it’s a funny time of year right now. we’re still in the middle of an epic heatwave, but the seasonal shift is undeniable. the shadows are getting longer, cute little pumpkins are lining the windows at our local fruit stand, and adam is getting ready to start the new school year. those lazy days of summer are coming to an end, and we’ve been kicking into high gear with adam’s school schedule, edie’s sleep schedule, and a very busy mom and dad. but that doesn’t mean we don’t find time to prepare dinner, especially when it’s something quick and easy that only takes a few minutes on the stovetop.
which is why we are so excited to have partnered with our friends at got milk to share a quick and easy, kid-friendly night cereal recipe! this variation on classic oatmeal is a simple, hearty meal that has quickly become a family favorite around here. it’s packed with tons of nutrients important for a growing body, and it’s simple enough that adam can be involved in the food prep from beginning to end. which means more time to enjoy each other’s company at the end of a long and busy day.
and the best part? the variations are pretty much endless. simply cook a hot cereal of your choice and add a savory puree like butternut squash, yams, or even zucchini. add fruit and nuts, then top it all off with wholesome california milk. here’s our favorite:
- 1 cup hot cereal (we used bob’s red mill 5 grain rolled hot cereal with whole grain plus flaxseed)
- 1 cup water
- 8 oz cooked and pureed butternut squash
- brown sugar to taste
- nuts, dried fruit, or fresh fruit toppings as desired
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- boil together water and cereal in a small saucepan.
- reduce heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired consistency.
- add butternut squash and brown sugar to taste
- serve in a bowl with your favorite toppings (we used mixed nuts, craisins, and fresh figs)
- then top it off with wholesome california milk and enjoy!