Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pistachio Oatmeal made in Microwave






This is my submission to Think Spice... "Saffron” hosted by Sunitha of http://sunitabhuyan.blogspot.com/ and “WYF-Diet food" hosted by Hima of http://snackorama.blogspot.com/





I prefer to have oatmeal for breakfast at least twice in a week. Initially I found it difficult to eat this but its nutritional value appealed to me. Oatmeal is the only whole grain foods recognized by the FDA to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Oats contain a variety of vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants. Oatmeal can aid in maintaining a healthy weight as part of a diet rich in fiber. Oatmeal can be used in preparing biscuits, cereals and even in soaps.

Over 40 studies show that eating oatmeal may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Quaker, all it takes is 3/4 cup of oatmeal each day to help lower cholesterol. The soluble fiber in oats helps remove LDL or "bad" cholesterol, while maintaining the good cholesterol that your body needs. The soluble fiber in oatmeal absorbs a considerable amount of water which significantly slows down your digestive process. This result is that you'll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods helps to control blood glucose levels.
According to recent studies, a diet that includes oatmeal may help reduce high blood pressure. The reduction is linked to the increase in soluble fiber provided by oatmeal. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn. Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron. The fiber and other nutrients found in oatmeal may actually reduce the risk for certain cancers. Oatmeal is quick and convenient. Every type of oatmeal can be prepared in a microwave oven. For more details visit the following website…
http://www.mrbreakfast.com/


I hope you will add oatmeal to your breakfast menu...






Ingredients:

Quick cook oat meal-1/2 cup (I have used Quaker Quickcook oatmeal)
Milk-1/2 cup
Water-1/2 cup
Honey or sugar-1 tablespoon
Cardamom powder-a pinch
Sliced pistachios-1 tablespoon
Saffron-2or3 strands

Sliced pistachios, saffron and oatmeal…



Method:

1. Soak saffron strands in a tablespoon of milk.

2. Take a microwave safe bowl and add oatmeal, milk and water.

3. Mix sugar, cardamom powder and saffron and microwave for two minutes.

4. Remove the bowl from the microwave. Leave it to set into desired consistency.

5. Garnish with slices of pistachios and serve hot.

Note: We can also use almonds, cashews, hazel nuts instead of pistachios and dry fruits like apricot, raisins, dates etc. And also fresh fruits like straberry, banana etc...

15 comments:

Asha said...

I like Oatmeal for breakfast too but I buy those pre-packed and flavored small portions which I love!
Pista is a great addition, looks delicious and easy to make too!:))

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Vijaya...This is new to me...Using oats hmmm...I have a loadful of them in my house...will try it out :-)

Seena said...

Very very healthy dish, vijaya..thanks

Hima said...

Thanks for your lovely entry. That sure looks delicious and healthy. Nice way to eat oats. See you at round up.

sunita said...

That's a lovely oats recipe...thanks for sending it over.

Daily Meals said...

Yes Asha! It is very simple to make.

Sirisha! Please give it a try.

Thank you Seena!

Hi Hima! Thanks a lot for hosting the event.

Hi Sunita! Thank you so much for hosting the event.

Menu Today said...

Hi Vijaya,

Healthy breakfast in 2 mins. Thanks for sharing.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Sounds healthy and simple to
make it in microwave oven...:))
Nice entry for both the events...!!

SMN said...

this is lovely recipe.. personally i dont like oatmeal. this i will giveit a try for sure.

DEEPA said...

what a breakfast ..very healthy and delicious

Bhawna said...

Hi Vijaya, Nice recipe with Oats and pistachio..thanks

remya said...

I have tagged u for fantasticv four MEME...plz take it asap..bye

Daily Meals said...

Menu Today! Thanks a lot.

Thank you very much, RAK'S Kitchen!

Hi SMN! Welcome to my blog and thank you. Please give it a try and let me know whether you like it or not.

Thank you Deepa!

Bhawna! thanks a lot.

Hi Remya! I am tagged for MeMe!!?? I'll post it asap........Thank you.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I really do not like oatmeal at all, however this looks really good. Such an interesting variation! I may be converted yet!

Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

Daily Meals said...

Thank you Jenn! I hope that you will like it.