Thursday, February 18, 2010

Breakfast: Pompanoosuc Porridge Edition

Its Thursday and odds are you've come here expecting a drink ... instead, I'm offering you porridge. Hardly seems fair, huh? I mean, you've done nothing wrong, its not as if you need to be punished. And yet, porridge is on the menu - and you'll like it too, I promise. This porridge is in no way punitive

Honestly, this week has thrown me for a loop. With the holiday on Monday, then Ash Wednesday yesterday, my whole schedule has been out of whack and I have no idea how it got to be Thursday so soon. The calendar may say otherwise, but it feels like a Tuesday to me. And no one drinks on Tuesday, right? So, porridge it is.

To be clear, no one sent me this product or asked me to write about it. I paid for it myself and I'm talking about here because its something I use and enjoy. (Bonus, King Arthur, you're getting some free publicity. You're welcome.) This has become my go-to winter breakfast and I recommend it, highly.

Pompanoosuc Porridge is a yummy blend of Irish oats, bulgar wheat and flax. That's it, that's the entire list of ingredients. I came across this delicious mix while traipsing through King Arthur Flour's site and I couldn't be happier about my discovery. Its a wholesome, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs (and hopefully not your thighs!) breakfast that makes a really nice change from ordinary oatmeal. Plus, its fun to say! Say it with me: Pompanoosuc! See?! Fun. I can hardly stand the excitement.

Once you've calmed yourself, I suggest serving it thusly:
  • some cooked Pompanoosuc Porridge
  • 1/2 of a Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • some whole walnuts and pecans
  • agave nectar
  • cinnamon
Top the cooked porridge with the apples, walnuts and pecans, then drizzle the whole shebang with agave nectar and dust with some ground cinnamon, to taste. Grab a spoon and get busy.

One serving of porridge has 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. You'll get credit for a fruit with the apple, an extra punch of protein from the nuts, and the agave and cinnamon will make you smile. More importantly, you'll be full for hours. I can't think of a more delicious way to start the day.

Its economical too. At $6.95 per package, with @ 23 servings per bag, that rounds out to .30 cents a bowl. Sweet!

I'd tell you that "its a good thing" ... but that tagline belongs to someone else and I'm definitely not her.

Fear not, we'll be getting our drink on next Thursday as per usual. And hopefully, my schedule will return to normal next week too ... my stove is feeling rather forlorn.

So, what's your go-to winter breakfast? Chilly Diva wants to know.

Bon appetite!

24 comments:

Astra Libris said...

Ohhhh, I love love love hot porridges, and this blend sounds incredible!! Thank you for introducing me to such healthful yumminess!!

Heavenly Housewife said...

This sounds wonderful, I love the way you dressed it up.
*kisses* HH

Fresh Local and Best said...

It has been a busy week for many people. This looks like a good and healthy breakfast to get you back on track.

5 Star Foodie said...

Pompanoosuc Porridge sounds delicious, a great breakfast!

Catherine said...

This sounds yummy! The best part is its easy and super healthy!

stephchows said...

today does feel like more or a porridge kinda of day than a drink day. sounds delicious!

Tangled Noodle said...

My first reaction to a drink-less Thirsty Thursday edition was, "What's the big idea . . . ?!" My second reaction after reading about Pompanoosuc Porridge was "Ooooo . . . porridge!" Whether it's oat, glutinous rice or wild rice, I love me some porridge. This sounds wonderful, particularly with your fruit and nut additions.

Actually, my winter breakfast is no different from other seasons. I love my pancakes, porridges and yogurt with granola (the ultimate: Swiss müesli!) Creamy and/or carb-y are the keywords here . . . 8-)

Katherine Aucoin said...

What do you mean no one drinks on Tuesday??? LOL

Hi, I'm No one and I have a problem!

Seriously, I really like how your porride loks and sounds. I don't think I've ever had porridge but I'm up for trying it. It sounds healthy and looks hearty!

Sook said...

I love porridge! I haven't had it in a long time! Should try this recipe. :)

Jewels For Hope said...

looks delicious! but I have to disagree with your comment of no one drinking on a Tuesday night! ha ha :)

SB said...

very nice. though I have not heard of that type of oatmeal. and where can i get agave nectar? also...interested in a drink? only two points, I think, on weight watchers: wine! check out my thirsty thursdays...or not...that might not be fair for me to post on your site. but once a week is okay...

Ca88andra said...

I love porridge, but I've never made it with anything but plain oats. Will have to try that one.

Wilma said...

Auntie, your porridge sounds scrumptious. Leave out the nuts for me, they require chewing and I don't chew, I inhale. What am I having these days for breakfast? Mom started us on a new kibble called Innova. It tastes really good and I know there is good things in it because I read the label.But I have a problem, it also says senior on the label. Call me a cougar, but don't dare use that S word. So if you don't mind maybe having a word with her? What's my favorite breakfast? Cheese.Anything from the top drawer in that small cold room full of food.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Oh ye of little faith ... I was joking about the not drinking on Tuesdays! ;) LOL

Thanks, all, I hope you enjoy this yummy hot breakfast as much as I do. :)

Katherine - you and I had drinks on a Tuesday night! LOL

sb - you should be able to find agave nectar in your grocery store ... either near the honey, or other sweeteners. I know Stop & Shop carries it. Failing that, check a health food or natural foods store.

Wilma - you sound like your cousin Zelda ... she enjoys cheese or anything else from that small cold room in the mornings too!

Mo Diva said...

wow that looks award winning!

i have been OD'ing on my jamba juice oats with bananas and brown sugar! mmm

Charmian@Christie's Corner said...

Bit of a shock, Diva. I admit, I DID come expecting a wonderful tipple to take me into the weekend.

That said, I ike the flavour combination of this porridge. Wonder if this mix could be made into cookies? :-)

Molly said...

yum, looks good! I have smoothies year round, but in winter I lean towards toasted sesame Ezekiel bread topped with peanut or almond butter.

sophia said...

Oats, of course!! I love that name...pompanoosuc! Haha, I just wish I can pronounce it!
My usual nightly blend is rolled oats, oat bran, corn grits, and bulgur. With green tea powder, cooked in half milk, and a whole cup of chopped almonds and sunflower seeds! :D

Skip to Malou said...

I love hot chocolate rice porridge... it's soo good especially on a chilly morning!

Deb said...

This beats the heck out of prepackaged carb control oatmeal that I would be grabbing and is way heathier and less processed, not that the packaged stuff is a good alternative for those times at work where you just need some oatmeal!

Thanks for the suggestion - I'm always poking around King Arthur's website!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Hi Diva, Always lovely to hear from you. I had a little blogging break but Im back and catching up. I love the sound of this. The name 'Pompanoosuc' is so sweet X

Laurie said...

Your porridge looks wonderful! My go to breakfast is Bob's Red Mill Oatmeal drizzled with real maple syrup.

Jackie said...

The idea of porridge never appealed to me, although I do like steel cut oatmeal. But your description has made me reconsider and now I REALLY want to try it. Is Pompanoosuc available in stores or just on the website?

The Diva on a Diet said...

Jackie - I think King Arthur products are only available online. I don't think I've ever seen them in the grocery store.

Has anyone seen them in a grocery store???