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Old 03-17-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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Daily Oats - how do you prepare yours?

Seems we have lots of oatmeal eaters here and I also eat oatmeal most mornings. Years ago I figured out how to make it in the microwave but I could use a shove out of my rut. Anyone have any great oatmeal recipes or inspired additions? Here's how I make oatmeal in the microwave - I like my oatmeal on the firm side, not runny or soupy!

Bowl (cereal bowl)
8 dried cherries in bottom of bowl
1/3 C rolled oats
Handful of pecans on top of oats (order matters here - the nuts hold the oats under the water)
1/3 C cold water

Microwave uncovered, on high for about 2 mins 20 secs. (My microwave is on the low power side) and do not stir while cooking. After cooking I usually add a spoonful of yogurt or pat of butter and a little brown sugar to top. Wash one dish after breakfast
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:44 PM   #2
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handful of oatmeal
water until it looks right
a minute in the microwave (microwave pretty high in power)

OK - - so I'm not the greatest cook! I do throw some frozen blueberries in the hot oatmeal when it's done. Then some skim milk and Splenda.
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Simple, fast.

- Add 2% milk to 2/3 fill bowl. (If wanting to lose a few pounds, mix 50% water)
- Microwave for 1:20
- Add "Quick Oats" (1 minute oats) to desired consistency
- Pour on some real maple syrup
- Stir and microwave another 25 seconds
Done

For a change of pace, sometimes I'll substitute 1 packet of instant oatmeal and add 1 minute oats to the right consistency. The pre-packaged envelopes are too sweet unless cut this way. And the pre-packaged maple-flavor stuff is vile.
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Old Fashioned Rolled Oats most of the time. Fresh grated nutmeg and some cinnamon while waiting for water to boil. Somedays I throw in some raisins or dried cherries and let them simmer with the oats for about 5 minutes. Put on lid and remove from heat for a couple of minutes. Whatever I do not want, the little bulldog loves! Also keep steel cut oats and they cook in about 20 minutes with a much nuttier flavor and chewy texture. Any oats are yummy in my book! Most any in season fruit is a great addition. Peaches are especially wonderful as well as a chopped, grated or diced apple.
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Basically two-to-one water/oatmeal. Let soak while you drink coffee. They'll cook much faster if prehydrated.

I like to add brown sugar, buttery spread, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

Buttery spread sounds like the title of a porno...

"BUTTERY SPREAD, starring Hugh G. Rection and Lotta Goo. Now playing in a booth near you..."
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Gross.

My oatmeal: 1/4 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1/4c. water
1/4c. milk
nuke for 4min 44 seconds
when done, add chopped figs and
almonds or walnuts. Dash turbinado sugar.
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My oatmeal recipe, or the, ahem, adult movie?
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My oatmeal recipe, or the, ahem, adult movie?
Im surprised there isn't a title like that out already.

Oh never heard of turbinado sugar. Google is awesome.
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Gross.

My oatmeal: 1/4 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1/4c. water
1/4c. milk
nuke for 4min 44 seconds
when done, add chopped figs and
almonds or walnuts. Dash turbinado sugar.
I try to do that with the microwave too! A time where you only have to push one button is soooo much easier than a time with more buttons! 4 min 44 seconds = easy. 4 min 39 seconds = way too much work!
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I like mine processed by a hog and smoked.

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I use Old Fashioned Oatmeal. I use 1/2 c oatmeal and 1 c skimmed milk and put in microwave for 3 minutes and then add a small amount of raisins. If I am really hungry, I will chunk up a piece of toasted whole grain bread in it also.
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Oatmeal (Old Fashioned or Quick)
I use 1.5-1.75:1 ratio of water to oats
dash of salt
Microwave or cooktop depending on mood and time available
raisens, brown sugar, and/or other dried fruit, chopped apple, nuts, but most favorably canned crushed pineapple (Yum)
-granola by special request by DW (oatmeal topped oatmeal)
Must be firm,not soupy like OP stated and not gummy
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Here you go.............

Now you can squeeze the goodness of a whole bowl of Quaker Instant Oatmeal into your day any time you want. Each Oatmeal To Go bar gives you the same whole grain benefits that you'd get from a whole bowl of Quaker® Instant Oatmeal.* And with the flavors of crisp, tart apple and sweet cinnamon baked into each moist and chewy bar, this is a snack you're going to have a hard time putting down.


Actually I do eat instant oatmeal that you mix with water and microwave, but only during the winter. The rest of the year I might have a banana and one of these bars for breakfast. Nuke it for 10 seconds, wash it down with a cold glass of milk and I'm ready for golf.
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I don't eat oatmeal in a bowl. I had too much of that as a kid.
However, I have been know to make up a batch of these babies and pull a few out of the freezer for breakfast. Microwave for
30-40 seconds til soft. These are also excellent to take along on a hike or a road trip.

Peanut Butter Health Cookies

Makes 3 dozen medium size cookies.

Equipment:
Standmixer or a really strong arm. Standard power bowl mixer cannot do the mixing job.
Small ice cream scoop with release (manual release mechanism is a must)
4 Qt mixing bowl if no stand mixer
2 non-stick cookie sheets
Heavy duty alum foil for cookie sheets if not non-stick
Cooling rack covered with parchment paper or very clean plain white paper
Flat plastic spatula

Ingredients:
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C oil (prefer canola)
2 eggs
1/4 C milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 C crunchy peanut butter
4 C rolled oats (not instant)
3/4 C walnuts (or peanuts or pecans)
1/2 C mixed jumbo raisins (SunMaid) if desired

Instructions:
Beat oil, sugar, and eggs til creamy. Add milk, salt and soda, mix well.
Add peanut butter, mix well. Add oats and walnuts, mix well on lowest speed.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow oats to absorb moisture and dough to stiffen. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
IMPORTANT - Spray both cookie sheets (alum foil) with non-stick food spray.
Use small ice cream scoop to form balls of dough. Pack dough into scoop and flatten top. Arrange dough balls 2" apart on cookie sheets.
Bake for 11 minutes max in oven. Cookies will be soft to touch.
While baking the 1st batch, form more balls on a cooking spray coated plastic plate for the next batch. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack, using flat plastic spatula.
Store excess cookies in zip-loc bag in freezer when completely cooled. Storage: up to 4 months.
Eating: If possible, microwave 30-40 seconds for warm cookie effect.
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I make granola using this recipe (usually doubled or quadrupled, but with peanuts and no vanilla) among others.

IOW:

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup peanuts
2/3 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
4 tablespoons water
1/4 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray or mist with olive oil.
Stir together oats, & nuts in a mixing bowl.
Place brown sugar, water and salt in a 2 cup microwave safe measuring cup. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir until oats are coated with mixture.


Pour into pan and bake for 45 minutes, stopping to stir mixture every 15 minutes or so. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container

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I have to admit that it's a big bother, 'cause the key is to get it almost burned. If you go over the limit you have to throw it away, or spend two hours picking out the burned parts. But it does taste good.

I added honey to the recipe for the last batch I made, and it came out too sweet. So I just put some oats on cookie sheet, roasted them, and mixed it in. The result was good; a bit like muesli (e.g. Familia).
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Sometimes I still shudder at the mere thought of:

Oatmeal, Wheatena, or Ralston Purina. I loved my Mom but a cook she wasn't - always had to wash down a mystery lump or two with Chocolate Flavored Ovaltine before being allowed out to catch the school bus.

Even today - I'd rather dunk bacon in black coffee.

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I like trying different things each day for a little variety - either:

chopped apple and/or raisins + cinnamon

chopped apple + maple syrup

raspberries (from the freezer) + the smallest dash of dried ginger

ground flax seed and/or sunflower seeds

a spoonful of whatever jam or preserves is handy
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Oatmeal - 3/4 cup
Water - 'bout half as much as the oatmeal (less than 1/2 cup).

Nuke for a minute or so.

Brown sugar - couple tablespoons
Raisins - handful.
Add 2% milk to desired consistency, or 1/2 & 1/2.

Found some dried blueberries at Sam's Club, might try those next. I bet chopped dried apricots would be good too. Going to have to tweak the water quantity then. Just got on the oatmeal kick myself (amateur!).

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Oatmeal - 3/4 cup
I bet chopped dried apricots would be good too.
They are. Don't forget the cinnamon, and some vanilla yogurt (low fat, no artificial sweetener).

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Old fashioned rolled oats
cinnamon
1 cup water
cook 5 minutes in the microwave on high.
Add 1/2 cup applesauce and sugar to taste. Sometimes raisins too.
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