Damp and dreary day…warm and toasty breakfast.

11 Mar
Cooking is very enjoyable for me, but breakfast usually needs to be quick. I don't have time on school day mornings to make a scramble or anything creative. I have lunches to pack and kids to get out the door. But, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So make it count.
We've all seen the commercials and news that oatmeal is a heart-smart way to start your day. It's great for your blood pressure, too. Personally, I've always been an oatmeal lover. It's warm and sweet and fills you up. It's a great way to give yourself energy from breakfast on. I'm not talking about the little flavored packets of instant oatmeal. Too much sugar. If you want the most nutritious oatmeal you can get, and you have the time to cook them properly on the stove, buy the steel cut oats. I go for the quick cook oats myself. This is one convenience item I'm not giving up. They cook faster than you can pack a lunch and you can top them with a zillion different things: dried fruit, nuts, bananas, blueberries, etc. Here's my favorite combination. This recipe gives you about 4 grams of protein. If you want to up your protein a little, top it with chopped walnuts or pecans. If you like your oatmeal creamier, stir in some almond milk.
MAPLE RAISIN OATMEAL
boiling water
1/3 cup quick cooking oats
1 packet Truvia sweetener
2 dashes ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons raisins
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
In a tea kettle or small pan, bring water to a boil. In a cereal bowl, stir together oats, Truvia, nutmeg, cinnamon and raisins. (You can mix this up the night before so it's ready in the morning.) Stir in 3/4 cup boiling water and quickly cover the bowl with a lid or small plate. Let sit for about 2 minutes. Stir again and drizzle with maple syrup. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Damp and dreary day…warm and toasty breakfast.”

  1. ErinGoBragh March 11, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Steel cut oats are one of my favorite things! I like to lightly toast the oats before cooking. However, for weekday mornings when I don't have time to make them, we sometimes use a crock-pot recipe for cooking them overnight.

  2. Tamie Spears March 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Don't they get really gummy/sticky overnight in the crockpot? I haven't had good luck with that.

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