of dried fruits
2 tablespoons of chopped raw nuts
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 cup applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 375.
Melt butter in 8-inch square baking dish in microwave.
Combine first five ingredients in a bowl.
Combine milk, applesauce, and egg in the baking dish, mix and add this mixture to oat mixture.
Pour everything back into the baking dish and bake 375 for 20 minutes.
Serve warm. Makes five servings and can be refrigerated and reheated the next day.

This recipe is great because it is very flexible. Don't have applesauce? Use a raw chopped apple and cook it for about 2 minutes while melting the butter. Today I used Trader Joe's Peach Sauce. This stuff is so yummy over ice cream but I digress, use it in place of the applesauce.

I also put in nutmeg because I got this cool grater at my Meca, Surfas and I do love the taste of nutmeg. You can add a little cinnamon or not. Like I said, easy.

I also bake it in a 7 x 9 glass pan which fits in my Barbie Easy-bake side oven. I adore this little oven, it handles everything the big oven does but it heats quicker and I'm sure uses less energy. If I want I can bake just a few cookies or make this yummy breakfast treat. The trick is to find baking dishes that fit, but then I always carry a tape measure, something my sister taught me.

Speaking of my sister, Weed, why don't you share the warmer weather breakfast treat?


doodles said...

my god she is taking pics of food.............what is this world coming to or Lo look what you started............

excuse me but what pray tell is warm weather breakfast treat?

your loving sister......weed

mooncrazy said...

Dearest Weed

That would be the fruit smoothies!

doodles said...

when you feel so crummy sick you always or at least I do resort to comfort food for eating. When you are sick, food taste like crud, but not moon's oatmeal dish. It is my new best comfort food when ailing and it is so yummy.