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Not Mushy Oatmeal (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Whole Grains)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On March 10, 2010 @ 7:35 pm In Good Eats,Main Dishes,Recipes,URS | 32 Comments

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Children learn what they live.

My mom had that on a plaque at our house growing up. And I’m finding it very true in many instances of life, particularly in food choices. You see, my parents did not like oatmeal as children. Or liver. As a result, those are two foods I was never required to eat. Neither of them liked it, so why force their kids to eat it?

Instead they fed us cream of wheat. Which I think is nasty and will never subject my children to. You see, I learned early on not to feed my kids things that I didn’t like. Ha!

Children learn what they live — or they go the other way.

Unlike my parents, I love oatmeal. But, I don’t like oatmeal prepared according to package directions. Too mushy. Too soggy. Too much like what prompted poor Oliver Twist  to say, “Please sir, could I have some more?”

Uh, no thanks.

Instead, I made my oatmeal to be more like rice with very little moisture left behind. If you don’t care for regular oatmeal, you may like it my way.

Bring 1 cup water and a pinch of salt to boil in a pan. Stir in 1 cup old fashioned oats. Do not use quick oats — too mushy! Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes. The oats will absorb all the liquid and be slightly al dente. No mush.


Serve with a spoonful of dark brown sugar and a tablespoon of real cream.


Or if you want to gild the lily, add to those toppings a handful of toasted pecans and a handful of dried cranberries.


The result? A hot breakfast with texture! Something to sink your teeth into.

Please, sir, could I have some more?

This ranks high on my list of whole grain recipes. Whole grains is what we’re adding to the frugal pantry over at Good Cheap Eats. If you haven’t visited already, pop over to learn some basics about grains [8], grab some whole grain coupons [9], see some great recipes by my blogging buddies [10], and learn about whole grain storage [11].

And if you’ve got a Whole Grain recipe to write home about, share it with us today!

Here’s how to participate in Ultimate Recipe Swap:

1. Post your recipe on your blog. Please mention www.lifeasMOM.com in your post so that your readers know where all the other good recipes are hanging out. Then, come back here to add the link to your post to Mr. Linky below. (Find instructions for Mr. Linky here [12].)


2. If you don’t have a blog, simply post your recipe or tell us about it in the comments section.

3. Above all, please stick to topic. Today is whole grains. So if your recipe doesn’t include whole grains, it will be deleted. Thanks for understanding.

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