Oat Lovers: you are in for a treat. Kathy Hester's new book, OATrageous Oatmeals will change the way you think about oatmeal. Kathy shares inventive plant-based recipes that utilize oats in creative ways.
For those of you not familiar with Kathy, she specializes in making healthy foods accessible to picky eaters, and shares her recipes on her blog, Healthy Slow Cooking, and in her vegan column for Key Ingredient. She is also the author of The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Great Vegan Bean Book, and Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just For You.
Kathy serves up some really creative oat recipes in this book. There is also an explanation of the different kinds of oats, and how to cook them. There are oat-based staples such as creamy cashew-oat cream cheese and oat roti bread; then breakfast options like banana oatmeal cookie pancakes, lemon blueberry waffles, Kheer (Indian Oatmeal) Oatmeal, pomegranate rose smoothie, and a chai-spiced oat shake.
There are also great ideas for main dishes like chickpea veggie soup, creamy butternut squash oat soup, mushroom ginger congee, yellow split pea and rolled oat dal, steel-cut oat bean chili, veggie oat taco mince, tempeh oat brussels sprout scramble, oat dosa, and cauliflower oat pizza crust. Then, there are the desserts, such as oatmeal cookie crusted apple crumb pie, bourbon oat shortbread, and turtle oat truffles. I wanted to share Kathy's savory granola, which was so interesting to me. I have been eating it by the handful in my car! Yum!
Kathy says of this granola, "One of the reasons I love curry is that it blends spices used in desserts with savory and fiery flavors. Because of that, this granola straddles the line between savory and sweet. Try it as a delicious topping to the Indian-Spiced Tomato Soup (recipe on page 107 of the book) or a great change of pace to your normal morning yogurt."
Beyond food, there is a great recipe for a soothing lavender oat bath soak, oatmeal cookie body scrub, and some doggy biscuits and kitty treats.
I really enjoyed exploring my way through this book. If you're looking for new and interesting ways to incorporate oats into your lifestyle, this is a great read!
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