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My grandmother had two favorite sayings – one was “ach Jimmy!!” (referring to my grandfather) and”Eat your porridge!” – which was always directed at me. Sadly, those bowls of porridge didn’t resemble this Orange and Date Oatmeal…(sigh).
As the child and grandchild of Scottish immigrants, “porridge” aka “oatmeal” was a fixture on my breakfast table growing up – and still is. So when I was approached to help spread the word about Quaker®Oats “Bring Your Best Bowl” promotion I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough! Now, through March 12, 2016 you can enter your “best bowl” (with 2 – 5 additional ingredients) for a chance to win $250,000!!! Not only that, but the top recipes will be created and sold in stores for a limited time! Check out Quaker®Oats for all the delicious details or look for specially marked containers in your local Kroger store!
There are many reasons I love oatmeal – it’s easy to make, filling and is like a blank canvas – there are almost endless ingredients you can add to it – like the oranges and dates in this Orange and Date Oatmeal! So, wondering where to start to create your entry into the “Bring your Best Bowl” contest?
Well, I started by getting a fresh supply of Quaker®Oatmeal at my local Ralphs and then starting thinking about what to put on top! Inspired by my latest cookbook obsession – Plenty More – I’ve been thinking a lot about Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. While perusing the produce department a pile of juicy oranges caught my attention. Dates somehow ended up in my cart, along with some sliced almonds. Thinking my bowl needed a little added sweetness, I grabbed some orange blossom honey.
Then headed back to the kitchen to start experimenting!
I chopped up the dates….
and then sectioned an orange..
and then cooked the Quaker®Oats Quick One Minute oats and added a little apple pie spice…
Then assembled my “best bowl”….
And it was delicious!!! Oranges and dates are a classic pairing and the almonds provided just enough crunch. With just a touch of honey and spice to marry all the flavors, this Orange and Date Oatmeal will definitely be part of my “porridge” rotation!
So, what’s going to be in your bowl???
- 1 cup quick one minute oatmeal
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon apple pie or pumpkin pie spice
- 1 orange peeled, segmented and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup chopped dates
- 2 Tablespoons sliced almonds toasted
- 1 Tablespoon orange blossom honey
Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the oats and the apple or pumpkin pie spice. Cook for approximately 1 minute over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and diviide equally between two bowls.
Top with the orange segments, dates, sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey if desired.