Thursday, January 20, 2011
CEiMB: Vanilla Spice Oatmeal
This week's Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe was picked by So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week by Ellie Krieger. This is a simple recipe, but a hearty and healthy one. It makes a wonderful breakfast that will keep for days in the fridge, so you can make it on Sunday and enjoy a great breakfast throughout the week.
I made quite a few changes to the original recipe to accommodate what I already had on hand in my kitchen. First, I used steel-cut oats instead of old-fashioned oats. I really love the nutty, chewy flavor of them, and if you stir them often while they are cooking, they become really creamy, similar to risotto. Granted, they take quite a bit longer to cook than the old-fashioned oats (about 25 minutes), but I think it is worth it.
I added dried cranberries instead of raisins. This recipe has a unique technique in which you add the dried fruit at the same time you add the oats, so the dried fruit plumps up and releases some of its flavor into the oatmeal. I used some honey cinnamon almonds instead of pecans, and used cinnamon to complement the almonds.
This isn't a dish that you typically find in a cookbook, and it is one that you might easily pass over because it is so simple, but I am glad I participated this week. I learned a new trick for oatmeal that I will use again and again. Thanks to Mary for this week's pick, and be sure to check out the blogroll to see what other bloggers did with their recipe!