Now, I'm sure there's a whole bunch of Oatmeal forums relating to my topic out here somewhere, and I'd be equally ecstatic to receive link in place of an answer to my question as well! :) BUT i'm not very good at navigating and finding the answer i'm specifically looking for, so if you could be so kind as to help me out, that'd be AWESOME
Lately, i've been eating Quaker Instant Cinnamon Swirl Oatmeal. YUM! with other delicious toppings and the works, yeah? But i'd like to try going for rolled oats or something...less processed [?] without overextending my breakfast-making time limit! For example, i've heard that steel cuts oats take around thirty minutes to cook, and instant is just sticking it in the microwave for a few seconds :) So, if i could get some tips on cooking REAL oats and nonathat instant stuff, without suffering through too much of a time crunch, i'd be extremely grateful! and if no such thing in the world really exists like that, well then, i guess i just have to stick to instant. it is what it is :/
When I eat oatmeal (I ate it 5 days in a row last week) I eat steel-cut oats. Steel-cut oats are pretty much the same, but the ones that I like and eat are John McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal. I like the metal can they come in. LOL But I have had other brands that are just as good.
Now, here is how long it takes me to fix them and how I fix them:
- I put just a tad less of two cups of hot tap water (to get the boiling started sooner) into a small sauce pan on a stove-top burner on high heat.
- When the water starts boiling, I add 1/2 cup of steel-cut oats and reduce the heat to medium.
- I stir the oats fairly often (initially, if I don't stir them, because I use a small pan, the "foam"will run over the pan sides) for a total of around 12-15 minutes. Not 30.
- However, I like my oatmeal a bit on the firm texture side; so some people might want to cook their steel-cuts oats for 18-20 minutes.
- I then add 1/4th cup of skim milk and 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup to a soup bowl and pour in the cooked oat meal.
- Total calories 370. Some people might only make 1/4th cup instead of 1/2 cup. Or they might make 2 cups. The water to oat ratio remains the same.
I have oat bran like every morning and it doesn't take too much time. What I do:
- Boil water in the kettle
- Pour 1 c. boiling water into a small saucepan
- Scoop 1/4 or 1/3 cup of oatbran into the saucepan
- Put saucepan over a small burner on medium-high heat until the whole mix boils
- Turn the heat down the medium-low and let it simmer, while stirring occasionally, until it thickens up to your liking :) from this point you can also put add-ins, like any fruit/sugars/spices! Also, another way to add extra flavor into your oats is to put two teabags of any flavor (like chai, vanilla, etc) into the saucepan in the second step and take them out with a spoon when you turn down the heat on your oat bran! I LOVE doing this.
- Spoon out your oat bran into a bowl and add any desired toppings! Eat!
Hope this helped :)
Easy... Follow the instructions on your whole oats or steel-cut oats and cook them the night before. Refrigerate overnight... in the morning reheat in the microwave.
I cook regular rolled oats in the microwave- 1/3 cup oats, pinch of salt, vanilla, cinnamon and 3/4 cup water. 2-3 mins (stir half-way through)
On my blog I've posted a recipe for overnight pinhead (steel cut) oats. You throw it together the night before, clamp on the lid and it's ready to eat by morning: