Boats of Oats, Oats, Oats…

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Oats can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes. For sweet recipes, add a pinch of brown sugar and top with your favourite fruit (e.g. bananas, frozen blueberries). For a quick savoury dish, mix with spinach, butternut squash, corn, carrots, peas, etc.

There are different kinds of oats, too. These include: steel cut oats vs. rolled oats vs. quick/instant oats. These names refer to different cuts of the oatmeal, and each have different cooking times (read packages carefully!). Steel cut cook the slowest, and quick/instant oats cook the fastest. Adjust cooking time based on the oats used.

Savoury Oatmeal with Spinach

Serves: ~2

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1/4 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/4 cup tomato/marinara sauce
  • 1 cup water

Fresh/Frozen

  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • Optional: 1/3 cup ground beef

Seasoning

  • Salt and pepper to taste

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Pot and pan

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Boil water and stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium.
  2. Optional: Brown (cook) beef in a separate pan (if using).
  3. Cook oats for about 5 minutes, then taste-test. They should be about halfway done (not fully tender and not fully thickened).
  4. Stir in spinach and continue to simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until spinach is thawed and oats are preferred chewiness.
  5. Stir in marinara, finished beef, salt, and pepper. Cook another 1-2 minutes to evenly heat.

Savoury Oatmeal with Bacon, Egg, and Cheese

Serves: ~1 (but you can always increase ingredients to make more!)

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2/3 cup water

Fresh/Frozen

  • 2 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 2oz cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1 fried egg (however you like it!)

Seasoning

  • Salt and pepper to taste

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Pot and pan

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oil in small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add bacon and cook until crisp, about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Transfer bacon to small bowl and set aside. (Tip: line the bowl with some paper towel to help absorb excess oil)
  4. Add onion to oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to turn brown (about 3 minutes).
  5. Stir in oats, water, salt, and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer until oats are tender (about 5 minutes).
  7. Turn off heat and stir in bacon and cheese.
  8. Transfer to a large bowl and top with a fried egg and more black pepper, if desired.

Shepherd’s Pie

Italian Sausage Shepherd's Pie
Suggestion: Use Italian sausage (hot or mild) for this recipe–if it’s on sale at the grocery store it is very inexpensive and when you use it everything is pre-seasoned for you!
Serves: ~6
INGREDIENTS
Non-perishables:
– 1 can cream of mushroom soup
Fresh or frozen:
– Mashed potatoes (potatoes, butter or margarine)
– Ground meat of your choice (ex/ground beef, ground chicken, sausage)
– Veggies (any that you can find), diced (a mixture of frozen peas, carrots, and corn works very well in this!)
– Onion, diced
– Milk
– Optional: Grated cheese
Seasonings:
– Pepper
– Optional: Italian seasoning, salt
COOKING TOOLS
– Casserole dish/baking dish
– Large pot
– Microwave
– Potato masher or a really strong fork
DIRECTIONS
1) Microwave potatoes on high, covered with a microwave-safe cover or a paper towel until a fork slides easily all the way through.
2) Mash the potatoes with butter or margarine, to your preference of taste and texture.
3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4) Saute onion, meat, veggies, and seasoning in a large pot until everything is cooked through (there should be no pinkish colour to the meat!)
5) Add can of cream of mushroom soup and ~1/2 a can of milk; stir well.
6) Let the filling mixture simmer until it is the desired thickness.
7) Divide the mashed potatoes in half; press one half of the mashed potatoes into a lightly greased casserole dish/baking dish.
8) Spoon the filling over the first layer of potatoes.
9) Spoon the remaining potatoes over the filling and gently spread it with a fork to create the top layer of potatoes.
10) Optional: Sprinkle the top with grated cheese.
11) Bake for 15-20 minutes until top layer of potatoes is browned and sauce is bubbly.
12) Let cool for ~5 minutes before serving.