Growing up, my grandmother would tell me to eat a big bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning. She would say that oatmeal will stick to your ribs. The idea is that the morning bowl of oatmeal would be hearty, satisfying and keep away the hunger on a cold morning. While this concept may have been an old wives tale, the phrase has stayed with me. On bitter cold Chicago days, oatmeal is served up in my house.
Over the years, oatmeal has transformed from that small packet that is added to boiling water. Today’s families have several varieties of oatmeal to enjoy. From steel cut oats to overnight creations, oatmeal can transform into a multitude of delicious dishes.
Recently, Quaker Oats has challenged families to bring their best bowl of oatmeal to the table. The first ever Bring Your Best Bowl Contest challenges young and old to develop a creative bowl of oatmeal. From sweet and tart to savory and bold, the possibilities are endless.
To launch this contest, Tiffani Thiessan, mom, actress and cooking show host, partnered with Quaker Oats to discuss the many possibilities that oatmeal brings. At www.bringyourbestbowl.com, Quaker shows that favorite flavor combinations can be incorporated into the traditional bowl of oatmeal. From a fluffer nutter sandwich to a classic breakfast burrito, oatmeal can be the vehicle to bring these flavors to the table, just with a twist.
Personally, the concept of developing more flavor in a bowl of oatmeal is an engaging one. Since oatmeal is familiar to kids (and even adults), the bowl of oatmeal can be a perfect way to introduce new ingredients and flavors. For example, figs are delicious and have great nutritional benefits, but kids may not rush to grab one from the fruit bowl. An oatmeal incorporating diced figs, walnuts and steamed coconut milk could get the kids willing to try something new.
Another fun idea is to turn oatmeal into a lunch bowl. Oatmeal can have a similar texture to a quinoa or even a risotto. The oatmeal itself isn’t sweet, so a savory application is a fun possibility. Add some chicken, tomatoes and mozzarella to a bowl as an alternative to pasta. Or, add some broccoli, onions, mushrooms and teriyaki sauce for an Asian inspired bowl. Creative chefs have many possibilities.
The Bring Your Best Bowl contest is open for submissions through March 12, 2016. Any recipe submission must contain between two to five ingredients. The winning bowl will inspire a new oatmeal flavor. For more information or to enter, please visit www.bringyourbestbowl.com.
What will be the next favorite bowl of stick to your ribs oatmeal? Time to start experimenting in the kitchen.