Didn't realize there were so many ways to cook the humble steel cut oat!
5/21/2012 12:42:22 AM
I discovered steel cut oats many years ago when I joined our local food co-op & I much prefer their chewier texture. To get around the longer cooking time requirements, I recently figured out on my own that I could cook up 2-3 servings in the evening, refrigerate in separate containers, ready to pop in the microwave or to reheat stovetop in the AM. This really works out for me because I work nights; 7PM - 7AM & am usually really tired by the time I get home. I love a small amt chopped Medjool dates + some walnuts or almonds, but I also use many of the various add-ins mentioned.
I sweeten my old fashioned oats with 1/2 packet of Stevia, and I also add 1/4 tsp of "No Salt" (potassium) along with Cary's Maple Syrup (no sugar, but artificially sweetened with aspartame unfortunately). It's nice and sweet along with a great maple taste. Yum.
5/4/2012 7:19:43 PM
I like my oatmeal with apple juice rather than milk, and a thawed mixed fruit serving of formerly frozen pineapple, mango, and strawberry.
5/1/2012 12:20:39 PM
I do the same - cook old fashioned oatmeal in the microwave for 2:30 and it's done. I add 1 teaspoon real maple syrup, 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed, cinnamon, 4 strawberries or 1/2 cup mango, and a 1/2 cup milk. The add-ins are 189 calories plus the 150 from the oatmeal. That way, I have a little natural sweetness, ground flaxseed for the cholesterol, fruit and dairy.
3/24/2012 1:28:42 PM
I use old-fashioned oats (1/2 cup oats, cover with water and microwave for 2 mintues). Cooks quickly and I only have one bowl to clean :) Additions added before cooking are raisins, peanut butter or sliced bananas which melt and become creamy. Another addition is to beat 2 egg whites, add a few tablespoons of water (depends on how think you like your oatmeal), add 1/2 cup old fashioned oats and microwave 2 minutes.
I also use steel cut but soak them in water in the refrigerator overnight. Cooks much quicker in the morning.
I make old fashioned oats with eggs. You put 1/2cup oats in a bowl and cover with water then break a couple eggs on top. Cook on high for about 2 minutes then stir. Allow to sit for a couple more minutes so the eggs finish cooking. I usually add a packet of stevia based sweetener but have noticed the more I make this the less I feel the need to add sweetener.
I only eat steel-cut oats anymore. So much tastier and more satisfying than any of the quicker-cooking kinds. I like to make mine witha little bit of coconut or almond milk mixed with the water and stir an egg in at the end. It makes it thick and creamy!
My new favorite jazzy oatmeal also includes canned pumpkin stirred in with some pumpkin spices and ginger. Sometimes I also add a bit of apple before I cook it, and sometimes I add cranberries. It is so delicious and comforting first thing in the morning!
For many of us it is not healthy to go from breakfast to lunch without a snack between. A quick snack doesn't have to be unhealthy. I have trail mix - almonds, cranberries, peanuts, raisins. I know I'm not alone - as I've talked with others - who are similar to me, heavy breakfast would create a very sick feeling, if one managed to eat it down. I have liquid breakfast - frozen fruit mixed with plain yogurt and made into a smoothie. Or I make a peanut butter sandwich, grab some milk and eat about 1/2-1hr after I get up. I'm okay with oatmeal, just thought this would have 20 ways to make healthy breakfast, not 20 ways to eat oatmeal.
Go savory: I make a pot of steel cut oats on the weekend. Thru the week, I microwave for about a minute 1/2 cup oatmeal. Add 1/2 cup egg whites and microwave for a couple minutes. You can also add laughing cow cheese. Stir. Nice protein count and tends to hold me longer than the sweeter versions.
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