Wednesday, October 15, 2008

CORE Savoury Grain-otto with Bacon and Lentils

Yummy risotto style grain dish is full of protein and fibre.
Great for mains, side dish or a yummy breakfast.

Vegetarians who eat dairy, just leave out the bacon

Serves: 6

Difficulty: Easy

  • 100g (4 sl) lean shortcut bacon, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup soy grits
    (soybeans which have been toasted and cracked into coarse pieces) rather than fine
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 cups frozen or diced vegies (1 used 1 cup each of frozen corn and mint peas)
  • 200g cottage cheese
  • your favourite herbs (I used 1 tsp each cracked pepper, cummin and paprika and 2TB dried basil)

Heat a nonstick pan without oil.
Add bacon and onion and cook on medium for a couple of minutes.
Add oats, soy grits and pearl barley and stir for a few minutes
Add 2 1/2 cups water and 2 tsp dry vegetable stock and cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes, until most the fluid has absorbed.
Add lentils and another 1/2 cup water and cook for about 15 minutes.
Like risotto, if it starts to stick you add a little water. I used 4 cups of water total and at this point it had a consistency like risotto or porridge - wet enough to hold it together without being sloppy
Add the vegies, cottage cheese and your favourite herbs
Cook on low until the vegies are cooked and cottage cheese melts (you can't see white lumps)
Serve and enjoy

CORE Slow Cooker 4 Grain Porridge

Serves: 6-8

Difficulty: Easy


  • 1/2 cup long grain brown rice
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup burghul
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 400g tin apricot halves in juice (I didn't drain)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Tone milk
  • a dash of vanilla essence (about 3 tsp)
  • 1 tsp mixed spice


Spray inside slow cooker bowl with cooking spray.
Throw all in on low at 9.30 pm, off at 7:00 am.

It came out really thick and "creamy". I added about 1/4 cup of milk on top of my serve and some Splenda as I like porridge slightly sloppy rather than like glue LOL

You could use other grains, but keep the proportions the same. I suggest using whole grains or steel cut grains, rather than the rolled type or it might all go to a mushy paste.

If leaving out the fruit, add another cup of fluid (proportion is 1 cup grain to 3 cup fluid, I figured the tinned fruit made up 1 cup).

BTW - the juice from the canned fruit is not technically Core, but was only 1/2 cup juice in the can, or 1 pt between 6-8 serves...