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Baby will love this yummy oatmeal


After weeks of offering my 2-year-old different foods, I’ve come to the conclusion he’s a carbohydrate-loving toddler. Give him crackers, toast, noodles, even Singapore Mei Fun, he’ll gobble it up. I try and balance out the starchy food by given him multi whole grain bread and even toasted Weight Watchers pita, which has six grams of fiber. So far he’s lapping it up.

Though he’s fussy, he just loves my home-made oatmeal, a recipe handed down by my grandmother. I thought I’d share it with all of you who are looking for something new to try. It takes about a half hour to make, but it’s worth the trouble. I usually make it as I drink my morning cuppa, so it doesn’t seem that long. Here goes:

Half cup of instant Quaker whole grain oats
2 teaspoons of ghee or clarified butter (you can find it in Indian stores or at Trader Joe’s or at similar stores). If you can’t find it use unsalted butter.
1 cup of warm water
3 cups of whole milk
Sugar, to taste

Heat ghee in a pot. When it melts add the oatmeal. Saute the oatmeal till it become’s golden and aromatic, about five minutes. Add the water and stir till it dries up. Add half the milk and bring it to boil. Let it simmer on low heat. When the milk evaporates/thickens, add the sugar, stir, and add the remaining milk. Simmer till the oatmeal becomes creamy.
If it’s more that your toddler can eat, refrigerate it and it will keep for a couple of days. When you’re ready to serve it again, just mix with more milk and heat.

Let me warn you, though. There may be no leftovers. It’s so yummy that mom may eat all the leftovers. Enjoy!

This entry was posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008 at 11:55 am by Hema Easley. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: fiber, Ghee, noodles, oatmeal, pita




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You make it, they eat it, right?

As most parents soon discover, feeding a family is rarely that easy, whether its nursing a fussy newborn or trying to get a hot meal into a squirming toddler (or attempting both at the same time.) And that's not even the days when work runs late, the main course burns, or your adventurous little sushi eater announces from now on she will only eat food that is pink.

As parents ourselves, we've been there, done that, even learned a few tricks along the way. And we're pretty sure so have you. Maybe together we can make eating together as a family -- gulp! -- fun again.

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Hema Easley Hema Easley has been a reporter for The Journal News since July 2002, first covering municipal government and then nonprofit agencies, women's issues and the South Asian and Muslim community in the Lower Hudson Valley. In her previous job, Hema was a correspondent for the Associated Press in South Asia. She lives with her husband and two sons in Orange County.
KatieKatie Ryan O'Connor, a Journal News editor and 35-year-old mother of three, never quite appreciated the work that went into feeding kids until she had to do it herself as a mother. If she had a food-and-kids philosophy it would be something like this: try your best to offer as much healthy food as possible, but sometimes fruits just have to be counted as vegetables and there are far worse things than chicken and spaghetti. Again.
TraceyTracey Princiotta, a 37-year-old mother of one, loves to cook, bake and eat, and is relieved that her son appears to be equally willing to chow down -- even if it's baby food and formula right now. Despite her husband's intense aversion to vegetables, she has high hopes of nurturing a true chowhound who will try everything at least once. And if all else fails, she's not above sneaking veggies into other foods.
Marcela Rojas Marcela Rojas has been a municipal reporter with The Journal News since January 2003. She is a native of Putnam County and grew up eating Peruvian food. She didn't realize until she was 13 that rice did not come with everyone's meal. After several years of living in Los Angeles -- where she grew a fondness for Thai food -- she returned to Putnam County where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Zyla (rhymes with Lilah) just turned 1 in March and, so far (her mother is pleased to note), loves to eat everything.
Swapna Venugopal Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy, a Journal News reporter, started her career as a journalist in 1999 after graduating with a master's degree from New York University. Before joining the paper in 2006, Swapna worked as a municipal reporter for the Home News Tribune in New Jersey, and took a baby sabbatical to care for her two children, now ages 7 and 5. She has currently outsourced feeding her children and husband to her mother, who is visiting from India. Her friend and colleague Katie O'Connor, informs Swapna that she wouldn't mind being fed Indian food by her mother, too.
Randi Weiner Randi Weiner has been a reporter with The Journal News since 1989, having covered police, government and schools in Westchester and in Rockland. An Ohio native and 1976 graduate of Bowling Green State University, she worked for daily newspapers in Ohio and Michigan before moving east. She has tended bar and danced in a beledi troup and sat on the boards of two community theaters. She plays mandolin with the Shamrogues, Connecticuts largest Irish band. Randi lives in Connecticut with her husband and has three children.

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