Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving, A Recipe, And A Fun Idea!

I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving! 
I know Thanksgiving is an American holiday, and that my blog is read internationally, but I think the premise of Thanksgiving is worthy of worldwide celebration - people coming together with thankful hearts, embracing peace, and sharing good food. 
I'd like to share a wonderfully tasty, and extremely easy breakfast to get your busy Thanksgiving morning off to a healthy start. I'm a big fan of plant-based foods, and this recipe from the Vegetarian Times cookbook, "Everything Vegan" for Slow Cooker Irish Oatmeal is one of my favorites:

Old-Fashioned Irish Oatmeal

Serves 8
There's no question that steel-cut oats are superior in flavor to instant oatmeal, but the extended cooking time, obligatory stirring, and sticky pot to clean can put off even the most loyal oatmeal enthusiast. Using a slow cooker eliminates the stove-top surveillance and mess. Plus, the oatmeal can be kept warm for late risers.
  • 4 cups vanilla soymilk
  • 1 ¾ cups steel-cut oats
  • ½ cup dried cherries, dried cranberries, or raisins
  • ½ cup plus 3 Tbs. maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ cup blueberries, optional
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans, optional
1. Coat 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Combine soymilk, oats, dried cherries, 1/2 cup maple syrup, salt, allspice, and 4 cups water in slow cooker. Cook on high 2 to 4 hours.
2. Turn off slow cooker, and stir in 3 Tbs. maple syrup. Add water as necessary to achieve desired thickness. Serve garnished with blueberries and pecans, if desired.

Fun Idea:
Here's an easy to make, absolutely adorable Thanksgiving treat made from Oreo cookies, candy corn, mini peanut butter cups, and chocolate covered malt balls. To put it all together, you can pick up some different color icing in a squeezable tube at any craft store or most grocery stores.

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Many Blessings,
Jana : )