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Meatless Mondays: Thai Stir-Fried Oats

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

This recipe was inspired by a Spar for the Spurtle entry from a few years ago. Who needs white rice when you can have whole grain oats? Trust us, this is an upgrade to normal fried rice. The preparation is so easy for this dish that you’ll have a dinner on the table in less than half an hour. The only hitch is that the oats need to be soaked overnight. If you’ve forgotten this step, but still want to enjoy this exotic dish, simply cook the oats on the stove top for 3-5 minutes. Just long enough to take the edge off of the uncooked oats. This flavorful dish really doesn’t need any accouterments, but if you just can’t help yourself, these vegetable spring rolls will pair very nicely.

Thai Stir-Fried Oats | Bob's Red Mill

Thai Stir-Fried Oats

  • 1-3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats*
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Green Onions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated
  • 1 medium Bell Pepper, diced
  • 8 oz Shiitake or Button Mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp bottled Thai Green Curry Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar or Date Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs, lightly beaten*
  • 1 cup fresh Pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup roasted, lightly salted Cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • juice and zest of 2 medium Limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh Cilantro or Mint Leaves (or combination of both), minced, divided

Soak oats overnight in water to cover.

Drain the oats in a fine mesh sieve, pressing out excess water. Set aside.

Heat oil in a  large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the white parts of the green onions, bell pepper and mushrooms; stir-fry 1 minute.

Add the fish sauce, curry paste, sugar and drained oats to the skillet. Stir-fry 3 minutes.

Push oat mixture to the side of skillet and add eggs to cleared space; cook and stir until eggs are just set, then combine with oat mixture.

Add the pineapple, cashews and coconut. Stir-fry 30 seconds.

Remove from heat and stir in lime juice, lime zest, green parts of green onions and half of the herbs. Serve, sprinkled with the remaining herbs.

*To make this dish gluten free, use our gluten free steel cut oats and be sure to use a gluten free soy sauce. To make this entirely vegan, omit eggs or substitute with 1/2 cup drained, soft tofu. 

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Win $5000: Fourth Annual Spar for the Spurtle

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Golden Spurtle

Spar for the Spurtle | Bob's Red MillDo you have an original recipe that makes use of

Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats?

Enter your dish in our Spar for the Spurtle Recipe Contest for a chance to win $5000! Once you have perfected your recipe, submit a photo of your finished dish and include the written recipe through the contest tool on our Facebook page. We will select our top three recipes from all who enter by 11:59 pm on August 15th, 2014. We are not asking for videos this year, just a written recipe and photo of the finished dish.

The Prizes:

  • First place (grand prize): $5000 cash
  • Second place: $2500 cash
  • Third place: $1000 cash

A winning dish should take no longer than 30 minutes to prepare and use only two stove-top burners. Originality and flavor will be taken into account for the winning dish.

Be sure to read the official rules and if you need a little added inspiration, check out our Pinterest board for fun ideas.

Visit our Facebook page for more information and to throw your porridge into the ring.

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Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

Celiac Awareness Month with Pacific Foods

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and we’ve partnered with our friends at Pacific Foods to help raise awareness and have a little fun in the process. Together, we have created a few fun (and easy!) breakfast ideas that are both gluten free and dairy free to make breakfast a little easier and delicious. Join the fun all week as we share our recipes, give away some wonderful prizes and host a Twitter chat.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

Pacific Foods is an Oregon-based company with an extensive non-dairy beverage line, as well as quite a variety of soups, broths, sauces and meals for every occasion. We are excited to be partnering with them on this campaign to show you how easy a GF/DF breakfast can be and give you a chance to win a breakfast prize pack containing:

For more of the nitty-gritty details click here.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

There will be EIGHT chances to win over the next few days. Our week kicks off with a Twitter chat tomorrow (5/7) at 11 am PT. We’ll be using #celiacbreakfast and hope you’ll come and share your ideas for a healthy and delicious GF/DF breakfast.  Get inspired with our Pinterest board and end the week armed with breakfast ideas to keep you busy all May!

Want more info? Head over to Pacific Foods and find out all about the products we’re featuring and the fun we have planned!

 

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Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes {Stack’d Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Have you noticed the increasing number of protein pancake recipes these days? At first, I thought maybe it was just a body-builder thing, then perhaps it was a paleo-diet thing, but now I am realizing that these recipes cross those boundaries. A protein-rich pancake is a fabulous way to start the day. I love a good bowl of oatmeal, but unless I add some protein to it, I’m hungry within a couple hours. If I opt for a protein-rich breakfast, I’m far less likely to need a snack. This combination of protein and carbohydrates keeps you full and gives your body (and brain) some serious fuel to work through. Protein pancakes are an ideal breakfast solution.

I was very excited to stumble upon Stack’d: The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook from Jessica Kahn and photographed by Rianna Alberty. These protein pancakes use rolled oats as a base and add eggs, yogurt and whey to bulk up the protein. Stack’d provides tips for swapping out oats for almond meal to make the recipes paleo-friendly and substitutions for making them dairy-free. I don’t imagine these pancakes will work as well with vegan egg substitutions, but they might. Recipes rely on a blender for mixing, so break out that Magic Bullet!

Stack'd : The Gluten-Free Protein Pancake Cookbook

Stack’d is elegantly simple. Its 30 recipes are beautifully photographed and contain easy-to-follow directions with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket. Because they do not rely on flour, there is nothing to be missed in these recipes. Use certified gluten free oats if you need the recipes to be gluten free. I absolutely adore the wonderful flavor combinations in the book- from sweet concoctions (adorably titled “Sweet Cheeks”) like Tart Cranberry and Citrus and Crisp Apple, to savory Fragrant Rosemary and Cozy Carrot. Stack’d even has a whole section dedicated to chocolate concoctions and dressed up recipes- Orange Julep, anyone?

Jessica and Rianna would like to give one lucky winner a copy of this book, along with a package of our Gluten Free Regular Rolled Oats. To enter, simply follow the prompts in the app at the bottom of this post (this works best on a desktop computer). We’ll pick a single winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 4/25/14. Can’t wait? Head over to the Stack’d website to order or download a copy.

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

Chive and Cheddar Protein Pancakes

Modeled after some outrageously delicious mini muffins, these chive & cheddar pancakes make for a great, savory flavor combination. Serve with dinner or make two-bite silver dollar pancakes as an appetizer.

  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (5 oz/143 g) nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup (1.6 oz/46 g) rolled oats
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural whey protein powder (optional)

MAKES 6 – 8 PANCAKES; 2 SERVINGS

To keep pancakes warm while you make the full batch, preheat oven to 200°F.

Using a blender, first add all of the wet then dry ingredients. This will expedite the blending process, brief though it may be. Blend until the oats are broken down and the batter is smooth, about 10 – 15 seconds.

Heat a non-stick griddle or pan to medium. Test the temperature with a quick spritz of water – just run water on your fingertips and flick it in the direction of the cooking surface. If it sizzles, it’s ready. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and you’re all set for the batter.

Pour a scant ¼ cup of batter per pancake onto the griddle or pan. Cook on the first side for 1 – 2 minutes or until the edges start to cook and bubbles appear on the surface. Lift the side of the pancake up just a bit to see where it is in the browning process. Ideally, let them cook until they are a golden, maple color.

Because these pancakes won’t have the rigidity of their flapjack forefathers, the swooshing technique can work wonders. Grab a spatula and, quite literally, swoosh it under the target pancake in one swift motion. Then flip it over.
Cook on the second side for an additional 1 – 2 minutes, or until golden-brown.

Transfer to an oven-safe dish and keep warm in the oven. Continue with remaining batter.


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New Product: Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

If you’re familiar with Bob’s Red Mill, you probably already know how much we love Scotland. Maybe it’s a kinship we feel with a country that is almost always rainy and cool (much like our beloved Oregon) or maybe we love it for birthing our favorite food, oatmeal. Maybe it’s because they awarded us the title of World Porridge Champions in 2009, or maybe it’s because they’re just so darn nice over there. No matter what is at the heart of it, Bob has always loved Scotland and, after a visit many years ago, his love fueled the creation of our Scottish Oatmeal. It was in Scotland that Bob first tasted and fell in love with traditional Scottish oats.

NEW GF Scottish Oatmeal | Bob's Red Mill

Ground on stone mills, this oatmeal is a true meal. It is smooth and creamy with a texture closer to farina than what we typically associate with oatmeal. It’s not chewy like rolled or steel cut oats, but it still has a bit of bite and texture. This isn’t gruel, but it is a unique breakfast experience.

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We have yet to find anything in the States that compares to our Scottish Oatmeal, which is why we are very excited to add Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to our robust gluten free oat line. We take the same high-quality, gluten free tested and verified oats that you know and trust and run them through our specialized stone mills in our gluten free facility to create a new, whole grain cereal perfect for warming you up on these brisk *almost* spring days.

To celebrate our new addition and our undying love for Scotland, we’re giving away a package of Gluten Free Scottish Oatmeal to five lucky winners. To enter, follow the prompts below. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 04/08/14.


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Birdspotter Recipe of the Week | Bob's Red Mill

The Early Bird

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Featured Articles, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

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The early bird gets the worm. This bowl of oats is definitely a lot tastier than a worm and is sure to get you revved up for the day and keep you going strong all morning. Pour a shot of espresso over your favorite bowl of oatmeal and top with whipped cream. Add a few chocolate-covered espresso beans for an extra boost. Pow! You’re ready to rock and roll.

The Early Bird | Bob's Red Mill

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No-Mess Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats or Hot Cereal

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Steel Cut Oats are wonderful ways to start your day, but they take time. With steel cut oats, you’re looking at 10 to 20 minutes on the stove top. It’s very hard to fit that into a busy morning, but we have good news! You can make steel cut oats while you sleep using your slow cooker and wake up to deliciously creamy breakfast. Honestly, I haven’t had oatmeal that was this creamy. There is something to be said for waking up and having breakfast ready for the whole family without having to lift a finger.

There are posts all over the internet for making slow cooker oatmeal, but no one mentions what a horrible mess it is to clean up! Maybe it’s a given than slow cookers make for a lot of clean up, but I was blissfully unaware of the mess that awaited after I tried my first batch.

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It wasn’t a total nightmare and a good soak worked wonders, but I wanted to see if anything could be done to prevent the sticky mess. I am not interested in the slow cooker liners, though I am sure they work great. I read tips about using a water bath method (which looks like a great solution) and different ways to grease the crock pot. I tried a few different methods and this is what worked for me. This worked with oatmeal and with hot cereal. Slow cookers vary wildly in their settings and temperatures, so I am including two options below- the tried and true method and the no-mess method I devised for my particular slow cooker. My slow cooker has a warm setting for holding foods and it works perfectly (with no mess) if you start with boiling water and let it sit overnight. If you don’t have that setting (low is not the same setting), use the tried and true method and enjoy the creamiest oats you’ve ever had.

A note about using steel cut oats versus regular rolled oats or hot cereal. I tried these methods with our granular hot cereals (10 Grain, 7 Grain, Mighty Tasty, etc) and they work just fine using the same proportions of water to cereal. I did not try using a rolled oatmeal and cannot vouch that this will work the same way. 

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No-Mess Method

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats or granular hot cereal of your choice
  • 4 cups boiling Water*
  • 1/4 tsp Salt (optional)
  • Coconut Oil or Cooking Spray

Coat slow cooker bowl with coconut oil or cooking spray (butter will likely work, but I did not try it). Add 1 cup of oats or cereal of your choice, salt and 4 cups of boiling water. Set slow cooker to warm and allow to cook for 7-8 hours. When done, stir and top with your choice of toppings.

Tried and True Method

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats  or granular hot cereal of your choice
  • 4 cups Water*
  • Coconut Oil or Cooking Spray
  • 1/4 tsp Salt (optional)

Coat slow cooker bowl with coconut oil or cooking spray (butter will likely work, but I did not try it). Add 1 cup of oats or cereal of your choice, 4 cups of water and salt. Set slow cooker to low and allow to cook for 7 hours. When done, stir and top with your choice of toppings.

*If you prefer, you can replace some of the water with milk. For the No-Mess method, do not boil the milk, but warm it until almost boiling.

Here are some fabulous recipes for creative slow cooker oatmeal:

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What is it? Wednesday: Gluten Free Oats

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, What is it? Wednesday, Whole Grains 101

We are very excited to bring you What is it? Wednesdays! Every other Wednesday, we’ll explore a different ingredient or product in depth. We’ll be covering the benefits, uses and common misconceptions about each. If you have any requests, leave them in the comments and we’ll work them into the schedule. 

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These days, everyone knows someone who is trying a gluten free diet. One of the most common questions we field at Bob’s Red Mill is about gluten and oats. Oats have long held a mysterious place in the world of gluten free. Are they gluten free?  If oats are naturally gluten free, why is important that they be tested for gluten? AND, if oats are gluten free, why can some people tolerate them and others cannot? I’m going to try to clear this up for you today.

First, let’s go back to the start. Oats are indeed naturally free from gluten, the protein in wheat, rye and barley that many people cannot tolerate. Yep. If you walked into a perfect field of oats and picked just one groat, chances are pretty good that it would be completely gluten free. We don’t live in a perfect world, though. I’m sure you’ve heard of crop rotation, where farmers change out their crops from year to year to keep the soil active and keep the land fresh. It’s a basic part of farming. Oats, wheat, barley and rye are often grown in rotation cycles. Fields of oats will typically have a few wheat plants that sprout up, it’s just part of farming. That is one reason why oats need special attention to be gluten free.

Gluten Free Oats | Bob's Red Mill

The second reason that oats need extra precautions to be gluten free is plain old cross contact. At the most basic levels, we’re talking about grain commodities and these basic agricultural products move in huge batches from farm to truck to silo to truck to grain cleaning to truck to … well, you get the picture. There are really quite a few steps between field and table. More steps mean more chances for the truck that just delivered wheat to pick up oats and contaminate them during transit.

The third major reason that oats can easily contain gluten is that oat groats and wheat berries are strikingly similar, which makes the technology needed to separate the two very expensive. It actually involves a highly technical color sorter to make sure that wheat berries don’t end up in the oat groats. Many grain processors do not have that technology, after all it is much simpler to separate debris from grains. The demand is much higher for grains to be free from rocks and chaff than from each other.

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Bob’s Red Mill removes all three of those issues by working with our suppliers and educating them on the risk of cross contact, as well as making sure they understand how very important it is to us that our oats are indeed gluten free. Additionally, we work with grain cleaners who use the specialized equipment I mentioned above to color sort the oats. Finally, our gluten free oats are tested for gluten upon arrival at our facility. After they pass that test, they are processed and packaged, where they are tested again to be sure they are still gluten free.

Why can’t some people tolerate even the purest of oats? Let’s step back a second. Gluten free or not, some people cannot tolerate oats. Period. Gluten, as we commonly know it, does not play into this. Oats contain a different protein called avenin. Avenin is similar to gluten and, like other proteins- gluten in wheat, casein in cow’s milk- some people just cannot tolerate it. To complicate matters a bit further, people who have celiac disease can find the fiber in oats challenging to digest. If they are new to the diet or do not typically eat fiber-rich foods, oats can be very demanding on the gut. This is why we recommend adding oats to a gluten free diet slowly.

That’s the long and the short of it. If you have further questions about gluten free oats, leave them in the comments and I’ll address them.

Check out our selection of gluten free oats here.

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Birdspotter Recipe of the Week | Bob's Red Mill

The Rooster

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

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Who doesn’t love a Rooster? Actually, probably a lot of people. They’re kind of noisy and mean, but they serve a good purpose. They protect their brood and sound the alarm if anything is amiss. They’re tough and mean business, so we’ve named this oatmeal creation after them. This is a mean, but delicious, breakfast perfect for keeping you sharp all morning. We know it sounds unconventional to turn oatmeal into such a savory Tex-Mex affair, but, trust us, it’s delicious.

The Rooster | Bob's Red Mill

The Rooster: To your favorite kind of oatmeal, add shredded cheddar (we really like it mixed in, but you can add it on top, as well), chorizo, black beans and a fried egg. Top with a drizzle of barbecue sauce, salsa and sour cream. 

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Feeding Your Family While Watching Your Weight

by Liz Della Croce in Featured Articles, Health

There’s no way around it: losing weight is hard work. It requires consistency, dedication and a hefty pinch of willpower. If you are married or have children, you likely aren’t just cooking for yourself which can pose a whole new set of challenges.

As the sole cook for a family of four, I can speak first hand about dealing with picky eaters and finding creative ways to make nutritious foods taste delicious.  To help you reach your weight loss goals, here are my top tips for feeding the family while making healthy lifestyle changes.

Family Dinner

Maximize Flavor: Instead of serving steamed broccoli for dinner, try roasting it with a drizzle of sesame oil and a splash of soy sauce. When you roast vegetables the natural sugars in begin to caramelize creating a sweet flavor the whole family will love. Once you begin roasting vegetables you will say bye-bye to boring, overcooked steamed veggies. In addition to broccoli, try roasting Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, eggplant and more.

Variety is Key: One of the surest ways to get bored with healthy eating is to prepare the same foods over and over again. To keep things interesting, try new grains in your favorite dishes. If you normally make quick cooking oats for breakfast, try whipping up a batch of Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal instead. The chewy, nutty texture is a nice change from rolled oats and will keep the family excited about breakfast. To make it even more fun, let the kids pick their favorite mix-ins in the morning: fresh fruit, yogurt, nuts and seeds make delicious oatmeal toppings.  Want to take it to the next level? Try a creamy bowl of Breakfast Quinoa or Spelt Berry Porridge instead. The options are endless.

Crock Pot Banana Nut Oatmeal | The Lemon Bowl

Get the Kids Involved: The next time you head to the grocery store or farmers market, let your kids pick out one new vegetable or whole grain to try that week. Perhaps they are curious about eggplant or want to try quinoa for the first time. By letting the kids be in the driver’s seat, they will be engaged and excited to try out their special new ingredient.

Don’t Give Up: If you serve a healthy dish that the family doesn’t love, don’t give up. Children and toddlers have finicky palates. Their favorite foods might become their least favorite foods in the blink of an eye. An important part of making permanent lifestyle changes is acknowledging the fact that set backs will occur. Wait a couple weeks and try again. Perhaps you can use the same ingredient in a different recipe or prepare it in a new way. No matter what you do, don’t give up. You would be surprised how quickly little ones change their tunes.

Above all else, have fun with it and get in the kitchen with your family! Cooking at home is not only a great way to save money and calories but it is a great way to connect with the family and make memories. The more fun you have along the journey, the more likely you are to stick with it.

What are your best tips for feeding your family while watching your weight? Leave a comment below – we would love to hear from you!

Liz Della Croce | The Lemon Bowl Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been creating delicious recipes using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality. Liz has appeared live on the TODAY Show and tapes regular cooking segments for her local NBC affiliate station. Through healthy eating and regular exercise, Liz has successfully achieved a personal weight loss milestone and has a passion for helping others reach similar goals. New in 2013, Liz launched Healthy Habits, a feature on The Lemon Bowl where her loyal readers and growing audience can find practical advice, resources and information on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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