Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday: Oatmeal Raisin Casserole (3 Servings)

As you guys all know, I have oatmeal for breakfast every morning.  And one day, I was thinking how else can I use rolled oats to make a delicious dish. I was thinking of cooking fruits with rolled oats and milk together, but that did not work that well.  Then I was reading this cookbook and saw recipes of casserole and they inspired me to make this Oatmeal Raisin Casserole dish for breakfast. Remember, for every breakfast dish that are introduced in “Easy Healthy Recipe Wednesday and Thursday”, we aim for $2 CAN per serving maximum. Here is the recipe and cost of ingredients:

1 teaspoon avocado oil ($0.10 CAN)

2 cups fat-free milk ($1.15 CAN)

1 tablespoon butter ($0.26 CAN)

1 cup regular rolled oats ($1.00)

1 cup apple (I used Granny Smith), chopped ($0.60 CAN)

1/3 cup dried raisins ($0.67 CAN)

0.5 cup walnuts, chopped and toasted ($1.05 CAN)

0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract ($0.64 CAN)

0.25 teaspoon salt ($0.05 CAN)

4 teaspoons brown sugar ($0.06 CAN)

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1) Combine milk and butter and bring it to a boil in a pot over high heat.  Make sure you keep stirring to prevent sticking.

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2) When milk mixture boils, slowly stir in rolled oats until mixture boils again.

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3) When mixture boils, stir in apple, raisins, walnuts,  vanilla and salt.  Cook and stir until bubbly.  Keep cooking the mixture for about 2 minutes.

4) Preheat over to 350F. Lightly coat a casserol with avocado oil.  Pour the cooked mixture into the casserole when mixture is ready.  Distribute the apples evenly.

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5) Bake casserole for 8 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.  Sprinkle with brown sugar and put casserole back to the oven for 2 minutes or until bubbly around the edges. Cool casserole slightly and serve.

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And there you are! So the total cost to make this dish was $5.58 CAN.  That means it costed $1.86 CAN per serving. Not only this recipe is affordable, but this casserole was also fully of flavours.  You got the sweetness from the raisins and brown sugar. Moreover, you got the crunchiness from the walnuts.  Lastly, you got the slight sourness from the apples.  I chose Granny Smith for this recipe because Granny Smith is sour and hard.  Therefore, the apples still retained some of their sourness and not being too soft to be eaten after being cooked.

What do you usually eat for breakfast? How much do you usually spend for breakfast? Post your comments below. Till next time!

P.S. The prices were as of Saturday, April 5, 2014 at No Frills. 

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Toronto Restaurant Review: Whole Foods Market Markham (Rating: 2 out of 5)

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I love going to Whole Foods Market not because it is very organized and clean, but also the service is superb because Whole Foods Market’s staff would bring you to the product you are looking for in person while the staff in other supermarkets would just point you to which aisle is your product is located.

Not only I love shopping there, I also want to try their prepared food because they look so fresh and organic.  Therefore, this morning I have decided to go on a little adventure and try their food.

Even though Whole Foods Market open from 9am to 9pm everyday, they did not have much choice of prepared food before 11am. When I got there around 10:40am, all they had were burritos.  They did not even have soups yet. Therefore, I got myself a Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito ($3.99 CAN) and a Breakfast Sausage Burrito ($4.49 CAN).

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I also bought a hot chocolate ($3.00 CAN for 12 ounces) from the drink bar (they made it in-house like Starbucks) and tried a sample of cold blended mocha. The mocha was PRETTY GOOD.  In total including taxes, I paid close to $13 CAN.

So here I am. Sitting in a very modernized and comfy place and ready to enjoy my breakfast.  To be honest with you, I did not feel I am having breakfast at a supermarket at all. In the picture below, the two on the left side are Vegetarian Breakfast Burrito and the two on the right are Breakfast Sausage Burrito.

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I tried the vegetarian first.  Inside the burrito, it had eggs, tomatoes, potatoes and jalapeno pepper.  Also, the burritos was not too chewy and inside was really juicy (you may want to have tissue paper on the table because there are juice coming out from the burrito).  I thought it was NOT BAD AND DELICIOUS.  But after I bit the first pepper, I felt the pepper in my mouth.  OMG! IT WAS SO SPICY. IT WAS BURNING IN MY MOUTH. I guess they had to give the burrito some kicks, but it was too spicy for me.

Then I had the sausage burrito. WHAT A RIPOFF!!! Inside the burrito it had eggs, tomatoes, potatoes and pork that were not sausage.  It was either bacon or some fatty part of the pork.  I WAS NOT IMPRESSED BECAUSE I DID NOT TASTE ANY SAUSAGE.

Finally I had the hot chocolate.  Interestingly, it had some coconut taste in it.  They may have put some coconut extract in the drink. Although I am not a big fan of coconut, but I found this hot chocolate pretty unique.

Ultimately, if you live near Whole Foods Market and you are in a hurry and you just want to grab a quick bite, Whole Foods Market is a good choice for you.

Have you been to Whole Foods Market? What do you usually buy in Whole Foods? Have you tried their prepared food before? Post your comments below. Till next time. 

P.S. Here is how my rating system works:

0 out of 5 – Disgusting. The restaurant should shut down right now. 

1 out of 5Mediocre. How come the restaurant is still around? 

2 out of 5Disappointed. They can do better =[

3 out of 5Satisfied. One of best place to eat.

4 out of 5Excellent. I am the restaurant’s regular customer. 

5 out of 5Exceptional. I would recommend the restaurant to my friends and family. 

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