Sunday, October 5, 2008

Healthy Three-Grain Hot Cereal Recipe

Three-Grain Hot Cereal Recipe(serves 2 or 3)

3 cups water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup rolled oats or steel cut
1/2 cup barley flakes
1/4 cup quinoa
1/3 cup dried fruit of your choice (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt (optional)

Bring water to boil in saucepan. Add milk, oats, barley, quinoa, fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Bring back to boil. Cover and reduce heat, simmer for 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. If using steel cut oats, may need to cook for 20 to 30 minutes and add a bit more milk or water if it is getting too thick and the oats still aren't done. Garnish with sucanat, honey, or maple syrup and slice almonds or chopped nuts of your choice.

I double or triple this recipe and freeze any leftovers. When you reheat, just add some milk or water to the saucepan. You can't tell that it has been frozen. Great for a quick breakfast. Also if you have a baby, throw this into blender or food processor with some milk and it makes wonderful baby cereal. Ladle into ice cube trays and freeze for individual servings.

For dairy free option, substitute almond or oat milk or water for the milk.

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