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Healthy breakfast: Oatmeal every which way

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I used a little "Sunday strategy" last week to cook up a big batch of steel cut oats with ground flaxseed, expecting that I would scoop out a serving and reheat it every morning for a fast, nutritious breakfast. But after eating Monday morning's bland, flax-y bowl of oatmeal, I knew this plan had backfired—something had to be done to save me from a week's worth of snooze-inducing breakfasts! Here's how I reinvented my boring batch each morning...

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TUESDAY: This sweet Indian-spiced oatmeal is just

1 TUESDAY: This sweet Indian-spiced oatmeal is just "Boring Flax Oatmeal" reheated with some light coconut milk, sweetened with brown sugar, and spiced up with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Top it off with some nuts for crunch and protein.

WEDNESDAY: PB&J oatmeal is a great way to go (as long as you're not packing a PB&J sandwich for lunch): Reheat the oatmeal with skim milk and frozen blueberries, then top with a dollop of peanut butter and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

2 WEDNESDAY: PB&J oatmeal is a great way to go (as long as you're not packing a PB&J sandwich for lunch): Reheat the oatmeal with skim milk and frozen blueberries, then top with a dollop of peanut butter and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

THURSDAY: I was short on time, so I skipped the heating and just stirred pumpkin puree, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice into the cooked oatmeal and topped with golden raisins and pecans. Just like pumpkin pie, it tastes great slightly chilled or at room temp. I put this breakfast in a jar so I could eat it while I walked to work.

3 THURSDAY: I was short on time, so I skipped the heating and just stirred pumpkin puree, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice into the cooked oatmeal and topped with golden raisins and pecans. Just like pumpkin pie, it tastes great slightly chilled or at room temp. I put this breakfast in a jar so I could eat it while I walked to work.

FRIDAY: Elvis oatmeal! Stir in some milk and chocolate chips when reheating the oatmeal, then top with a sweet, ripe banana and some peanut butter. Top with more chocolate chips, if it's been a long week.

4 FRIDAY: Elvis oatmeal! Stir in some milk and chocolate chips when reheating the oatmeal, then top with a sweet, ripe banana and some peanut butter. Top with more chocolate chips, if it's been a long week.

How do you like your oats?

Comments (8)

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    Oats, banana, cinnamon, brown sugar and walnuts... a little twist on a favorite of mine, Banana Bread!

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    Great minds think alike. I shared my overnight oatmeal 3 days, 3 ways today:

    http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/10/recipe-for-overnight-oatmeal-three-days.html

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    I make mine with vanilla-flavored rice milk with cinnamon, almonds, walnuts and/or hazelnuts (usually a mix of all three), raisins and then topped with a banana - an energizing, warming way to start the day! Bon appétit!

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    I saw a tweet from Mollie Katzen (The Moosewood Cookbook) where she talked about Savory Oatmeal. Add a little bit of olive oil, flaked sea salt, pepper and extra sharp white cheddar to your cooked oats. She also added an egg on top, make sure the yolk is soft. I tried it and I am in love! And this is from a tried and true "sweet oatmeal" girl. Enjoy!

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    YUM! Thank you for all of your great ideas, keep 'em coming! I must buy a new bulk oatmeal container for next week...

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    I like my oatmeal with butter and sliced apples. Sprikle a bit of brown suger and a bit of milk on top and it is fine for me.

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    I am not a sweets person although some of these oatmeals strike me as good eating.
    My morning oatmeals are usually savory, with a little olive oil, onion powder, thyme, crushed bay leaf, oregano, and black pepper.
    Some days, I add 1% milk; others, I use margarine with olive oil in it in place of the olive oil.
    About once a week, I have a poached or even fried, sunnyside up, egg on top. Really yummy.
    Another morning, I might have some shredded cheese mixed in. I like cheddar or swiss or mozzarella, not the fat-free kind! Shredded fresh parmesan is very good, too. This one calls for the olive oil, too.
    If you do meat, I had some left-over roast pork that was a winner mixed right into my morning oatmeal. I imagine (real) crumbled bacon bits would work well, too.
    Picture a canvas and paint away - it's like a pizza crust, only healthier. Or, a sandwich bread of the very best kind, calling for good fillings of any sort including good condiments that go along with the filling.
    Use your imagination-olives, light cream cheese, asparagus, broccoli, sauteed onions and mushrooms, anything you might serve with pasta also works for a good savory alternative.
    Enjoy!

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    Another morning, I might have some shredded cheese mixed in. I like cheddar or swiss or mozzarella, not the fat-free kind! Shredded fresh parmesan is very good, too. This one calls for the olive oil, too.
    If you do meat, I had some left-over roast pork that was a winner mixed right into my morning oatmeal. I imagine (real) crumbled bacon bits would work well, too.
    Picture a canvas and paint away - it's like a pizza crust, only healthier. Or, a sandwich bread of the very best kind, calling for good fillings of any sort including good condiments that go along with the filling.
    Use your imagination-olives, light cream cheese, asparagus, broccoli, sauteed onions and mushrooms, anything you might serve with pasta also works for a good savory alternative.
    Enjoy!

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