How do you go getting your toddlers to eat breakfast? Is it an easy task or one of those things that make you question how your children are ever going to get substantial nutrients into them? It’s quite often the latter here. In fact, Mr 2 spent a good ten months screaming at me no matter what I put in front of him. However, we have discovered a winner. Something that is rarely refused by the little man (knock on wood).
Oats. Good old-fashioned oats. He will usually try to eat two bowls of this. Which is fine, because of course, Ms 3 rarely finishes hers. Sigh. Anyway, a little while ago I wrote about using my Thermochef and some of the recipes I had used. There was a bit of interest in some more posts about cooking with the Thermochef, so I thought I would start a little series of them. And why not start with the basics.
Mr 2 loves my Thermochef Oats with a bit of maple syrup on top, as does Ms 3. I always add a good knob of butter, and use full cream milk. If I was cooking for me (I’m avoiding grains) I’d add cinnamon as well. And use the rolled oats, not the quick oats. When I cook oats this way, they always turn out thick and creamy, and are usually all eaten up.
What do you successfully feed your toddler for breakfast? Share your tips, please!!Thermochef Oats2015-04-13 15:53:00Serves 2Easy, filling oats in the ThermochefWrite a reviewCook Time8 minTotal Time10 minCook Time8 minTotal Time10 minIngredients
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup full cream milk
- 1 cup water
- A good knob of butter
- Place all ingredients in the bowl
- Cook for 8 minutes, 90 degrees, speed 1.
- Serve with toppings of your choice. We find maple syrup popular at the moment.
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- Once finished, I blend for roughly 10 seconds, speed 1 with a little cold milk.
- Serve immediately or it thickens and is harder to get out of the bowl.
Last weekend, I got my Thermochef cooking up a storm. It was lovely weather mostly, so The Mister was able to keep the littles outside whilst I tested out some recipes. I’ve been wanting to get into cooking up some basics, so I delved into the thermochef and thermomix books I have to test some recipes.
First up, Quirky Cooking’s Macadamia Pesto. I’ve made this one before, but it’s quick, easy and awesome. It’s fantastic on a whole variety of things – pasta, zoodles, grilled fish, roast chicken even on vegetable crudites.
I then cooked up some Vegetable Stock Paste, from the Thermochef Recipe Cards. This is a staple, it’s always in the fridge. Lasts for a while because of the salt and is fresh, nasty free and adds good depth to lots of dishes.
The biggest success I had, was the Thermochef Yoghurt. I was REALLY pleased with the way it turned out. Thick and creamy, and it was actually a nice mild flavour so the kids don’t mind it either. I’ve been making my own yoghurt for a while, first with the easiyo, and then using UHT milk and yoghurt starter in a thermos. But while it was always ok, and was saving some money, it was never great. And I had avoided making it in the thermochef because I thought it was too complicated. I was wrong!
Yum. There isn’t much left, so I’m going to have to get to it again this afternoon – I also have an order from my mum for a batch!
I cooked up a few other basics, including an EASY gnocchi, a tomato sugo and a tomato jam. Things that Ms 3 actually ate. Wonders will never cease. I’ll write another post soon about those yummies.
I’m thinking of doing a bit of a thermochef series, what do you think? Just me testing out the recipes and talking about what is useful to me. Perhaps even some budget breakdowns of the basics, and how it can save money? If that sounds good, let me know, either in a comment below, or over on the Facebook page.Thick & Creamy Yoghurt2014-08-29 11:56:55Yields 1Write a reviewPrep Time10 minCook Time45 minTotal Time9 hrPrep Time10 minCook Time45 minTotal Time9 hrIngredients
- 800g full cream milk
- 3 tbsp natural yoghurt
- 50g milk powder
- Place milk and powdered milk into TC bowl and blend for 10 seconds, speed 7
- Cook for 30 minutes, temperature 90c, speed 1.
- Cool to 37c. This took at least an hour for me, as I left it in the TC bowl. Use a thermometer to test this. The recipe card says minimum 30 minutes, and that the temp can be tested by placing bowl back into housing and the temp will register. My TC does not do this.
- Add the yoghurt and blend gently for 4 seconds, speed 4.
- Cook for 10 minutes, temperature 37c, speed 1.
- While yoghurt is cooking, pour boiling water into the glass jar from a yoghurt maker, or into a thermos flask to sterilise and warm.
- Once yoghurt is cooked, pour immediately into the container and leave over night.
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- Some handy tips - The yoghurt should get thicker and creamier the more you make it using your own starter.
- Add extra acidophilus powder if you like - available from health stores, I added a the powder from a capsule, as I had some in the fridge.
- I used organic products, but just use the best products you can afford.
So you’ve all seen them by now, haven’t you? The Thermomix? They seem to be all over the interwebs at the moment. Man, I wanted one! A super duper machine for the kitchen that cooks, blends, chops, mills, grinds etc etc etc. Super fast cooking, transformative cooking! All that jazz. One problem – the just under $2,000 price tag. Yup, you read that right. So I read loads of information. Blogs, forums, all kinds of sites. I discovered lots of love for the TM and several cheaper alternatives. Many that did not get good reviews. So I arranged a demonstration – to purchase a TM in Australia, you have to host/attend a demonstration. No probs, they cook about six dishes over the couple of hours to show the cool things it can do. Now I was a bit hesitant to arrange one, because I knew there was no way I was going to be able to purchase any time soon, but they were lovely people who seem to completely understand that its a big purchase and not many people attend a demo and buy straight away.
So the demonstration did not make me want one less! And The Mister was impressed, however he just could not see how the TM was so much more expensive than the nearest rival, the ThermoChef that is around $700-800 retail. Both have a two year warranty. I was convinced though, and kept calculating and re-calculating how long it would take to save the money. I even considered becoming a consultant! TM offers an opportunity for people to earn their machine through becoming a consultant and selling a certain amount of machines in a time period. I’m really not the party plan type! I get far to anxious/embarrassed. However in the end I decided against it mainly because I thought I would really need to have used the machine for a while before I would feel comfortable trying to sell it.
The machine appeals to me because it makes things easier. And quicker. And I am slowly attempting to introduce our little family to a healthier diet, richer in whole foods, less preservatives and less sugar.
So I did some more research – there are A LOT of blogs and websites out there dedicated to the TM – and some have really good comparisons between the different thermo machines out there. In the end, I decided to purchase the somewhat cheaper ThermoChef. I found a good deal and purchased just before Christmas last year. I was very excited. It arrived promptly, especially considering it was Christmas time. However, irritation was to follow! It didn’t work. Straight out of the box, it didn’t work. Newwave, the company that distributes the TC, provided excellent customer service. They responded promptly – on Boxing Day and arranged for a courier to collect it once the factory had returned to work after the break. Despite the excellent customer service, what followed was approximately five weeks of frustration, irritation and concern that I had made the wrong choice. A lot of this was, to be fair to Newwave, caused by the courier companies – they didn’t turn up, twice, then they came a week after being cancelled and then they lost my item when it was being returned! Also Newwave sent my repaired unit to someone else in the midst of all this. After I made it clear I was over the whole situation and ready to request a refund, Newwave arranged for my brand new unit, plus extra cook books to be hand delivered by one of their team. Phew!
Since it has been here, it has been great. No concerns, and I’ve used it on average three times a day nearly every day. I think in the short time we’ve had it, our meals have become less boring (I’m cooking outside the square!) and less stressful. Well, dinner preparation with two toddlers under three is always going to have some stress!!!!!
I would love to hear your ThermoLovin’ stories! Anyone purchased a ThermoChef? A Thermomix? What’s the biggest change your ‘thermo’ has made in your kitchen?