Hearty Oatmeal with Maple Roasted Pears & Pomegranate: this post contains affiliate links- Our favorite recipe this winter has been a hearty oatmeal with maple roasted pears & pomegranate. Even though this has been a very mild winter, I still can’t seem to shake the chill in my bones. We’ve been so lucky to have very little snow here in the midwest but I am ready for Spring!
In an attempt to keep my family warm, I’ve been cooking more comfort foods. Since Sophie is such a picky eater, we must make sure she eats a full breakfast to last her through the day. Oatmeal has always been a favorite of hers but I often put in the same old toppings (peanut butter, honey or blueberries). We often buy new fruits for her to try and she was enamored by the seeds of a pomegranate so I knew I had to figure out a way to incorporate poms in her oatmeal.
My newest ‘How to be an Awesome Mom’ tip is online ordering my groceries. Can I just say that we’ve not only been eating healthier but cut our grocery bill significantly by using Kroger’s online ordering service called ClickList. I’m a little obsessed with the routine I’ve figured out to eliminate the ‘what should we have for dinner’ headache.
Every Sunday I take 15-20 min to find one or two new recipes. I hop on Kroger’s site and order our groceries for the week. I write out the meal plan and stick it to the fridge so there’s never a question of what we’ll be eating for dinner. It’s helped us to not waste food because we only order exactly what we’ll need for our recipes as well as snacks and lunch for Sophie. TIP: add a reminder in your phone for crock-pot meals. This post is not sponsored by Kroger, I’m simply sharing because it rocks.
Hearty Oatmeal with Maple Roasted Pears & Pomegranate
- 1/2 c Quaker oats
- 1 c water or milk (I used unsweetened cashew milk)
- pinch of sea salt
- spoonful of raw pumpkin seeds
- sprinkle of pomegranate seeds
- sliced pears (see below for Roasted Maple Pear recipe for added awesomeness)
Bring the Quaker® Oats and milk to a light boil in a medium sauce pan. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes. If you’d like to add some superfood like chia seeds or flax seeds, add now and cook for another 5 minutes or until the oats have reached a creamy consistency.
Divide the oats into bowls, then top with pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, splash of cashew milk, drizzle of maple syrup and the maple roasted pears.
Maple Roasted Pears
- 4-6 seckel pears halved (any pear will do)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 c maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup + vanilla extra. Toss in the pears and evenly coat. Roast the pears on their backs 15-20 min flipping half way through.
There are at least a hundred different combinations you could use to enhance your hearty oatmeal breakfast. Breakfast is essential fuel for your day so make it count. What do you add to your oatmeal? I’d love some new ideas!