Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baked Oatmeal

*****Susan's note: I found this recipe in the September 2012 issue of Readers' Digest. My husband was in love at first bite. ;)  I can see baking this for guests or holidays.

Baked Oatmeal
FROM Heidi SWANSON's book
Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen (Ten Speed Press)

2 cups rolled - not instant - oats
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
1/3 cup sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
scant 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, sliced into pieces
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, huckleberries, or mixed berries

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, with rack in top third of oven. Butter an 8x8 inch baking pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together oats, half the walnuts, sugar (if using maple syrup, skip sugar), and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together maple syrup (if using sugar, skip maple syrup), milk, egg, half the butter, and vanilla.
  3. Arrange bananas in a single layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle 2/3 of berries over the top. Cover fruit with oat mixture. Slowly drizzle milk mixture over oats. Gently give baking dish a few whacks on counter-top to make sure milk moves through oats. Scatter remaining berries and walnuts on top. 
  4. Bake 35 to 45 minutes, until top is golden and oats have set. Remove from oven; drizzle remaining melted butter on top. Serve with extra sugar or maple syrup.


Monday, October 8, 2012

Slow-Cooker White Bean Soup With Andouille and Collards

Slow-Cooker White Bean Soup With Andouille and Collards
****Susan's note: I made this with double the sausage, which was perfect.  Make sure you use a spicy sausage.  I also used a little less collards and more broth than called for.

Serves 6 Hands-On Time: 10min Total Time: 8hr 00m
1 pound dried white beans (such as cannellini or great Northern)
1/2 pound andouille sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 sprigs fresh thyme
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 bunch collard greens, stems discarded and leaves cut into bite-size pieces (about 8 cups)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
kosher salt and black pepper
olive oil and bread sticks, for serving
In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the beans, sausage, onion, celery, and thyme. Add the broth and stir to combine.
Cover and cook until the beans are tender, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total cooking time).
Twenty minutes before serving, discard the thyme stems, add the collard greens, cover, and cook until the greens are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the vinegar and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Drizzle with the olive oil and serve with the bread sticks.
By Dawn Perry , Real Simple
March, 2011

Nutritional Information
Per Serving
Calories 393
Fat 8g
Sat Fat 4g
Cholesterol 28mg
Sodium 670mg
Protein 30g
Carbohydrate 51g
Sugar 4g
Fiber 14g
Iron 9mg
Calcium 212mg