Monday, March 10, 2008

Feeling Your Oats

Homemade Granola Bars (recipe in article)

Root Beer Cookies (recipe in article)

ABC Meatball soup (recipe in article)

Oats are a super food. They are so good for you and you can put them into almost recipe. You can substitute oat flour for regular white flour in equal parts. It adds fiber and is heart healthy. Oat flour is sold in some grocery stores, but if you can't find it, you can make your own by grinding regular oats in your food processor.
This article, Feeling Your Oats has some great recipes and interesting nutritional information.

3 cups rolled oats (Quaker preferred)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
2 cubes margarine (1 cup)
1 tablespoon root beer extract
1/2 cup apple juice or water
Mix all ingredients well in a 3-quart mixing bowl. Drop by teaspoons onto greased 14-by-16-inch cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees 10-14 minutes. Allow cookies to cool.
Root Beer Cookie Frosting:
4 cups powdered sugar
2 cubes margarine (1 cup)
1 tablespoon root beer extract
1/4 cup apple juice or water
Mix well. When cookies are cool, ice with frosting. — Gordon Christensen, Kaysville

1 pound ground turkey breast or lean ground beef
3/4 cup quick or old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1/3 cup barbecue sauce or ketchup
1 49-ounce can reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
1/4 cup alphabet-shaped pasta
1 10-ounce package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
Heat broiler. Lightly spray rack of broiler pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, combine first three ingredients; mix lightly but thoroughly. Transfer to a sheet of foil. Pat mixture into 9-by-16-inch rectangle. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares; roll each square into a ball. Arrange meatballs on broiler pan.
Broil meatballs 6-8 inches from heat about 6 minutes or until cooked through, turning once.
While meatballs cook, bring chicken broth to a boil in 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pasta and frozen vegetables, return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 8 minutes or until vegetables and pasta are tender. Add meatball and cook 1 minute. Serve immediately. — Quaker Oats