Porridge Bread for Breakfast

Everyone loves bread but this can be dull and boring to eat if you have no topping. The majority like porridge also but making it can be too much of a hassle. How about if I said, trying Porridge Bread for Breakfast?

Well, I have come across several recipes with quite a few variations but having made this one, I would have to say . . . DELICIOUS! An added benefit is that it will keep for a couple of days, you can also freeze it. If you by any chance have children or adolescent in the house, its great for being on the go or as an between snack.

Either way, here is the receipe . . .

Ingredients:

3 cups of water (boiled hot water)
2 cups rolled oats (Quaker or Oatmeal/Old Fashioned Oats)
1/4 cup shortening (Flora White, Trex, Cookeen, Crisco, Earth Balance or Copha)
2 teaspoons sugar
2 packets active dry yeast
2/3 cup table molasses/treacle
4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
5 1/2 – 6 cups all purpose flour

Related: Molasses Oat Bread

Instructions:

Step 1:
*  pour 3 cups of boiling water . . . over 2 cups rolled oats & 1/4 cup shortening
*  stir until shortening melts
*  let stand for approx. 20 minutes, stirring occasionally

Step 2: (meanwhile)
*  dissolve 2 teaspoons sugar in 1 cup lukewarm water
*  sprinkle over the top . . . 2 envelopes active dry yeast, then stir briskly with a fork
*  let stand for 10 minutes

Step 3:
*  stir into partially cooled rolled oat mixed
*  2/3 cup table molasses
*  4 teaspoons salt

Step 4:
*  add softened yeast to lukewarm rolled oat mixture
*  stir/beat in 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
*  beat vigorously by hand or an electric mixer

Step 5:
*  gradually beat with a spoon, the additional 4 cups of all purpose flour
*  work in last of flour with rotating motion of the hand
*  turn dough onto a floured surface, kneading 8-10 minutes

Step 6:
*  shape into a smooth ball & place into a greased bowl
*  rotate dough to great surface
*  cover and let rise until doubled (approx. 1 1/2 hours)
*  keep in a warm place

Step 7:
*  punch down and shape into 4 loaves
*  place in greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pans
*  grease tops
*  cover and let rise again until doubled (approx. 1 hour)

Step 8:
*  bake in preheated 400F oven for 30-35 minutes

Related: Oatmeal Soda Bread

Dinner Smoothies

Having a smoothie for dinner is not a good idea. Having a constant fix of junk food or foods that are high in sugar is also not a good idea.

BUT . . . Mixing a couple of greens from the vegetable list and a couple of your fruits is a start. By add some flax seed, cashews, cinnamon or ginger is a fantastic combo. It is full of nutrients as well as keeping you full for the evening and until the next morning.

Mixing beetroot, raspberries, greek yogurt and banana is also a great dinner combo. Wanting to add a little more sweetner? Add some honey, a natural alternative with loads of medicinal benefits. Oh and don’t forget to use a green banana rather than the yellow one.

What is the best part about having a dinner smoothie? It requires very little effort and made in advance. You can also decide whether to have it cold or warming it up and having it warm to hot as a winter warmer.

Another major advantage? Having vegetables &/or fruit smoothies can have endless combinations. You can also add herbs or some spice to give it an extra kick. They are simple and being quick and you will never get bored NOR needing to take an hour or so to make.

An idea? You can decide to turn it into a broth style by adding meat, fish or chicken for some added protein and nutrients.

Related: Curried Mied Sprouts & Quinoa Soup

Vegetable Smoothies . . . Warm or Cold

Vegetable smoothies are great for a variety of reasons. It can be a winter warmer &/or a mixed fruit and vegetable smoothie (cold), as a weight loss drink and toddlers for added nutrients.

I will not deny that some of the combinations actually sound, let alone taste, disgusting. Once actually made up and tasted, are to my surprise, very nice to taste.

On my previous pages, I have written on Breakfast Juices and Milk Smoothies. There are quite a few that are better suited in the winter months alone and others as a refreshing drink for the warmer months.

Related: Whole30 Chili

I have NOT provided any recipes although, instead have named the various vegetables which you can use.

Of course, here is a list of vegetables that I would be recommending:

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Pumpkin (butternut, jap)
  • Carrots
  • Celery (this is absolutely delicious)
  • Tomatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Red cabbage
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Silverbeet (Swiss Chard)

and, if you are wanting a few added herbs:

  • anise
  • lemon grass
  • fennel
  • rosemary
  • sage

Related: BBCGoodFood (Vegetables)