This has been a blessed Ramadan indeed as there have been lots of positive developments both on the home front and in my volunteer work with K.A.M.I, our mosque's playgroup for autism children. But another blessing arrived in the mail a few days ago... Quaker sent me three free packs of oats to try out! Alhamdulillah!
|Got these in the mail - Matcha Green Tea 3 in 1 Oat Cereal Drink, Quaker Multigrain Cereal and Instant Oatmeal.|
Quaker Instant Oatmeal is a staple in my family, but I haven't had the Matcha Green Tea 3 in 1 Oat Cereal Drink or Quaker Multigrain Cereal before, so I can't wait to try them. So in honour of Ramadan and this Quaker Oats bounty, I'd like to share with you my...
Top 3 Mommy Sahur Hacks:
1. Whenever Ramadan draws near, I stock my freezer with frozen roti canai and pantry with canned food like chicken curry or rendang. Cooking the roti canai and heating the canned food takes just minutes.
2. My family doesn't like to eat heavy foods like rice at sahur. So we normally stock up on buns, bread, fruits and dates. Sandwiches are also quick to prepare.
3. When I don't have much time to cook (you know, when the alarm goes off at 4.00 am and I don't hear it.. so I wake up with a jolt 45 minutes later and scramble to the kitchen in panic) I turn to Quaker Oats for a quick, nutritious and filling breakfast. Oats is versatile and also helps us keep hunger pangs at bay longer.
Did you know that oats are a Super Grain?
- High in fiber with 9.4 g per 100g, which is more than white or brown rice.
- Contains beta glucan (soluble fiber), which slows down digestion and the release of glucose into your bloodstream, providing a slower supply energy.
- Good for your heart, as it lowers blood cholesterol.
- A good source of protein, higher than most cereals at 13.7g per 100g.
- 40 grams of oats can keep you full for 4 hours.
- Rich in essentials vitamins and minerals, including B1, B2,B3, B6, B9, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
With all this talks about oats, I can't leave without sharing my my recipe for Bubur Lambuk Quaker Oats. For me, bubur lambuk is one of the best Malaysian delicacies associated with Ramadan. This savoury and rich porridge is usually given out at mosques, and takes a long time to make. But for years, I've been making my own version of bubur lambuk, but with Quaker Oats! It tastes almost as good as the real thing and best of all, it's so quick to make!
|For My Bubur Lambuk Quaker Oats, I need Instant Oatmeal ;)|
Bubur Lambuk Quaker Oats
1 cup Quaker Instant Oatmeal
2 cups water
1/2 box coconut milk
1 shallot (finely chopped)
1 clove garlic (finely chopped)
Small piece of ginger (julienned)
1/2 cup minced meat (beef or chicken)
1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables
Some cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise and black pepper
Chopped Chinese parsley and fried shallot for garnish
Some cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Put a few tablespoons of cooking oil into a pot. Fry cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise and black pepper for a few seconds. Then add onions, ginger and garlic. Fry till fragrant.
2. Add minced meat and vegetables, fry till meat is cooked.
3. Add water, oats and coconut milk. Once mixture thickens, add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Ladle into bowl and garnish with fried shallots and Chinese parsley. Ready to serve!
And to accompany my bubur lambuk this morning, I had the Quaker Matcha Green tea 3 in 1. A quick, filling and nutritious sahur to keep me going through the day ;)
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