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Oatmeal: Ultimate Comfort Food

Updated on April 6, 2011

Oatmeal: Nutricious, Delicious, the Ultimate Comfort Food

I love just a plain bowl of oatmeal. I insist on the Old Fashioned kind that has to be cooked on the stove. When you eat the Old Fashioned must cook kind, you can see each piece separately in the bowl and if you eat slowly enough, you can feel that in your mouth.

There is also the steel cut kind that comes from far off lands. But I am not a fanatic, good old Quaker Oats Old Fashioned will do be me just fine.

I have memories of cold Iowa mornings when one parent made me a hot steaming bowl of oatmeal. Nothing fancy, just milk and sugar added. Mom liked to make it with butter instead of milk, but I liked milk.

As I grew up and wanted to cut back on refined sugar, I started boiling it in apple juice to sweeten it. Several years back when I was balancing protein/carbs/fat, I came up with the oatmeal omelet that you see below.

I have used oatmeal for facials, in soap and when I have had rashes I have bathed in oatmeal.

Forget cotton, it is oatmeal that makes the fabric of our lives.

Oatmeal Has Always Been There for Us

But We Haven't Always Known Just How Healthy It Really Is

It actually comes from groats and can be eaten in many form. Steal cut is little tiny pieces. My favorite, rolled oats is what Quakers Old Fashioned is.

It has long been a staple of breakfast, but there are lots of uses. I use it in meatloaf instead of breadcrumbs I think it tastes better and is probably healthier.

A couple of decades ago we started hearing that it was good for cholesterol, lowering the bad, even rising the good. It is good for the skin, used for medicinal purposes as well as in beauty regimes.

It is a great grain for the growing number of people who are discovering wheat allergies. I have mixed it in pancakes to cut down on the wheat.

If you know of other uses for oatmeal, something I forgot, please mention it in the guest book.

Oh, and don't forget to leave your recipe for your favorite oatmeal cookie or dessert! And vote for it! Well, I have to go now, I have to decide between a bowl of plan oatmeal or an oatmeal omelet!

My Oatmeal Omelet: I challenge you to try this. I think you will like it, but let us know!

Margo's Masterpiece Oatmeal Omelet: Total Nutrition And Delicious

Ok, lots of people make faces when they hear about this, but it is delicious.

One Omelet:

Take 2 cups of water to a full boil

Add 1 cup of Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal, stir

Quickly add whites of 2 eggs, stir. Finish as per oatmeal instructions.

One minute after cooking place in bowl, ad Picante Sauce, (mild or spicy to taste) and 1 tablespoon flax oil. For a special treat and an added boost to your metabolism ad cinnamon to taste, I use 1/4 tablespoon. Yum.

I Took The Oatmeal Challenge and Lived to Tell the Tale

Margo, I tried your oatmeal omelet, and this is my verdict:

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Just Basic Oatmeal!

And that is all we really need.

The first recipe uses instant oatmeal, but it is for on the road oatmeal emergencies. I might even try it the next time I am in a hotel!

.Well, Apparently Not Always Comfort Food

.Well, Apparently Not Always Comfort Food
.Well, Apparently Not Always Comfort Food

Instant Oatmeal Is to Oatmeal As Confetti Is to Brown Rice

I will go out on a limb with a bold statement. I don't eat instant oatmeal. I tried it once, and will never do it again. It is over processed and isn't really oatmeal at all.

Do You Agree That Instant Oatmeal Isn't Real Oatmeal?

Get Off Your High Horse, Margo, of Course It Is!

Get Off Your High Horse, Margo, of Course It Is!

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    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Sure it is. And you could spice instant oatmeal with Asian flavors too!

    • sdrury123 8 years ago

      I love any kind of oatmeal, instant or no. My favorite was Quaker instant French Vanilla but I haven't seen it around lately. We've been eating the 5-minute kind at work every morning for the last few weeks. Some people like it thick, others like it runny.

    • Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I have to say that I think instant oatmeal is real oatmeal. :)

    • JudyDunn 8 years ago

      I am partial to some instant hot cereal...mostly oatmeal...from Trader Joe's. It has flaxseed, and dried blueberries or dried cranberries. If I use a little less water, and let it sit for a minute or two, it works for me. I love "real" oatmeal, but I don't always have enough time.

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I eat a lot of porridge - if you are sensitive to wheat like I am, then oats give you more choice at breakfast time. But sorry Margo, I have to confess I use the instant kind for porridge - well I do have two girls to get off to school in the morning! But will you please, forgive my disloyalty if I tell you that I do use porridge oats in another recipe and that is for Apple Crumble. It is a recipe that has been passed to me from my Mum. I replace half the flour (wheat free of course) with porridge oats. It gives a brilliant texture and is Yummy! You can find the recipe on my Autumn lens.

      I will try your omlette recipe though and then I will report back!

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Sorry, Margo, but I do like the Apples and Cinnamon little instant packages.

    • Joan4 8 years ago

      I have to admit I enjoy instant oatmeal from time to time, especially with some bananas chopped up in it!

    You Are Right On And Thanks for Standing Up for Real Oatmeal!

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      • JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

        Instant doesn't have all of the beneficial factors like the original oatmeal does. It's the same as instant rice (minute rice)... it's gross and not at all beneficial to your body.

      • darciefrench lm 6 years ago

        You bet- loved your intro description of slow cooked oats -:)

      • JJNW 6 years ago from USA

        I like instant okay, but my grandfather (who grew up on a farm) said NO WAY was instant the same food! lol - I did have some my friend hand-rolled and it was incredible. Hard choice, but I guess I will agree with you.

      • Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

        I prefer the Old Fashioned to the "Quick" variety by the same company. But the very worst is the stuff that comes in that packet. Oatmeal? Who are they kidding?

      • Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

        It's bad, I tried once, and hated it. Plus in Canada they add lots of salt to the instant mix, so it's bad for your health. The real thing as nothing added, you choose what you want in it.

      • ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

        I don't eat oatmeal often but when I do I want the real stuff.

      • 7Suze7 7 years ago

        instant oatmeal is to oatmeal as confetti is to food, that's exactly right

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        Instant oatmeal is nasty. i don't go there either.

      • Tarra99 8 years ago

        Gimmie large flakes anyday!

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        I like them both, but I love real oatmeal! Your right! I think I might have to make a bowl of it for me and my granddaughter.

      • PleasantValley LM 8 years ago

        You're right. I think instant oatmeal can be more flavorful, but I'm sure it's full of sugars and other junk additives.

      • anonymous 8 years ago

        That instant stuff tastes like paper.

      • Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

        I have no idea about the nutritional content of those little packages but they sure do not seem very real to me and I am not a fan of the fake flavorings so my answer is instant oatmeal isn't real oatmeal, at least to me!

        We love old-fashioned, cooked-on-the-stove porridge and we have it a couple of times a week. We all enjoy it with milk and a little brown sugar sprinkled on top. My mother and stepfather have it every single day with nuts and berries on it.

        However, my teenage sons love instant oatmeal and we always (gasp, moan) take it camping where they consume it in mass quantities. (It sure is easier to clean up at a campsite than a messy pot!)

        Brenda

      • seedplanter 8 years ago

        I like the old-fashioned Quakers, and add a little raw brown sugar, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. I also make it with half water, half nonfat milk. It's yummy!

        I've eaten the Quick rolled oats from Quaker and the main difference I found is that it's not as chewy as the other. It blends together into a mush.

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      To Me Quaker Oats IS Oatmeal

      I grew up in Iowa. My mother's best friend moved to Cedar Rapids. On our first visit there I asked "Phew, what is the smell?" My mother replied that it was the Quaker Oats factory. I think I may have related that for one minute to my favorite none dessert food. I happily learned to compartmentalize.

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          julieannbrady 5 years ago

          Gosh, doesn't this take us back to a time long long ago when the oatmeal took a while to cook on the kitchen stove? Today, I opt for the package of Instant Oatmeal.

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          JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

          I love Quaker Oats... I eat them all of the time :)

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

          Quaker Oats Rule! LOL I love oatmeal and I eat mine with butter and sugar.

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          JJNW 6 years ago from USA

          My daughter used to order oatmeal every time we went out for breakfast - I think she liked the little teeny sides of brown sugar, raisins & milk. I loved it because it was healthy and one of the cheapest things on the menu!

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          Oracle Post 6 years ago

          I love oatmeal, it used to be my daily breakfast. Great lens!

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          Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

          I also remember oatmeal on cold Iowa mornings. I still love oatmeal!

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          Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

          For years, I began every day with a triple serving of Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal with lots and lots of cinnamon and unsweetened soymilk (yeah, you guessed it; I'm a health nut). But a couple of years ago, I invented something I call the Big Breakfast Cookie. I put a 3/4 cup of uncooked QOFO through a coffee grinder, dump in into a bowl, add buckwheat flour, flax seed meal, egg white, almonds, raisins, almond flavoring, vanilla, soy milk and sweetener (which is probably what will do me in at age 110), mix it altogether and "bake" it in my George Foreman Grill for about 5 minutes. That's right...the ol' George Foreman Grill! If you think a bowlful of QOFO is satisfying (which it definitely is!), you should try one of my BBCs. You won't get hungry again for at least six hours!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Good lens, don't forget to visit my site chocolate oatmeal cookies

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          Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          I cook mine in water, then I add fresh cream and maple syrup and bananas. Sometimes I cook in milk with some spices, a dash of maple sugar and fruits. My 3 years old son Loves oatmeal, he takes his cooked in milk with bananas and blueberries, no sugar at all!

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          KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

          I like the real thing, and don't mind making it. We keep instant on hand though, for busy mornings and the RV. Congrats on the purple star.

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          Tarra99 6 years ago

          Mmmmm...cold weather here = time for me to break out the oatmeal...thanks for popping into my strawberry rhubarb jam lens...if I left out lemon it's cause you didn't send me any ;o) LOL

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          ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

          I grew up eating oatmeal. I don't make it often now but I love oatmeal cookies.

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          Andy 6 years ago from London, England

          Interesting recipes. I shall try some of these.

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          semas 7 years ago

          Wonderful lens.i have only had instant oats.I think I'll try the old fashioned oats:) next time!

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          WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          Congrats on your Purple Star! I'm afraid we only use the instant variety on occasion. I should really try the cooking my own. Happy New Year 2010! :)

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          Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

          Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          This lens makes me want a bowl with lots of raisins in it! 5*

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          Tarra99 8 years ago

          Hey Margo...thanks for visiting my Survivor Gabon lens...I replied to your questions about Gillian's age over there...thanks for taking the time to post. I appreciate it...I'm lens rolling your comfort food lens over to my comfort food lens (banana bread!...yum!) ...where would we be without our comfort foods...

          As to your duel, there's a reason the oatmeal cookie recipes say "large flake not instant" ;o)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          My Dad use to tell me when I was growing up, to eat my Oatmeal and it would put hair on my chest. Well, I still eat my oatmeal, but no hair there yet!

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Very nice lens, Margo. Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

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          rydigga 8 years ago

          Nice lens....I have oatmeal everyday, it's kept me lean and mean.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          As a child I loved oatmeal. Now I'm not so fond of it.

          Great lens

          Bj

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          JudyDunn 8 years ago

          I LOVE oatmeal!! My mother hates it! It is great to eat something that is so good for you, and that you enjoy eating. I find that I eat it every morning now when I started to try to reduce my sodium intake. Turns out cold cereal is high in sodium....another benefit of oatmeal. :) Thanks for the great lens.

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          PleasantValley LM 8 years ago

          I love oatmeal mixed with rice milk and chopped bananas.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          We have real Quaker Old Fashioned Oatmeal about once per week. And Oatmeal cookies just aren't the same without real oatmeal. I use it in my meatloaf too. Great lens!

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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          [in reply to Susan52] Thanks for coming and I am looking forward to that recipe!

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          Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I had a bowl of oatmeal a couple of cold mornings ago and it was great! I don't eat it often enough., not counting when I have it in my No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (my favorite). I use "quick" style, somewhere between old-fashioned and instant.

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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          [in reply to seedplanter] Seed planter, two great ideas. I remember doing things with the box, heck that could make an entire lens!

          And adding oatmeal to other cookies is a great idea that I hadn't thought of. I put it in oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs and I put it in waffles, but didn't think of that. This makes a new module!

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Another original lens from Margo! Nice one.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          ill give anything a try we call it porridge in the uk and the best is quaker and is the healthiest breakfast good for the heart and reducing cholestorol never tried it with egg ................ my gran was scottish and used to put salt in porridge (oatmeal) but we english like it sweet with plenty of sugar.........5*****

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          Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

          Oats are a simple, affordable, nutritious, delicious basic at our house!

          Brenda

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          seedplanter 8 years ago

          Margo, one of my first memories of oatmeal was not the cereal itself, but waiting for the box to empty so I could make a cradle for my dolls.

          I add oatmeal to other cookie recipes, too, just because it adds a chewyness (is that a word?) and is nutritious. Sometimes I stir a couple TBs into a cup of fruit yogurt, too.

          Love this lens!

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          Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

          It looks interesting, I might give it a try. I'm such a lousy breakfast eater, you know. Even though I like breakfast foods, I'm always so busy rating breakfast food lenses in the morning... :) 5*s

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          Auntiekatkat 8 years ago

          Welcometo the excellent dessert recipes group. We look forward to more of your food lenses and we will post a comment when we feature your lens as lens of the day. I have given your five stars of this fantastic lens, I love oatmeal, oatmeal scones, oatmeal dumplings, oatmeal bread.

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I just love to see the Quaker Oats Man. He makes me feel good with warm feelings of home. I would take the challenge but since I am not the cook in the family, I will have to see what hubby says. I do love Oatmeal Cookies and will be back to add some recipes.

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          Joan4 8 years ago

          Fun and informative lens! I too remember doing facials with oatmeal! Might just try that again!