Thursday, January 3, 2008

Oatmeal with pumpkin

Taking note of our wee one's constant battleground over meals, I've become more dedicated to offering a wider variety of foods and flavors at mealtimes while also trying to get the most bang for my buck (so to speak) nutritionally. The other morning, I made oatmeal with added pumpkin. It was so tasty! Pureed or mashed sweet potato would work just as well, but we didn't have any on hand. The recipe is simple enough and every member of the dipe squad approved of the flavor!

Oatmeal with Pumpkin

1 cup milk
1/4 - 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned solid pack pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling works well) or sweet potato
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
maple syrup
dried fruit

Heat the milk and puree to a simmer over medium heat. Add oats and stir until thickened.
Serve into bowls. Drizzle with small amount of maple syrup and top with your favorite dried fruits and nuts. We used chopped dried cranberries and apricots with slivered almonds. Delicious!

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