Three Easy Ways To Cook Oatmeal ~ It is winter and there is nothing like having a warm bowl of cooked oatmeal to start your day. Here are Three Easy Ways To Cook Oatmeal.
When I was a little girl the morning breakfast was usually cooked oatmeal sprinkled with brown sugar with a bit of milk added to help cool it down. At that time I so wished that my other would buy some of those fancy cold cereals that were advertised on TV and sometimes even came with a toy. But we were only allowed to have a cereal of our choice as a treat for our birthday and you can bet that I chose the one loaded with the most sugar.
Now that I am an adult and I can choose whatever I want to eat for breakfast and I am still eating a bowl of cooked oatmeal most mornings of the week. Even now we don’t have much in the way of cold cereals taking up room in the pantry. I find them to be quite pricey and they end up a bit stale and not fresh tasting because we just don’t go through them.
There are a lot of positives for eating oatmeal that my daughter (the one attending medical school right now and who also eats cooked oatmeal everyday) brainstormed one evening over dinner.
- Oatmeal is a low GI food that has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar and insulin levels.
- It is a form of soluble fiber, which is good for your cholesterol.
- Since this is a pretty bulky food and takes a long time to break down in your system, you feel fuller for longer so the morning ‘hungry mungries’ don’t start acting up.
- There is some theory that it has immune benefits.
- Although it is a warm food, it is satisfying in both warm and cold climates.
- It is very cost effective as it is one of the least expensive per serving breakfasts you can buy.
- When you read the ingredient list the only one listed is rolled oats!
- You can change it up by adding different amendments like fruit, nuts and sweeteners to make it even balanced and nutritious.
- It is easy to cook.
Although it is easy to cook, it does take more time in the morning to prepare compared to just opening a box of cold cereal and shaking the contents into a bowl.
Luckily, there are three easy ways to cook oatmeal that it can still be part of a busy morning routine.
Boiled Water Method
This is the preparation method my daughter uses every morning and it comes from the book ‘The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged” written by Tosca Reno.
- Step 1: Add 1 cup of hot water to ½ cup uncooked oats.
- Step 2: Place a plate over your bowl so oats can cook for about 10 minutes.
This is when my daughter goes to do her hair and put on her make-up. She then usually adds ½ a sliced banana, tablespoon of slivered almonds and dried cranberries and a pinch of vanilla before eating. She prefers this method because she can go do something else while during Step 2 and she prefers the taste and texture.
This is how my 88 year old father who is still living on his own cooks his morning oatmeal. He just makes one serving at a time.
- Step 1: In a large microwave safe bowl, gradually stir 1/3 cup oats into 1 cup cold, salted water.
- Step 2: Heat uncovered on high power for about 1½ – 2 minutes.
- Step 3: Stir after one minute.
- Step 4: Stir again and let stand for 1 minute before eating.
He eats right out of the bowl making one less dish to wash with some added milk and brown sugar.
Stove Top Method
I prefer to make a big batch for myself that I can just reheat with a bit of milk for about 1½ minutes on high in the microwave. I just add a bit of maple syrup and some berries or applesauce. This big batch will last me for several days and works really well for me as I am trying to get out of the door in a timely fashion on a busy workday. I have to admit I quite like the mushy texture!
- Step 1: Bring 3 cups of salted water to a boil.
- Step 2: Gradually add 1 ½ cups oats and stir.
- Step 3: Lower the heat and let cook for ten minutes.
- Step 4: Let stand a few minutes before eating.
- Note: You can double or even triple this recipe for a big crowd and cooking times will still be the same.
So that is it! Very easy! Very tasty! Very nutritious! Very economical!
It just takes a bit or organizing and preparation to integrate cooked oats into your daily breakfast routine!
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Take Care, Thea! Thanks for stopping by!