Oatmeal is a bowl of warm goodness and a great way to start the day.
But I used to think I didn’t like it. I thought it was a texture issue. It was, in part, but mostly it was a taste issue.
See, I would buy one of those boxes of flavored oatmeal packets and try them out. They seemed quick, they seemed healthy, they seemed like a good idea.
They were not. They were mushy and runny and full of weird additives masquerading as apples and cinnamon or undisclosed “berry” flavors.
Finally, my then-boyfriend, now-husband turned me on to real oatmeal. You know, made using just oats.
You can certainly make yours on the stove, but we’re partial to the quick microwave trick: Put 1/2 cup of oats into a decent sized microwave bowl (big enough so it doesn’t bubble over and make a mess while cooking). Add your choice of liquid. I like water, my husband likes half water, half milk (soy, to be specific) and we make it for the kids using all soy milk. More protein. Plus, it adds just enough sweetness. You can play with the amount of liquid and how long you microwave to get it to your desired consistency.
Voila, a steaming bowl of comfort is ready for you!
Rushing out the door? My husband scoops his into a cup and eats it with a spoon in the car on the way to work.
This also makes great baby food. You can add water or milk (breast, formula or whatever kind your older child drinks) and puree it to the right consistency. Mine now (at 3 1/2 and 1 1/2) eat it as is with a spoon and couldn’t be happier. J, in fact, usually requires more than an adult-size serving. My big boy!
Delicious, easy, fast and even portable. Breakfast never had it so good.
We’re often lazy and go plain around here. Well, actually, I sprinkle mine with sea salt because I like it savory. Strange, I know, but it hits the spot. Other times, we want to fix up our oatmeal. Here’s a few ideas to try:
* Top with a drizzle of honey. Maybe a few slices of banana or strawberry or blueberries.
* Top with dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries or blueberries, dried apricots, etc.) and chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or whatever you’ve got).
* Stir in a couple spoonfuls of applesauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon. A baby/kid favorite here.
* Stir in a dollop of peanut butter and add some honey or banana slices. Or some mini chocolate chips.
* Top with scrambled eggs and soy sauce. My personal favorite. Strange I know, but don’t knock it till you try it!
And don’t miss my super special (but secretly wholesome) chocolate oatmeal:
Give oatmeal another chance. You’ll be glad you did!