More Than a Bowl of Oatmeal

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Sure, oatmeal's good for us, especially the old-fashioned oatmeal (read whole grain, cholesterol-free, high fiber, low-calorie, low-carb) but who knew it could taste so good?

[img_assist|fid=2181|thumb=0|alt=Oatmeal]MORNING MICROWAVE OATMEAL Per serving, measure 1/4 cup of old-fashioned or quick (not instant) oatmeal into a microwave-safe bowl ~ I keep oatmeal handy in a tin right on the counter, with a 1/4 measure tucked inside. Sprinkle with table salt ~ don't skip this step! but do experiment with quantity to learn your own taste, more seems to improve the taste immeasurably. Add 2/3 cup of water ~ measure the first time, after that you can just eye it. Stir and place in microwave on high for 1 minute - stir. Cook on high for 30 seconds - stir. Cook on high in 15 second increments, stirring after each one, until oatmeal reaches the consistency you like. The short bursts of power and stirs prevent the oatmeal from cooking over. Stir in chopped fruit, a spoonful of peanut butter, even cocoa powder. Or try one of these ideas ...

Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity ... harvest oatmeal
Ardice ... banana oatmeal breakfast brulee
Kitchen Exhibitionist ... chai-flavored oatmeal
Kalyn's Kitchen ... South Beach oatmeal with ... secret ingredient! (it's perfect for Weight Watchers, too)
Bakingsheet ... steel-cut oatmeal
Lex Culinaria ... sweet vanilla oatmeal with caramelized apples
80 Breakfasts ... oatmeal with grated apple
One Hot Stove ... sunshine oatmeal

Simply Recipes ... oatmeal pancakes
In the Kitchen with Krista ... banana oatmeal breakfast bars
Better than Ramen (a group blog!) ... whole grain banana muffins
everybody likes sandwiches ... baked oatmeal
Lex Culinaria ... fruit and oatmeal breakfast bread
Andrea's Recipe Box ... maple oatmeal scones
My Sister's Kitchen ... oatmeal molasses bread

SHOPPING TIP I've been comparing Quaker brand to a local supermarket's house brand: no difference except price.

Contributing Editor Alanna Kellogg cooks vegetables (yes, once with oatmeal!) for A Veggie Venture, then turns to fresh, seasonal dishes for everyday healthful eating and occasional indulgences (yes, once for Swiss muesli!) at Kitchen Parade.


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