Jamie says: What a beautiful holiday Thanksgiving truly is. Each year I grow to appreciate it more and more. I guess you could say it’s a holiday I have a growing relationship with. And I’m not just talking about Thanksgiving dinner. For our Italian family, Thanksgiving goes beyond the dinner table. It’s the turkey bread baking with cousins at Grandma’s house the day before. It’s watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade until Santa crosses the finish line and using our Christmas Spode for breakfast. It’s 6 hours after Thanksgiving dinner when my family (Grandma, Aunts, Uncles, cousins…) are laying down talking about life and half-falling asleep. It’s going to the movies and gathering for the leftovers the next day. It’s Aunt Lavinia’s family auction where we all bring our give-aways and Aunt Lavin auctions them off one by one. That is Thanksgiving, my friends. And I wouldn’t change it for the world.
So cheers to Thanksgiving. Here’s a recipe you can use before, after, or for the holiday- a Pumpkin and Cranberry Oatmeal Bowl. You can use your leftover canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce to make your breakfast a little more festive. (Credit goes to my creative Mother for her idea on this one.)
I was reflecting on my family’s front porch about the many blessings in my life which I am so thankful for (including delicious food).
It’s super easy to make and looks oh-so-festive. The orange color is super fun. Plus, how often do we eat a vegetable for breakfast?
I love milk in my oatmeal. If you do, too, add a splash. And enjoy your quick, holiday breakfast.
Pumpkin and Cranberry Oatmeal Bowl
- 1/2 cup plain quick cooking oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin (canned)
- 1 tsp apple pie spice (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, mace, and cardamon)
- 2 Tbsp cranberry sauce (homemade)
- 6 walnut halves
- 6 pecan pieces
- 1/4 cup fat free milk (if desired)
- Combine oats and water in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 1 minute in the microwave.
- Stir, add pumpkin and apple pie spice, stir, and heat for an additional minute in the microwave.
- Scoop cranberry sauce in the center. Place walnut halves and pecan pieces on top. If desired, top with a splash of fat free milk. Enjoy!
- Nutrition note: Enjoy holiday flavors (such as pumpkin) throughout the season and in lighter recipes to prevent overeating at holiday events. By having some pumpkin oats, you may feel more satisfied and less likely to eat as much pumpkin pie.