Oatmeal Is No Longer Only A Breakfast Food: Hearty Sweet Corn & Pancetta Oatmeal {Recipe}

(Disclosure: I am happy to be partnering with Quaker again. I did receive compensation but thoughts are my own.)

Quaker has always been synonymous with breakfast in my mind but recently I learned they made delicious snacks and this week I even discovered someone making dinner recipes with Quaker oats. Samantha Stephens, founder of the world’s first oatmeal bar, Oatmeals, in New York City was just announced as Quaker’s new Creative Oatmeal Officer!

I found Sam’s story interesting. While in college, she was trying to eat healthier and save money and she discovered oatmeal was the way to go and started eating it for every meal. Since opening OatMeals in Greenwich Village in New York City in 2012, Stephens has sold more than 100,000 of her inventive hot oatmeal bowls – including her signature Pumpkin Pie and Indian Spiced & Savory Truffle RisOATto – along with other oatmeal-based products like oatmeal cookies and biscotti. That’s a lot of oatmeal! I can’t wait to try it out the next time I am in NYC.

Sam is teaming up with Quaker  to show foodies everywhere that the possibilities are endless when creating recipes with oatmeal, such as the first exclusive recipe created by OatMeals for Quaker – Hearty Sweet Corn, Tomato and Pancetta Oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Quaker steel cut oats
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cups fresh corn (approximately 3 ears) or frozen, thawed
  • 1/2 cup pancetta, diced (bacon, prosciutto, or ham can be substituted)
  • 2 small shallots, diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced (optional)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Grated pecorino or asiago cheese

Directions

  • In a large saute pan, heat olive oil on medium heat. 
  • Add pancetta, corn, and cherry tomatoes and cook for five minutes. Remove this mixture from the pan and place in a bowl to the side. 
  • Into the same pan add the butter, shallots, and garlic and cook for two minutes at medium heat. Add Quaker steel cut oats and stir continuously for two to three minutes, until lightly toasted, golden, and fragrant. Add the chicken stock and stir to combine. 
  • Cover pan and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until oats are al dente. 
  • Add the pancetta, corn, and tomato mixture to the cooked oats and stir to combine. 
  • Season with black pepper to taste and top with grated pecorino cheese. 

Makes four servings. See a video of the recipe being made on Quaker’s YouTube channel.

(Disclosure: As stated above, this is a compensated post.)

Sneaking Whole Grains Into Fruit Filled Jamba Juice Smoothies {Giveaway}

About a month ago I shared how Quaker fuels my family and is a great way to start the day. I recently learned that Jamba Juice now offers Quaker-branded whole grain boosts in their smoothies so people who drink their smoothies can get a boost of whole grains throughout the day. One Quaker-boost in a delicious, whole fruit smoothie offers one full serving of whole grains and only costs an extra 50 cents. I was intrigued so I headed to Jamba Juice today to try one with a gift card that Jamba Juice sent me.

I had only been to Jamba Juice once before so I asked the cashier which flavors were the most popular. He said the Mango one was good and people really liked the Tropical one (Caribbean Passion), too. I’m more of a berry person but I decided to go with his recommendation and try a tropical smoothie with the Quaker boost.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with a boost of Quaker whole grains in the smoothie. I was thinking maybe it would have a texture of drinkable oatmeal and I didn’t think that sounded too appetizing mixed with the fruit.

To my delight I took a sip and discovered that it tasted like sherbert mixed with a glass of orange juice. The texture was thick and had a consistency somewhere between a milkshake and frozen yogurt. If I hadn’t ordered it myself I would have never guessed that it had the whole grains in it.

Overall, I really enjoyed my Jamba Juice smoothie and look forward to going back with my kids. The boys would think I took them out for dessert not knowing that they were getting fruit and whole grains in their “treat”. I think the boosts that Jamba Juice offers are perfect for those who want to be healthy but want to eat healthy items that taste good at the same time.

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(Disclosure: As stated above, I received a Jamba Juice gift card to try out their smoothies with Quaker boosts. All opinions are my own.)

Quaker Fuels Healthy, Busy Families

(Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of Quaker but all thoughts are my own.)

When I was growing up my dad offered me a lot of advice. One of the most common things he’d repeatedly tell me was how important it is to eat a good breakfast. He told me how he’d read that people who ate breakfast tended to weigh less and have more energy throughout the day.

As a parent I keep my father’s advice in mind as I raise my children and we go about our daily routine. We are always on the go so we need to start our day with something that will keep our bellies full all morning and give us the energy that we need to go from soccer practice to swim lessons to the playground. These past few days it’s been chilly in Chicago {seriously- I thought about turning on the heat last night….} so I wanted to make a nice, warm breakfast for the kids. For me, the Quaker name is synonymous with breakfast and I discovered a whole new line of products I didn’t even know about.

Quaker sent me some products to try and as soon as I opened the package I was overcome with the smell of maple. One of the best breakfast smells ever! The new ‘perfect portion’ oatmeal packages let people make as little or as much oatmeal as they want and, since they are unsweetened, let the consumer choose how they want to sweeten their oatmeal. I normally add brown sugar to mine.

Another item Quaker sent me to try was their soft baked bars. These are perfect for busy families. Ten seconds in the microwave and you have a hot breakfast ready to take in the car or on the bus. The cinnamon nut bread with pecans, raisins and sweet swirls of cinnamon makes a delicious treat.

Quaker not only fuels healthy, busy families but they inspire them through programs that encourage physical activity. Quaker serves as the title sponsor of the Chicago Fire Juniors, the club’s youth player development program that supports more than 10,000 soccer kids and families in Chicago and nationally. As a “soccer mom”, I love that Quaker sponsors this program because I think soccer is both fun and a great way to learn about teamwork and other important life skills.

One special event coming up is The Quaker Invitational which is hosted by Quaker and the Chicago Fire August 9th through August 11th. Hundreds of Chicago Fire Juniors teams from around the country will come together for a weekend of soccer, community and fun. The two winning youth teams will earn a chance to play on The Chicago Fire’s home field, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL on Sunday, August 11, and each player in the tournament will receive a free game ticket to attend the Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact MLS game.

In addition to the Chicago Fire, Quaker has joined forces with national and local organizations to reach families through nourishment, education and physical activity including the National Football League, Fuel Up to Play 60, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Movement and Common Threads.

Now that you have heard about how Quaker fuels healthy families, including mine, which of their delicious breakfast options are you interested in trying first?