Thursday's Un-Recipe: Oatmeal!

One of the things I have come to REALLY appreciate with healthy eating is what I am coining "The Un-Recipe." What I mean by this is cooking or throwing together a meal that really does not require a detailed recipe. I do this ALL THE TIME because it is simple, it uses whole ingredients, and it tastes good! I do not care to over-complicate my food, because it just isn't necessary.

So to kick off this new series, I am going to talk breakfast, specifically oatmeal. I eat oatmeal at least 5 out 7 days a week. It has a ton of fiber, which helps keep you full while lowering your cholesterol. It's simple to make too. I get my organic oats from bulk at Winco, which makes it very inexpensive, and I usually cook it with water. If I am feeling decadent I may cook with soy milk. On the stove it only takes about 5 minutes to soften. That's it, guys. However, plain oatmeal is, well, plain. The best thing about oatmeal is you can add so many different things making it uber versatile. Some of my favorites is adding cinnamon while it's cooking, apple sauce or a mashed banana making it thicker and sweeter. I will throw in frozen berries while it's cooking so they can thaw. I have added dairy-free chocolate chips to my oatmeal. I love adding nut butters as well. A tbsp of nuts, like walnuts or almonds, is great, or a tbsp of seeds, like flaxseeds or hemp seeds. Fresh berries or a banana is also nice on top. The options go on and on!

So here is a quick suggested "un-recipe" for Blueberry Oatmeal:

1/2 C regular, organic oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 C blueberries
3/4 C water
1/4 C milk of choice

Place oats, cinnamon, and water into a pot and heat on stove. Bring to boil and then decrease heat to medium. Add blueberries if frozen and cook until oatmeal is thick. If using fresh berries, add to top of oatmeal after cooked. Top cooked oatmeal with milk. I find the milk makes it creamier and cools it down slightly. Feel free then to add banana, nuts, or nut butter to the top if you so desire!

What are your favorite ways to make oatmeal?


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