Monday, October 12, 2009

Ode to Oatmeal

Today's picture is an up-close and personal view of my breakfast. You know you were dying to see THAT.

Anyhow, I love oatmeal. Love it. Its hearty, and good for you, delicious, and there are almost endless varieties. My most common incarnation is oatmeal with frozen fruit in it. I know, I know, you're thinking frozen fruit sounds gross. Turns out, when its all microwaved, its not such a big deal, and its certainly cheaper and easier than keeping tons of fresh berries on hand (although, for just eating, nothing, NOTHING beats fresh raspberries).

Basically, toss some oatmeal in a bowl with twice as much water. Throw on some frozen blueberries and cinnamon, and pop the entire thing in the microwave. Bring it out, top with honey, nuts, more cinnamon, whatever. If you need to take breakfast to work, put dry oatmeal and toppings in a tupperware, fill with water when you get there and microwave! You can even get creative- some of my favorite combos are lemon zest and raspberries, half a banana & a spoonful of peanut butter, chopped apples and cinnamon and walnuts, peaches and almond extract and chopped almonds, and just normal oatmeal with a little brown sugar and vanilla. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm...

(for my budget shoppers- don't buy in to the pre-packaging mania... first of all, be nice to the planet, you have no need for all those individual packets. Second, if you buy the big containers for less money you can get way more servings... bought on sale you're down to something like 25 cents a serving- can't beat that!)


nancy said...

We love oatmeal and have it just about every morning. I love it with fresh peaches or pears added during cooking. There are always chopped walnuts added before eating, unless we feel like using almonds with the peaches. In winter we usually go with raisins and cinnamon, or dried cranberries from Costco. I will now get some frozen fruit! Thanks, I never thought of that.

Dotty Jane said...

That looks just like my breakfast! Yum!

yellowfish said...

Oh, pears! that sounds so good!


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