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Peach Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with Lentils #LMDconnector

baked oatmeal (with lentils!)

Now that we’re in the midst of winter, my mind has turned to hot, filling, comforting meals for every time of day. I’ve been up to my ears in soups and casseroles lately, and while that’s all well and done, this month I wanted to share with you one of my favourite breakfast recipes. Oatmeal is one of my go-to winter breakfasts, and I love it in all its forms (except instant, blech!). Usually at this time of year I gravitate towards apples and maple syrup, but I always keep a stash of frozen fruit from summer’s bounty, and decided that this would be the perfect use. This baked oatmeal is the perfect combination of a little summer freshness (to remind you that winter won’t last forever, even when it seems like it will!), and the hearty warmth that a winter morning requires.

baked oatmeal (with lentils!)

When my friend Julie first posted this recipe, I had to admit, I was skeptical. Lentils? With oatmeal? Is that girl crazy? I have to assure you, she most certainly is not. Truthfully, while the lentils are a nutritional boost, you don’t even notice them in there, which is perfect for picky eaters. They absorb the flavours of everything else around them, and blend in perfectly with the oats.

baked oatmeal (with lentils!)

The best part about this recipe is that it reheats beautifully. I just don’t have time to make myself a hot breakfast on mornings when I’m rushing out the door to get to work, so I toss a little container of this in my bag and take it with me. A minute or two in the microwave as soon as I get to work followed by a drizzle of milk, and I have the hot, delicious, comforting breakfast I so crave on cold winter mornings, especially after standing out in the cold waiting for the bus. Pair it with a cup of tea and that little bit of happy first thing can really start my day off right (and maybe even stave off a case of the Mondays).

baked oatmeal (with lentils!)

Peach Blueberry Baked Oatmeal with Lentils
(adapted from Dinner with Julie)

1 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup lentils
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup blueberries {fresh or frozen}
1 cup peach slices {fresh or frozen}
1 banana, sliced
2 cups milk
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
2 Tbsp butter, melted & cooled
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

All in an 8″ square baking dish, blend together the oats, lentils, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Scatter with blueberries, peach slices and banana slices.

In a bowl, whisk together the milk, honey, egg, butter and vanilla. Pour this over the oats, and give it a bit of a stir to make sure it’s all combined.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown all over and the oats appear done. Scoop out a bowlful and drizzle with cream {or milk}, and enjoy your perfectly heavenly bowl of breakfast lentils.

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Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation. The opinions in this blog are my own.

A Birthday Made Delicious! #LMDConnector

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter turned 6. As far as 6 year old girls go, the greatest thing ever is a sleepover. This was Eliza’s demand for what she deemed would be The Greatest Birthday Party Of All Time. My idea of The Greatest Birthday Party Of All Time, however, does not involve several other 5-7 year olds spending the night in my house. We agreed to meet in the middle – a pajama party with “breakfast for dinner”, and all the kids would go home to their own parents before the sugar crash. Win-win, if you ask me!

Eliza and I planned the whole birthday party to revolve around cereal – her favourite breakfast. Normally I can get away with feeding her organic Heritage Os (that look like dog kibble, for real) and unsweetened stuff, but we brought out the total sugar stuff for this party. Now, a disclaimer: I was recently asked to join the General Mill’s Life Made Delicious campaign, so I am killing two birds with one stone here. I went out and bought a whole bunch of tasty General Mills cereals, and we put together a make-your-own cereal bar. What kid doesn’t like the idea of mixing their own cereal? This is pretty much how every bowl looked:

Mix Your Own Cereal Bar!

Tasty, huh? I guess if you’re 6 years old, that’s totally your thing. That is totally chocolate sauce on there, too. One of Eliza’s little besties suggested that fine idea, and pretty much every child at the table was on board. We also had the kids put together a 500mL jar of their concoction (without the milk or chocolate sauce), and they had quite a spread to choose from. Four cereals, rainbow chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, dried apples, banana chips, and mini marshmallows. Guess how many kids chose the dried fruit? One. I am totally not surprised.

Mix Your Own Cereal Bar!

To go along with the theme, kids also painted their own cereal bowls. I picked up cheap white ceramic bowls, and I put out a bunch of different colours of porcelain paint. We did this early on in the party so there was plenty of time for the paint to dry, and send the kids home with instructions on how to fire the bowls in the oven to make the paint permanent.

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The other party favour I put together was hand-stamped spoons. Cheap spoons and a metal-stamping set that I got for christmas, and voila! Personalized spoons. How cool is that?

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And I can’t forget the cake! One of my friends made Eliza exactly what she wanted – one with a pink and purple unicorn on it. Perfect.

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It was a great party. The kids loved everything, and I got to send them home totally hopped up on sugar and ready to crash. Eliza got everything she wanted – a pajama party, all the sugar she could handle, and a great time with her friends. The cereal bar was a huge hit, and I think we’re going to have to pull that one out again. Since the party, we’ve mixed up some cereal concoctions a few times for the kids, and they love it.

If you’re looking for ways to make your life a little more delicious, check out www.lifemadedelicious.ca.

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Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation. The opinions in this blog are my own.

Breakfast Banana Splits

Breakfast banana splits

Breakfast is my nemesis. It might be the most important meal of the day, but you know, most mornings it’s the first thing I forget. I’m just not that hungry when I wake up, and by the time I am, I’m just not that motivated. It’s a bad habit that I’m working to break, but it’s a hard one. I have yet to come up with a reliable method of reminding myself to eat in the mornings, so if anyone has any great ideas, please share!

Breakfast banana splits

When I saw this recipe in The Best of Clean Eating 2, I knew I had to try it. I love cottage cheese, and I love banana splits. And this breakfast didn’t disappoint – it was filling without being heavy, and took me all of about 3 minutes to make, even making it pretty for the camera.

Breakfast banana splits

I love this breakfast ‘sundae’ because it comes together so fast. While I’m getting the family ready to leave the house in the morning, I can just throw it all in a bowl and eat – no cooking, no fussing. The ingredients are staples in my fridge and pantry, so it’s not like I even have to do any special planning when I shop. The original recipe calls for a beautiful strawberry jam, but that’s the one fruit I rarely have on hand, so I made it with a blueberry-raspberry jam {homemade, of course!} and frozen blueberries. You can make it with whatever combination of fruit and jam you’d like, I think it would be equally delicious with a peach or mango concoction on top. Mmm, I think that has inspired me for the next time I make it!

Breakfast banana splits

Breakfast Banana Splits
(Adapted from The Best of Clean Eating 2)

2 medium bananas
1 cup cottage cheese
2 Tbsp all-fruit jam
1/4 cup frozen fruit, thawed {and chopped, if it’s in big pieces}
1 Tbsp roasted peanuts, chopped

Slice bananas in half lengthwise, and divide between two shallow bowls, two halves in each. {If you are using round bowls, cut the bananas in half width-wise, and arrange the quarters around the bowl.}

Using a measuring cup or ice cream scoop, place a half cup of cottage cheese on top of the bananas in each dish.

Combine jam and berries in a small bowl. Spoon equal amounts of the berry topping over each serving of cottage cheese. Sprinkle with chopped nuts and serve immediately. Serves 2.

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