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Sweetheart Steel-Cut Oats for Two

There is nothing in the world like a great breakfast.  It starts off your morning right and lets you finish the day strong.  Since I’ve recently made the transition from rarely eating any breakfast to polishing off a giant bowl early every morning, I’ve seriously seen a difference not only in my energy level but also in my eating habits for the rest of the day.  I had heard it all my life, but breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day.

Especially when it involves healthy grains and fruit.  Yum.

Fritz and I discovered steel-cut oats around Thanksgiving, and they now reign as our king of all breakfasts.  At first we only had them on the weekends, because they take too long to make when you have to leave the house at 7:30.  It was a sad time in our lives–until I realized I could make them in vast quantities, refrigerate the leftovers, and we could microwave them at our convienence.

So here’s a beautiful and fruit-filled sweetheart’s breakfast.  Either cut the recipe in half to serve just two, or keep it the same and refrigerate the leftovers.

Sweetheart Steel-Cut Oats (with fruit)

  • 1 C steel-cut oats
  • 3 1/2 C water
  • 1 C milk (we use skim)
  • sprinkle of salt (optional)
  • fruit to top–strawberries, banana, apple, sliced

Put the steel-cut oats and the water in a pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the water is absorbed, stirring occasionally.  Add the milk, and continue to cook until the oats are the consistency you want-about 30-40 minutes.  You can leave out the milk, but they won’t be as creamy (and my dad and the dairy industry won’t like you as much).

This makes four servings–add a sprinkle of salt to taste, and top with the sliced fruit.  If you are saving the leftovers, don’t add the fruit until you eat it.  I really piled on the fruit, and it was sweet enough for me to eat without adding any extra sugar, but be creative!  You can also add some peanut butter, or maple syrup, or anything else your heart craves.  Make it for your significant other, and bring it to ’em in bed topped with everything they love.

This just might be the perfect start to your Valentine’s day–and you won’t be snacking all day because it will definitely fill you up until lunch.

But be careful.  Steel-cut oats may change your life.

 

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Bowl O’ Steel-Cut Oats

First off, I’d like to apologize for the lackluster quality of some of my pictures lately.  The lighting in my parent’s house, combined with my less-than-stellar camera and the gloomy weather all week didn’t end up being the best of conditions.  Not to mention that it gets darks at 4:00 now.  Sorry! 

But we will press on regardless. Today is Meatless Monday, but nothing too exciting was created today because I had to go grocery shopping after class and didn’t have the time nor energy for anything with more than two steps.  We had whole wheat thin spaghetti with a (homemade) tomato sauce with onions, garlic, a tad bit of brown sugar, oregano, and basil.  Not too shabby, although I will admit I pretended to turn a blind eye when Fritz snuck a few turkey meatballs into his bowl.  Men.  You just can’t trust ’em.

Henry wanted to have a little taste:

In other cooking news, I’ve recently discovered a new favorite breakfast food: steel-cut oats.  Unlike rolled oats, they don’t just feel mushy; more along the lines of creamy but still chewy–yum!  They are also very filling and best of all: good for you!

Steel-Cut Oats (serves four)

  • 1 C steel-cut oats
  • 3 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C milk
  • any toppings you want to try!

We bought these at Wegmans in the bulk section (a great place to be).  Bring the water to boil in a sauce pot and add the oats.  Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer (stirring occasionally) for about 30 minutes, or until creamy.  Add the milk and continue to simmer until the desired consistency.

I added cinnamon for the first batch

When it looks so good that people you don’t even know are crowding around your kitchen in their bathrobes, it’s time.  Pick your toppings (and be creative).

First time, I had cinnamon, dates, and a tiny bit of brown sugar:

the dates were so sweet that extra sugar wasn't really necessary

 The second time around, I chose to go with a dash of maple syrup and banana slices:

That was a good combo.  I think tomorrow’s bowl may involve the last of my pumpkin butter, or maybe apple and coconut.  So many options, so little time…

So, because I miss my family (I’ve been away from them for a whole day!) I thought I’d post a few other Thanksgiving adventures.  On Black Friday Mom, Jordi and I braved the crowds and did some crack-of-dawn shopping (okay, we actually left the house at 11:00 am).

Sometime in the past few years, Jordi got very cool:

not quite sure when it happened...

One of the stores we ventured into was Joanne’s Fabrics, where we found some beautiful fabric, a pattern, and all the trimmings for a nominal fee of around $10!  Very exciting.

The next morning, the entire family was struck with a stomach virus, and we all spent the day puking.  Mom, who appeared the have the strongest immune system, seemed the most healthy (or is that just least whiny?), and she mananged to whip up this amazing little number for me!

She is a talented woman, isn’t she?  Don’t judge my looks there, I had spent the entire day in four layers of sweat pants and blankets, laying on the couch moaning piteously.  And then the dress came and changed my life.

If only I had a fancy Christmas party to go to that didn’t cost $72 a person (*cough* physical therapy formal *cough*).

C’est la vie.

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