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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