Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oatmeal Recipes for National Oatmeal Month


I've definitely made some New Year's resolutions this year. One of them is to listen to my husband's rants about eating a good breakfast during the week and actually do it. This isn't an easy task. The only thing I truly want in the morning is a bowl of coffee. Then when I feel human again, I can think about food. 

Since the New Year (appoximately 3 days and counting) I've held on to eating breakfast in the morning. I've been eating that granola I made last week and it's been great. The unfortunate thing is I get bored really easy. So when I was perusing facebook recently it was perfect timing when I saw Bon Appetit remind everyone that it's National Oatmeal month. Which is another perfect idea for breakfast that takes relatively little time to assemble in the morning. Especially if you use quick cook oats. Somehow plain oatmeal isn't sexy enough so here are a few ideas you can use that you probably have in your pantry on an every day basis.

  1. Mix in your favorite jam - It will provide a little sweetness to the oatmeal and your favorite fruit
  2. Try different spices - Cardamom, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Allspice can add a little zip to your oatmeal
  3. Dried Fruit and nuts - I love throwing in whatever I have on hand and I feel I don't get as hungry as fast when I add nuts to my morning cereal or oatmeal
  4. Fruit Juice - ok this is a new one for me. Instead of water or milk I added Orange Juice and it came out great. The oatmeal equivalent of a creamsicle.
  5. Fresh Fruit - This way you can make your oatmeal seasonal
This are just a few of my tips. Hopefully they give you the ability to create your own oatmeal masterpiece. Here are a few of my own.

Orange Creamsicle Oatmeal
1/2 cup quick cook oats
1 cup orange juice
1 tbsp milk or cream

Combine and cook in a microwave for 1.5 to 2 minutes. Until it thickens. Top with a little sprinkling of sugar and milk or cream for the full creamsicle effect.

Cardamom Walnut Oatmeal
1/2 cup quick cook oats
1 cup milk
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tbsp brown sugar

Combine and cook the first two ingredients in the microwave for 1.5 to 2 minutes until it thickens. Top with walnuts, cardamom and sugar.

16 comments:

  1. Let the celebrations begin! I'll make a batch of oatmeal carmelitas!
    http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/oatmeal-carmelitas/e8b987bd-e31f-45cc-ae54-d34fca9daf48/

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  2. Oatmeal is such a hearty breakfast. I really need to eat more of it. Your variations sound great.

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  3. Oatmeal is my favorite! I love the taste and how you can add so many fun things to it! And I also love how it keeps me full until lunch. I often post oatmeal ideas, so if you're looking for breakfast ideas, you might want to check them out :)

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  4. Love the flavorful additions - great way to start the day.

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  5. I am definitely a breakfast person and could eat the same bowl of honey nut cheerios every morning for the rest of my like. However I do like to switch it up sometimes and oatmeal is one that I do often. Just a little bit of peanut butter or Nutella is delicious.

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  6. I've only just become an oatmeal convert, I like the Quaker pre-made stuff. However, I love the sounds of your creamsicle oatmeal!

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  7. I would have never thought to make my oatmeal with oj. Genius.

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  8. Using orange juice is a great idea...have you tried apple juice yet?

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  9. Apple juice is another brilliant idea!

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  10. I'm not much for breakfast food except I really do love yogurt and I'll often have a big bowl mixed with wheat germ in the morning. It's just the right amount and it's tasty! That orange creamsicle oatmeal is a fantastic idea! If you were feeling ambitious you could even add a bit of orange zest.

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  11. I like to do half steel cut oats and half millet - then add a bunch of toasted seeds, apple sauce, and more toasted millet (man I cannot get enough millet). Thanks for sharing the fact that it is national oatmeal month!

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  12. Ms. White Plates - if you like yogurt you should try Muesli. Its Oatmeal with yogurt and sits overnight. Its one of my fav warm weather breakfasts.

    I also love the idea of using millet for different textures with steel cut oats. Great idea.

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  13. i like to mix a spoonful of jelly and a spoonful of peanut butter into my oatmeal. i'm thinking that nutella and a raspberry jam might be an excellent combination, too.

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  14. So many oatmeal possibilities! Thank you, Rosy, for inspiring me to make these muffins! - http://blog.modcloth.com/2011-01-24-oatmeal-muffins-with-cardamom-and-walnuts

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  15. Loving your orange creamsicle oatmeal! Gotta try this asap :)

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  16. I love this. I am always looking for a new way to eat oatmeal. I am having a link party this week featuring breakfast recipes made from food storage ingredients and I think this recipe is a great fit. If you would like to link up that would be great.
    http://cookingwithmyfoodstorage.blogspot.com/2011/02/link-party-food-storage-breakfast.html

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