Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit Review and Giveaway

On July 22, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

In April, Seneca Farms, released a new product to help encourage kids and their parents to eat a healthy breakfast.  Understanding the crazy, hectic schedules most families battle in the morning, Seneca Farms set out to provide a product that let people have a quick, easy option for a warm, healthy breakfast.  Their solution was [...]

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We reviewed two 2-packs of the new Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit.

In April, Seneca Farms, released a new product to help encourage kids and their parents to eat a healthy breakfast.  Understanding the crazy, hectic schedules most families battle in the morning, Seneca Farms set out to provide a product that let people have a quick, easy option for a warm, healthy breakfast.  Their solution was Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit, a pre-made hot cereal with fruit included.  No water or milk is necessary and it only takes 45 seconds to heat in the microwave.  I can definitely see how this would be a huge convenience in small families, where breakfast is usually skipped.  Getting something in a student’s stomach, in the morning, helps to ensure they are ready to start their day, thinking clearly and working at their healthy best on their schoolwork.

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Simply vent the package cover, slightly and microwave for 45 seconds. It doesn't get simpler than that.

Our family tried two flavors of the Oatmeal & Fruit — Vanilla Peach and Apple Cinnamon.  We liked both of them okay, though none of us felt they were “really, really good”.  The texture was not as pleasing as homemade.  It was cooked through, but certainly not creamy.  Being a large family who can make an entire pot of creamy, delicious oatmeal in about 15 minutes, each morning, our view of this product is somewhat mixed.  First of all, everyone felt the portions were too small.  I’m sure even my pre-school grandchildren would need two individual cups to fill them up.  Also, each cup needs to be microwaved for 45 seconds, which is no big deal if you are fixing one cup each for only one or two people.  However, if your family members will need two cups to be full, and like us, you have quite a few mouths to feed, the time required  to heat each cup means you could really have just made a quick pot of oatmeal in about the same amount of time and saved a substantial amount of money, not to mention unnecessary packaging in the landfill.  The oatmeal cups come in two-packs, which means for a large family, you will need to buy quite a few.

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Vanilla Peach Oatmeal & Fruit, heated and ready to serve.

My final opinion on the product is that for families who aren’t eating breakfast because they think they don’t have time and have only a couple people to feed, Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit may be a very convenient option, that gets them into the healthy habit of eating something in the mornings.  For a family our size, however, that weighs every convenience against the available budget, this would not be a product we normally purchase.

What about your family — do you eat breakfast in the mornings?  What are your favorite morning meals?  How do you stretch your budget to include healthy options that can be prepared and eaten in a hurry?

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One Busy-at-Home reader will win a 2-pack of each flavor (Vanilla Peach and Apple Cinnamon) of Seneca Farms Oatmeal & Fruit.

Giveaway Rules:

You must be 18 or older and a US resident to enter.  Mandatory entry must be completed before any optional entries will be counted.  Winner will be selected in a random drawing using random.org.  Deadline for entry is midnight (CST), Sunday, July 31, 2011.

Mandatory Entry:

In a comment below, answer any two of these questions:

  1. What about your family — do you eat breakfast in the mornings?
  2. What are your favorite morning meals?
  3. How do you stretch your budget to include healthy options that can be prepared and eaten in a hurry?

Optional Additional Entries:

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  7. Tweet this giveaway (maximum of 1x per day, please).  Win two 2-packs of Seneca Farms Fruit and Oatmeal (VanillaPeach & AppleCinnamon) @busyathome @SenecaFarms #momsparkmedia http://ow.ly/5Ljww  Leave a comment below with a link to your tweet.

I was provided the opportunity to review and test two 2-packs of Seneca Farms Fruit and Oatmeal through Mom Spark Media.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As always at Busy-at-Home, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker Giveaway! (MSRP $270)

On March 9, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome

Congratulations to #459, Erin. She’s our winner in the Zojirushi Rice Cooker Giveaway!!!! I shared the beginning of my Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker review , last week.   I hope you’ll read through it and learn all the features of this extraordinary kitchen tool.   Today, I want to share more delicious ideas and [...]

Everything that came with my Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker.

Congratulations to #459, Erin.

She’s our winner in the Zojirushi Rice Cooker Giveaway!!!!

I shared the beginning of my Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker review , last week.   I hope you’ll read through it and learn all the features of this extraordinary kitchen tool.   Today, I want to share more delicious ideas and recipes with you, plus give you a chance to win one of these fabulous appliances for your own kitchen!

First of all, I have to know — does your whole family wake up at the same time, every morning?  Ours definitely does not.  We have early risers who pop right up the moment they’re awake, those who are definitely not morning people and the ones in between.  :)  Which category do you think I fit into?  – lol-

A hot breakfast can be a challenge when everyone is wandering out to the kitchen at different times.  Either everyone has to make individual breakfasts or someone is going to be eating it cold.  Who would have thought that my Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker would solve this dilemma?!!!  I was very excited at the idea of cooking grains with it and while I definitely want to branch out and try some of the ancient grains we hear so much about, now, i.e. quinoa, kamut, amaranth, I went with what I had on hand – rolled oats – and the results were marvelous.  It was SIMPLE!  I put all the ingredients in the Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker, turned it on and walked away.  When the oatmeal was done, the cooker immediately switched to Keep Warm and whenever my blurry-eyed children decided they were ready for breakfast, it was warm and ready.

The oatmeal ingredients.

Rice Cooker Oatmeal

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • water up to the porridge line (approx. 4 cups)

Measuring rolled oats to add to the cooker pan.

I used the included measuring cup to measure the oats and blueberries into the cooker pan, and then added the spices right on top.

Adding the spices to the oatmeal and blueberries.

Next, I added water to the PORRIDGE (thick) line.  (I do not like soupy oatmeal.)

Add the water to the appropriate fill line and then place the cooker pan back into the appliance.

Place the cooker pan back into the appliance and hit the MENU button until the arrow rotates around to the porridge setting.

Continue depressing the MENU button until the arrow points to the porridge cycle.

Depress the START button and walk away.  The rice cooker will alert you when breakfast is done!  :)

Depress the START button.

My perfectly cooked oatmeal cooked for a little over an hour ( I was able to get in my devotional time and start some laundry!) and then the rice cooker immediately switched over to the Keep Warm cycle, allowing those who were already up to have breakfast right away, while keeping the oatmeal fresh, warm and delicious for those who got up nearly 45 minutes later.  Woohoo!  No trying to reheat thick, gloppy leftover oatmeal.  No matter when they arose, everyone had a hot, delicious breakfast.

Perfectly cooked, piping hot oatmeal.

I served up this wonderful hot cereal with brown sugar and chopped pecans.  It was delish and a marvelous way to start the day!

Mmmmmm....Good morning!

I won’t take the time to go through the entire recipe, this evening, but I want you to know I also used my rice cooker, tonight to make a family favorite for dinner — Lentil Rice Casserole.  I used the GABA Brown Rice setting and my husband has declared that texturally, this version is far superior to our original recipe.  I made the whole dish in one pan and didn’t even need to heat up the oven.  At suppertime, we enjoyed a delicous, nutritious meal and had the simplest clean-up ever!  Win!  Win!

Lentils and Rice Casserole topped with sour cream and chopped, fresh tomatoes. Yum!

Clearly, I’m not finished, yet!  I am having so much fun exploring the myriad ways to use this appliance and finding recipes that are perfect to cook in it.  And you can find fabulous recipe suggestions on their site.  But, for tonight, I want to share something even more exciting!  Zojirushi has generously agreed to award a Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker, to one very fortunate Busy-at-Home reader, as the prize in a fabulous giveaway!

Giveaway Rules:

You must be 18 or older and a resident of the U.S. to enter.  Mandatory entry must be completed for any optional entries to be counted.  Deadline for entry is midnight, Sunday March 20, 2011.

Mandatory Entry:

Visit the Zojirushi website and pick a recipe you would love to see me demonstrate on the blog.  Leave the recipe title in a comment below.


Optional Entries:

  1. Visit Zojirushi and find another product you would like to own.  Leave a comment below telling me what it is.
  2. Follow Busy-at-Home on Twitter.  Leave a comment letting me know you’ve done it.
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  6. Post this giveaway on your Facebook pageEnter to win a fabulous Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker at Busy-at-Home. It’s for SO much more than rice!  http://ow.ly/4aAnx Leave a comment below with a link to your post.
  7. Tweet this giveaway (1x daily) : Enter to win a fabulous Zojirushi Umami Micom Rice Cooker @busyathome. It’s for SO much more than rice! http://ow.ly/4aAnx #giveaway #review
    Leave a comment below with a link to your tweet.

————Additional Resources————

These are two rice cooker cookbooks, I own, that may be great resources for you and your family.….

I received a Zojirushi Umami™ Micom Rice Cooker, in order to test it and conduct this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  Zojirushi supplied technical info and specs, but as with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the opinions and views expressed are true and wholly my own.

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday.

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