Monday, November 21, 2011

So long instant oatmeal!

I have upgraded to a more adult oatmeal version, if you will.
Steel Cut Oats!

It's all the rage.
You see it everywhere now, just like gluten free foods and mustaches.
 ( More on that later, I am so burnt out on the damn mustache obsession! It's like cupcakes all over again.)

This isn’t your childhood microwavable  rolled oats packet in a bowl.
Yes, it takes more time ( like 45 min) and more work( Stirring on the stove) but it is worth it!

I bought myself some steel cut oatmeal at the store on sale.
 I kept hearing about  it and reading about it and I love oatmeal, so I decided to give it a try.
I was impressed that a little goes a long way.
I can make an entire pot (enough to portion out for 4-5 breakfasts) with just 1 Cup of oats!

Its simple.1. Boil water 2. Add oats 3.Stir & simmer till thick, about 30 min 4. Add in fixings ( I use berries, almonds or chopped pecans, brown sugar and a drop or vanilla or almond extract 5. Portion into Tupperware containers and refrigerate

Then I grab a container in the AM on my way to work and pop it in the microwave and I am set!
It is really filling and I like how hearty it tastes.
I LOVE nutty, grainy, chunky toast.
If you are a white bread kind of person, you probably won’t like this. It tastes….. "Healthy"

Totes worth the extra effort to make though!

Taste and Texture
The differences in taste and texture between steel-cut oats and rolled oats are largely due to processing variations. Rolled outs are flattened, steamed and toasted, so they're lighter and fluffier. As they cook, rolled oats soften further and develop a thick, gummy texture. Steel-cut oats are whole grain oat kernels that have been split into two or three pieces but are not further processed. They're thicker, nuttier tasting and more resistant to chewing. ( Similar texture to Quinoa, in my opinion)

Nutrition Facts
Steel-cut oats have a greater volume than rolled oats, so 1/4 dry cup of each variety yields different nutritional facts when the oats are cooked. However, when measured by weight, the two types have the same nutritional values. (Bummer)

Reasons to eat the Oats!
1. Lowers cholesterol
2. Fills you up and breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
3. It is inexpensive & lasts a long time on your shelf
4. Oatmeal contains a wide array of nutrients, minerals and antioxidants
5. It is 100% natural! ( If you don't buy the crap kind)

1 comment:

Nikki said...

I miss my daily oats. Have you ever made overnight oats? Apparently they're all the rage.