Starting The Day Right

You all know how I whine over eating the blah oatmeal for breakfast. But, over time, to my surprise, I happen to appreciate it. With mercury falling day-by-day, I am not up for cold cereal either. There is no denial that oatmeal is, by far, one of the healthiest breakfast you can have. “What cannot be cured must be endured”, says my dad. So, instead of whining, I decided to dress it up, making breakfast a treat, than a chore.

Being vegan or not, I love soy milk with my cereal or oatmeal. It lends a sweet flavour without the cholesterol. But if soy milk is not your thing, you can use regular milk. I perk it up by adding a dry fruit and a nut and/or seed. Dried berries, raisins would work too. Try unsalted, roasted pepitas, for something different. Since I decided to make one of my favourite combinations today, which is dates and pistachios, I am sending this to Chandrika’s AFAM – Dates.

Ingredients

Quick cooking oats – 6 tbsp
Water – 1 cup
Soymilk – ½ cup
Flax seeds – 1 tbsp
Dates – 10, pitted and chopped fine
Pistachios – ¼ cup, finely chopped

Method

Bring water to a boil. Add oats and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add flax seeds, switch off the flame and add soymilk. Garnish with dates and pistachios and serve warm.

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41 comments:

easycrafts said...

Hey, i just now got a pack of oats...will try out this recipe

Vcuisine said...

Lovely Suganya, With all those goodies, a complete cup to start our day. Viji

KayKat said...

Wow!

Seriously, Suganya - that's the most exotic oatmeal I've set eyes upon :)

I'm sold - I'm trying that this weekend!

Srivalli said...

Hey that pictures looks great!!

Raaga said...

love it :)

Menu Today said...

Hi Suganya,

Fantastic Presentation!!!!!!!!:-)

Padmaja said...

Suganya!!!
I have never seen anything simple looking so beautiful!!
love your new header, its beautiful!!

Nags said...

beautiful pic and even more lovely is the idea. healthy and lovely!

Latha said...

kaykat is right, suganya! i never knew oats porridge could look so inviting. beautiful pictures.

AJ said...

Hi!I just happened upon your recipe. Adding the flax seeds is a great idea but may I suggest roasting and grinding them first? That is nutritionally better.

Bharathy said...

Not more that 3 letters..and it's
W-O-W!!!

yet another word BRILLIANT!!!
I am taking up your recommendations, 100%..!!!(So many of your readers are pestering for the cam facts eh? ;))

Nowadays my blog friends listen to me too much..Made sweet Archana(spicyana) to post after a long break and made this friend of mine to shift to a 3 column template!! :)
The new header and the looks in all look PERFECT..

One simple word to conclude,still it means more than I mean.. "THANKS"!!!:)

Rajitha said...

very nice pic..i usually add brown sugar and peanut-butter to mine..keeps me full for a looong time ;)

sunita said...

Beautiful picture..and the new header looks fab :-)

Siri said...

Simple, yummy yet healthy!! I like it..:)

Asha said...

Great idea! LOoks like a yummy breakfast!:)

Happy cook said...

It sure looks good

Latha Narasimhan said...

Tasty pallettes is looking tastier these days! What with new pictures on the header! :) The Oat meal is looking awesome! :) Dates pista, yum yum!

Kribha said...

My son has oatmeal for breakfast every single day:-) The presentation with the dates and nuts looked so good. At first I thought it was some kind of pudding. Looks soooooo good.

Tee said...

Beautiful Picture! We too add dates to our oatmeal...tastes so good! And I agree, oatmeal is the most comforting & healthy breakfast in the cold winter months :)

aparna said...

New header loks nice. Nice to see a new way to eat oats, though I prefer mine savoury.

Ashwini said...

I literally forced myself to like oats coz they are good for you! Though I add nuts I never thought of adding dates...good idea

Suganya said...

Thank you guys. Glad you liked my version of oatmeal. And, many of you did notice my new header and the 3-column template :D. Well, its encouragement from friends like you that pushes me to go further!

AJ, Thank you for the tip. I add ground flax seeds to smoothies and breads that I bake, but not to my oatmeal. I just love the crunch, I guess :).
BTW, roasting nuts or seeds depletes its nutritional value, its better to have them raw. This is what I learnt from a Doctor's article.

Anonymous said...

the photo looks lovely, like tapioca pudding:) but how does flax seed taste like?
paati

Manasi said...

Beautiful!!! this is the nicest looking oatmeal i have ever seen!!!

musical said...

Very pretty looking oatmeal :). This will tempt the non-believers too :-D.

Vanamala said...

Lovely pic!! I should give a try this .

Laavanya said...

I love adding dates to my oatmeal too... either with bananas or apples and some walnuts for crunch.

Ramya said...

ur pics and presentation are so tempting

Madhu said...

Like you new templet. Delicious and nutirious oatmeal, can eat this every day.

Gini said...

If only if someone served me oatmeal that fancy..

Red Chillies said...

Beautiful picture. With looks like that, I can have oatmeal everyday :-)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

This ones so damn good!!! Thanx for the idea and lovely pic, btw...

TheCooker said...

Fantastic!
Whats not to like here.

Archana, mama of twins said...

i love this oatmeal idea. we eat oatmeal all the time, my kids love it and they love dates.. YUM! the photo spectacular

Susan said...

If our daily oatmeal looks as lovely as this, we would be much more inclined to look forward to it. A very pretty start to the day.

sagari said...

suganya u made a colorfull oatmeal soooooo yummy and wonderfull thanks for sharing

VegeYum @ A Life (Time) of Cooking said...

The oats look so wonderful. I love organic oats - they have quite a different taste and are so creamy.

Sig said...

Beautiful presentation.... I thought it was some exotic dessert :)

Cynthia said...

I make dates in a similar way and it's mainly the way I'll eat oats :)

Linda said...

Dearest Suganya -- it may be that the only thing will get me to eat oatmeal is gazing at one of your photos of same :):)

Valli said...

This one is a lovely recipe and a wondeful photograph - I made a something similar to this recipe using quinoa - except cooked it in milk and dates combined.

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