Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 2 Apple Oatmeal

The month of November we will be focusing on crock pot cooking. This is for selfish reasons. I am trying to make sure the family eats healthy on the days I am working until 6pm. The girl's father has been picking them up from the day care center while I finish up at the office. Now we can all eat together when I get home and it will still be homemade meals. We are also all getting up and hurrying out the door so I can make it to work on time. To that end we made crock pot oatmeal from the Queen of crock pot cooking, Stephanie O'Dea and her Make it Fast Cook it Slow.
  • 1 cup rolled oats (we actually used steel cut)
  • 1 green apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 cups milk (we used 1 cup evaporated and 1 cup sweetened condensed)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (we did not need this)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • ground cinnamon
Use a 2-quart slow cooker. Put the oats, chopped apple, and milk into the stoneware. Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and mix to combine. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, or on high for 1 to 2 hours. Garnish with cinnamon. I used a timer and had the oats cook for 4 hours because they were steel cut.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Help measure and add ingredients
  2. Stir
  3. Turn slow cooker on
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Assist Audrey
  3. Set timer
These tasted so good I took the leftovers to work and had a second bowl. I think next time we make these we will mix it all together the night before and use the cook on high feature when we wake up. The reason I used evaporated milk is because I left the ingredients out on the counter all night waiting to cook.

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