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.’
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.
This is a redo of an item from 2010.