Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The perfect cold weather breakfast


I was raised on this stuff. My grandpa used to call it greasy grimy goat guts....and yet we both still ate it.

I always use old fashioned rolled oats. That means it's retained more of the beneficial components though it takes an extra 10 minutes more than quick cook. Really, you have 15 minutes to make oatmeal in the morning. If you don't think you do than make a big batch at the beginning of the week and warm a bowl up each morning. Simple.

  • Here is an easy way to make oatmeal:

    2 cups oats
    4 cups water
    pinch of salt

    In a medium sauce pan with a tight fitting lid bring water, salt, and oats to boil. Then reduce heat to medium high cook stirring frequently for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 3 minutes.

    The things you can add to oatmeal are endless! Sometimes I add them at the beginning and sometimes at the end. With all the different combinations you won't be able to call oatmeal boring any longer.

    Here are some yummy options:
  • brown sugar, cinnamon and cream
  • raisins or craisins
  • pecans and brown sugar
  • add vanilla to the water
  • jelly added at the end
  • cook in juice like peach juice instead of water
  • cook in milk instead of water
  • make a glaze of dates,vanilla,cardamon, and water
  • add a pat of butter

You can also use left over oatmeal in bread, cookies, and granola.


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