Monday, January 31, 2011

A Week's Worth of Brekkies

A great way to get going on these cold winter mornings in is a hot bowl of oatmeal! I don't have time every morning to make a pot of good old fashioned oatmeal but I am not a fan of the prepackaged instant oatmeals, they just aren't the same. The oats have been so over rolled there isn't nearly as much fibre left in them as there should be and I can make my own flavours with natural ingredients.  If I want maple flavoured oatmeal, I will just add maple syrup!

My breakfast is happy to see me!
 I generally buy the generic brand of steel cut oats or multigrain oats and cook up a week's worth of oatmeal on Sunday afternoon or evening.  Follow the instructions on the box to cook up the oatmeal and divy the oatmeal out into single serve portions into bowls (with plastic wrap) or containers with lids if you have.  All you have to do in the morning is pop it into the microwave for a minute or two and you are ready for the day! (Or grab it to take to work, use the  microwave in the classroom/staffroom and let the kids watch you enjoy your oatmeal!)

Cook the oatmeal according to package instructions.





Here's where you can adjust the flavours to suit your mood:
  • Switch out the water for another liquid such as juice, coconut milk, soy milk, milk....even tea
 
While cooking add to the pot the flavours of your choice:
  • 1 chopped apple (keep the peel), handful of raisins, 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • handful of chopped dates (sweetness), shredded coconut,
  • pumkin pie spices and smow pureed pumpkin
  • chopped pineapple, coconut, and some rum extract (Do you like pina colodas?)
  • a handful of chopped dried apricots, some chopped walnuts...
  • dried blueberries
The possiblities really are endless, just use your imagination.
Today I felt like apples, dates, and cinnamon!

Lately I have been adding some frozen strawberries and a gulp of maple syrup before popping it into the microwave for 2 minutes.

Being prepared for the week ahead helps keep morning mayhem to a minimum.  Get up, get ready, have breakfast, and go.
One for each day of the week!! This batch has apples, dates, and cinnamon in it but I will most likely add some maple syrup and strawberries in the morning!  This really does save so much time in the mornings.

3 comments:

  1. Excellent timesaver. I like to make big batches of things and freeze individual portions, but I never thought of oatmeal. I'll have to remember this.

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  2. Looks like delicious ways to get the day started!

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