Le Crueset Pumpkin Pots & What I Made in Them

With my prize money from the Drexel Hershey Project , I bought myself something I have always wanted, but never could bring myself to spend the money on (I like to save money).

I am pleased to announce that I bought myself the Le Crust Pumpkin Pot!  I have wanted this pot for YEARS.  I thought it was a sign that I was also able to get free shipping and a FREE MINI PUMPKIN POT!  The joy these pots bring me is worth the price tag.   They will be year-round pots for me as well.

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The first thing I made in my pumpkin pot was a big batch of hand cranked oatmeal!
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This is my hand crank oat roller.  You add groats (the unrolled version of oats) and then roll them my turning the crank on the side.  My aunt got this contraption for me a few years ago, and it is one of my favorite “special” kitchen tools.  If you do not have one of these, steel cut oats from the store work just as well.
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The oat roller in action!
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These oats are going to soak up a lot of liquid.
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Peak-a-boo.  Sweet potato oatmeal– the recipe for this is down below!
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Slow cooked banana sunflower seed rolled oats.
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I ate oatmeal both mornings I was home out of my Le Crueset pumpkin pots.
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This is a bowl of the banana sunflower oats.
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Sweet potato oatmeal! Sweet potatoes provide a great source of beta-carotene.  They are also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Potassium, Phosphorus, and many more vitamins!  In other words, EAT MORE SWEET POTATOES.

Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Ingredients 

  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked (cooked in microwave or roasted in oven)
  • 3/4 cup groats, or 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp molasses
  • three pinches salt
  • 4-5 cups water
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup (optional)
  • Toppings: toasted sunflower seeds, nut butters, dried cherries or cranberries, sliced banana

Directions

  1. Combine the cooked sweet potato*, rolled oats, spice, molasses, salt, water, and maple syrup (optional) in a pot.  Give it a good stir.
  2. Over medium high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to medium low and cook until desired consistency is reached.  This took me about 20 minutes.
  3. Top with anything! I love toasted sunflower seeds and dried cranberries on this oatmeal.
  4. Enjoy!

*I like roasted a bunch of sweet potatoes at once.  Turn the oven to 350, prick the potatoes with a fork all over, bake until soft and sweet – about 40 minutes, but it depends on the size of your sweet potatoes.

 

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