Try and try and try again

This post is aptly titled for the amount of times I have tried to write this post. We are in the depths of winter sickness in our house that just seems to be spreading from one person to the next and we are just trying to get through the days and weeks with our sanity intact and our laundry done. Anyway, I really don’t think you are interested in me whinging to you for the next 1000 words or so, so you will be relieved to know that this blog post is not about that sort of trying. No, this post is all about my challenge to learn a ‘new’ food.

For a long time I have firmly eschewed porridge (or as known in other lands – breakfast oats or oatmeal). As a child I couldn’t stand them, but we had a very firm ‘eat what you are given’ along side a ‘don’t waste food’ policy as I grew up so effectively we were made to eat them. Not a terrific experience. But, as an adult I know that oats are pretty fab and I wanted to have a breakfast that had great nutritional content, was filling but it needed to be quick and easy. As oats are full of fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins I was interested in revisiting these, and to learn to like them in their porridge form. Enter the Oats Challenge.

I decided if I was going to eat oats I would like to make these as delicious as possible, so I have played around with different flavour combinations and came up with some pretty simple recipes. These recipes all serve one as I tend to eat a bit later than everyone else in the morning but are easily adaptable, just increase the quantities as required.


Apple Pie Oats

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Ingredients

1/2 apple grated plus extra slithers to serve
1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp flaxseeds plus extra to serve
1/4 tsp of cinnamon plus extra to sprinkle
Greek yogurt or custard to serve

Method

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add oats, grated apple, flaxseeds and cinnamon. Stir together with the milk.
  2. Cook on high in the microwave as per package instructions. The brand I use states to cook for two minutes, then stir, then cook for a further 45 seconds.
  3. Serve with slithers of apple a drizzle of custard or a dollop of Greek yogurt, flaxseeds, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

blueberry

Why So Blue Oats

Ingredients

1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp chia seeds plus extra to serve
1/4 tsp of cinnamon plus extra to sprinkle
1/2 cup milk
Dollop of Greek yogurt
Drizzle of maple syrup
Shredded coconut to serve

Method

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add oats, blueberries, coconut, chia seeds and cinnamon. Stir together with the milk.
  2. Cook on high in the microwave as per package instructions. The brand I use states to cook for two minutes, then stir, then cook for a further 45 seconds.
  3. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, a dollop of Greek yogurt, chia seeds, shredded coconut and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

coconut rough

Breakfast Coconut Rough

Ingredients

1/4 cup quick oats
3/4 cup of milk
1 tbsp dessicated coconut
2 tsp dark chocolate melts plus extra to serve (optional)
1 tsp flaxseed plus extra to serve
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cacao powder
Shredded coconut to serve

Method

  1. In a small bowl mix vanilla and cacao to make a paste and add into a microwave safe bowl with the oats, coconut, dark chocolate melts and flaxseed. Stir together with the milk.
  2. Cook on high in the microwave as per package instructions. The brand I use states to cook for two minutes, then stir, then cook for a further 45 seconds.
  3. Serve with dark choc melts (I normally use about a teaspoon), shredded coconut and flaxseeds.

sunshine

Little Bowl of Sunshine

Ingredients

1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup frozen mango chunks plus extra to serve
1 tbsp desiccated coconut
1 tsp chia seeds plus extra to serve
Shredded coconut to serve
Yogurt to serve

Method

  1. In a microwave safe bowl add oats, coconut, mango and chia seeds. Stir together with the milk.
  2. Cook on high in the microwave as per package instructions. The brand I use states to cook for two minutes, then stir, then cook for a further 45 seconds.
  3. Serve with a dollop of yogurt (tropical flavours compliment this dish really well), chia seeds, mango and shredded coconut.

berry nice

Berry Delicious Oats

Ingredients

1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup of milk
1/3 cup frozen mixed berries plus extra to serve
1 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 tsp chia seeds plus extra to serve
Yogurt to serve
Walnuts to serve
Shredded coconut to serve

Method

  1. In a microwave safe bowl add oats, coconut, berries and chia seeds. Stir together with the milk.
  2. Cook on high in the microwave as per package instructions. The brand I use states to cook for two minutes, then stir, then cook for a further 45 seconds.
  3. Serve with a dollop of yogurt, berries, chia seeds, walnuts and shredded coconut.

So there you have it – a number of quick and easy variations for your breakfast oats! My personal favourites are the Apple Pie Oats and the Little Bowl of Sunshine. And do I like porridge now? You bet! It took a few weeks before I started enjoying them and now at times I wake up craving a nice bowl for breakfast. So it does go to show you can learn to like foods.

As parents a major source of frustration is around children’s pickiness. While not ideal, I understand the feeding ‘model’ I grew up with was probably born of frustrations around getting kids to eat. But what we need to remember is that we all have different tastes, different appetites and new food can be daunting for children. And adults too – I still am not sure I’d have the courage to try escargot, delicacy or not. What I believe, and what works for us in our home is making mealtimes less stressful, by offering a broad range of foods, some new and some learnt and serve these together in a no pressure environment.

Ashley, a Pediatric Dietitian introduced me to the terms ‘Love it foods, like it foods and learning it foods’ and I love how this terminology reflects the process how I ‘learnt’ porridge. It took time to enjoy them, it didn’t happen overnight, but repeated exposure in addition to a sense of control over how and what I served the oats with helped a lot. I would highly recommend checking out Ashley’s blog post if you are interested in reading about this philosophy further as it is really helpful when thinking of how we introduce and serve our children foods.

 

Have you ‘learnt’ a new food as an adult? Or do you find introducing new foods to your children difficult? Tell me about it, leave a comment or send me an email to goodiegoodielunchbox@gmail.com and let me know your experience. I would love to hear from you as I will be writing another blog post very soon extending this topic around new foods and introducing these to your children.

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2 thoughts on “Try and try and try again

  1. Thanks so much for sharing these recipes, we tried the berry delicious oats this morning and it was a big hit with myself and my toddler.

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