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Monday, January 09, 2012

This is the first of hopefully more observations on food, life, and getting healthy as E and I work our way through The SparkPeople Cookbook.

Stepfanie's Oatmeal.

E is a big oatmeal fan. Moi, not so much. Not even a little. I love an oatmeal cookie and oats in bread but pour hot liquid on it and call it a meal... I don't think so. I've never like the slimy stuff. And, as this recipe calls for nuts, the meal requires lots of chewing which means the slimy stuff must stay on my tongue even longer. Eeewwwww, yuck.

We used the oatmeal we had which was large oatmeal flakes. At the end of the 5 minute cooking period the flakes did not seem tender enough. E microwaved for one more minute, on high, and this still didn't make the flakes tender, but now it's too hot to eat. Waiting five minutes for oatmeal in the morning doesn't sound like a lot, but when you have to be at work at 7:30am every minute counts.

She says "the nutty flavor and the occasional sweet fruit bites of craisins makes this an ultimately good tasting food." For E, not moi. But next time she would add half raisins for about the same calorie count.

Nuts and dried fruit are high in calories and this would be an above 300 calorie breakfast. In weight loss mode, nuts and dried fruit should be consumed in small quantities. (I fractured a molar biting into an almond just before Christmas and for me. now and likely forever, if I want nuts I should get peanut butter, or cashew butter.) E had more of this oatmeal the next day, without the microwaving and she is getting use to a more al dente slimy bit,er oatmeal. ;) This might be a weekend breakfast, or sometimes a supper/dinner. "It's very filling." For E, not for moi, just so we are a clear on that oatmeal thing. ;)

We made 6 servings instead of the recipe's 12 servings. Another 4 servings are stored in tupperware in the fridge.

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    wait? you are suppose to cook oatmeal? oops,I eat it raw. I wish I didn't love it so much, there's many calories in there,especially since I love raisin on it.
    2295 days ago
  • VCZK2TJ17
    like moodymollyr, try steel cut oats. you can soak them overnight, then they should only take like 15 minutes to cook. also, what about adding kasha (buckwheat groats). they add a little crunch to the oatmeal (because i am not a fan either) and you could possibly add some banana, or a little honey and raisins. it's worth messing around with the combo to find something you like.
    2295 days ago
    I agree with you on the oatmeal. Funny thing? My kids learned to love those Instant Quaker Oatmeal packets, especially brown sugar and maple syrup flavored. (I know, I know ... horrible nutrition-wise, but they would cook and eat it for breakfast on their own, which was a bonus with teens.)

    Anyway, I ~LOVED~ the smell. Made me so hungry. Tried a bite. Nope, the added flavor cannot cover the texture of semi-mush.

    (I will, however, happily eat granola with oats in it - non-slimy oats.)
    2296 days ago
    I have an aversion to cream of wheat myself. Childhood indident. I refuse to eat it....ever.
    2296 days ago
    Have you tried steel cut oats? I don't really know a lot about them but we had them for dinner recently as my daughter had fixed them in the small slow cooker, with cinnamon in them I believe. We added a touch of cream and a few raisins to our portion and they were fantastic, I went back for seconds.
    I for one won't buy or eat instant oatmeal, like you I think it's slimy. I don't even like the quick or old-fashioned oats anymore but those steel cut oats were fantastic. Maybe you could put them in a small slow cooker on low at night and have them the next morning for breakfast. It would be worth a try, especially as oats are supposed to be good at fighting cholesterol.
    2296 days ago
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