I will confess that ever since we finished the kitchen, we still haven't gotten around to cooking a real meal in it (maybe it's because I'm too busy when I'm in there just staring at things and sighing to myself... have I mentioned that I love It??? or maybe it's that I'm hesitant to get all that pretty stuff messy), but I swear we're gonna get back on the stick soon.
In the meantime, here's my favorite breakfast recently, and I say this as someone who is generally not a fan of oatmeal. Too gummy, not enough flavor... generally I find it kind of blech. But not this version...
I start with the basics in the saucepan over medium -- 1 part oatmeal to ~1.5-2 parts water. I generally use rolled oats, but you could definitely go steel cut if you like the chewier version. Let the oats soften for a minute or two, and then come the delicious, healthy add-ins:
Shredded or flaked coconut -- you can buy it unsweetened at Whole Foods and other natural foods stores, and maybe even the occasional megamart. Sweetened coconut, though delicious on a cake, isn't what you want at breakfast time. I toss in several generous pinches early in the cooking, so that it can soften along with the oats.
I like a splash of unsweetened coconut milk too, for creaminess. Trust me... the coconut flavor is still really mild.
A drizzle of walnut oil. Walnut oil is super heart-healthy, it has a light nutty flavor that I'm moderately obsessed with these days, and just that little added fat makes the oatmeal so much more filling... I might even be able to go a whole two hours without a snack after eating this!
Let it all cook together another minute or so, maybe add a dash of cinnamon (which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar -- great for me!), and you have yourself a wholesome, old-timey, but still totally healthy breakfast. Perfect for a chilly morning.
How do you like to start your day? Are you a big breakfast person? A light breakfast eater? A non-breakfast eater? Please share!
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