steel cut oats

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adapted from alton brown’s recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/overnight-oatmeal-recipe/index.html

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 peeled/ diced apple
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • cinnamon– a few shakes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbs butter

Directions

  • In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours. Stir and remove to serving bowls.
  • I added some more brown sugar at the end– I think walnuts and/ or bananas would be great, too. I skipped Alton’s suggestion of adding dried fruit to the oatmeal before cooking. This recipe yielded about 5 servings, I think– depending on how much you want!
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breakfast quinoa

inspired by martha stewart http://www.marthastewart.com/314453/breakfast-quinoa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole or low-fat milk, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar, plus more for serving
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) fresh blueberries, plus more for serving

Directions

  1. Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, until three-quarters of the milk has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cook, covered, until almost all the milk has been absorbed, about 8 minutes. Stir in blueberries, and cook for 30 seconds. Serve with additional milk, sugar, cinnamon, and blueberries.

 

onion, mushroom, and spinach quiche with oat crust

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from food network online: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/caramelized-onion-mushroom-and-gruyere-quiche-with-oat-crust-recipe/index.html

notes: be careful to get evaporated milk, not sweetened condensed milk! i added spinach to this recipe, and it was pretty tasty. these directions yield too much egg mixture– don’t pour it all in the pan, or it will spill over the edge.  i didn’t use any mustard or thyme, and added extra salt and pepper.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons cold, lowfat buttermilk

For the filling:

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced thinly into half moons
  • 8 ounces sliced mixed mushrooms, such as cremini, oyster, shiitake
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dry)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 6-ounce can evaporated milk (not condensed milk)
  • 2/3 cup grated Gruyere cheese (about 1-ounce)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish with cooking spray.

To prepare the crust, put the oats, flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 3 times to combine. Add the butter and pulse about 12 times, until you get a pebbly course texture. Add the buttermilk and pulse 3 to 5 times more to combine. Form the mixture into a ball and place it between 2 large pieces of waxed paper. Roll out into a circle about 10 inches in diameter.

Remove the top sheet of waxed paper. Transfer the crust, still on the other piece of waxed paper to the pie dish, then remove the waxed paper from the top. Press the crust gently into the dish. Bake for 9 minutes, then let cool.

To prepare the filling, heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large nonstick pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan and heat over a medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they have released their water and begin to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the onions back to the pan, stir in the salt, pepper, mustard and thyme.

In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, egg whites and evaporated milk.

Sprinkle the cheese into the pie crust. Top with the mushroom-onion mixture and pour the egg mixture on top. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for 35 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting into 6 wedges and serving.