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The Best Oatmeal Ever

Updated on September 15, 2015

Feed Your Heart And Soul

Oatmeal is one of those rare foods that's at home in both categories, Healthy & Affordable. For less then 15 cents a serving you can start out your day with a nutritious breakfast and have almost as much money as when you got up. Think about it, what other breakfast choice can say that?

And Oatmeal is not just for breakfast. You can mix it with other ingredients to make bread, cookies, salad, soap and beer to name a few of its versatile uses.

At least 5 days a week I have a serving of oatmeal mixed with 3/4 cups of wild blueberries, topped with a little skim milk. This wonderfully healthy and delicious Oatmeal and fruit breakfast costs less then 1.20 per serving, with the wild blueberries from Maine adding most of the cost.

Sunshine on My Oatmeal

Oatmeal lends itself to whatever you imagination can come up with. You can add sugar, honey or molasses to give it a distinctive flavor. Some people eat it like rice with salt an pepper and a dab of butter.

As you can see from the picture I took below I like to go the fresh or frozen fruit route. I slice Strawberries or Bananas straight into the hot Oatmeal, topped off with a little skim milk and I'm good for hours. If I'm in the mood for something out of season I'll take a handful of frozen Blueberries or Raspberries and let them thaw a bit before I cook the Oatmeal.

The Top Five Reasons Oatmeal is The Best Ever

  1. It's Unbelievably Affordable
  2. It's a Tremendous Cholesterol Fighter
  3. It Makes Tremendous Cookies
  4. It Makes Your Skin Glow
  5. Both Kids & Adults Love, Love, Love It

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Miss Your Oatmeal When Traveling?? - watch oatmeal made in a coffee maker, no kidding!!!

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup vegetable oil, preferably canola

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups Quaker oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

1 cup “mix-ins” (dried cranberries, mixed dried fruit pieces, raisins, mini chocolate chips or chopped nuts)

1. Heat oven to 350ºF. In large bowl, beat brown sugar, egg, oil, applesauce and vanilla on medium speed of electric mixer until combined. Add combined flours, baking soda and salt; beat on low speed just until blended. Stir in oats and “mix-ins.”

2. Drop dough by level measuring tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 9 to 10 minutes, until light brown. (Do not overbake. Centers will appear soft.) Cool 1 to 2 minutes on cookie sheets; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

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The Oatmeal Cookbook
The Oatmeal Cookbook

Oatmeal isn t just for breakfast anymore! This whole-grain pantry staple is hearty, inexpensive, and surprisingly versatile. It s the perfect addition to breads, cookies, fruit desserts, and even savory main dishes. The Oatmeal Cookbook demonstrates the many wonderful things you can do with this deceptively simple food.

 

Heart Healthy Oatmeal Cookies - cookies cookies cookies

Oatmeal

Meatloaf With Oatmeal

oatmeal makes for a dryer and nutty tasting meatloaf

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef or turkey

3/4 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup finely chopped onion(try red onion)

1/2 cup catchup

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced ( try extra garlic )

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Extra ingredients to try, chopped green peppers, chopped jalapeno peppers,crushed tomato instead of catchup, thawed frozen veggies. Be creative and you family will thank you.

mix all ingredients together and put in a loaf pan. Cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for around 55 minutes. Use meat thermometer to ensure correct level of done.

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    • Elyn MacInnis profile image

      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I adore oatmeal. Especially in waffles and pancakes. Yum!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love oatmeal, oatmeal cookies

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      mySuccess8 5 years ago

      Great source of ideas for enjoying oatmeal.

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      YourFirstTime 6 years ago

      OMG, I've been addicted to oatmeal since I was old enough to have solid food. I L-O-V-E this lens!

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar with milk and some fruit (maybe some nuts too) is the best way to enjoy oatmeal for me :).

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I love my oatmeal with milk, a little honey, and a good bit of cinnamon - a great, healthy way to start the morning!

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      MobyD 6 years ago

      I eat oatmeal several times a week in the colder, wetter part of the year here in Oregon. I never would have thought of using a coffemaker, and the herbal tea bag is a nice touch.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I never thought of making in the coffee maker when traveling - great suggestion - I'll have to remember that one!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Now I'm hungry for some homemade oatmeal with apples, cinnamon, and raisins! Wonderful lens! Love your photos, especially!!

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      CrazyforCollecting 6 years ago

      I used to use the instant oatmeal packets until somebody clued me in that it was just as easy to make real oatmeal in the microwave. I just toss in a bowl, add water and brown sugar, and nuke. Add milk after it's cooked. Great lens! Thanks.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Oatmeal with butter, brown sugar and milk. Lots of calories but so yummy. Also oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are my favorite!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Oh, cool! I'm looking forward to trying your recipes! =D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like McCanns Irish with salt and butter. I also like Quaker. Sometimes I put peanut butter in my oatmeal! And I've put chocolate in too. Dried fruits are good as well. Tomorrow morning I will probably have a bowl of Quaker's with butter, salt, and cayenne pepper.

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      coolmals 6 years ago

      Great lens!! I l have my oats sometimes with a bit of chocolate in it :)

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      Delicious! My grandma use to make oats with water of course, milk, butter and raisins. Good stuff.

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      @thelensboss: Thanks for the lensroll, I'll be sure to stop by..

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      thelensboss 6 years ago

      lensrolled to my quaker squares lens

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      @delia-delia: I too eat it every morning with a cup of wild blueberries... thanks for stopping by...

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      Delia 6 years ago

      I eat oatmeal every morning, but "uncooked"...I add dried cranberries, soy milk and yogurt...I have a significant drop in my Cholesterol and don't take meds any more

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      Zen Automat 6 years ago

      @Lynne-Modranski: The smell of the soap wakes me in the morning.. good stuff

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      Wow! Cookies with raisins are my favorite oatmeal food. But the oatmeal soap intrigues me!!!

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      Guided Abundance 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

      You gotta get your oats on! I'm not a fancy oat eater, just butter, sugar, and salt for me please. I have to admit though, the guy cooking oatmeal in a coffee maker has got it going on.

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      RolandTumble 8 years ago

      I usually eat it with butter and brown sugar, but butter and maple syrup (real, please), is good too.... My partner uses butter and salt.

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      ngio64 8 years ago

      My family now enjoys steel cut oats. I mix a 1 to 4 ratio of oats and water in my pressure cooker before I go to bed. I heat just until the cooker reaches pressure then I remove from the heat and leave it sealed until the morning. It is cooked to perfection in the morning. I just heat on medium low to serving temperature.

      Sometimes I replace up to 1/4 the oats with another whole grain, wheat, rye, barley, etc. or add chopped apples, cinnamon and nutmeg for apple pie oatmeal!

      Great lens!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Well, I have a recipe for oatmeal that is the best in the world. People make faces when I tell them, but when they taste it, it is a different story.

      I will share it with you. It is tasty and exceptionally healthy.

      Oatmeal Omelet

      Boil 2 cups of water. When it comes to a full boil add 1 cup of oatmeal, quickly follow with the whites of 2 or 3 eggs. Finish cooking following the recipe on the box. When it has set for a minute, put in bowl, add mild picante sauce to taste and a table spoon of flax seed oil. Stir well and eat.

      I see that face! But believe me, its delicious! Try it, you'll like it!

      I have to admit, however, I don't get the instant stuff. I'd rather go without!

      But great lens! Thanks for all the information.

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      Glenna Jones 9 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Bet I have an oatmeal recipe you haven't tried before. Even kids who turn up their noses at a bowl of the good stuff will eat this and it's low fat! See my 'Momma Cooks' lens :0)

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      oatmeal is really healthy, and ideal for those who want to loose weight.

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      SilverLotus1 9 years ago

      Like it a lot! The oatmeal AND the lens! Cheers, Silver Lotus