I don’t cook so much these days, however breakfast has become the one meal I do make an effort - just for me!
I kept hearing about steel cut oats online - Oprah is a big fan, therefore the word is out! I finally tracked them down in the health food shop. Instead of rolled oats, these are whole oats chopped up by steel cutters and they taste so great!
I now have a daily ritual before bed of deciding how my brekky oats will be. I load all the ingredients into the rice cooker and then in the morning I turn it on and go back to bed while it cooks for 30 mins. I know when it is ready because it smells so good.
I now have a cupboard of ingredients just for my oats. The base is one measure of oats and one of water, plus a generous scoop of brown sugar. Then I add dried/fresh/frozen fruits, nuts and spices as I fancy. Here are some of my faves:
Dried apple and frozen berries
Dried apple and walnuts
Fresh banana and walnuts
Dried apricot and slivered almonds
Dried strawberries and hazelnuts
Prunes and almonds
Dried apple and dates with walnuts
Fresh apple instead of dried apple
Sometimes I serve with a dollop of yoghurt but mostly I just spoon it all into a bowl and eat it while I check my emails/FB/Twitter/Google Reader/news alerts!!!!
Did I mention they are cheap and good for me? And stop me wanting to snack because they are so satisfying? And addictive?