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As a recent and enthusiastic convert to the wonder of eating oatmeal for breakfast, I was delighted to learn about the Bring Your Best Bowl contest being held by Quaker® Oats.
There are more details at the bottom of this post, but basically, if you submit your oatmeal creation consisting of 2-5 ingredients to Quaker®, you have a shot at winning $250,000 and the possibility of the actual large-scale production of what you've made! To say that's awesome is understating it.
My bowl o' oatmeal inspiration came in the form of the last jar of peach freezer jam that I've been saving since summer, which has been tempting me every time I open the freezer. I finally decided to pull it out and put it to use for this special and delicious purpose. I recalled that I had purchased the peaches for that jam at my local Kroger, which always seems to deliver great produce. Farmers' markets are great, but when you can also get quality fruits and veggies while you're getting milk and sugar (and Quaker® Oats!), well, all the better.
Nutmeg was an obvious spice addition, as I find it to be a wonderful mate for peaches. Yes, even better than cinnamon. GASP. By heating up some cream with the nutmeg mixed in, I found that the flavor was stronger and deeper and altogether more delightful, but you can just mix the nutmeg into the oatmeal and top everything with cool cream if you prefer.
I've taken to eating oatmeal every morning--I like the way it fills me up and gets me off to an energetic start, and it doesn't hurt that I make it taste OH-so-good. Plus, it never has to be the same! The possible combinations of liquids and mix-ins are absolutely boundless. I'm very excited to see what entrants create for this challenge--I'm always eager to have some new and different ideas to try!
Peaches and Nutmeg Cream Oatmeal
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup Quaker® Old-Fashioned Oats
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 2 generous tablespoons cream
- 2 generous tablespoons peach jam, jelly, or preserves, homemade or store bought
In a small pot, carefully bring the milk to a low simmer--it can get away from you in a split second, so keep an eye on it! That is not a mess you want to clean.
Stir in the oats and salt.
Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
During this time, if you so desire, warm the cream and nutmeg in a small saucepan.
Remove the pot of oatmeal from the heat.
Top with warm nutmeg-infused cream and peach jam, then eat!
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If you want to enter the Bring Your Best Bowl contest for the chance to get your creation on grocery store shelves (plus, you know, a nice little bonus of $250,000 from Quaker), here’s how:
Go to Reimagine Your Bowl and enter your oatmeal submission and the inspiration behind it, now through March 12, 2016. Make your flavor original, creative, and simple.
Three finalists will be announced around National Oatmeal Day (October 29, 2016) with the flavors hitting shelves in stores nationwide for consumers to try and vote on online through November 19, 2016. Once votes are in and tallied, the grand prize winner will be announced and rewarded with $250,000 in February 2017.
Be sure to follow along and find recipe inspiration to enjoy the many delicious combinations using Quaker® Oats as well as the official contest rules by visiting this site.
You can (and should!) also follow Quaker on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook!