It’s time once again for Recipe ReDux! And the theme this month is SPICE. Not the ones you use every other day in practically every recipe. No, we’re talking those spices at the back of the cabinet that you bought once for some unknown reason and have simply forgotten about them. Autumn is a perfect time to incorporate a variety of spices in your cooking – they create a warm, hearty flavor that can brighten up any chilly day!
And the recipe I made for you will give you a bright start right in the morning. Let’s talk about fennel seed. I was first introduced to this herb in tea form by my grandparents (see bonus recipe at the bottom). If you haven’t tried it, fennel seed has a sweet anise-flavor and is just bursting with health benefits. And here are just a few of them:
- Has many health benefiting nutrients, essential compounds, anti-oxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
- Contains numerous flavonoid anti-oxidants like kaempferol and quercetin.
- Rich source of dietary fiber. 1 teaspoon of fennel seed has about 1.5 grams fiber.
- It helps lower LDL cholesterol levels.
- Contains essential oil properties that are known to have antioxidant, digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties.
- They have a concentrated source of minerals like copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc, and magnesium.
- They also contain: vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C as well as many B-complex vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and niacin.
Ok, enough of the health lesson. Clearly you should be consuming more fennel, and I have just the way to do it! This slow cooker oatmeal is #unprocessed, healthy, filling and has just enough of a bright zing to it that it’s perfect to get your morning started. Plus it’s EASY. Just mix everything together in your slow cooker or crockpot, turn it on, and you’ve got a hot breakfast ready and waiting upon waking up.
Fennel Orange Cranberry Slow Cooker Oatmeal, inspired by FoodNetwork
- 1 C steel cut oats
- 3 tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
- 1 C fresh or frozen cranberries (washed)
- 1 orange – zested and the juiced
- 1 tsp dried fennel seed
- 4 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 4 C water
Combine everything into your slow cooker or crockpot the night before you plan to eat this, mixing ingredients well. Cover and set to low, to cook 6-8 hours.
In the morning, stir and taste, adding honey as necessary. Serve into bowls and enjoy with a splash of your favorite non-dairy milk.
Store leftovers in a covered container in the fridge up to 4 days. Reheat with a bit of water or milk in the microwave!
Bonus fennel recipe: fennel tea! Simply heat water like you would for any cup of tea. In a tea infuser, place 1 tsp of dried fennel seed and place that in your mug. Pour in hot water and let steep for five minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired. This is a great home remedy for stomach cramps, bloating or gas. Not a pleasant thought, but it really does the trick, and no drugs needed!
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