As I have been documenting, I am trying to take small steps toward making healthier eating choices for our family. Part of that is avoiding processed foods as much as possible and making more items from scratch.
Just so you will know, some of the recipes I have tried have been unqualified successes and others have been total failures. On Wednesday, I attempted an overnight baked oatmeal recipe for breakfast. I put it together in the crock pot the night before as instructed. All that was left was to get up in the morning and stir in a few finishing ingredients.
When I came into the kitchen around 6:15 A.M., I did get a faint pleasant smell of cinnamon. With great anticipation, I lifted the lid from the crock pot. I got a spoon from the drawer to stir the oatmeal, then scooped out a bit to taste. Ugh!!! Worse than the taste was the slimy texture!
Thankfully I had used a crock pot liner so that once the goo had cooled, I just lifted the whole mess out of the crock pot and dropped it straight into the trash can. I think the greatest loss expense-wise was the actual crock pot liner; thankfully I hadn’t invested much time or money into the oatmeal and just scrambled some eggs and toasted some bagels for breakfast.
Now, on to a success! Since my daughter wasn’t feeling well on Tuesday, she was with me when I made a quick stop to pick up a few groceries. She saw the individual containers of chocolate pudding and asked when I could buy some. She expected my usual answer of “when they go on sale,” which I obligingly said, but then I followed it up by saying that certainly I could find a simple recipe for some homemade chocolate pudding.
Sure enough, when we got home I checked out All Recipes and found this recipe for Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding. I made only slight changes and it was a hit with the kids, especially my youngest with her sore throat. I am already planning to make it again soon.
Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding
1/2 cup white sugar (I used slightly less)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups milk
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Place over medium heat, and stir in milk. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from heat, and stir in margarine and vanilla. Let cool briefly, and serve warm, or chill in refrigerator until serving.