Children's Aid Celebrates National Oatmeal Month

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Get your bowls ready because January is National Oatmeal Month! There are many health benefits to eating oatmeal, including lowering blood cholesterol and promoting weight loss - it’s a good supply of energy. Here is a delicious oatmeal recipe by Stefania Patinella, Director of the Food & Nutrition Programs at The Children’s Aid Society:


Yields: about 8 cups Makes about 20 servings for 3- to 5-year-olds
Makes about 10 servings for 6 years olds and up
This recipe fulfils the total Grains/Bread component.


½ cup quinoa
6 cups water
3 cups rolled oats (about ½ pound)
1 large apple cut into small pieces
2½ cups 1% milk
¼ cup real maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


1. Rinse and drain the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer. Put the quinoa in a medium saucepan and add 2 cups water. Bring it to a boil over medium heat and cook for 10 minutes.

2. Add the rest of the water (4 cups), the oats, apple (if using) and milk and cook for 15 minutes more until the oats are soft. Stir in the maple syrup and cinnamon. Serve hot.


Substitute the maple syrup for ¼ cup packed light brown sugar.