I mix mine with cottage cheese for protein - started with instant fruit and cream and slowly worked to lower sugar stuff, then to plain oats weaned off all sweetner. Makes for a balanced meal. I don't see my self ever switching to steel cut oats - regular oats are still a fantastic carb.
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I love steel-cut oatmeal. I don't recall why our endocrinologist warns us off the instant oatmeals. Maybe the sugar.
As others have mentioned, you can cook steel-cut in a slow cooker and portion it out to microwave just as fast as instant. There's plenty of recipes online.
I sometimes put applesauce or a bit of nut butter (Nutella!) in my oatmeal. Occasionally a bit of honey or just a sprinkle of cinnamon or pie spice. If your precooked oatmeal seems a bit dry when you microwave it, you can add a few tablespoons of coconut or almond milk. Yogurt might work, too.
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If you like steel cut oats - try buckwheat. It takes 20 minutes to cook, but you can make it ahead and heat up in the morning. I just tried it for the first time last night and I think I like it even better than steel cut oats. I'm with you - I don't like rolled oats either. To me it's all about texture - the buckwheat had a great texture. You can even sprinkle it on different things raw - for some added crunch. Just like oats the possibilities are endless. I had mine with maple syrup and banana this morning.
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At the beginning of the week, I make a big pot of long-cooking, plain oatmeal -- usually steel cut and old-fashioned -- with ground flax and chia seeds thrown in at the end. Then I just need to nuke it in a ceramic bowl in the morning and add whatever I'm in the mood for. I like walnuts with apple or banana. Sometimes I'll also have an egg for more protein.
Batch cooking is the way to go. I make a big batch of brown rice, put a serving in muffin tins, freeze it and dump it in a baggie. When I cook, I always portion it out for my own quick frozen dinners without all of the added crap.
I have never liked oatmeal (at least prepared as oatmeal--it's fine as an ingredient in something). I think it's slimy and gross. When I first started hearing about steel cut oatmeal, and that the texture was much rougher, I thought I might like it better. I finally got around to getting some (it's instant, because I am lazy), and yes! The texture makes a huge difference! I particularly love mixing in a tablespoon or two of homemade jam.
If you're mostly looking for a faster, easier oatmeal, then like I said, they do make instant steel cut oats now--yay! These are the ones I buy (and I just get them at the regular grocery store):
I get some lower sugar apples and cinnamon oatmeal that I can microwave for 90 seconds, and eat. Steel cut oats are expensive, and not worth it.
Unless you only like the steel cut oats, just eat whatever kind you want. It's better than Pop Tarts, and depending on your diet, you can move other things around, and make it fit whatever plan you are following.
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I add honey, raisins, and cinnamon to my steel cut oats. I have also added sliced apples and cinnamon. It takes some trial and error before you find a combination that works for you. If its a texture thing, maybe eat with yogurt as a type of granola.
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Who says you can't? Don't force yourself to eat something you don't like.
Personally, I'm not a fan of steel cut. You can buy rolled whole oats (sometimes called Old Fashioned oats, instant 'rolled' oats) that are virtually the same nutritional value and only take a minute or two in the microwave. They taste almost the same as quick oats but contain the whole grain. They're just flattened so the texture is softer and they cook quicker.
You can buy plain instant quick oats but I find the rolled oats have more bang for your buck, nutritionally speaking.
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