Thursday, February 25, 2010

Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Personal Style

Safely home yesterday during our winter "event" of lots of heavy, wet snow, I woke up this morning planning to start my day right.  I made oatmeal.  No, not that stuff in the packet with so much finely-grained sugar it flies into the air and up your nostrils.  Nope, this is the real deal. I use real old-fashioned Quaker Oats, and not the quick version either.  It cooks in five minutes (who doesn't have five minutes for something genuine?) and it is worth the time.  If you want additives, you decide what they are.  For me, today it was raisins, cinnamon, and a touch of brown sugar. Another day it might be dried cranberries or cherries, slivered almonds, and honey.  It's all so real and healthy, it just makes the day feel right going forward.  And if this little bit of effort is is too much work for you, then enjoy your cold cereal or drive-thru breakfast!  If you are like me and tend to run late, pack it up in a little to-go container and eat it, discreetly, at work.  If your office smells like cinnamon, that's not a bad thing.  When people see you're eating oatmeal rather than a massive bagel or a 500-calorie muffin, they will admire you! 

Old Fashioned Oatmeal, Personal Style

3/4 c. milk
3/4 c. water
dash salt
3/4 c. Quaker Od Fashioned Oats

Bring milk, water, and salt to a boil.  Add oatmeal.  Reduce heat to low/simmer and cook for five minutes.  Remove from heat.

Add toppings of your choice (rasins, cinnamon, brown sugar, almonds, walnuts, dried fruit, fresh fruit, honey, yogurt, whatever!).

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