I eat oatmeal almost everyday…but from a small packet that you mix with hot water. Don’t get me wrong, I love instant oatmeal, but real, homemade, do-it-yourself oatmeal is kind of a lot better.
For one, it makes your whole house smell like cinnamon goodness.
And two, it’s just plain delicious.
And hot from the oven.
And a little crunchy on top.
With a slight tartness from the cranberries.
And a sweetness from the apples.
Oh, I like it a lot.
My friend, Heather, and I made this particular oatmeal for our friends over the holiday weekend. Since there were absolutely no leftovers, I’m guessing my friends liked it too. I think I will add this oatmeal into my brunch rotation. Anyone want to come over for brunch this weekend? My giant dining table can fit a lot of peeps around it. Just kidding, don’t come over. But maybe one day. But not this weekend, I’m going to Ikea.
You can find the recipe here, adapted from Heidi Swanson’s recipe in Super Natural Every Day (one of my absolute FAVORITE cookbooks, by the way).
I love the fact that quinoa is so versatile. It works equally as well mixed with seasonal veggies and a simple vinaigrette as it does mashed into a patty. And boy do I love things that are mashed into patties, don’t you?
Anyway, I found a recipe (online here) for quinoa patties in Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day cookbook (I could go on a 2-hour tangent gushing about how much I LOVE Heidi Swanson, her blog, and her amazing cookbooks but I’ll save it for another time), and they turned out perfectly delicious; crispy on the outside and full of flavor on the inside (i.e. chives, yellow onion, salty parmesan cheese, yum yum yum, nom nom nom).
We paired the quinoa patties with tofu, spinach, roasted potatoes, and lots o’ red wine. Next time (i.e. tomorrow since we have leftover patties galore), I’ll keep it simple and eat it with sliced avocado and tomatoes on a toasted bun (with a side of Dos Equis).