Did you know you can top your oatmeal with anything? (You heard it here first! Right? Right!)
I am probably one of the few lucky kids that never knew that oats existed. I say lucky because I always hear that kids don’t like it. I found out about them deep into my adulthood. Hello, thirties!
I was really very curious about them. What was this oatmeal everyone was talking about? After talking to some friends I concluded that it was a tie. Half of them hated it and the other half loved them.
The mystery was growing. ..
So I did what every curious person would do and bought some to try them and find out if I like them or not. Now before we move on, imagine for a second a thirty-something-year-old who can cook, bake, and can googling:
“How to make oatmeal”
Doesn’t that bring a smile to your face? You’re welcome.
To be honest googling didn’t bring any results because I found myself elbow-deep in the differences between every kind of oats imaginable. Classic, rolled, steel-cut, Irish, and so on.
What’s a girl to do? I turned to one of my most trusted cookbooks. It has never, EVER, let me down. If you don’t have this book on your selves. GET IT!
A little warning though. Take the liquid to dry ratios as a suggestion. Especially with grains and legumes. Water consistency, altitude as well as where the products were farmed etc can all alter this ratio as well as the cooking time. As a rule of thumb, I always steer towards adding a little less liquid since I can add more as needed.
Having said that, I should also add that I make a habit out of letting my porridge stand for at least 5 minutes before devouring.
There, I admit it. I am team oatmeal!
And what’s not to love? You can make it sweet or savory, have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (breakfast for dinner anyone?) and give it any taste that you prefer. Did I say it’s also good for your body and filling too?
So, don’t just sit there and add it to your pantry staples.
P.S. I usually buy thick rolled oats.
- 3 cups water
- 1.25 cups rolled oats
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch cinnammon
- 0.25 cup milk of choice
- Bring water to a boil and stir in the grain. Lower heat and simmer until it thickens about 7 min.
- Taste test. The grain should be chewy and retain some bite.
- Add your milk of choise and stir. Cover and let sit for 5-10 min. Serve hot and top with granol, chia seeds, nuts, fresh or dried fruit, nut butters, eggs, spring onions or anything really.
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