Today is National Oatmeal Day, which may not mean much to your restaruant. If you’re in the business of serving up breakfast, you should definitely take advantage of the day. If you’re not, you might want to look into adding oatmeal to your menu. A simple dish, oatmeal is known for it’s various health benefits. Can you take advantage of a desire of healthy eating at your restaurant?
The Various Health Benefits of Eating Oatmeal
SymptomFind has compiled a list of the various benefits you can have from eating oatmeal. All of these benefits take place on the inside, which is supremely important for living a long and healthy life. They include
- Due to being rich in soluble fiber, oatmeal can help reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol.
- Being high in fiber also means that the dish offers a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.
- It is full of antioxidants, one of which fights off free radicals that attack HDL, the good cholesterol.
- The same antioxidant as above also helps fight off the hardening of arteries.
- High fiber in oatmeal can help fight off both breast cancer, diabetes, and weight gain, all due to the fiber content.
- The dish can boost the immune system.
- As oatmeal is very low in gluten, eating it in moderation may be safe for those that are gluten-intolerant.
How Can I Spruce Up Oatmeal?
The Huffington Post has looked into a world of oatmeal toppings you may not have considered for your restaurant or personal life. Suggestions include
- The standard fruit assortment of berries is always okay, but go outside of your comfort zone with pears, nectarines, pineapple, and mangoes, for example. Figs, mandarin oranges, pomegranate seeds, and passion fruit are all oddities that work surprisingly well with the big bowl.
- Cacao, particularly dark chocolate, can be used in small doses to large effect, adding a bit of healthy sweetness to the breakfast dish.
- Shredded carrots, zucchini, and eggplant are an off-the-wall trio of veggies that can perk your oatmeal dishes up.
- Plant the seeds for a healthy day with sesame and pumpkin seeds, mint leaves, pistachios, and ginger.
Is There Profit in It?
The Washington Post reports that there is. Thanks to the combination of oatmeal being incredibly cheap and easy to produce, and finds that the dish is up there with breakfast sandwiches and yogurt for popular morning meals on the go. How simple is it to produce? Some restaurants purely soak the grains overnight and toss them in a rice cooker before pouring them into an oatmeal bowl or disposable foam bowl.
Many of the toppings for oatmeal are things you already carry in your restaurant; fresh fruits, brown sugar, various nuts and veggies and more. This might be a small investment that could pay off big for your restaurant. Oatmeal might be an unassuming start for your day and your restaurant, but could easily contribute to the health of both.
There are two things that are nigh-universally liked in America; bread and ice cream. The problem is, neither are traditionally diet-friendly and healthy; as Scott Pilgrim VS. The World famously reminded us in a line delivered by Michael Cera’s titular “hero”, “Bread makes you fat?” It’s nothing but carbs, at it’s basis. Ice cream, on the other hand, never has had any notions of being healthy. It’s milk, cream, eggs, and traditionally a variety of other ingredients to give it flavor.
At some point, someone realized something amazing. All bread is, at the source, is water and flour. Water can be replaced by another liquid, such as… melted ice cream. In Katrina’s Kitchen has a great recipe for ice cream bread. Wikipedia encourages three parts liquid to five parts flour for most yeast breads. Her recipe is largely simple.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix 1.5 quarts of softened ice cream with 3 cups of self-rising flour.
- Pour in a pan and bake for 35 minutes.
It’s suggested to not use a low- or non-fat ice cream.
Have you already started to think of recipes that could use this bread? Just looking at what Ben & Jerry’s offers, a few ideas jump out.
- Cinnamon Bun ice cream could become the basis of a good cinnamon bun bread.
- Oatmeal Cookie Chunk could be a sweet and chunky way to keep this almost traditional bread-like.
- Banana Split may be the beginning of a decent banana bread.
- Coffee Caramel Buzz or Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz may be the perfect thing for coffee cake bread.
Do you have any ideas for ice cream bread you’d like to share?
What Are We Talking About?
What is a trivet? You might have heard the word before, but have no real idea what it is. At the same time, you might have seen some devices and just called them “pot stands” or such. A trivet is traditionally metal (but can be found in wood, ceramic, silicone, and more materials), and effectively elevates a hot dish.
Who Should Do This?
If you want to put a hot dish on the kitchen table or counter-top for everyone to dish out, or to clear room from the stovetop, this item is for people who don’t want heat or water damage on their surface.
How Do I Use A Trivet?
- If you’re using it to protect a table, countertop, or the like, simply just place the trivet on the surface, followed by placing the dish on top of it.
- If you’re cooking with the trivet, place the trivet above the heat source and cook away.
- … use the wrong material in the wrong situation. If you’re cooking over fire, you’ll primarily want a metal or ceramic dish.
- … and make sure the surface is level. Most trivets are three-pronged to find a balance on uneven surfaces, but since you are elevating a hot dish, you’ll want to ensure it won’t fall if knocked or bumped.
- … steaming. Trivets can, in a large pot, raise the dish above the water line, keeping it from being submerged. With a lid on a pot, this allows the dish to steam.
- … using a silicon trivet in unique ways. Grab pans out of the oven, or use it to twist off stubborn lids. If you’re mixing stuff by hand, a silicon trivet will help keep the bowl in place.
- … keeping food warm with a trivet. Place a small candle under the dish and it’ll supply some heat.