Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal Review

Quaker Steel Cut Oatmeal Makes Delicious Meal for Kids of All Ages

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received this product for free.

Is breakfast starting to feel like “been there, done that” meal? Bagels? Blah. Strudel? So-so. Stale cupcakes? Hey, we’ve all been there. If you’re ready for a breakfast makeover, allow us to introduce NEW Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal.

Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal

Each convenient pouch provides a hearty texture and nutty taste in just 3 minutes. Pour the oats into a bowl, add water and microwave. That’s it! It’s stick-to-your-ribs goodness your whole family can enjoy even on the busiest mornings.

Because they’re cut instead of rolled, steel-cut oats have more of a thick, satisfying whole-grain texture, plus a delicious flavor! Blueberries & Cranberries create the perfect combo with real pieces of fruit, or satisfy your sweet tooth with a dash of sugar and spice in Brown Sugar & Cinnamon, which is made with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal

Recently we got a chance to work with Quaker and try their new Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal in Brown Sugar & Cinnamon. In our house we are big fans of Quaker oatmeal and as usual they didn’t disappoint us with their new product. We all loved how yummy the oats were, super quick to make and how delicious the brown sugar and cinnamon made these steel cut oats taste. Our 9 year old daughter loved the convenience of being able to make the oatmeal herself in just 3 minutes before or after school. She loves it so much that she asks for it for breakfast, lunch and snacks.

As a busy mom I’m always looking for ways to have quick and easy meals available for my kids that are also delicious and nutritious at the same time, and as always Quaker has proven that their yummy oats are a must in every house. Definitely a product to try!

The Quaker Steel Cut Quick 3-Minute Oatmeal is available at your local grocery stores for a suggested price of $2.99 (Walmart price, it could be more in other stores or different areas). For more info visit Quaker website.

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Chicken Soup with Veggies and Pearl Barley

Perfect Soup for Every Season!

Pearl barley is similar to wheat in its caloric, protein, vitamin and mineral content, though it differs in that some varieties are high in lysine. It is cooked mainly in soups and stews.

Learn more about Barley!

Chicken Soup with Veggies and Pearl Barley Recipe

Chicken Soup with Veggies and Pearl Barley

Ingredients:

6 cups low sodium chicken broth (plus 1 or 2 cups more if needed)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in bite size pieces

1 cup pearl barley

4 carrots, cut in thick pieces

1 yellow squash, peeled and cut in circles

1 zucchini, peeled and cut in circles

1 cup of frozen peas

1/2 cup of frozen corn

1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Salt by taste if needed

Directions:

In a large stock pot saute carrots and chicken in olive oil over low heat for a few minutes. Add in squash and zucchini and saute all together for about 10 minutes over low heat or until carrots start to soften and chicken is all white on all sides.

Add in chicken broth, mix everything well and turn the heat to medium. Cook another 10 to 15 minutes and when the broth boils add in pearl barley, frozen peas, frozen corn, parsley, salt and pepper (or seasoning of choice). Mix and reduce heat to medium/low.

Let simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally (if the soup becomes too thick add additional cup or two of the broth to make it more soup like). When veggies are all soft, and pearl barley is double in size turn off the heat and let soup sit on the stove covered for additional 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Ladle soup into bowls and serve with bread or on its own.

Favorite MSPI Recipes

My Favorite MSPI Friendly Recipes

Milk soy protein intolerance (MSPI) is a temporary inability to digest the proteins found in cow’s milk and soy products. Learn more here about MSPI!

A while back I told you that my baby boy was diagnosed with MSPI. To learn more about what it is and our journey read this post here What is MSPI.

At first I thought it would be hard to eat and find foods that are safe for him because I’m nursing. But once I learned what to avoid I realized that most of those foods are either dairy, soy or processed foods that I’m anyways not consuming that often.

I enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables, I already get organic produce and meats. I’m not that crazy about gluten myself, quiet honestly I love zoodles and spaghetti squash in place of same old pasta. I also love smoothies, salads and meatless meals. For a while I was avoiding meat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, beans, rice, seafood and eggs. I know it seems like a lot, but I enjoy quinoa and potatoes (all kinds), veggies and fruits,water and coffee too.

Now that he is six and half months and starting to enjoy solid foods as well (avocado, banana, applesauce, sweet potato, butternut squash, zucchini, Quinoa Baby Cereal from NurturMe). I’m also slowly adding foods to my diet like eggs, chicken, pork (with them we had success). The foods that are still out for sure are seafood (fish we didn’t try shellfish) and rice. Others we are slowly testing.

But for a while this is how my meals looked like… Lots of green, red, yellow and all fresh and super yummy!

Fresh Raisin Salad

Fresh Raisin Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup butter lettuce

1 small tomato

10 green grapes (cut in half)

1 tablespoon raisins

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix everything together and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts - Fresh Raisin Salad

Fresh Berry Salad

Fresh Berry Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup butter lettuce

1/2 small avocado

10 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)

15 raspberries

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix everything together and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts - Fresh Berry Salad

Spinach Tomato Avocado Salad

Spinach Tomato Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach (packed)

1 small tomato

1/2 small avocado

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Arrange on the plate and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts - Spinach Tomato Avocado Salad

Corn Tomato Salad

Corn Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups lettuce

1 small tomato

2 tablespoons fresh corn kernels

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix everything together and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts - Corn Tomato Salad

Veggie Quinoa Dinner

Veggie Quinoa Dinner

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 medium zucchini

1 small carrot

1 small tomato

1 cup baby spinach (packed)

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Table Bland seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to the box/bag directions. When done set aside. Wash, cut veggies in desired shapes. In a medium skillet heat olive oil over medium/high heat. Add in veggies (all but spinach) and stir fry for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until you reach the desired softness. Add in spinach. Mix so that spinach can cook about few minutes longer. Add in seasonings, mix. Add in cooked quinoa, mix everything and serve right away.

Nutrition Facts - Veggie Quinoa Dinner

Banana Berry Salad

Banana Berry Salad

Ingredients:

1 small banana

1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup raspberries

1 tablespoon Orange Blossom Honey

Directions:

Cut banana, mix with berries and drizzle with honey.

Nutrition Facts - Banana Berry Salad

Yellow Smoothie

Yellow Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 small banana (for a thicker smoothie use frozen banana)

1/2 mango

1/2 peach

1/2 cup pineapple

1/2 cup water

Directions:

Wash and cut your ingredients. Add everything in a blender and blend for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until well blended and creamy. This makes one (16 oz) smoothie.

Nutrition Facts - Yellow Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Recipes HERE! I just change coconut water, milk, soy milk and juice with regular water now.

There you have it. My favorite MSPI friendly recipes. Please don’t forget to share in the comments Your favorite MSPI recipes if you have/know any!

Check out these great sites with ton of yummy recipes that are a huge help for me and I’m sure they will help you too.

Around the Web: World Pasta Day

October 25th is World Pasta Day!

Did you know that October 25th is World Pasta Day? Well, now that we all are aware of this awesome day, let’s make some yummy pasta from Around the Web and celebrate!!!

Don’t forget to check out SCM – Pasta Recipes!

Pasta Carbonara by The Pioneer Woman

Apples Bacon Mac and Cheese by Heat Oven to 350

Cauliflower Pasta with Pecorino, Grated Egg and Pine Nuts by Food Nouveau

Red Pepper Pesto over Angel Hair Pasta by That’s Some Good Cookin’

Autumn Pasta by The Food Doctors

Macaroni with Greens, Lemon, and Parmesan by Kalyn’s Kitchen

National Pasta Day

October 17th – National Pasta Day

What better way to celebrate this National Pasta Day than with a yummy pasta on your plate.

Can’t decide what to make, we got you covered… From yummy spaghetti, macaroni dishes, to cold pasta salads… there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Easy Cheese Pasta Bake

Easy Cheese Pasta Bake 

Alfredo Chicken & Vegetable Pasta

Alfredo Chicken & Vegetable Pasta

Taco Pasta Bake

Taco Pasta Bake

Beef & Veggie Meatballs over Pasta

Beef & Veggie Meatballs over Pasta

For more yummy, delicious and awesome recipes visit the Pasta Recipes here =) there is ton more we promise!!!

Banana Coffee Milkshake

Delicious Milkshake Recipe!

Perfect way to boost your day!

Banana Coffee Milkshake Recipe

Banana Coffee Milkshake

Ingredients:

1 cup prepared strong coffee, cold

1/2 cup milk (you can adjust this by taste)

1 large ripe banana

6 ice-cubes

Sugar to taste if needed (you can use substitute too)

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (optional)

Directions:

In a blender combine all the ingredients except sugar. Blend until everything is smooth. Try and see do you need sugar or more milk to taste. Blend again. Serve right away. If you have leftovers store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts - Banana Coffee Milkshake