We’re all familiar with warm, hearty oatmeal bowls topped with fruit. But, are you familiar with oatmeal-infused curry? Oatmeal art and craft? Here are 7 unconventional ways to benefit from oats!
Oats-crusted Mozzarella Sticks
Added nutrition in your favourite finger food is great, especially also when it increases your fibre intake.
Convenient and easy to make, all you have to do is mix the breadcrumbs with oats during the mozzarella-sticks-making process. A healthier alternative and less guilt, right?
- Whisk eggs and milk together
- Coat each piece of cheese with flour, then dip in egg and then roll in breadcrumbs and oats
- Dip in egg, crumbs, and oats again
- Freeze before frying Freeze for 30 minutes before baking
- Heat oil in a skillet and cook sticks for about a minute on each side, or until golden and before the cheese starts to leak Place on baking sheet on top of the oven pan
- Drizzle butter over mozzarella sticks
- Bake at 400°F for about 8 minutes
- Drain on paper towels
- Serve with sauce for dipping
Oatmeal-infused Curry Chicken Baked Rice
Bring oatmeal to the dinner table with this savoury curry chicken baked rice dish. We bet no one would be able to tell that the secret ingredient to this delicious dish is actually oatmeal. We know that oatmeal increases satiety, but your family members are bound to go for seconds for the fragrant, oatmeal-infused curry chicken baked rice!
- Heat the water or stock in a 4-quart saucepan over high heat to a boil
- Add the rice, broccoli, and cauliflower (Reduce the heat to low)
- Cover and cook for 12 minutes
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and uncover. Squeeze the juice from the lemon half
- Stir the chicken stock, milk, 2 teaspoons curry powder, blended oat powder and lemon juice in a medium bowl
- Season with salt and black pepper
- Stir the remaining curry powder, the bread crumbs and butter in a small bowl
- Pour the rice mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Stir in the spinach and peas
- Layer with the chicken, soup mixture and cheese
- Sprinkle with the bread crumb mixture
- Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and the breadcrumb mixture is golden brown
Oatmeal baths are great for soothing itches, burns, and sunburns. Inexpensive and natural, oatmeal is also known to offer relief from eczema. Pour a cup of blended uncooked oatmeal (instant oatmeal works too) into your bathtub after filling it with water. Soak in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes and you’re good!
It’s That Time Of The Month Or Day
Headaches and cramps suck, and oatmeal is a quick fix for that irritating pain. Cool the cooked oatmeal slightly and put it in a ziplock bag. This is optional, but you may add your favourite essential oils to the oatmeal (e.g lavender). Put the ziplock bag inside a cloth pouch and gently apply some pressure on your desired spot. This remedy is perfect for menstrual cramps, headaches or bruises.
Sunset In A Jar
This is a fun and inexpensive way to have a little art and craft sesh with your loved ones. Prepare 5 portions of oatmeal and food colouring in yellow, pink, orange purple and blue. Dye each portion with a colour. Lastly, have fun layering your jar with oatmeal dyed in colours of your choice. Aww, what a sweet momento!
Glue ‘n’ Pics
Acquire a thick sheet of paper that’s to your liking. Manoeuvre a bottle of white glue to the best of your ability and draw a picture on that thick sheet of paper. Then make it rain with the oatmeal flakes over the sheet. Shake off the extra oatmeal flakes and voila! Colour it up by adding food dyes into portions of oatmeal. Now you can pin up your child’s cute artwork on that corkboard.
A Fulfilling Meal
Blended oatmeal has the ability to thicken soups and stews. If you want to save up and/or create a delicious meal for your loved ones, including oatmeal into dishes is a great way to start. Thickening soups with oatmeal are way more wholesome and healthier as compared to using cornstarch and cream to not only achieve the same rich and creamy consistency but also to further enhance the nutritious value of soups!
Who knew that one of the healthiest grains on earth, oats, could contribute to interesting dishes and, fun art and craft ideas? Aside from all that, oats are really, really family-friendly. Get down and healthy (and artsy) with Quaker’s oats that are jam-packed with nutrients!