Savory Steel Cut Oats with Beans, Avocado & Bell Pepper Picture Book Recipe

Savory Steel Cut Oats with Beans, Avocado & Bell Pepper

Last post showed how to cook steel cut oats as quickly and easily on the stove. As mentioned in that post, steel cut oats take longer to cook, about 25 minutes, than rolled oats because steel cut oats are not precooked or preprocessed before being cut to smaller pieces by steel blades. That minimal processing means that steel cut oats have a more chewy texture and nutty flavor, stick with you longer because they take longer to digest, and are much more versatile than rolled oats, meaning they can be used in a wide variety of both sweet and savory recipes.

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How to Cook Steel Cut Oats Picture Book Recipe

Steel Cut Oats Ingredients

Steel cut oats: nutty flavor, complete protein source, complex carbohydrate, fiber rich, anti-inflammatory, and highly versatile in both sweet and savory recipes. Great stuff! Here’s how they look compared to rolled oats.

Rolled Oats and Steel Cut Oats ComparisonWant to know more about what steel cut oats are, why they’re a bit more nutritional than rolled oats, and how to cook them as easily as possible (they take about 25 minutes to cook – almost completely hands-free)? Just click any picture on this page for a complete, easy-to-follow step-by-step picture book recipe. Read more »

Fresh Garlic Ginger Salad Dressing Picture Book Recipe

Fresh Garlic Ginger Salad Dressing

Not too long ago, I showed how to grate or chop fresh ginger and then how to make a fresh low-fat kefir salad dressing packed not only with full-on flavor but also packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients that included ground turmeric, mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground flaxseeds, ground black pepper, and honey. Great stuff!

The fresh garlic ginger salad dressing you see here is a little twist on the fresh low-fat kefir salad dressing in that it substitutes kefir (a fermented milk, yogurt-like drink that’s packed with beneficial – or good for you – bacteria) with olive oil and also adds freshly chopped cilantro.

Here are the ingredients you need to make fresh garlic ginger salad dressing.

Fresh Garlic Ginger Salad Dressing IngredientsClick any picture on this page for a complete, easy-to-follow step-by-step picture book recipe.

Fresh Garlic Ginger Salad Dressing Picture Book Recipe

Breakfast Yorkshire Pudding Picture Book Recipe

Breakfast Yorkshire PuddingApril 19th is Patriots’s Day, the day the first shots were fired in 1775 in Lexington, Massachusetts, between British troops and American colonists. On that day, and all through the Revolutionary War that lasted 8 years, all Americans were still considered British subjects.

Why the brief history? Because I think it’s an enlightening backdrop to breakfast Yorkshire pudding, which as easy to make as they are fantastically flavorful to eat.

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Yorkshire Pudding Picture Book Recipe

Yorkshire PuddingI first made Yorkshire pudding a couple years ago when the Tour de France raced through Yorkshire province in England. Yorkshire pudding, as you can see in the picture above, is nothing like the pudding we’re used to in the states. Instead, it’s more like a combination of muffin and dinner roll made with equal parts flour, egg, and milk and seasoned lightly with salt and ground black pepper as shown in the ingredients picture below.

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Fresh Low Fat Kefir Salad Dressing Picture Book Recipe

Fresh Low Fat Kefir Salad DressingHere’s a great way to substitute freshly grated ginger and freshly chopped garlic for the powdered version of those two ingredients to create a fresh low fat kefir salad dressing that’s as fully flavorful as it is full of anti-inflammatory ingredients. Great stuff all around!

Here’s a picture of the ingredients.

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How to Grate or Chop Fresh Ginger Picture Book Directions

How to Grate & Chop Fresh Ginger

Fresh ginger. A staple of eastern cooking. Fantastically flavorful – I use it almost as much as I use fresh garlic…and almost always with fresh garlic. Ginger is the thick root of the tropically grown ginger plant with a great reputation for its anti-inflammatory properties that include easing stomach discomfort, improving digestion, and stimulating blood circulation.

The only problem: how to get a piece of ginger root from this…

…to this as quickly and easily as possible.
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Instant Low Fat Kefir Salad Dressing – All in Pictures

Instant Low Fat Kefir Salad DressingThis very quick & easy to make, versatile, and fully-flavorful low fat salad dressing requires no cutting or chopping and contains kefir (a good bacteria, yogurt-like fermented milk drink), garlic powder, ground ginger, turmeric, mustard, apple cider vinegar, ground flaxseeds, ground black pepper, and honey – all of which are rich with anti-inflammatory benefits.

Here’s what you need to make it.

Instant Low Fat Kefir Salad Dressing Ingredients

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Banana Nut Butter Power Bars – All in Pictures

Banana Nut Butter Power BarsThese banana nut butter power bars are potently flavorful and go great for dessert or as a pre- or post-workout snack. I like making them best in the toaster oven for ease, speed, and even energy savings – you bet! – though the picture book directions you can get by clicking any picture on this page also show how to bake them in a standard oven.

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Microwave Cooked Broccoli & Tuna in Lighter Alfredo Sauce – Easy & All in Pictures

Microwave Cooked Broccoli in Lighter Alfredo Sauce

Making microwave cooked broccoli and tuna in a lighter Alfredo sauce is just one very easy and fantastically flavorful way to take microwave cooked broccoli from simple to exciting! Here’s what you need for ingredients:

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