Christmas Holiday Recipes - Breakfast For Reindeer and People

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Reindeer must have big appetites!
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Breakfast In A Hurry

The Christmas and Winter Holiday Season is hectic, often resulting in the kids not wanting to sit down and eat, especially breakfast, because of the parties at school with candy and treats that they'd rather enjoy. However, if you make these quick-cooking oatmeals with the POW factor, your kids may enjoy breakfast. They will intake a little more sugar than usual with some of them, so don't let them go hog wild and have 3 servings, even though it is Christmas. Kids shouldn't have to go on a diet in January :) But first --

Special Christmas Treat for Santa's Team:

Christmas Reindeer Chow (not edible)-

  • Mix some inexpensive rolled oats and red or green glitter and spread outside on the sidewalk or front porch on Christmas Eve. After the kids are in bed, go out and clean most of it up, but leave a little to make it more believable that the reindeer ate in a hurry and flew on to the next stop. Much fun when you see the kid's faces the next morning when they take a look!!

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Instant Oatmeal for People In a Variety of Flavors

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
  • Salt to taste
  • Sandwich size Ziplock-style plastic baggies

First Steps

Place ½ cup of quick cooking style oats into a blender and blend on "high" until they are powdery. Pout into a small mixing bowl and set aside. Repeat this procedure with an additional ½ cup of the oats each time. You may also use a food processor for this procedure, which allows you to process a full cup of quick cooking oats in one batch.

Next, place the following into each individual serving bag:

  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats (un-powdered, straight from the box)­
  • 2 Tbsp. of your powdered oats
  • 1/8 tsp salt.

This is your basic instant oatmeal mixture to which you will add additional ingredients of your choice. Some flavor variations are listed below, and you can invent others as you work with this recipe. Use the sugared versions rarely, as a special treat, and the healthier types more often. There are all types of healthy ingredients you can come up with.

Preparation

  • Empty a pre-filled ziplock bag into an individual serving bowl.
  • Add ¾ cup boiling water.
  • Stir and let stand for 2 minutes.
  • NOTE: for a thicker oatmeal dish, simply use less water and for a thinner oatmeal, use more than ¾ cup water.

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I said I wanted TUNA in mine!
I said I wanted TUNA in mine!

Variations on the Theme of Oatmeal - No Longer Boring.

The Health Nut - To each plastic zip lock bag add 2 Tbsp. any kind of wheat germ. Add some sunflower seeds and/or cashews. Tasty and good texture.

The Autumn Mix - Add a dozen candy corn pieces to a zip-lock bag of instant oatmeal mix. Walnuts would be a delightful and healthy substitute!

M & M's Cereal - [Too sweet for me!] Add a dozen M & M's, even the peanut or almond brand, to a zip-lock bag of instant oatmeal mix.

Sweetened Oatmeal - To each plastic zip-lock bag add 1 Tbsp. sugar or 1 packet or teaspoon of a natural artificial sweetener like Stevia or even honey (the bag's contents will be a little gooey).

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Apple Cinnamon - To each plastic zip-lock bag add 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp. chopped dried apples.

Brown Sugar & Cinnamon (My favorite!) - To each plastic zip-lock bag add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon.

Raisins & Brown Sugar - To each plastic zip-lock bag add 1 Tbsp. packed dark brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. raisins.

Fruit & Cream Oatmeal - To each plastic zip-lock bag add 1 Tbsp. powdered milk and 2 Tbsp. dried fruit

Rootie Tootie Frootie - To each plastic zip-lock bag, add 6 or 7 pieces of packaged fruit snacks treats that children love.

Confetti or Mardi Gras Oatmeal - To each plastic zip-lock bag, add 1 tsp. decorative sprinkles.

S'Mores Oatmeal - Add some miniature marshmallows and 1 Tbsp. milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips to each plastic zip-lock bag. Butter scotch and peanut butter chips are also good.

Oreo Oatmeal - To each zip-lock bag, add 1 crushed Oreo cookie and 1 Tbsp. powdered milk.

Exploding Oatmeal! - Add 1 tsp. sugar and 1/2 tsp. Pop Rocks candy to each plastic zip-lock bag. This one is fun for celebration days - 4th of July, New Years', anniversaries, birthdays, snowed in days, etc. Much fun!

The Butterfinger Bowl - Into a plastic zip-lock bag, add 2 Tbsp. of Butterfinger BBs tiny candies.

WHAT VARIETIES CAN YOU THINK OF TO ADD TO THE LIST?

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Stacie Naczelnik profile image

Stacie Naczelnik 8 years ago from Seattle

Yum! I love oatmeal. Great ideas here.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks Stacie - I really like the cinnamon and nuts... :)


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

I was not going to make the helpers stew, am tempted to explore further


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Haha, have a good time with them all!


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Aman deep Garg 8 years ago

Nice hub,Keep it up.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

This sounds yummy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks Eileen, some of these are really tasty.


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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I was gone away for a few days and almost missed this gem of a HUB. I love instant oatmeal, but whenever I to get to the variety box my faverite pouches are always gone (some elf or just plain evaporation) only the borring flavours are left. This recipe is just perfect when my gang comes home we won't have to fight...

thanks Patty this is going to be great I would never have thought of powder-i-fying the oatmeal for this. Daaa I'm so ......I use powdered oatmeal for a dinner omlet


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

Wow these sound good Patty


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

They do make a good change of pace. The candy ones are a but sweet for me, but nuts and brown sugar - great!


Knowledge Sponge 8 years ago from Oceanside, California

WOW! This is AWESOME! I hate oatmeal, although I know how healthy it is and I force myself to eat it from time to time... With ideas like this, I'll definately be eating oatmeal more often. Oreo and S'mores oatmeal would be perfect if I wake up with a chocolate craving. Thanks.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Hello Spongey! I hope you like these recipes when you try them. A friend lowered her cholesterol significantly in 30 days by eating two packets of instant oartmeal a day - cinnamon and brown sugar. These things are fun, anyway!


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand

I HATE outmeal! Now bagels smoked salmon and cream cheese - that's a holiday breakfast - I am even prepared to go low fat on the cream cheese LOL


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America Author

I like smoked salmon very much as well. along with the bagels. Now I'm hungry!


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Gemynii 6 years ago from Texas

Great hub! I just love oatmeal! Everythings sounds yummy!


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

Yummy. The reindeer food sounds like fun too.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

Delicious! :)

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