Porridge is boring
Porridge is bland
Porridge is tasteless
Porridge is milky, am trying to be vegan
I quite hear my voice itself in the above sentences and sure many of you would have felt the same some or the other day.But wait,it’s just a matter of little foodie knowledge and perservarance to walk an extra mile in the kitchen and make our regular food(aka healthy food) very appealing to our eyes and sotomach, LET’s DO IT ,
Well friends, well , I got to tell this, I have been ignoring my morning porridge since the day I discovered the power of these simple green smoothies, but porridge has quite evolved as my go to breakfast and my morning best friend otherwise since many years.Creamy..light and is not greasy in mouth. Who wouldn’t love a warm bowl of this goodness fresh in the morning? Was it a NO still? al-right I will get you convinced before the end of this post, Remember we talked about one simple change or that first step while brainstorming on why we need to lose weight? Ask me to immediately stop eating rice for one week, and I would just give up before even you finish that bloody sentence, Let the world end and I wouldn’t just stop eating rice immediately,reason = I CANNOT!
I simply CANNOT guys that’s it!
But, it’s not the end of the story.when I did a deeper self check and found out about that strong desire to lose weight, I broke down my food habits into small segments so I can pick each item at a time and make changes to those where necessary..(big hi-five to those who did this already) Before even I talk any junk , lets talk all thing breakfats first. My first ever simple one change that totally made me to still love my food and kept me fit. How I miss to sink my teeth into those crispy and crusty hashbrowns at my work place cafe,they come for flat 14 pence each and what else would have stopped me from gulping those if not my weighing scale.I so dearly miss them now but not more than this creamy porridge after I started to discover the rich taste of a properly cooked porridge in the same office cafe(still a magical place for crispy hashbrowns).Hashbrowns had shown a greta after effect both on my tongue as well as my waistline.also everytime I had hashbrowns for breakfats I would quickly want a snack as they oil in them make me feel dry and also add layers of fat on to every possible place on my body eventually.
the fat , the oil, the carbs that are not in a good form
the taste, the texture, the satisfaction
its a war between all these feelings,
I would be swinging myself in between these two lanes those serve fried breakfast on one side and porridge, bread and museli on the other side, Each day that I succeeded forcing myself towards porridge lane was a little victory, but I did have many failures, SO I decided to end this fluctuating journey and started making my own breakfast at home. NOT THE END OF THE STORY
Then comes the boredom factor, Put oats in a bowl full of milk and pop into microwave oven and then never look back, because I would end up with a bland white colour thing of partially cooked so called porridge that everyone has bene boasting it as so cool and creamy stuff.Guys, but then I got to do this, If not having Kale in my every meal, I got to conquer this mission called PORRIDGE MORNING at least, By then I started a mini mission called ‘Porridge Toppings Hunt’ to succeed in my main mission, Oh too many missions you see!
sprinkles of Cereal, museli,nuts, chia seeds, raisins,grapes,fruit chunks, what not..a whole world of goodness I have discovered in my journey that eventually made me to forget my hate for the thing called porridge..
Long story short I actually love porridge now ,with these little toppings in different forms that ae not loaded with heaps of sugar or salt or bad fats.
The search for my porridge topping has never ended and is an ongoing mission .. you go my friends, am coming with a dashing(not a)recipe kind of thing to make your morning porridge so colorful at the cost of adding no extra fats or calories to your morning meal, Honey, maple syrup, cinnamon sugar and every other kind of sweeteners work too, but I like the fact that my cereal topping is nothing but a fruit in the form of syrup or juice or whatever you think..this time let’s talk PLUM COMPOTE…this add a punch of tanginess to your porridge, but variety is the spice of life you see,Let’s make it,
It is not essential to buy any fancy cereal toppings or to compromise on the daily taste of honey. The more we open our eyes wide and look for whole healthy foods the more we find out ways to include them in our meal. This plum compote actually adds a very unique taste to your daily porridge .Also the this juicy and delicious plums are low calorie foods(can you imagine it is just 46 calories per 100gms) which has good amount of fibres in it, we all weight loss aspirants need more fibre ,yep
Porridge topping = plum compote = more fibre – less sugars – saturated fats= tasty weight loss food
Between you want a creamy porridge plus healthy cooking style?
Make porridge in a stove top rather than popping into microwave oven
the more you stir and simmer your porridge the more creamier it gets,
- 40 grams Plain oats
- 1 Cup semi skimmed milk
- 1 Plum
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds optional
- ½ Cup water(use as requiredl)
- PORRIDGE :Pour milk into a sauce pan and boil for about 2 minutes. Add oats and cook for 5-10 min by continuous stirring, The time depends on the quality of your oats.
- If the milk is not sufficient and the porridge becomes dry I would add water rather than milk as I wanted to limit my milk to just 1 cup.
- PLUM COMPOTE Wash and cut plum fruits by removing the stones, Heat a non-stick pan and add the plums to it.
- Simmer it for 5 min and you will start seeing the fruit pieces soften. Gradually add 2-3 tablespoons of water to the fruit and stir occasionally on low flame until it gets into sauce like consistency.It would take less than 15 minutes.
- Spoon the compote on your porridge and sprinkle chia seeds if using.
Tastes best when served hot(at least to me)
The nutrition info given below is just for guidance
I actually did mix up my compote into the porridge and it looked like this, not bad eh?