With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: warm your soul with... Oatmeal

Saturday, February 23, 2013

warm your soul with... Oatmeal

plain . simple . humble . oatmeal 
And, did you know it "sticks to your ribs?"
That's what my mom always said when serving us huge bowls of oatmeal as she often did.

I like oatmeal. It is healthy, inexpensive with a comforting, chewy texture. There is evidence eating oatmeal can reduce cholesterol and it is high in fiber.

There are many preferences for topping your oatmeal.
A little butter, some brown sugar, cream and berries is my favorite way to eat oatmeal. Other sweeteners such as honey or sugar as well as sugar substitutes are popular. Stir in jam, raisins or nuts for variety. For a nice autumn flavor, I chop apples into small pieces and toss them into the pot when adding the oats. They cook and become soft. A sprinkle of cinnamon adds a lovely taste of fall.

My husband always has buttered toast with his. Since his childhood, he and his brother would have buttered toast with their huge bowls of oatmeal.
I'm sure you have a favorite way to eat your oatmeal. Or do you call it porridge?

Making oatmeal requires little time or effort. Before your coffee is finished brewing, you can have a wholesome breakfast ready too.

The oats simmer for just five minutes when using the quick-cooking oatmeal  Cook until the water is absorbed and the oats are tender.

(It is kind of silly to post directions for making oatmeal when it is right on the container of oats, but if you store your oats in a jar, as I do, and have a husband that occasionally makes oatmeal, you might want to print it out)


1 cup of water or milk ( use milk to increase the protein and calcium)
Dash of salt (optional)
1/2 cup of quick cooking oatmeal, or old fashioned oatmeal

Add oats and cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.

For creamier oats, combine water (or milk), salt and oats in saucepan and then heat water to boiling.  Cook over medium heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Spoon into bowl, top with a pat of butter, brown sugar and drizzle a little cream.  Add fresh/frozen fruit, if desired.

For double serving, increase water to 1 3/4 cups and oats to 1 cup.


Debbie said...

Good morning! Yum! This sounds wonderful right now... : ) Enjoy your day!

Nonnie said...

I add butter, walnuts, raisins, and brown sugar to mine to make oatmeal a delicious treat!! So yummy.

Susan said...

Hi LDH: Just had oatmeal this morning. I sprinkle cinnamon on mine (to lower blood sugar readings) and pecans.

I looked for raisins but we didn't have any so I added them to my grocery list.

I love oatmeal! Susan

NanaDiana said...

Well, you can call it oatmeal if you like but at OUR house-it is Three Bears Cereal. I fix it the same way except I add cinnamon to the boiling water. When done I top it with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of raw brown sugar for the girls. Would you believe that SweetCheeks always eats the sugar layer off first and asks for more?;>)

I usually chop an apple & cinnamon up into the boiling water for myself-and sprinkle it with Truvia. So good!!!! xo Diana

marie said...

Oatmeal is my favorite breakfast...I love raisins and nuts on mine. Hmmm...I like Susan's idea baout adding cinnamon too!

Maggie Ann said...

What beautiful photos...it looks better than in person...smile. It is overcast here today...and I am planning to knit after a while. I'm finally knitting with my 'homespun' wool. A treat. Have a blessed weekend Lorraine!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love to cook it up with an apple or peach and serve with brown sugar and milk-yum! Great pics:@)

Donna said...

Beautiful photo of the little serving dishes! I love Irish oatmeal that is steel cut. The texture is great! I like a little brown sugar or maple syrup with mine.

lindsey said...

I love porridge, as we call it here in the UK, and usually eat it with maple syrup and blueberries :)

Carol Z said...

This looks great, but I've never become a hot cereal fan. Can I substitute oatmeal cookies? Hugs to you and John.

Maple Lane said...

We like ours with fresh strawberries or blueberries. Wonderful photos, as always!

Janice Pattie said...

It was traditional in Scotland to cook your oatmeal with salt only, no sugar was allowed. So I hated it! Recently I gave myself permission to try again and add some sweet stuff, spices and fruit - total transformation. I do regret not getting over that 'ban' earlier.

Debbie Petras said...

I love oatmeal in the morning with fruit. We buy the steel cut oats in the tin can at Trader Joe's and make a batch for the week. I also cook mine with raisins. We can dish out a portion and heat it in the microwave which saves time. I then add some fresh fruit that I might have on hand. A great way to start your day!

Robyn said...

My husband loves his oatmeal. He will add just about any kind of fruit too it he's even added chocolate to it on occasion!.. LOL.. Nothing like a nice warm bow of oatmeal on a cold morning..

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Give me hot oatmeal with butter and sugar and I'm a happy girl.

Leslie said...

I love old fashioned oatmeal in the winter made with milk!! Honey and cinnamon mixed in makes it a yummy breakfast for me!

Val said...

Happy Sunday - your photos are so gorgeous and such a great and hearty breakfast!

Micupoftea~ said...

Hello Lorraine~
I adore oatmeal and so does my family. Our fav type is the long-cooking steel cut, or Irish oatmeal. We all like a bit of turbinado and some almonds tossed onto the top. I also like prunes in mine...yep! I place a couple of prunes in the water while the oatmeal cooks and they turn into lovely, small, rehydrated 'plums'! Thank you for stopping by my blog. ENjoy the end of February,

Purabi Naha said...

Lorraine, every morning, I love to eat a humble bowl of oats tossed with almonds, cranberry raisins and fruits. Your oats-making instructions are great and now I know what to do if I want "creamier" oats!

myletterstoemily said...

i LOVE oatmeal and frequently have it
for dessert! only because i'm fasting
real sugar. :)

Desires of the Heart said...

Hi Lorraine, thanks for visiting and the link you sent me, I will visit her and enjoy her miniatures too. Love your oatmeal post, something that is so simple and good for us!! Blessings, Linda

Cuparoons said...

Oatmeal is my fave breakfast item! It fills me up and gives me the energy I need for the day:) Love adding fresh fruit to mine, too.

Just a little something from Judy said...

I beg to differ with your opening words in regards to oatmeal. Your first picture of oatmeal does not show it to be simple or humble. No, your picture of oatmeal depicts it as a fine delicacy served in the best restaurants:)
I have never acquired a taste for oatmeal, except baked oatmeal, but you almost convinced me to try it again with this post.

Beth said...

Your fruit-topped oatmeal looks divine. Think I'll have some for breakfast tomorrow!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I like mine with cinnamon and brown sugar then topped with either frozen blueberries and walnuts or chopped pecans and dried cranberries. With a glass of orange juice it is the perfect meal ... even for dinner (often!). :) Best wishes, Tammy


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