My push to have donuts declared the Breakfast of Champions probably won't get anywhere, so I'm turning to oatmeal. I've been loving two oatmeal dishes I concocted--Blueberry Pie Oatmeal and Egg Fried Oatmeal--and wanted to share them with you.
Both dishes start with the oats. No quick or instant oats for us, it's steel cut or nothing, and Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats are the way to fly. The only non-Scottish oat to win the Golden Spurtle and the Scots know their oats. Yummy. They take awhile to cook though, so I usually make a big batch and then reheat each morning. They don't seem any the worse the wear to me, but a Scot may beg to differ. Anyway, this makes me about a week's worth:
- Bring six cups of water to a boil.
- Add 2 cups of oats (half the bag, so next time you can just add the other half) and half a teaspoon of salt to the water, stir, and reduce the heat to low.
- 10 minutes later, stir.
- 10 minutes later stir again and remove from the heat.
Eat some and put the rest in the fridge.
Blueberry Pie Oatmeal
Who doesn't want pie for breakfast? It's not really pie, but it tastes like a dessert and it's all healthy stuff, and it's ridiculously easy:
- Stick a ripe banana in your cereal bowl and mash it up with a fork.
- Add some Wyman's frozen blueberries to the bowl. These, as near as I can tell, are a million times better than any other frozen blueberries.
- Add some oatmeal (if leftover add some water) and heat in the microwave for a minute or two (depends on how much you're making).
- Stir in some cinnamon (I add a teaspoon) and eat.
Egg Fried Oatmeal
Much like you make fried rice with cold leftover rice, you make this oatmeal with cold leftover oats. Very easy, despite my making it look like a lot of steps:
- Mince a garlic clove.
- Start heating your pan.
- Get out your cold cooked oats, vegetable oil, soy sauce, and 2 or 3 eggs.
- Scramble the eggs in a bowl.
- Wait for your pan to get hot enough.
- Add a tablespoon or so of oil to the pan and swirl it around.
- Saute the garlic for a few seconds. I tip the pan to the side and saute the garlic in the pooled oil, otherwise it burns.
- Add the eggs and scramble.
- While the eggs are still pretty wet add some oatmeal.
- Pour soy sauce all over the oatmeal.
- Stir fry, breaking up the oatmeal and eggs and just generally mix everything together real well. You can kinda flatten everything out and let it sit for a bit to make a little crust on the oats, before scraping it up, if you're into that kind of thing.
- When it's hot enough for you and the eggs are cooked enough for you, stop cooking, put it in a bowl, and eat it.