Oatmeal All Day
It’s no secret that oatmeal is a breakfast favorite for healthy eaters everywhere. It’s packed with fiber and good carbohydrates, so it helps you feel fuller longer. And it can even help reduce cholesterol. But the best part is oatmeal is super-versatile. Throw in your favorite fruit and some nuts and you’ve got a great breakfast. But did you know oatmeal can even be savory, making it a delicious lunch or dinner option? Read on for two easy and yummy recipes to keep you eating this superfood all day long!
Before we get to the recipes, let’s take a quick look at the types of oatmeal.
- Rolled oats are created when oat groats are de-hulled then steamed, which partially cooks the oat. Then they’re flattened between two rollers and made into flakes. Sometimes referred to as old fashioned oats, they are whole grains, but they are a little less nutritious than steel cut oats because they have been processed more.
- Instant oats are produced the same way as rolled oats, but they are steamed for a longer period of time to completely cook them before the drying process. These are the least nutritious oats because of the extra processing (they are still whole grains though!). Instant oats in packets (the stuff you’d buy in the breakfast aisle at the food store) often have sugar and a whole host of other additives in them. So if you buy instant oats, be sure to buy plain!
- Steel-cut oats contain the whole oat grain, including the oat bran, making them the most nutritious. They are passed through steel cutters, which chop them into pieces.
Generally speaking, the less processed the oats are, the more fiber they contain and therefore more health benefits can be gained from eating them.
Banana Walnut Oatmeal
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup low fat milk (or less if you like your oatmeal on the thicker side)
- 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
- Cook oats according to directions on package, using milk instead of water.
- While oats are cooking, cut the banana in half. Mash half of it and cut the other half into slices or chunks.
- Once oats are done cooking, stir in the mashed banana and 1 Tbsp of maple syrup.
- Garnish with banana slices, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of extra maple syrup.
Yield: 1 serving
Spinach and Parmesan Oatmeal
- 1 tsp fresh garlic, finely grated
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup cooked spinach
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- salt & pepper
- In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic (about 2 minutes).
Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
Stir in oats and reduce heat.
Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently until most of the broth is absorbed and the oats are tender.
Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan and spinach.
Season with salt and pepper.
Yield: 1 large serving
Next time you’re looking for a quick and healthy meal option, think of oatmeal, no matter what meal of the day it is!
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Krista lives in New York with her husband, their 4 year old daughter and 1 year old son. She teaches English at a local college and loves to read, shop, and cook. She enjoys blogging about motherhood at The Quinntessential Mommy. You can contact her via email, twitter or visit her blog.