There is no need to skip breakfast or spend excessive money on drive through. While not as fast as a pouring milk and cereal into a bowl, preparing oatmeal does not take very long. If you are willing to rise 5-6 minutes earlier, you will have enough time to make a satisfying breakfast meal that is tasty, healthy, and very inexpensive. The best thing about oatmeal is that you can come up with many different combinations of recipes, as it adapts to a wide array of ingredients. Oatmeal is also an excellent source of Fiber, Thiamin, Phosphorus, and Magnesium, and has been labeled as a “Heart Healthy Food” by the American Heart Association. Cinnamon is also good for heart health and lowering blood sugar. A few things about my methods: I use Quick 1 minute oats instead of whole oats and I use a stove top instead of a microwave. Alternatively, you may can the ingredients in a glass container and let sit overnight. Oats will be of the “oatmeal” consistency. However, if you’re like me, you prefer warm oatmeal.
1 cup Quaker Oats Oatmeal, quick 1 minute–This is not instant; the oats have been chopped finer in order to expedite cook time. Retails for $4.18, Serving cost is $0.28
1 3/4 cups water
2 tbsp honey $0.38
1 tsp cinnamon $0.04
10 blueberries–or any other chopped fruit. If, for example, you use apple, you do not need more than a fourth of the fruit. Serving cost estimate: $.75
Total Estimated Cost: $1.45
- The back of the oatmeal container says to boil water first and then add oats. No doubt, this is the best method for making grits or cream of wheat. However, because we are adding blueberries–and want them to cook–add the oats and blueberries to the water before setting on the stove.
- On medium heat, let the oats simmer until all of the oats are soft and mealy and the blueberries are cooked as well. You will know that they are cooked when they ooze purple upon pricking with a fork!
- Add cinnamon and honey, stir, and serve!
Other yummy recipe ideas:
Oatmeal with diced peaches
Oatmeal with greek yogurt
Oatmeal with apples and sliced almonds
Oatmeal with avocado and honey
Oatmeal with banana