Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oatmeal in Disguise

The Healthy Librarian's Cheezy Oatmeal with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach.
Not the most attractive dish, but very, very cool.

This morning on Debby's (aka the Healthy Librarian) Happy Healthy Long Life Blog I was introduced to the wonders of oatmeal. "Yeah, yeah, yeah" you're probably saying to yourself, it's all over the news, all over the packages of General Mills and Kellog's cereals. But hey, I'm a skeptic, and anything that is blown out by PR firms and advertisers I'm going to question. 

So I've kind of been ignoring oatmeal, eating it only occassionally when maybe I wasn't in the mood for a cold smoothie in the morning. That is, until now. Thanks to Debby and her wonderous ways of compiling and distilling information, I now know the secrets of this wonderfood. And I trust her a lot more than any big corporation any day! Read all about it here along with the recipe for Cheezy Oatmeal.

For the highest volume of creative oatmeal recipes check out the Kath Eats Real Food blog. Debby's oatmeal was based on a recipe from Angela at Oh She Glows. Seems like she's got a thing for oatmeal too. Confused about the difference between steel cut oats, quick cook oats, instant oats and rolled oats? So was I  until I read this insightful posting on The Sweet Beet. And last but not least, for the oatmeal die hards reading this, you've gotta give the Vegan Overnight Oats a try. Here's a great video tutorial about it by Angela at Oh She Glows.

What do you think of oatmeal? Do you consider it a staple in your diet?

Do you eat it plain or do you make all sorts of creative oatmeal?

Have you ever made a savory oatmeal dish? Vegan overnight oats?


JL goes Vegan said...

I use raw oats in my morning smoothie and I make hot oatmeal for breakfast (in my rice cooker) once or twice a month. So I guess I'm luke-warm to oatmeal? LOL I am intrigued by that savory oatmeal dish, though, so I'm going to check out that recipe!

Michelle said...

I love the overnight oats! I ate them a lot this past summer as my mid morning snack. Oh She Glows is the one who got me hooked. I prefer the steel cut oats hot though, and I love sprucing them up with all kinds of fruit and nuts....YUM

Healthy Librarian said...

Hi Wendy,

What a surprise to see my crazy cheezy oatmeal on your blog!! Thank you so much!!! did it taste?

I could eat oatmeal every single morning.

My all-time favorite--and my 19 month-old grandson's--is Overnight Pumpkin Oatmeal with dried fruit & pumpkin pie spices. Loaded with beta-carotene.

No sweetener at all--but it's like eating a dessert. Topped with thawed frozen berries (TJ's Very Cherry Berry are THE best) & a TBS of chia seed you're eating a power-packed breakfast.

The big secret to making it taste great is mixing it up before you go to bed--and letting it soak overnight.

It makes enough for 4 or 8 servings--so you can just stick it in the fridge & heat up the leftovers all week.

Here's the link:

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Debby, it was delicious!!!! When I wrote "ver, very cool" I was quoting my husband who really liked it!

Thanks for my next oatmeal recipe too! Can't wait to try the pumpkin one!

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) said...

I don't eat savory oats very often, but when I do, I love them!

Liz said...

I LOVE oatmeal!! I would eat it every morning if I had time but have to settle for weekends only. I eat it Kath Eats Real Food style-whipped with banana and yummy toppings. My favorite is walnuts, chia seeds and a bit of peanut butter. Chris likes walnuts and pomegranate seeds. I've never done savory oats - did you eat the cheezy oats for dinner or breakfast?

Wendy said...

Liz--you rock! I totally have to try that whipped with banana oatmeal now--sounds divine! The cheezy oats to me are breakfast or lunch. If you like oatmeal, you will really like them!

crystaljewellery said...

thank you for your share

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