Who says that porridge is just for breakfast?!  Not us!  A nutritional, slow release meal, porridge is a great option for any time of the day and can be mixed with a variety of things to make it more exciting.  For example, you can add soft beans to porridge oats as a way to increase iron in your baby’s diet. This Cuban-inspired recipe is a creative way to turn a traditional breakfast into an iron-fortified lunch or dinner.

Recipe for Cuban Style Oatmeal

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Recipe: Cuban-Style Oatmeal

  • Serves 4


4 cups (910 ml) water
1 cup (80 g) oats
1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
2 ripe plantains, cut into smallcubes
1 can (15 ounces, or 420 g) black beans, rinsed, drained, and patted dry
1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into small cubes


1. Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat.
2. Add the oats, stir, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the plantains until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
4. Place the oats in a bowl and top with a scoop of beans, plantains, and avocado slices.




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