Banana Oats

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: December 12, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

This recipe is subtitled “A Perfect Baby Cereal” and that is a pretty good description. The contributor tells us it was her baby’s first cereal and is still his favorite four years later. She just doesn’t grind the oats as finely.

Cooking the oats in milk instead of water means no milk has to be added at the table. So the cereal is “thick enough to stay on an upside-down spoon” as baby learns to feed herself. The banana also supplies all the sweetening needed. So no starting baby on a sugar addiction.

And grown-ups can enjoy the cereal as well. It tastes good. For adults and older children, just don’t grind the oats as finely—or even at all.

Banana Oats

Banana oats
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
½ ripe banana
½ cup milk

Grind rolled oats in a blender or processor until very fine.
Gradually stir the 1 cup cold milk into the oats, then pour into a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer.
Simmer for four minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and let stand, covered another five minutes.
Meanwhile, blend the banana with the other ½ cup of milk until frothy.
Stir into the cooked oats and serve.

A Cold Morning for Hot Peanut Cereal

Source: : Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: October 2, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15-20 minutes

This is one of my favorite breakfast porridges and I don’t wait for a cold morning to make it. I prefer the cracked wheat to the whole wheat flour, but the flour is good if you prefer a very creamy texture. For an interesting taste variation, use buckwheat flour instead of whole wheat flour. Delicious!

A Cold Morning for Hot Peanut Cereal

A Cold Morning for Hot Peanut Cereal
2 ½ cups water
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup whole wheat flour or cracked wheat (or a blend of both)
¾ cup raw peanut meal
1 ½ tsp. soy grits
¼ cup raisins
1-2 Tbsp. honey
½ cup milk

Stir salt, flour and/or cracked wheat, peanut meal and soy grits into cold water.
Heat porridge, stirring constantly to keep texture smooth and free of lumps.
As soon as mixture begins to bubble, reduce heat to low.
Add raisins and honey and let cook over low heat until mixture thickens (10-15 minutes)
Serve with milk.

Baking Mix Cornbread

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: June 2, 2013
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

The base for this quick and easy cornbread is a recipe called  Master Baking Mix, but  feel free to use any baking mix, homemade or commercial. 

Today I used all the options: bran and hot chili pepper added to the mix, chopped pepper added to the liquid ingredients and a topping of shredded cheese and ground, roasted sesame seeds.

You might prefer to use a plainer version as a base for gravy, creamed chicken or mushroom sauce. Or use the cornbread in place of regular sliced bread or for cornbread stuffing.

Baking Mix Cornbread

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Pasta & Kasha

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: March 31, 2017
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time needed: 25 minutes

I regret to say I was not particularly enthralled with this combination of flavours. One really needs to enjoy buckwheat to like this dish. Or have some good ideas on spices and condiments to dress it up.

Pasta & Kasha

 

Pasta & Kasha
1 medium onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup kasha (buckwheat groats)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups water
1/2 lb. bow tie, shell or rotini pasta
3 Tbsp. olive oil or vegan margarine
freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Cook onion in oil until translucent.
Add the kasha and salt.
Add water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer 25 minutes.
Meanwhile cook pasta in a separate pot.
When both pasta and kasha are ready, drain them and put them in the same dish.
Add olive oil and pepper and toss together.

Artichoke and Rice Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: October 20, 2014
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed: 10-15 minutes to put together. Allow time to chill.

Prior preparation needed:
Cook rice & cool

A very interesting main-dish salad. Most of my life I have only known artichokes only in pickled form. It is nice now to be able to find canned artichokes for a dish like this. Unfortunately I did not have wild rice on hand. It would have made the dish even more attractive and appetizing.

Artichoke & Rice Salad

Artichoke & Rice Salad

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