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Steel Cut Oatmeal

8 Oct

Even though I was eating my steel cut oatmeal most days of the summer, it tastes extra good when the temperatures are a little chillier. I wanted to share how I make my steel cut oatmeal in case anyone is interested in trying it out! Steel cut oats keep you fuller, longer, and are an all natural, not processed, great breakfast option.

“Steel cut oats could be considered a “power food” because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and select vitamins and minerals” (Livestrong).

They are also great for nursing moms as they are known to boost milk production.

You can get steel cut oatmeal at any grocery store or place that sells old fashion oatmeal or instant oatmeal.

I make my oatmeal for 5 servings at once and then store the rest in containers in the refrigerator. To be honest, I can’t even remember what it breaks down to as far as the recommended ‘serving’ – I believe it’s a serving and a half that I make but I’ve made it for a year now and had all the math done a while back. It makes a pretty huge helping each day of oatmeal especially with added mix-ins so you may want to adjust.

I also have played around with how much water to add as I found I like them a little stickier rather than gooey or soupy, so you may want to experiment and adjust to your liking.

I make 2 cups of oats to 6 cups of water. I measure out the 6 cups of water in a pan and bring it to a boil.

Once boiling, pour in your 2 cups of dry steel cut oats. Boil for a few minutes – usually anywhere from 2-6 minutes depending on if I’m multitasking or not. I haven’t found that this part affects it much it just starts the soaking process.

Once the oats are boiling for a few minutes, turn the stove off and cover the pan with a lid.

Then go count some sheep and catch some Zzz’s and your oatmeal will soak while you sleep.

Before you put the lid on and go to sleep for the night.

“Steel cut oats are dense and chewy as a result of being passed through sharp, steel blades that cut them into thin slices that helps retain more fiber and protein” (Livestrong).

When you wake up in the morning, the oats will have soaked up all of the water. Just turn the stove on, give them a stir, and let them heat through. This also depends on what I am doing but they’ll loosen up as you heat and stir and I just heat them through until they are warm, making sure to keep stirring so they don’t burn on the bottom. This is usually around 7-9 minutes.

After they soaked overnight and you take the lid off.

At this point, I add my ground flaxseed. The flaxseed is just an extra nutritional punch that I can’t even taste in the oatmeal. I put in 2 tbsp for each serving so it equals 10 tbsp which looks like a lot when it’s dumped on top but once they are stirred in it clings to the oats and blends right in.

You can also add some mix-ins right now if you’d like. Sometimes I just stop at the flaxseed but this week I wanted more fall-like flavors so I decided to add in some leftover pumpkin I had on hand and some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. You can add any of this at any point (when cooking or when reheating).

Once it’s all mixed through and the flavors have a few minutes to blend together, I turn the stove off and get my containers ready to go.

I take a ½ cup measuring cup to split the oatmeal and I just split the oats evenly between the 4 containers and my bowl for that morning’s breakfast.

Put the lids on and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or so.

When you are feeling like some oatmeal, just pull the container out, dump it into a bowl (or reheat in a microwave safe container), and place in microwave for 1:30 or so. Stir it up and get creative! I love a banana sliced on top and usually add on some walnuts, raisins, and/or coconut. If you want it to be a little more loose, you can add a little bit of milk drizzled on top.

Some ideas for mix-ins are:

Blueberries
Apples and apple pie seasoning
Applesauce (I use this quite a bit as well. It gives them a little more sweetness)
Cocoa powder or a hot cocoa packet
Any nut butter
Banana
Pumpkin and pumpkin pie seasoning
Cinnamon
Ground Cumin (totally kidding, but I accidently did this once thinking I grabbed my cinnamon, it was awful!)
Strawberries
Jelly or Jam
Walnuts
Shredded Coconut
Brown sugar
Granola
Raisins
Chocolate Chips

Get creative with those oats!

What do you put on your oatmeal?

Trust me though, once you go to steel cut oatmeal, and see how easy it is to make, you won’t ever want another instant packet in your life! Although you can’t trade up the smell of Strawberries and Cream Instant Oatmeal – they should make a candle of that!

WIAW: 9/19/12

19 Sep

I wanted to update you all on my brother-in-law’s progress through his recovery from his heart transplant. He’s doing good, taking baby steps in the right direction. His kidneys struggled a bit but they are making a comeback and they are working on lowering some of his medications. As anyone in that scenario would be, he gets very uncomfortable when he wakes up so they are keeping him pretty sedated. Hopefully we can make a trip to visit them soon as the hospital is an hour and a half away from home. Thank you all for your kind words and support!

Today I wanted to throw in another WIAW post inspired and created by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. Yesterday was our anniversary but my meals and snacks were that of a typical day.

For breakfast:

Of course had my steel cut oats! I had the brightest idea to mix it up this time and my sweet tooth was screaming at me so I added in some cocoa powder, the smallest bit of coconut oil, a drizzle of milk and then stirred and heated it through. It smelt great…so then I added my banana and some shredded coconut. Perfect? Not so much. I think I’ll stick to my same ol’ same ol’ next time. I don’t know what I did wrong to screw this one up so bad. It must have been too sweet for my stomach because half way through I felt like if I took one more bite I was going to be sick! Next time I have a sweet tooth in the morning maybe I’ll stay away from making my oatmeal satisfy that craving and just go right for pancakes!

Snack:

Because my breakfast was a failure, I brought a yummy snack to work for my midmorning snack. Strawberry Greek yogurt with a mix of strawberry frosted mini wheat’s, fiber one cereal, and cheerios to top it off.

Lunch:

This weekend we had celery from our CSA box to use up and I had a few cans of tuna in my pantry so I whipped up some tuna salad. Typically I will make it with mostly plain greek yogurt and just a small spoon of Miracle Whip with Olive Oil but I didn’t have any plain greek yogurt so I made it all with the Miracle Whip for a treat…it was very good. I added in some lettuce and put it all on 100% whole wheat bread. With a side of a few crackers and some cottage cheese – I love cottage cheese on crackers!

Afternoon snack:

I had a peach left at work that either was going to get thrown out or ate yesterday so I ended up eating it. Perfectly ripe! So good that I ate it before I remembered to snap a picture of it! I also stopped at my parents’ house on my way home from work and while talking to my mom, I snacked on some of her peanut/candy corn/m&m mix she had made – gotta love fall treats!

Dinner:

I started dinner off with a liquid appetizer of wine. I’m not going to lie, I purchased 4 liters – LITERS! – of wine for $14! I’m not embarrassed to say that even 4L seems to evaporate very fast……

I also made my mom’s very easy homemade chicken pot pie recipe. Someday I would love to have a pie crust recipe that is EASY instead of buying the rolled out refrigerated dough. So if anyone has one, I’d love to try it!

Dessert:

I didn’t time this meal right and we had to play volleyball last night at 7, 8, and 9:00 (it’s tournament time) and I literally took the pie out of the oven at 6:47, so we shoveled our food in but I still made time to make a microwave s’more from our leftover s’more ingredients from the weekend. This made us 5 minutes late to our volleyball game which we froze during, but the s’more was delicious!

My mom always made s’mores this way, a marshmallow between 2 fudge striped cookies. They are so much easier and just as gooey sweet!

It’s been in the high 60’s here during mid-afternoon so those late sand volleyball games the sand feels like ice, but we won and now play next week possibly at 6, 7, 8, and 9 but only if we continue to win, too bad the first team we play against is a team with half of our subs on it so we are left with no one to play, any takers?!

Random question: Do you watch the Vampire Diaries? I am half way through Season 3 since Netflix finally put up the episodes…I can’t get enough of those Salvatore brothers!

WIAW: 9/12

12 Sep

I finally remembered to record my meals and snacks for my very first {WIAW} What I Ate Wednesday post (created by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons).

I thought it’d be fun to occasionally throw in a WIAW post because I like to get ideas on different foods to try through other blogger’s WIAW posts, so if there is ever any foods that I eat that you are interested in the recipe for, just drop a comment or email me and I’ll gladly share if I didn’t include it in the post.

Breakfast:

No surprise here…steel cut oats! Pretty simple today, steel cut oats with ground flaxseed, sliced banana, sprinkle of walnuts, and topping it off with coconut to give it some sweetness.

This is comfort food to me and it also is a great way to start off with something healthy and filling to begin my day. The days I go with something else are usually the days I realize I’m hungrier in the afternoon and evenings.

I prepare the steel cut oats usually on Sunday nights and then they soak overnight and I divide it up between containers so all I have to do on a week day morning is heat it up and add my toppings.

Mid-morning snack:

Pineapple Greek Yogurt. I love pineapple and am sad that I am slightly getting tired of it with summer coming to an end and will probably only be eating it on occasions but this yogurt is very good. I usually get the Chobani 2% to add in some fat to my diet but I like to wait until they run a sale on them and then stock up.

Lunch:

Lunch I had some leftover steamed green beans, a low-sodium turkey, lettuce, and mayo with olive oil on 100% whole wheat bread, and a handful of grapes.

I also had a side of Ian Somerhalder 🙂

Afternoon snack:

My lunch did a good job of keeping me full but I knew if I didn’t have an afternoon snack I would give myself a stomach ache come dinner time so I had 2 nectarines!

Dinner:

We had a friend of ours over for dinner Tuesday night and he loves pasta so I made my Mom’s lasagna…mmm mmm one of my favorites! We also had garlic bread and a spinach salad with sunflower seeds, carrots, shredded cheese, and Italian dressing with a big glass of 1% milk.

Dessert:

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I made my favorite pumpkin brownies this past weekend so I had one of those before volleyball.