Vol. 3, No. 12
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STEEL CUT IRISH OATMEAL
I have been buying steel cut oats in bulk at my natural food store. We like them because they are more crunchy than regular rolled oats. We think they are more filling also. They do take a bit longer to cook, however, you can save some time by soaking them overnight.
Preparation Time: 5
4 cups water
Variation: To soak the oats overnight, bring the water to a boil, add the oats, stir and turn off the heat. Cover and let rest overnight. In the morning, bring the heat up on the pot and cook over low heat, uncovered for about 10-12 minutes. To add a bit of sweetness to the oats, add a few currents to the water before boiling, then follow directions above.
MULTIGRAIN HOT CEREAL
This is another hearty breakfast that we enjoy. It does take a bit longer to cook but it is very filling and delicious. The mixture can be made up ahead of time and stored in an airtight container. If you soak the mixture overnight, it cuts down on the cooking time in the morning.
4 cups oat groats
Combine all the ingredients (or as many as you choose to use) in a large container and mix well. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
2) THE NIGHT BEFORE: Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Rinse 1 cup of the mixture under cold water, then add to the pan. Turn off heat, cover and let rest until morning. Reheat in the morning and serve.
3) Place 3 cups of water and 1 cup of rinsed mixture in a slow cooker (crockpot). Cook on low heat setting for 8-10 hours.
Hint: Add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or mace to the cooking water for extra flavor. Or try a tablespoon or two of currents or raisins.
Many people do not know how to use millet, the grain that is more familiar in birdseed than as a food source. We have been eating millet this way for over 25 years. It tastes best with some kind of a sauce served over it. Use as a variation for brown rice.
Preparation Time: 10
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place the millet in a large bowl. Put the remaining ingredients in a blender jar and process until smooth. Add to millet and mix well. Pour into a square baking dish, cover and bake for 1 ¼ hours.
Hint: Use various types of tomato juice to change the flavor slightly, or use vegetable broth instead of the tomato juice.
SPICY YAM STEW
I am always looking for interesting ways to use yams in a recipe instead of just baking them. Try this recipe over brown rice or baked millet.
Preparation Time: 20
1 ½ cups vegetable
Place all the ingredients except the cornstarch mixture and the parsley in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook, covered, over medium-low heat for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Add the cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened. Stir in the parsley just before serving.
Hints: This may be made ahead of time and reheated just before serving. Add the parsley after reheating. This is also delicious made with chopped fire-roasted tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes.
YUKON STUFFED PEPPERS
This may be made with different colored peppers to enhance the visual appeal, if you choose.
Preparation Time: 45
6 medium-sized bell
Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and tops. Steam over boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Meanwhile, cook potatoes and garlic in water to cover, until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain. Mash potatoes with soy milk. Stir in onions, corn, pepper and salt. Mound into pepper halves.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve with Marsala Mushroom Sauce.
MARSALA MUSHROOM SAUCE
Preparation Time: 15
2 leeks, sliced (white
and light green part only)
Place leeks and mushrooms in a pot with ½ cup of the water. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the remaining water, the oregano, sage, soy sauce and wine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 8 minutes. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook and stir until thickened.
Hint: This delicious sauce may be used as a topping for grains, potatoes or vegetables.