January is National Oatmeal Month

This is a better-late-than-never post. I should have run it earlier in the month.

While I have enjoyed oatmeal to the tune of several helpings along with the other fare on buffet tables, I noticed that it is not one of the most popular offerings.

I mentioned this to friends who thought one of two things. Either the other customers wanted more exotic items on the buffet and the oatmeal was too mundane. Or, they, like a lot of folks, don’t like oatmeal because it is ‘too mushy.’

It tastes as good as it looks ...

First of all, I want to point out that oatmeal is very fine food. It cuts cholesterol, has good fiber content and is a ‘whole grain’ with loads of vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Check out the NutritionData page for the full breakdown. But, here are the food values. One-half cup (dry) oatmeal yields 150 calories, 3 grams of total fat including one gram of saturated fat. No trans fat or Cholesterol. Five mg of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.

Fixing awesome (non-mushy) oatmeal is a breeze. As Mr. Lazy Cook, I consider it a specialty. I use the directions on the package. Bring one cup of water to a boil. Add 1/2 cup of oats and a pinch of salt. Boil for around 4 minutes and stir occasionally. As you are stirring, you can keep an eye on the oats to see that they are not boiling away totally. When I take them off I can still see the shape of the oat flakes. As a topping I use light brown sugar. It is tasty and darkens to carmel when it hits the hot oats.

That is the basic recipe for oatmeal which is a great breakfast and you can eat it every day of your life. As you get comfortable fixing it, you can add cut up strawberries, blueberries or walnuts to it for interesting and very tasty and healthful variations.

Last, but not least, oatmeal is one of Mr. Lazy Cook’s favorites. What could be more simple to prepare? And, it is good for you.

Enjoy!

This is a redo of an item from 2010.

Tony

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10 responses to “January is National Oatmeal Month

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    • Hi there. If I may help you out with oatmeal. First, try steel cut oats for more texture, less mush. Second, add a teaspoon of walnut oil near the end of cooking. It’s tremendously nutritious, packed with Omegas, and helps with the taste and the texture of the oatmeal. Third, get your blueberries. BB are among the highest of all fruits in antioxidant power. You can buy a three-lb bag of organic, frozen blueberries at Costo for less than $10. Zap in the microwave for 1 min: 1/3 c of frozen blueberries. Add to cooked oatmeal. Skip the brown sugar. Hope this helps!

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      • Thanks, Bess, for your generous suggestion. Actually, I have tried steel cut oats and find I prefer the regular. Second, I agree with you about the value of blueberries which is why I include them in the smoothie I drink every day. They are a nice addition to oatmeal as I suggested in my oatmeal write-up. Regarding your suggestion about zapping the frozen blueberries, I’m not sure that zapped blueberries have the same food value as fresh ones. I do buy the Costco bag and use them when I can’t get fresh.

        Tony

        use blueberries in my morning smoothie which I have everyday.

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  5. Here is my oatmeal creation. It’s tasty, satisfying and very filling.
    I make my oatmeal in the bowl and pop in the microwave. No need for a pot here or stirring.
    Take 1/2 cup oatmeal ( I like Uncle Ben’s), sprinkle on cinnamon, nutmeg and/ or allspice. Add a handful of raisins. Add 1 cup of water. Stir.
    Cover and cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.
    Uncover, cut up a banana, add walnuts or pecans or almonds. Pour a little soy milk (I don’t like the taste of milk) and voila… a great meal in a bowl and a quick and easy clean up.
    PS. You can easily make this at the office too.

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    • This is very nice, Lynn. Thanks for the recipe. The simplicity also appeals to Mr. Lazy Cook. Oatmeal is a Lazy Cook natural. Nice tip about fixing it at the office, too. There is always a microwave available in offices these days.

      Tony

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