Steel-cut oats oatmeal with apples and nuts

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I used the quick-cooking steel cut oats from Trader Joe’s. They cook in only 8 minutes. Nuts add crunch and protein, and apples and/ or raisins add sweetness and fiber. This recipe serves 2, but you can double or triple it to store some for those weekday mornings when you need a quick warm-up before work. It’s all-natural, so much better than those instant oatmeal packets.

Serves 2

1 1/2 cups water

a few shakes salt

1/2 cup quick-cooking steel cut oats

2 Tb ground flax seed

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 apple (I used a honey crisp apple)

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup walnut pieces

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup milk

1 Tb cream (optional)

pure maple syrup or brown sugar (optional)

Peel and chop the apple into bite-size pieces. Bring water to a boil. Add salt, oatmeal. flax seed, cinnamon, apple and raisins. Lower heat and cover pot, and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and stir in nuts and milk for one minute. Pour into bowls and add a tablespoon of cream for a treat. If you desire added sweetness, add maple syrup or brown sugar to taste.

Olive Oil Cornbread

olive oil cornbreadThis light cornbread is super moist from olive oil, applesauce and corn kernels. I added ground flax seed for its Omega-3 benefits.

Ingredients:

1 cup 1% milk

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 cup cornmeal

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

½ tsp salt

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

1 Tb ground flax seed

2 eggs

½ cup applesauce

¼  cup olive oil

½ tsp honey

½ cup frozen or fresh corn kernels

1 Tablespoon butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425’ Add vinegar to milk and let it curdle while you mix the other ingredients. Place corn kernels in a small bowl with a splash of water and microwave for two minutes. Set aside to cool.

Sift white flour with baking powder and baking soda. Stir in the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with applesauce, oil, honey and milk. Pour into dry ingredients. Add corn, then mix with a large spoon only until ingredients are combined. Spray bottom and sides of an 8 inch square pan with nonstick spray. Add  1 tablespoon butter and place pan in the hot oven for a couple of minutes while the butter melts. Tip pan to distribute butter evenly on the bottom of the pan. Pour in batter. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Nice with soups or stews.

Rosemary and olive oil cornbread