My Morning Ritual

I talked about my morning ritual of Oatmeal while I was teaching in Santa Clara, and the response was so positive I thought I’d do a brief tutorial on how I create my weekly breakfasts.

1. I cook up a big ‘ol pot of oatmeal (6 cups) on Saturday or Sunday morning.  Usually I like steel cut oats, but I enjoy a good rolled oat, too!

2. I eat a bowl (YUM!) and pour the rest into a loaf pan.

3. I let the oatmeal set up until it’s firm (sometimes in the fridge)

4. I slice it into big, thick pieces and wrap each in press n’seal (this works much better than plastic wrap, which can stick in the little nooks and tear)

5. I freeze it.

Each morning I take a piece out of the freezer, microwave it for 2 minutes, add sugar, nuts & craisins and microwave 30 seconds more.  A bit of milk and voilà!  Breakfast!

If I have oatmeal and a cup of tea, my whole DAY is good.  The days I miss my oatmeal are never as good as they could be.

Oatmeal, I love you.  I hope to go to the World Porridge Festival in Scotland some day…

A  girl can dream.


8 thoughts on “My Morning Ritual

  1. I’m not a big oatmeal eater, because the instant oatmeal just lacks…… something….. to my taste. Maybe it’s the texture, or lack of it, I should say. Or maybe it’s the sweeteners and flavors/over-dried fruit in most of them. I do like the steel cut oats though. I never thought about making a big batch and freezing it in portions – thanks for the idea!

  2. great idea, putting it into a loaf pan to set up! I usually put mine into a generic plastic container and then struggle to get it out of the container the next morning, lol. However, the last two weeks I’ve been eating hot granola, with home made granola. It’s become a staple 🙂

  3. I’d never heard of Press’n’seal, so there’s something new to evaluate. Do you take the oatmeal slab out of the p’n’s before microwaving it, or after?

  4. I love my steel cut oatmeal too. I make mine in a mini-crock pot. I add half a cinnamon stick, some all-spice and freshly grated nutmeg. It cooks in three or four hours. (Overnight is waaay too long, I learned by trial and error). I scoop it out into containers zap a portion in the microwave each morning, and add agave syrup and milk. Yum. To clean the crock, let it soak with baking soda and detergent, rinse and then place in dishwasher.

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