Hearty Pancakes with Quaker

What’s for breakfast?

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. But how many of us actually take pride in preparing a hearty breakfast with the necessary nutrients so that our body can perform in its maximum capacity?

I admit I often resort to the easy way out by having store-bought bread and at times, when I’m a bit more hardworking, would bake my own bread for the family and provide soy milk for the kids. It’s simple but perhaps, lacking in something.

I realised breakfast doesn’t have to be boring, having to eat the same kind of food every other day (my kids have started complaining). It can be fun, colourful, nutritious and allows for a great time of bonding. The following is a recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes and they are not just good for breakfast, they are awesome for every meal! It’s the Favourite Oatmeal Pancakes from Quaker! Let me show you how easy these pancakes are made.

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Some preparation work. I thought it helps that the table is set up for the next day and that the ingredients are all prepared. Once the kids are at the table, it’s BUSY TIME! Invite the kids to help out to make the pancakes. They will love it!

Oatmeal Pancakes | Ingredients

:: 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
:: 1/2 cup Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
:: 2 teaspoons baking powder
:: 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
:: 1-1/4 cups full cream milk
:: 1 egg, lightly beaten
:: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Cooking Instructions

:: In large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Mix well.

:: In a separate medium bowl, combine milk, egg and oil. Blend well.

:: Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients all at once. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened and do not overmix. So you can cook the pancake as it is. Lightly grease a skillet or a hot plate. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the hot skillet or hotplate. Turn when the top is covered with bubbles and the edge looks cooked. Turn only once.

We like our pancakes more when we topped up with honey and fruits. Alternatively, we could add in fruits or chocolate chips to stir into the batter before cooking. The taste is richer with the add-ins. It can be quite a substantial meal and definitely a more balanced one with the addition of the fruits. I like it that these pancakes turned out a little fluffier than our usual flat pancakes. ;P

So yup, the pancakes are a good alternative to the usual bread that we have for our breakfast. These pancakes are good for tea-time too or any meal, for that matter. The kids love to help out with the preparation of the food and you could get them to work their motor skills for sure. The little boy helped to mash up the banana that is to be stirred into the batter and the girl helped with most of the steps in making the batter. I…just need to instruct and demo.

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Do try the healthier and more substantial version of the pancakes with Quaker Oatmeal!

As you have already known, the Eat, Drink, Shop Healthy challenge is back! This year, it guarantees sure-win prizes for everyone. Choose healthier options and scan the QR code on the products to earn Healthpoints and unlock sure-win rewards like F&B and shopping vouchers.

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By purchasing Quaker’s range of Healthier Choice Symbol (HCS) certified products, it will earn you sure-win rewards in Health Promotion Board’s Eat, Drink, Shop Healthy Challenge from now till 26 October 2018.

Quaker Healthier Choice Symbol certified products include:
1. Quaker Instant Oatmeal
2. Quaker Quick Cook Oatmeal
3. Quaker Whole Rolled Oats
4. Quaker 3-in-1 Oat Cereal Drink (all 6 flavours – Original, Vanilla, Berry, Chocolate, Matcha and Mocha)

What you need to do: Download the Healthy 365 app, purchase any Quaker HCS certified products from any participating outlets to receive a QR code on the receipt or ticket. Scan this QR code using the Healthy 365 app to earn Healthpoints and redeem rewards.

Find out more at http://gethealthy.sg/eatdrinkshop

Have fun!

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Quaker Singapore. All opinions are my own.

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Foodie Friday | Teriyaki Chicken Don

I cook often and sometimes in a bid to get the meals out quickly, I stick to the ones that I often cook. It gets boring after a while and I think it’s time to inject some life into my cooking.

9789814398510Recently, I’m into Donburi, a rice meal topped with any ingredient. Still sounds dull right? Thankfully, I received some inspiration from a cooking book by Aki Watanabe called Donburi which includes a lot of delicious-looking rice meals waiting for me to try. I whipped up a few and love the end result so I thought I should share one of the recipes found in the book, a widely popular meal – Teriyaki Chicken Don. I’m sure many have tried cooking this but I absolutely adore the homemade teriyaki sauce listed in the book, so I thought I should share. I hope she doesn’t mind. This is an adapted version. I have omitted the salt and pepper since I am offering to the little one and soy sauce is tasteful enough for her!

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What you would need (yields 2): 
Boneless chicken leg 300g (I got mine from the market, deboned)
Canola oil for pan-frying
Steamed rice
Nori & wasabi sprouts for ganishing
Mixed chilli powder for seasoning

Teriyaki sauce
Soy sauce 40ml
Caster sugar 15g
Sake 10ml
Mirin 4 tbsp

1. Heat all ingredients for teriyaki sauce in a pan. Simmer until the mixture reduces by half. Set aside.

2. Remove yellow fat from chicken meat.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Pan-fry chicken over medium heat until both sides have browned.

4. Cover with a lid and cook chicken over low heat. When chicken is cooked through, remove from the pan.

5. Clean the pan with kitchen towels and pour in teriyaki sauce. Place chicken in the sauce and heat until the meat is glazed and the sauce thickens.

6. Slice chicken into strips and place on rice. Pour the sauce over.

7. Garnish with wasabi sprouts and nori or toasted sesame seeds.

8. Serve with mixed chilli powder.

Using the recipes found in the book, I’ve also cooked the Tofu and Mushroom Don, adjusting the flavour of the seasoning to suit my daughter. And she loved it!

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This is another meal that is inspired by one of the recipes. Not a don but ramen.

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The book has inspired me to cook better rice meals. Perhaps you can take a look for yourself? 😉

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