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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Ideas and Thoughts - Worth Repeating

Dear Folks,

I'm sharing some prior posts that I think are fun and appropriate for Thanksgiving.  First up is my Pumpkin Oatmeal side dish - the other aspect of this recipe that I loved was IF YOU have leftovers, they easily can be formed into patties and quickly heated in the frying pan the next morning to go with a hardy breakfast.  There are so many good-for-you things in this dish - you should try it - and let me know what you think.

Here is a side dish for any meal -- warming and satisfying.

1 cup regular oatmeal (not instant or quick cook)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie spice kind, just plain)
14 oz can of chicken broth (or vegetable)
1/8 teaspoon smoked salt (or sea salt)
8 large basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
Optional: other nuts such as pecans.
Stir pumpkin into broth in sauce pan, add salt and oatmeal and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 5 minutes stirring regularly. Add nuts. Rinse and sliver basil leaves and fold into oatmeal just before serving. (Left Over Tip: form into patties and fry gently in a bit of olive oil, about 1 minute each side (just until warmed all the way through and slightly crusted on both sides.)
Optional: For a sweet version: Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries, and omit (or leave in as you prefer) basil leaves, and use only plain (non-flavored) salt.

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May you all have a safe, healthy, blessed and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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