Although oats are a whole grain that is normally eaten for breakfast, they actually add a tasty and nutritious aspect to many dishes. Check out these dishes that will help make a happier, healthier you for the New Year!
Pear and Almond Porridge
1medium pear, halved and seeds removed.
1 tbsp almond oil or butter, melted
1 tbsp maple syrup
pinch of cinnamon
Handful of flaked almonds
2 tbsp of almond butter (OPTIONAL)
500ml semi skimmed milk or a plant milk alternative
- Preheat the oven to 175°C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the pear halves on the lined baking tray, drizzle over the maple syrup, coconut oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until tender and cooked through.
- To toast the almonds, heat a non-stick fry pan over medium heat. Add the almonds and cook for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant, stirring constantly. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, cook the oats with milk as per packet instructions.
- To serve, transfer the porridge to bowls, top with a pear each, a sprinkle of nuts and a drizzle of almond butter.
Zesty Oat Topped Salmon Fillets
2 salmon fillets
1 tbsp olive oil (and extra for salmon fillets)
1 heaped tbsp of Quaker traditional rolled oats
1 tbsp of ground almonds
1 tbsp of fresh dill, chopped (or 1 tsp dried dill)
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 carrots, washed and sliced lengthways
2 parsnips, washed and sliced lengthways
1 tbsp of chopped fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200c
- Place vegetables in a large bowl. Add the oil, rosemary, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
- Lay the vegetables on a lined flat baking tray and roast for 25 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove from the oven and place the salmon fillets on the tray. Lightly brush the top of each salmon fillet with olive oil.
- Mix the oatmeal, almonds, dill and lemon zest. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the salmon fillets and pat down lightly to give a good coating. Drizzle the lemon juice over.
- Reduce the heat to 180c and bake the salmon and vegetables for approximately 15 minutes until the crust is golden and the salmon is cooked through.