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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Ahhhh, autumn.  Pumpkins and squash and apples, oh my.

I borrowed an idea from Mixxedtape for an oatmeal add-in this morning.  I sautéed an apple with a little bit of olive oil and a lot of cinnamon, stirred some honey into my oatmeal, and mixed the apples in with my morning bowl of oatmeal.

I poured myself a cup of ambition, and enjoyed a yummy, comforting breakfast.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

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‘Tis the season for pumpkins and a nice hot breakfast.  I had a jar of pumpkin spice butter in my pantry and decided to finally put it to good use.

I mixed about a tablespoon of the pumpkin spice butter into my oatmeal.

As usual, I threw in a handful of blueberries.

It was delicious!  It’s amazing what a difference a tablespoon of pumpkin butter made to the oatmeal.  Sweet and spicy and very, very yummy.

UPDATE: Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Thanks for everyone’s suggestions on how to improve the overnight oatmeal!  I used your tips.  I mashed a banana in a bowl.

I spooned in the leftover oatmeal.

I splashed a little bit of milk into the bowl.  I wanted to add applesauce, but I didn’t have any at home.

I mixed everything up and nuked it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then mixed in some cinnamon.  (I love cinnamon–I think it makes everything taste better.)

The oatmeal tasted so much better!  I enjoyed it with a cup of coffee.  It was a good start to the day.

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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I’ve been curious about overnight oatmeal and how it tastes, especially if steel cut oats are used.  I finally gave it a try.

I poured 2 cups of McCann’s steel cut Irish oatmeal into my Crockpot.

I diced an apple and dumped it into the pot.

I covered the ingredients with 8 cups of water and sprinkled the concoction with a generous helping of cinnamon.

The Crockpot was set to low heat for 10 hours, and I went to bed.

When I woke in the morning, the whole house smelled like oatmeal.  It was a warm, cozy introduction to the day.  I peered into the Crockpot where I saw…well…watery goop.

I’m a lumpy oatmeal kinda girl, so I hoped it wouldn’t be as watery once I mixed it up and poured it into the bowl.  It was a bit thicker.  Unfortunately, it was bland.  Really bland.

I sprinkled cinnamon into the bowl, along with about a teaspoon of maple syrup.  I didn’t want to use a sugary ingredient like maple syrup, but this oatmeal needed help–stat!

I’m sorry to report that it was still very bland.  I didn’t have time to futz around with it, so I put the leftovers in the fridge until I could experiment some more.  Any suggestions on how to flavor this stuff?  Or how to cook it next time so it isn’t so bland?

Oatmeal & Blueberries: Breakfast of Champions

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When I was 16 and a healthy weight, I still struggled with diet- and stress-related medical issues.  I was diagnosed with an ulcer, and my doctor told me I had the cholesterol level of an 80-year-old man.  He also told me to lay off the pizza.  Did I listen?  Of course not–I was 16.

I started packing on the extra pounds by the time I was 18, and I gained about 40 pounds or so in less than 4 years.  As you can imagine, my body was not too pleased with this, and my gall bladder surrendered.  It was surgically removed when I was just 21 years old.  Did I make any changes?  Of course not–I was 21 and still stubborn and stupid.

So fast forward to about age 28.  Got my cholesterol checked and it was a whopping 280.  (It should be below 200.)  My doctor told me to exercise, eat a healthy diet, and get my cholesterol checked every 3 months.  Did I do any of those things?  Of course not–I moved and got a new doctor.

Here I am today in my early 30’s and, finally, I’m ashamed about my cholesterol.  My doctors know about my history, and they’ve repeatedly told me to get my levels checked at a lab (one doctor practically yelled it at me!), but I haven’t done it in years.  I’m just not ready to face what will probably be failure and disappointment.

I am ready, however, for a change in my lifestyle.  I want to spend some time exercising and eating healthy, and then, maybe, I’ll be ready to face that ugly little blood test.  Part of eating healthy means finding foods that are not only low in cholesterol (bye-bye, egg yolks), but that promote cholesterol absorption and healthy arteries.  Harvard and the Mayo Clinic agree that oats are where it’s at.  Oatmeal has soluble fiber which binds to cholesterol and pulls it out of your body, thereby reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream.  Studies show that 2 servings of oats per day can lower your bad cholesterol by more than 5% in just 6 weeks.

So my breakfast of choice these days is a bowl of steel-cut oats, usually with a handful of blueberries on top.  Blueberries have some fiber, but they’re better known for being packed with antioxidants (which are nutrients and enzymes that help counteract damaging oxidation in our tissues) and studies indicate that they help prevent heart disease.  I’ve been using McCann’s quick & easy steel-cut Irish oatmeal.  It’s not loaded with sugar and additives like Quaker instant oatmeal which is good, health-wise, but leaves a little something to be desired, taste-wise.  So, I sprinkle a little cinnamon on my oatmeal, mix in about a teaspoon or so of local honey, and mash in some blueberries.  It’s a yummy, hearty start to my day.

What’s your favorite oats dish?