Stovetop oatmeal a comforting breakfast

Stovetop oatmeal a comforting breakfast

This morning, I awoke with that startling, total wakefulness at 5:40 – the kind when you realize you'll be staring at the ceiling until your alarm goes off, or you might as well just get up.

I tried staring for a while, but then realized I'd rather spend my time making hot breakfast. (This is an anomaly and a treat – I usually rush around like crazy in the mornings, just trying to make it out the door with everything I need.)

I love oatmeal cooked the real way, not just warmed up in the microwave. I've blogged before about slow-cooked oatmeal, but this time, my spur-of-the-moment decision meant I'd have to cook it on the stovetop.

I decided to go with a recipe for Apple Oatmeal from the old faithful “More-With-Less Cookbook.” It was delicious, and I liked that it didn't call for sugar or much salt.  I also like that it cooks by itself for about 10 minutes. This was the perfect chance for me to make coffee and my lunch.

(Somewhat related tangent: I'm researching a story about low-sodium diets. If you've had success with one and would be willing to be quoted, would you e-mail me or call me at 351-5217?)

Just a warning, though, by the time this oatmeal was done cooking the recommended time, it was already sticking to my non-stick saucepan. This is not a dirty dish you're going to want to let sit all day. But none of you ever leave dirty dishes in your sink, do you? Me either.

Apple Oatmeal
Serves 4-6 (Rob and I both ate double-servings.)
Combine in saucepan:
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups cold water
½ teaspoon of salt (remembering that low-sodium research, I just used a pinch)

Cook 10 minutes on low heat.

2 chopped apples
dash nutmeg
(I also added a dash of cinnamon)
Cook five minutes more or until apples are done to desired consistency.
Serve with milk or yogurt and honey, brown sugar or cinnamon-sugar. (We skipped this part, mostly because I didn't read the directions to the end.)

Option: Use raisins or dates in place of apples. (Raisins would also be a good addition to the apples.)

Re-using this photo from The News-Gazette's Darrell Hoemann. It's actually loaded oatmeal, featuring ice cream and strawberries. You can add those things, too, if it strikes your fancy.


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algon wrote on February 22, 2011 at 8:02 am

Quaker Instant oatmeal does NOT endorse this blog post!

Meg Dickinson wrote on February 22, 2011 at 8:02 am
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I know, I know. But the actually cooked stuff is like a different food from the instant stuff. I like the instant when I'm hungry and in a hurry, but this is so much better if you have time to make it.

elippitz wrote on February 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

Can you use Quick Oats? That's all I have right now, they only take about five minutes on the stove top. Think that would work okay with this recipe? I really want to make this tomorrow!

Meg Dickinson wrote on February 22, 2011 at 10:02 am
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Yes, I'm sure they'd be fine, as long as you cook them according to their directions. Maybe put in the apples at the same time?