[free or nearly-free happy things]
Perhaps not the most exciting subject, but a favorite breakfast for cold weather. And it provides many options.
Here's my recipe. It makes about 6 servings. I eat one immediately and refrigerate the remainder to reheat on subsequent days.
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (slow cooking)
- 4-5 cups Water
- 1/4 tsp Salt (adds approx. 100 mg sodium per serving)
Bring to a boil. Cook about 5 minutes over medium heat or until thickened. Stir occasionally.
- Dried Fruit, chopped (If you want them plumped, add at the beginning of cooking with oats.)
- Frozen Fruit, thawed while cooking
- Nuts, chopped (If you want them crunchy, add at the end of cooking.)
- Flavorings: cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves ... use your imagination
- Sweeteners: brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, molasses, jam, fruit juice
- 15 cup container uncooked Store Brand Rolled Oats = $1.75 US (on sale)
- 3 Servings per cup (with additions)
- $1.75 US for 45 servings per container
- $0.04 US per serving + cost of optional additions and soymilk!
- 10-15 minutes once a week to cook 6 days worth of servings.
- 2 minutes once a week to packaging in a resealable container for the frig
- 2 minutes each day doing other things while the microwave reheats (stir in a little water to thin)
- 1 minute once a week to scrub out the pan (if I don't remember to let it soak it takes longer)
- less than 1 minute once a week to wash the resealable container
- chopped dried apples, brown sugar or maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, chopped walnuts
- chopped dates, chopped pecans, cinnamon, vanilla
- chopped dried apricots, honey, slivered almonds, almond extract (tiny amount)
- frozen blueberries, maple syrup
- frozen raspberries, honey
- strawberry jam, almonds
- blond raisins, pecans, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup
Yum! Now you can tell someone they are as interesting as oatmeal and mean it as a compliment.
And Mom was right. It does "stick to your ribs."