Winter Warmers #1: Porridge Two Ways

Hello there ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere!

I apologise for my limited online presence lately. Instead of posting (hopefully) delicious recipes for your consumption I’ve been on holidays! After a week of lounging around at the beach I’m getting my triannual dose of reality back home in Western Queensland. Between chasing cows and well chasing cows I’ve not had much time in the kitchen except to knock up some breakfast and the occasional family size batch of spag bol for dinner.

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So today to make up for my break from the blog I’m bringing you TWO recipes! Yep that’s rights I’ll be giving you not one but two porridge recipes as part of a three-part Winter Warmers Series. The aim of the series is to show you some quick, cheap and comforting winter recipes that are far more nourishing than traditional winter comfort food (i.e calorie/carb overloads). Shall we get started?

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I’ve included a basic porridge recipe so that you can get creative and place your own twist on it. All of these recipes make two good sized bowls of porridge. I like to put one in the fridge and reheat it for brekky the next day. As for toppings, go wild! My personal faves are chia seeds (fibre, omega-3s, calcium etc.), chopped almonds and fresh fruit.

Basic Porridge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup milk /milk alternative (I use soy)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Sweetener ( to taste )
  1. Put oats, milk & water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Once boiled, stir and reduce heat. Simmer porridge until it thickens or has reached your desired consistency.
  3. Divide into two bowls and sweeten with your preferred sweetener ( I use honey).

Porridge #1

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup milk/milk alternative
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 green apple, finely chopped
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • Sweetener (optional/to taste)

Toppings

  • 1/4 green apple, finely chopped
  • Handful of almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  1. Put oats, milk, water & apple in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Once boiled, reduce heat and stir in cinnamon & vanilla extract. Simmer porridge until it thickens or reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Sweeten porridge with your preferred sweetener and add toppings. Enjoy!

Porridge #2

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup milk /milk alternative
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 handful of mixed berries (fresh/frozen)

Toppings

  • Extra mixed berries
  • Cacao nibs
  • Coconut (shredded/chips)
  • Chia seeds
  1.  Put oats, milk, water & berries in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2.  Once boiled, reduce heat and simmer porridge until it thickens or reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Sweeten porridge with your preferred sweetener and add toppings. Enjoy!
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