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Amish Baked Oatmeal, healthy version

Amish Baked Oatmeal


A warm and comforting breakfast like Amish Baked Oatmeal is by far our favourite breakfast. Especially now in Fall, when a warm breakfast casserole is so cozy and everyone can dig in. Baked oatmeal is a traditional and comforting Amish breakfast casserole. Unlike regular oatmeal, which is cooked on the stove like a porridge, Amish baked oatmeal is made in the oven and is very very good. Although the authentic Amish casserole has tons of sugar and butter , I have reduced and replaced some of the sugar for maple syrup and just added a tiny bit of butter to make it not only delicious but healthy too.
In Fall we eat this all the time, adding different kinds of fruit like blueberries, or banana, and it’s the only breakfast that keeps us full until lunchtime. Also it’s a great way to get a head start on busy mornings, you could make this in the evening and simply re-heat in the morning. It keeps all week and freezes well too so I usually make double and freeze half, either in individual containers or in one.
It’s crazy good and tastes like a bakery style Vanilla muffin!


For this healthy baked oatmeal recipe, you’ll need:

Eggs – Eggs give lift and give the oatmeal structure, it also adds a good amount of proteins and nutritional value.
Maple syrup – you can adjust the amount to taste, it give the baked oatmeal a caramel like flavor and also depth. Perfect in combination with vanilla extract.
Applesauce– the perfect sugar substitute, use instead of maple syrup when using stevia extract or other sugar substitute.
Baking powder – also for a good lift, making the baked oatmeal more cake-like
Cinnamon and nutmeg – these two spices give the oatmeal the true Amish flavour.
Vanilla extract – use real vanilla if you can, otherwise a good extract. You must incorporate this into the oatmeal for optimal flavor.
Salt – a pinch of salt is what keeps it from tasting bland.
Milk – Use any kind of milk you like, the fattier the milk, the creamier the baked oatmeal will be. Plant milk works great too. I always use oat milk.
Butter – even a few tablespoons can work a miracle, it gives a smooth texture. You may replace it with neutral olive oil or coconut oil. If you don’t want any butter or fat, simply leave out.
Oats – use a combo of both old fashioned and quick oats for the perfect structure balance.
Banana – instead of all the butter.

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp. melted butter for baking dish
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ teaspoons salt
1 small very ripe banana, mashed
2 eggs
2 tbsp. melted butter (you could leave this out but it adds good flavor)
¼ cup maple syrup (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce plus 2 tsp. liquid stevia)
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups milk
1-2 tbsp. brown sugar for sprinkling on top. (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8 x 10 inch baking dish, or similar.
In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients, the quick-cooking oats, the old fashioned rolled oats, the baking powder, the cinnamon, the nutmeg and the salt. Stir to combine well.
In a food processor, mix the banana with the eggs, the melted butter, the maple syrup (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce plus 2 tsp. liquid stevia), the vanilla and the milk.
You can also do this part in another bowl, mashing the banana with a fork and then adding the remaining wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to combine. Pour into the greased baking dish and sprinkle the brown sugar over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is golden brown and appears set. Serve warm with extra milk or fruit.

Enjoy!

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Quick Cream of Tomato Soup with Basil

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What can be more comforting than a bowl of soup? If you need a quick fix, or are in a hurry to get dinner on the table, this one is for you.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 tbsp. Olive oil
• 1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine
• 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
• 2 medium carrots, washed and sliced
• 2 tbsp. tomato paste
• 2 cans peeled plum tomatoes
• 2 tubs passata
• 2 stock cubes, beef
• 2 tot 3 whole sprigs of basil with the leafs, left whole
• 1 – 2 tsp. sugar
• 1 Cup evaporated milk
• ¼ Cup Cream Cheese
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• A handful of fresh Basil leafs, for serving
• 1 Cup grated cheddar (loosely packed) for serving
• 1 tray ready made small meatballs

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
Add onions, carrots and garlic and sautée until translucent. About 5 minutes on medium low heat.
Add the tomato paste and fry for 30 seconds.
Add the canned tomatoes and passata and the stock cubes (crumbled between your fingers)
Also add one can (from the tomatoes) filled with hot water.
Add the whole sprigs of basil, bring to a slow simmer and leave for 15 – 20 minutes.
Remove the basil sprigs and blend with an immersion blender.
Add the meatballs.
Add milk and cream cheese. Add the sugar one teaspoon at a time and check how you like it, adding the remaining teaspoon if necessary. I like it sweet so I added two, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
At this point check the thickness of the soup, if you want it thinner add some more milk or water and if you do, adjust seasoning again.
Sprinkle with some Basil leafs and serve piping hot and serve with some crunchy baguette.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Mexican Pulled Beef with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread

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I feel like putting on a big sweater and pulling the sleeves over my hands while I eat a bowl of Chili…..

I had been walking around with this image in my head for a while and since the temperatures are dropping here in NL, I’ve made that vision finally come true. I wanted something different from the classic “chili con carne”, so I made pulled beef instead, with a mexican twist.

And since “twist” is my middle name, I’ve made a different kind of Cornbread to go with it. One with softness and texture at the same time, some cheese for extra flavour and a tiny Jalapeño kick, and I say tiny because I have only used half a Jalapeño. I still wanted to be able to eat the chili at a reasonable speed.

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Ingredients Chili;

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2.5 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2 thick slices

1 tsp. Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp. All Purpose Unbleached Flour

2 medium onions, peeled and chopped fine

3  garlic cloves, peeled and grated

2 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa (this is a must)

2 tbsp. ground Cumin

2 tbsp. sweet smoked paprika

¼ cup tomato paste

2 Tablespoon fresh oregano leafs or 2 teaspoon dried

1/2 tsp. dried Thyme

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, or to taste

1/4 C. Chopped Coriander

1 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

2 C. beef stock

1-2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke

1 – 2 tsp. chopped chipotle (depending on how hot you like it)

1 tbsp. coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

1/2 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp. fresh Coriander leafs

Toppings; scallions, avocado chunks, sour cream, cheddar cheese, fried onion rings

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Method;

Turn on your slow cooker, set to high.

Meanwhile heat a large frying pan and add 3 tbsp. of oil. Season the beef with the salt and pepper and toss with the flour. Sear the beef on both sides and brown until quite dark. Transfer to the slow cooker

Next fry the onions in the pan with the remaining oil until golden add the garlic and cook for an other minute. Transfer to the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, except the beans and Coriander leafs

Cook on high for 4 hours. After three hours add the beans. The cooking time depends on your slow cooker and the quality of the beef. So just check by pulling away a piece of beef with a fork. If it loosens easily transfer the beef to a cutting board or large platter. Leaving the beans in the pot. Pull the beef apart into chunky bits and shreds with two forks. Return to slow cooker. Heat thoroughly again for about half an hour  until ready to serve. Sprinkle generously with fresh Coriander leafs. Serve with Pumpkin Corn Bread and lots of toppings.

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Ingredients Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread;

1 C. corn meal

1 C. Spelt Flour

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. dried Onion Powder

1/2 tsp.

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp. honey

1/2 C. corn kernels form a can, drained

1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, grated

3/4 C. unsweetened plain yoghurt (or soy)

1/2 C of milk (or unsweetened soy) + 1 tbsp.

2 large eggs at room temperature

1/2 Jalapeño, sliced and deseeded

3 tbsp. olive oil

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Method;

Pre heat the oven to 425° F / 220° C

Put an 8″ cast iron skillet in the oven too to pre heat

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients and stir to mix. Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven with an oven mitt! Oil spray generously and pour the cornbread batter in the skillet.

Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake from 20-25 min.

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Maybe get some Mexican beer to go with it!

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Cajun Jumbo Shrimp Tacos with Corn, a Peach & Koriander Salsa and Roasted Pepper Aïoli