Monday, January 17, 2011

RECIPE: Pumpkin Oatmeal with Cardamom

I just love the Food Network.  And I love the show The Next Food Network Star.  Last season's winner was Aarti Sequeira.  She was my favorite from the very first episode.  She's different and has a unique point-of-view.  I just love her recipes too!  I'm most interested in using different spices to brighten up our everyday meals.  She shared a recipe a few weeks ago which used cardamom.  It's a floral scented spice and can be very strong and very expensive.  I went to Sevenanda and picked up a tiny bit for about $.45.  I figured I give it a try and see if I liked it.  Well, I love it.  Let me share my tweaked "pantry-friendly" version of the Aarti Party recipe.  It was so good!

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Cardamom (adapted from Aarti Party)
14 oz canned pumpkin puree (or about 2 cups)
2 cups water
2 cups vanilla almond milk, plus more for serving
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
chopped almonds
honey

In a large saucepan, whisk pumpkin puree, water, almond milk.  Bring to a boil.  Add cranberries, salt, pumpkin pie spices, cardamom and oatmeal.  Reduce heat and cook about 15 minutes.  Follow the directions on your oatmeal canister.  Stir frequently to avoid sticking on the bottom of the pot.

Serve with chopped almonds, a drizzle of honey and 1/4 cup almond milk.

This was so good!  I think she says there are 4 servings in the pot.  There is no way I could eat that much oatmeal!  I filled my bowl with about 1 cup of the oatmeal and couldn't even eat it all.  It's very filling.  I think it's pretty healthy.  I plugged this into sparkpeople and it came out to be 288.1 calories for 6 servings.  That's good in my book!  I divided the leftovers into 1 cup servings and stored them in the fridge.  I heated them up each morning in the microwave until warm and then drizzled with honey and milk.  Perfect make-ahead meal!  Super fast and healthy breakfast option.

Hope you try it and visit her blog, she seems like such a sweet girl. 

Enjoy!

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6 comments:

Susie said...

I saw this on TV and thought....oh...yummo!!!

Lisa said...

Looks like a delicious way to start the morning.

April said...

Ohhhh you had me till the cranberries...
i never did develop a taste for them. I'm thinking I could just leave them out and it would still taste yummy.

Miz Helen said...

Your Oatmeal looks delicious I would really like this recipe. I would like to invite you to bring a dish to my Full Plate Thursday. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!

Quinn said...

Oh boy- That sounds really, really good- talk about gourmet oatmeal. Thanks so much for sharing that link with me Candi!

Amy said...

Quick and easy...what a nice way to start the day!

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