Friday, September 3, 2010

Food of the Gods

This is currently my favorite breakfast. It is sooooo flippin' good. I know you are saying "but Eggy it's just stuff in cream of wheat right? What's the big deal?!" It is the toasting of the wheat process that gives it this... what do the cooking shows call it... depth of flavor. Yep... it's deeply delicious alright. I am hooked on it. It makes an AWESOME breakfast on chilly mornings. Keeps you full for a long time too... always a good thing.

It's a play on Sooji, a popular Indian dessert made at religious functions that is usually served as offering to the Gods in the Hindu religion. Traditional Sooji is usually made with lots of Ghee (clarified butter) and tons of sugar. My weight loss surgery friendly version has no added sugar and way less fat.

Shelly's Sooji (Indian Porridge)

2 Tablespoons Golden Raisins
2 Tablespoons Slivered Almonds
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/3 cup Cream of Wheat Enriched Farina (the 2 1/2 minute kind)
1 cup (less 2 Tablespoons) Water
1 cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon SF Apricot Jam (I used Smucker's Simply Fruit)
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (I'm not a fan and it's $$ so I ax it but it's more true to the Indian culture to add, add at same time as jam)

Cook raisins, almonds and butter on medium heat till butter is melted. Add farina. Cook 4-5 minutes stirring constantly with a wire whisk till farina smells nutty and gets a shade darker in color.

Pour in milk, water, syrup, SF jam. Return to boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 2 1/2 minutes until thickened, stirring frequently. Spoon into bowls (makes 2 big bowls)

I eat it as is though you can definitely add protein if you want to boost those grams. I'd mix a scoop of vanilla protein powder into the cold milk and water before adding to the pan and then continue the recipe like above.

TGIF. Hope everyone has a great weekend full of WOW moments. Stay safe east coast pals. If you want to flee Hurricane Earl, the west coast is having really good weather this week. I grew up on the east coast so I did the Hurricane thing (Hurricane Belle in 1976, my Dad almost died in Belle, falling tree & Gloria in 1984, yes they played Laura Branigan till you wanted to scream) they are scary. Sending good vibes it turns out to sea.

I'm still hurting from all that plumbing work that had to be done last month so I'm thinking of cheap & free stuff... picnic, local free event, something like that. I do have some of that mall gift certificate left that I won for peeing myself in Kindergarten ... maybe a movie? Anyone see "The Switch" with Jennifer Aniston & Jason Bateman? Looks cute. I want sweet, romantic, happy endings. Hmmm that would be nice in life too ;)

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Jennifer Wagner said...

This sounds yummy!!! Do I find the cream of wheat in the cereal aisle by the other oatmeal type items?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Yep :) cereal aisle. Red Box (about half the size of a cereal box) near oatmeal.

It is really tasty. Perfect Fall breakfast... we are not quite to Fall weather in my area but I ate it at the butt crack of dawn ;)

Fredda said...

Thanks for the good vibes! I'm about 3 hours inland and all we got was wind. Thankfully it missed if Earl will just turn his arse and head back out to sea would be great!
I have to say I've never tried cream of wheat but this sounds yummy. I will give it a try!

anne h said...

And I thought I was the only one.
And I didn't even GO to kindergarten!

azurepenguin said...

Thanks Shelly. I'm back on liquids for another 3 weeks after complications from a hernia repair. I've been looking for a different taste and this looks like it fits the bill. Plus...I make my own Chai Tea mix so I have cardamom! :)

battynurse said...

That looks interesting. I may have to try it when it cools down. It's still pretty warm here. I've avoided most of these since my favorite (and only) way of eating them preop was with LOTS of brown sugar.

azurepenguin said...

Hi again.

I just made up a batch of this for my breakfast this morning. Mine ended up a bit less soupy than yours looked in the picture but my taste buds are in HEAVEN!

Thank you so much!

kim said...

That sounds so yummy - but I'm so scared of anything "wheat" - afraid to dip my toes back into that water. Since surgery (17 months ago) I've avoided all grains. May I ask - how many carb grams you try to stick to per day? Are you finding that you can eat something like this and not be led to binge?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Kim, I hear ya I'm a bit of a carb-o-phobe too. I aim for 50% protein, 25% fat, 25% complex carbs per day. So on a day I planned this that would be it... no tortilla pizza, etc.

I feel like I need a little "good" carb energy though or I get a little sluggish.

Cocolicouss said...

suji is so good and every healthy for you we eat it for breakfast sometimes

Mel said...

I made this for breakfast today and it was awesome! I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk for regular milk. and just sprinkled some splenda instead of using the SF torani. I also didnt have the jam so I went without and I added a pinch of cardamom - AMAZING! :D Thanks again shelly!