Thursday, October 2, 2008

Instant Oatmeal

We've been eating steel cut oats for breakfast lately, but I haven't been standing over the stove all morning. How is this possible? With my slow cooker! I have a one-quart slow cooker (or maybe it's one-and-a-half?), which is perfect for making a family-sized batch of creamy oatmeal. I've seen all kinds of recipes for slow cooked steel cut oats that call for butter or milk or other ingredients, but all you really need is one cup of steel cut oats, 4.5 cups of water, and 6-8 hours on low in the slow cooker to yield one quart of cooked oatmeal.

You could set this up at night before you go to bed, but I personally am not comfortable leaving things plugged in and cooking overnight, so I make mine during the day and then put the oatmeal, crock and all, in the refrigerator. In the morning, we spoon out a serving into a bowl, cover the bowl with a silicone lid, and microwave on high for one minute. Sprinkle with brown sugar, add walnuts or blueberries if you like, and there you have it: oatmeal in an instant! One quart of oatmeal goes a long way, and it keeps in the fridge for a few days.

Other things happening at home today:

Yes, that is clean laundry. This is what I get for not immediately folding it and putting it away!