An Oatmeal Surprise for Breakfast!
There is something so satisfying about oatmeal for breakfast, particularly in the winter months. And what better time to talk about Oatmeal than January, when it happens to be the Grain of the Month?
The whole grain goodness of oatmeal ensures you feel satisfied for hours and an amazing variety of ingredients, from raisins to fresh fruit to diced nuts to toasted coconut can be added to please any palate.
Think you don’t have time for oatmeal on a busy weekday morning? Try these tips:
- Make a big batch of oatmeal when you’re not pressed for time and freeze individual servings in plastic baggies. Remove frozen from the baggies and reheat for a few minutes in the microwave. This trick is ideal for lovers of steel cut oats, which can take 30 minutes or more to cook.
- Make oatmeal in your slow cooker. Recipes abound on the internet. And using a slow cooker is a great way to feed a big, busy household on a weekend when people may show up for breakfast at different times.
- Add uncooked raw, traditional or quick cooking oats to other breakfast cereal or sprinkle it on top of fresh fruit and/or yogurt. No need to cook.
- Or bake your own granola, again when you have time, and rely on oats to give it texture and a delicious taste. Stored in a tightly-covered jar it will last for several weeks.
One way I really love to eat oatmeal is what I call a “Chilled Mix-Up.” It always hits the spot and feels like a bit of dessert for breakfast. Mixing raw oats with wet ingredients softens them a bit but still offers a great chewy texture. I guarantee you will be satisfied and satiated until lunch. (And, by the way, this dish is just as good when enjoyed as an evening treat!)
Chilled Mix-Up Oatmeal
1 cup fresh or frozen, blueberries, strawberries or mango (I went with blueberries this time around)
1/4 cup raw oatmeal (not steel cut oats)
1/2 cup cottage cheese or Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon honey
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and allow it to sit for anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes. (Sometimes I even make this first thing in the morning and take it to work in a Tupperware to enjoy at my desk.) The oatmeal softens, the fruit begins to thaw and the flavors meld together so nicely for a super healthy and delicious treat.