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Oatmeal suggestions

Post by Beezthree » Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:54 am

It's healthy, right? I think I like it (haven't had it in many many years). I want to start eating breakfast and oatmeal seems like a healthy, simple and fairly inexpensve way to go about it. What say ye Bogleheads? What brands do you buy? How do you make your own? What are your recipes?

Thanks for any recommendations. Looking forward to eating breakfast again for the first time in well over a decade.

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Post by G-Force » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:11 am

I buy Quaker 1 minute oatmeal in bulk at SAMs club. I have it everyday for breakfast. My recipe is

75g of oatmeal
3/4 cup of milk

Microwave for 2 mins then add

50g of blueberries or raspberries
20g of honey
20g of almonds or walnuts

Delicious

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Post by hicabob » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:17 am

Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats cooked in a digital rice cooker on slow cooker setting. Easy, delicious, healthy - takes 25 minutes though.

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Post by JoMoney » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:20 am

I like to make it in the microwave with a scoop of frozen berries and stir in a spoon full of jelly/jam/preserves to sweeten it a bit.
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Post by TomatoTomahto » Tue Sep 30, 2014 4:51 am

Steel cut oatmeal (I use McCann's) in a Zojirushi rice cooker with timer, so that it's ready when I am in the morning. It cooks for roughly 65 minutes.

Use 1 part oatmeal to 2.5 parts water and adjust to personal preference. Use the porridge setting.

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Post by ResearchMed » Tue Sep 30, 2014 5:54 am

Use steel cut oatmeal.

Once you've had that, the faster-cooking types will taste/feel like mush.
(And if you prefer that texture, fine, but most people don't.)

It does take a bit longer to cook, but it is SO good.

I've been known to cook extra, and - assuming we don't gobble up it, still hungry or not - nibble at it throughout the day, just nuking small portions.

We prefer it cooked with water rather than milk, but you might want to try it both ways.

We add just a sprinkling of brown sugar, and a bunch of dried cranberries.
(Always had raisins when young, but once we discovered the slight tang of the cranberries, nothing else will do!)
And sometimes some chopped walnuts.

Time to go make some...

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Post by tigermilk » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:05 am

Wife's friend turned us on to making our own cereal. So much better than what you can buy in a box. Just get some oats, nuts you like, some agave vanilla, and oil as a binder, spices you like, mix up and mash on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300 for 30 minutes rotating once. Let cool and add fruit to your liking. While not oatmeal, it is the oat :happy

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Post by parsi1 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:08 am

I have mine every morning with cinnamon, honey and raisin or (dried cranberries). Original oatmeal Wall-Mart brand.

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Post by Call_Me_Op » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:45 am

Use the old fashioned oatmeal. I eat Quaker oatmeal often.
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Post by cherijoh » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:49 am

After cooking steel-cut oatmeal, the leftovers can be refrigerated and then microwaved with a little water or milk. One batch lasts me several days. I like fresh blueberries or dried cranberries depending on the time of year.

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Post by rkhusky » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:59 am

Quaker Old-Fashioned + water - zapped in microwave for a few minutes. Add brown sugar, raisins, chopped dates, dried cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut, etc in various combinations for variety.

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Post by rustymutt » Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:02 am

+ one on the Bob Mills steel cut oats.

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Post by dolphinsaremammals » Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:04 am

TomatoTomahto wrote:Steel cut oatmeal (I use McCann's) in a Zojirushi rice cooker with timer, so that it's ready when I am in the morning. It cooks for roughly 65 minutes.

Use 1 part oatmeal to 2.5 parts water and adjust to personal preference. Use the porridge setting.
By coincidence, I was reading a newsletter from a local mill yesterday. They were going on about why stone grinding was better than steel grinding. They were talking about corn meal not oatmeal. I am wondering if this applies to oatmeal.

I would probably starve before I'd eat oatmeal, so take that comment for what it's worth :)

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Post by letsgobobby » Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:57 am

You can cook steel cut oats overnight.

Bring one cup steel cut oats and 4 cups of water to a boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit overnight. In the morning take the portion you want, thin with a little milk, and heat in microwave. Done.

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Post by Gill » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:15 am

1/2 cup regular Quaker Oats oatmeal, cup water and microwave 2-1/2 minutes. Add a little milk. Nothing fancy but have been eating it for years.
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Post by Toons » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:15 am

Quaker
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Banana :happy
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Post by Grasshopper » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:18 am

I use organic bulk rolled oats from Sprouts, I use 1/4 cup of oats, 1/4 cup of almond milk, 2.5 oz organic frozen blueberries, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, and let the whole bowl soak, while I have my coffee. An hour later good to go.

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Post by jlawrence01 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:20 am

There is a product available at the dollar stores callers Simply Oats. I generally use a package of the oats, add a little Aldi muesli, a few raisins or craisins and some milk.

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Post by Hayden » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:25 am

I buy the Bob's Red Mill steel cut oatmeal at Costco. Much cheaper than st the supermarket.
I make a big batch, refrigerate it, and eat it every day.

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Post by yukonjack » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:36 am

I buy organic oats in bulk at Whole Foods. Each morning I cook a third cup of oats and add dried cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, sugar and milk. Although I have to admit that with all of the positive feedback on steel cut oats I am going to give those a try when I run out of my current supply.

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Post by backpacker » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:41 am

We get our oatmeal in 50 pound bags. But you also have to be really committed to oatmeal! :D

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Post by tadamsmar » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:01 am

Oatmeal is an important "security" in the Portfolio Diet:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newslette ... folio-diet

I use Quaker 1-minute.

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Post by mak17f » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:14 am

+1 for Bob's Red Mill steel cut oats

I cook them in a rice cooker overnight on a porridge setting. I use different fresh fruit toppings. My recent favorite- bananas and a spoon of peanut butter. Delicious!

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Post by heyyou » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:15 am

Use a dedicated coffee scoop to measure, store the scoop in the oatmeal container of Big Box store brand minute oats, add cookie spices from shakers (allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg), a tablespoon of peanut butter for fat, sweeten with jam or stevia, then microwave.

You can mix the spices into one shaker for efficiency. You can easily grow your own stevia if your spouse likes to garden.

This time of year, dollar stores carry the spices for holiday pumpkin dishes. Those spices are not good enough for other dishes, but are suitable for oatmeal.

For the first aggravation of the day, the dish will boil over in the microwave, if you do not tinker with the power or the dish size or optimize the amount of water. That is a second reason to cook ahead using the steel cut oats. A thicker mix expands more slowly. Eat a banana while watching the microwave.

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Post by nordsteve » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:50 am

I changed my technique slightly to avoid boil over.

Quaker oats (from big box at Costco) -- 1/2 cup, one cup of skim milk, raisins in bowl. I use a white ceramic bowl that has a 3.5 cup capacity.

Cover it and microwave for 2.5 minutes. Stir and cook for 30 more seconds. It's the stirring here that prevents the boil over. You may need to experiment a bit to get the exact time for your microwave.

Let stand for 5 minutes uncovered.

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Post by Angst » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:54 am

Beezthree wrote:It's healthy, right?
Well, sure, but everything is relative. Are you speaking of "instant" oatmeal? Or maybe "quick oats"? Or maybe what's known as "old fashioned" oat flakes? "Steel cut" oats have also been mentioned. And no one has brought up "oat groats" yet! (For anyone who grew up on a farm, horses knew a good thing when they found them in the feedback.) But anyhow , let's just consider the healthfulness of these variations of oatmeal mentioned above. Using the glycemic index as a scale of healthfulness, you go from arguably unhealthy to extremely healthy in the following spectrum: instant - quick - old fashioned - steel cut - whole oat groats. I eat the last three items all the time, typically adding nuts, fruit and plain yogurt, after cooking. I could go on. Ever hear of Kamut? Oh well, enough said. Enjoy!

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Post by technovelist » Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:56 am

I use uncut whole groats from (where else?) Whole Foods. They are cheaper than the other types and taste/feel just as good, although the cooking is even longer than with steel-cut oats.
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Post by Angst » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:02 am

technovelist wrote:I use uncut whole groats from (where else?) Whole Foods. They are cheaper than the other types and taste/feel just as good, although the cooking is even longer than with steel-cut oats.
Me too. I find Whole Foods generally quite pricey, but when it comes to bulk foods they're fairly Bogleheadish. That's also where I buy my Kamut. If you like the whole oat groats give Kamut a try sometime. I'm sure you'd find it interesting at least. It's kinda aromatic and somewhat like oats, but it does take twice as long to cook.

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Post by ResearchMed » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:05 am

yukonjack wrote:I buy organic oats in bulk at Whole Foods. Each morning I cook a third cup of oats and add dried cranberries, walnuts, cinnamon, sugar and milk. Although I have to admit that with all of the positive feedback on steel cut oats I am going to give those a try when I run out of my current supply.
We had one colleague who, for many years, kept suggesting steel cut oats.

We filed it away each time in the "whatever" category.
But he kept at it, low key, infrequently, and he wasn't the type to push things on others.

So at a hotel, instead of whatever we usually got (not cereal), I ordered some "steel cut oats". It was NOT the same as even the "long cooking" Quaker type (rolled).
Not even close.

We've never looked back.
And when we cook it, it's far better than whatever the hotels (in most cases) do (water it down? reheat it too much? who knows).

It does take quite a while to cook, so just start it early.
(Re-heating later "works", but the texture isn't ever quite the same, even if adding more water.)
And it, like most oatmeal or other cooked cereals, certainly does have a tendency to boil over, on the stove as well as in the microwave.
Once you get the pattern for the quantity you typically make, a few adjustments to the heat can avoid that.

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:09 am

dolphinsaremammals wrote:
TomatoTomahto wrote:Steel cut oatmeal (I use McCann's) in a Zojirushi rice cooker with timer, so that it's ready when I am in the morning. It cooks for roughly 65 minutes.

Use 1 part oatmeal to 2.5 parts water and adjust to personal preference. Use the porridge setting.
By coincidence, I was reading a newsletter from a local mill yesterday. They were going on about why stone grinding was better than steel grinding. They were talking about corn meal not oatmeal. I am wondering if this applies to oatmeal.

I would probably starve before I'd eat oatmeal, so take that comment for what it's worth :)
I felt that way about oatmeal until, on a trip to Scotland, I had a bowl. All of the instant stuff, to my taste buds, is junk. Oatmeal that needs an hour or so to cook is really oatmeal.

My favorite is a nice bowl of oatmeal topped with two fried eggs (with the yolks still liquid). It is satisfying, keeps me from getting hungry for hours, has plenty of protein, and doesn't spike my blood sugar.

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Post by nordsteve » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:11 am

If you're going to make steel cut oats in quantities larger than one serving on a regular basis, I highly recommend the Zojirushi NS-WPC10 5.5 cup rice cooker. Lets you cook it unattended without boilover. About $85 at Costco -- very similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NS-WAC1 ... S6SAVD05PN

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Post by Novine » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:14 am

Oatmeal helps reduce your cholesterol levels and the fiber is recommended for the lower portions of your digestive system. I throw on blueberries and top with honey.

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:15 am

ResearchMed wrote:It does take quite a while to cook, so just start it early.
Trust me on this. Get a Zojirushi rice cooker. It also makes great rice, but apropos of this thread, you put in the oatmeal and water, select porridge on the menu, dial in what time you'd like it to be ready, and go to sleep. In my cooker, it usually cooks for 65 minutes, but the fuzzy logic sometimes changes that slightly. It is wonderful oatmeal, and very consistent with the cooker (and nothing to overflow, stir, etc.).

It is one of the most useful kitchen appliances I've ever bought for myself. Don't try to use a lesser model.

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Post by technovelist » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:16 am

Angst wrote:
technovelist wrote:I use uncut whole groats from (where else?) Whole Foods. They are cheaper than the other types and taste/feel just as good, although the cooking is even longer than with steel-cut oats.
Me too. I find Whole Foods generally quite pricey, but when it comes to bulk foods they're fairly Bogleheadish. That's also where I buy my Kamut. If you like the whole oat groats give Kamut a try sometime. I'm sure you'd find it interesting at least. It's kinda aromatic and somewhat like oats, but it does take twice as long to cook.
Sounds interesting but since the uncut oats already take an hour to cook, I think I might starve to death waiting for something that takes twice as long!

By the way, the instructions at Whole Foods for cooking uncut oats are wrong. You need 4 cups of water per cup of oats, not 3; otherwise they get really dried up.
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Post by Maid of the Mist » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:20 am

We are oatmeal fans. We have it 4-5 times per week at home. I cook steel cut oats and multi grain cereal together for 18 minutes and then let it sit for 5 more minutes. We add banana, cinnamon, walnuts, dates and/or wild blueberries. What a fantastic breakfast! I am going to try the rice cooker. Sounds really convenient.

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Post by ResearchMed » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:23 am

TomatoTomahto wrote:
ResearchMed wrote:It does take quite a while to cook, so just start it early.
Trust me on this. Get a Zojirushi rice cooker. It also makes great rice, but apropos of this thread, you put in the oatmeal and water, select porridge on the menu, dial in what time you'd like it to be ready, and go to sleep. In my cooker, it usually cooks for 65 minutes, but the fuzzy logic sometimes changes that slightly. It is wonderful oatmeal, and very consistent with the cooker (and nothing to overflow, stir, etc.).

It is one of the most useful kitchen appliances I've ever bought for myself. Don't try to use a lesser model.
The night before? Sounding better and better, especially as I already often do that with the "grind and brew" coffee.

How many cups of steel cut oats and how many cups of water do you use to make the largest amount without having the cooker explode or float away?

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Post by technovelist » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:25 am

stevep001 wrote:If you're going to make steel cut oats in quantities larger than one serving on a regular basis, I highly recommend the Zojirushi NS-WPC10 5.5 cup rice cooker. Lets you cook it unattended without boilover. About $85 at Costco -- very similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-NS-WAC1 ... S6SAVD05PN
Hmm, I'm not seeing that at Costco.com. Is it only in the stores? I do see one made by Tiger: http://www.costco.com/Tiger-5.5-cup-Ric ... 01&refine=
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Post by Angst » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:28 am

technovelist wrote:Sounds interesting but since the uncut oats already take an hour to cook, I think I might starve to death waiting for something that takes twice as long!

By the way, the instructions at Whole Foods for cooking uncut oats are wrong. You need 4 cups of water per cup of oats, not 3; otherwise they get really dried up.
I have to say I'm dumbfounded by some of the cooking times I've read in this thread. For example, I've never actually timed it, but when I cook whole oat groats from Whole Foods I think it probably takes about 25 minutes. I put 5/8 of a cup of water in a small pan with a lid and heat to a boil, then add a rounded 1/4 cut of oat groats and that's where I start counting my 20-25 minutes. I have to keep the gas burner on the lowest heat level and after 8-10 minutes I need to tilt the lid up slightly, lest the the oats boil over. I really can't imagine cooking oat groats for an hour. Not sure what gives here.

Edit: I dunno, maybe it's 30 minutes? Next time, I'm gonna count! And then I'll come back here and post my results.

Edit #2: OMG technovelist - I just realized that you use about twice as much water as I do! With twice the water and twice the time, I might imagine you'd end up with oat groats having the consistency of oat flakes. I dunno... it's puzzling. I suspect my version is more... "chewy"!
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Post by LeeMKE » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:29 am

You can cook steel cut oats overnight.

Bring one cup steel cut oats and 4 cups of water to a boil. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit overnight. In the morning take the portion you want, thin with a little milk, and heat in microwave. Done.
This is what I do too. I add some flax seed and wheat bulghur, just to make it more interesting. A drizzle of maple syrup (the real stuff, never pancake syrup with maple flavoring) and some milk and into the microwave oven.
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Post by TomatoTomahto » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:37 am

ResearchMed wrote:How many cups of steel cut oats and how many cups of water do you use to make the largest amount without having the cooker explode or float away?
I guess that depends on the capacity of the cooker; they come in different sizes (NB: when I say cup here, I mean a standard cup, for rice they provide a measure that is much smaller than a standard cup). I use one cup of oats to 2.5 cups of water. It makes enough for a hearty breakfast for 3 of us. I eat mine first, then the cooker keeps the oatmeal warm without excessively drying it out for the teenagers who sleep in on the weekends. I think I could easy double the amounts without a problem, but have never tried. It's so easy to do that I never pre-make it.

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TomatoTomahto wrote:
My favorite is a nice bowl of oatmeal topped with two fried eggs (with the yolks still liquid). It is satisfying, keeps me from getting hungry for hours, has plenty of protein, and doesn't spike my blood sugar.
This is my favorite way to eat oatmeal too. Sometimes I season with a bit of soy sauce... YUM!
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Post by bungalow10 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:46 am

For those interested in shortening the morning cook time without spending money on an expensive rice cooker, try soaking your oats overnight. Just put them on the stove, in water, and cover. In the morning, turn on the burner and cook. An overnight soak cuts the cook time in half.
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Post by dbCooperAir » Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:50 am

rkhusky wrote:Quaker Old-Fashioned + water - zapped in microwave for a few minutes. Add brown sugar, raisins, chopped dates, dried cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut, etc in various combinations for variety.
I do this a fair bit, it goes in streaks.
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Post by xf01 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:02 am

I also recommend steel cut oats. I like "Country Choice" brand, steel-cut variety. Whole Foods has it but I've also seen it in Trader Joe's.

Stove top for 25 mins or so according to package directions
Add cinnamon, raisins, and walnuts.

I usually make a large batch and then microwave portions throughout the week (you can add a little milk if it is on the dry side).

I've also done it in the crock-pot overnight, but have to add a little extra water.

It's my favorite winter breakfast - thanks for reminding me!

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Post by whomever » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:16 am

I'm an oatmeal slob - instant-in-the-little-envelope oatmeal for me (but lately, sometimes I can find a lower sugar variant).

My better half is a connoisseur - she mail orders 'Coaches Oats'.

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Post by Christine_NM » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:42 am

TomatoTomahto wrote:Steel cut oatmeal (I use McCann's) in a Zojirushi rice cooker with timer, so that it's ready when I am in the morning. It cooks for roughly 65 minutes.

Use 1 part oatmeal to 2.5 parts water and adjust to personal preference. Use the porridge setting.
Like this, using Trader Joe's steel cut brand. I cook it with dried tart cherries and then add milk and honey.

ETA: I sometimes use quick rolled oats too. It's not one is good, other is bad. They are different.
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ResearchMed wrote:Use steel cut oatmeal.

Once you've had that, the faster-cooking types will taste/feel like mush.
I'm going to disagree with that because cut oats are tasty but just a very different thing than rolled oats which I prefer (the old fashioned ones).

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Post by placeholder » Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:01 pm

I use "old fashioned" rolled oats with this process:
1. Measure 1 - 1/3 cups water into a cup and put it in the microwave set for 1 minute.
2. Put a 1 quart saucepan on the heat and add spices like cinnamon or allspice or nutmeg or combo.
3. When the water in microwave finishes (not boiling yet) add to pan.
4. Add salt which I do by salting the water like it was a large steak then stir it well.
5. When the water in the pan breaks a boil turn the heat down to between medium and medium low then add 2/3 cup oats and stir.
6. Go away for 5 minutes.
7. Stir up and lower heat to simmer.
8. Go away for 5 minutes.
9. Transfer from pan to bowl. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top.
10. Go away for 5 minutes.
11. Put a bit of milk or cream over the top and slice a banana over it.
12. Eat.

Sounds like a lot but the actual effort is small.

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Re: Oatmeal suggestions

Post by shaboob » Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:06 pm

Don't get me wrong, I love oatmeal, but try barley next time. Lots of options here. Do with barley like you would with oatmeal. Eat hot or cold.

Make a big batch of barley in a rice cooker or something and put in frig. The advantage of barley is that it doesn't turn to cement like oatmeal does. Also, if you're like me and like it sweet, barley is better because there's nowhere for the sugar to "hide". The barley can't "absorb" the sugar like oatmeal does. A teaspoon services a whole bowl. I like mine cold with soymilk. That's "real" cereal. Alternatively, I have dumped cooked barley, cinnamon, etc., and mik in the vitamix and ground it all up. Ends up the consistency of cream of wheat. Again, no cement problems like in oatmeal. You can vitamix up a batch and put it in the frig and when you warm it up, the texture if fine. Barley has more protein and more fiber than oatmeal.
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Re: Oatmeal suggestions

Post by dm200 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:19 pm

About four years ago, as I took up a much more healthy lifestyle, eating breakfast every day was a fundamental change. I have oatmeal for breakfast about 80% of the time, with cold whole grain cereal (such as shredded wheat, Cherios, raisin bran, etc.) the other 20%.

I get regular Quaker Oats (ten pound box) at Costco. I have about 1 1/2 servings of oatmeal - boil the water, put in the Oatmeal - and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Partway through cooking, I put in 1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and some kind of fruit (rotate raisins, dried plums, dates or banana), and eat with soymilk.

The ten pound box of Quaker Oats at Costco is only $7.89 - so the cost is low. Things I read indicate that the regular oatmeal is "healthier" than instant because it takes a bit longer/slower to digest and does not increase blood sugar as much as instant. Steelcut oats may be even better, but (at least what I see) the cost per pound is much higher.

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