It’s not that I really have an obsession, but I do like it a lot and eat it quite often. Back in the 80’s, as a single mom with 3 kids and 3 jobs I read an article about ways to streamline your life. One of the suggestions was to eat the same thing for breakfast every day so you don’t have to get up and think about it and waste time. So I decided oatmeal would be my go to. There are endless varieties and it’s easy to make and it does good things for your health.
So every day I would get up and pop my oatmeal in the micro, go put on my makeup and come out and eat breakfast. Many weekends I would eat it even if I had more time, I just liked it. I did not use instant because the regular oatmeal was cheaper per serving and just as easy to make. My quick go to for a topping at that time was brown sugar or maple syrup about 90% of the time.
I have recommended it more times than I can tell you and it truly made my day start in a much better fashion. I was out the door on time and not starving half way through the morning. I think it has helped with my cholesterol, because I have never had bad reading but I have eaten the same breakfast, mostly, for over 30 years.
With the stay-at-home requirement right now, my old friend is back. Most mornings now I want to use the food already in the house so I am getting creative. I like fresh fruit and dried fruit and nuts as additions to my oatmeal. I will also use jelly sometimes to come up with new flavor combinations.
Right now I am using fresh fruit, so I cut up an apple in about 1/2 inch cubes which is considerably larger than the instant oatmeal packages. I will cook it for a few minutes in just a tiny bit of water before adding the oatmeal to the pot. My additions to the apples are either craisins or raisins and walnut pieces. I enjoy sliced strawberries and bananas or blueberries really any kind of berry works and those I just toss in fresh.
I challenge myself to try and create unique combinations that are delicious also. Pistachio and blueberries is another favorite along with dries cherries or my frozen ones from last summer and pepitas, this list could go on and on. It’s hard to go wrong when you use any fruit you enjoy and toss in a few nuts. I try to avoid adding sugar and the fruit seems to satisfy completely.
Once while eating out at a restaurant we began talking to a couple at the next table because they thought it was unusual to order oatmeal when eating out. I explained that I ate it every day, this was easily over 20 years ago, and it seemed to make sense then. They confided their favorite food for breakfast was also oatmeal, however they topped it with ice cream. It had a large variety of flavors available and they reasoned it was the same as adding sugar and milk. I have never tried it, have you?