Sunday, May 15, 2011

Oatmeal -- Best food value around



When it comes to breakfast, this is one of the best food values around. You can make this recipe in big batches and eat it throughout the week. This is the Master recipe and I will give you also the healthy one.

Oatmeal: MASTER RECIPE

3 cups old fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
3 cups of skim milk
1\2 cup of brown sugar
1\2 cup of dried dates (chopped)
1\2 cup of currants or raisins
1\2 tsp. of salt

Combine the oatmeal,milk, and 4 cups of water in a large deep saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When it boils quickly turn down to very low. Stir in the brown sugar, dried fruits, and salt and cook at a low simmer for 15 to 20 min. or until very thick and creamy. Stir often to prevent the bottom from scorching.
Serve with additional milk, or cool and refrigerate to reheat later in the week.
Serves 8. You can do all kinds of things to this recipe like adding bananas, apples nuts etc.

Healthy version:

SWAP
1\2 cup honey for the brown sugar
1 cup of craisins(dried cranberries) for the dates and currants

ADD
1\2 cup flaxseed meal
1\2 cup toasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
1\2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
Follow the directions for the Master recipe stirring in the flaxseed meal, sunflower seeds and craisins. Serve with additional milk and sprinkle on top the Grape-Nuts if desired.

My kids like it and even my 2 year old grandson.
Hope you enjoy,

Sharla G.
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