Oatmeal is a blank canvas.
As painters, what do we do with it? The same old boring thing every time. It’s a crying shame because oatmeal is really good for you! What if muffins were good for you, but you only knew how to make banana muffins? So after awhile you started thinking, wow these banana muffins are boring. But really, there were hundreds of different types of muffins, but you never even tried them!
Well, muffins aren’t good for you (as a general rule), but oatmeal is good for you! And, I’d argue that anything you can do with a muffin can be translated over to your oatmeal. That’s how strongly I feel about oatmeal.
We’re pretty serious – me and oatmeal.
In order to open your eyes to this bright shiny new world of oatmeal, I made you some yummy strawberry lemon oatmeal to try. I’m even going to give you a recipe and pictures. :)
Let’s Get Started
First things first, put away the instant oatmeal. It does not take that long to cook old fashioned oats. You’re talking 3 minutes instead of 2.
Oatmeal is always the same basic recipe. One part oats, two parts water (or whatever liquid you’re planning on using).
For this recipe, you’re going to squeeze one half of a lemon as part of your liquid, and then grate the peel of the lemon with a microplane grater so that it can cook with the oatmeal for the entire time. This is going to make your oatmeal really happy.
Sidenote: I have a gas stovetop and I LOVE how fast it can get the water to boil. Think microwave fast. It really is impressive. I’m lucky to have such a powerful little stove top. In fact, my mom has a gas stovetop too, but her stove is a brand new state-of-the-art gas stove – mine is probably straight from the 60s but still working just as hard. Isn’t that true of most things these days? As in all the young ones slacking off and getting shown up by a 50 y/o model right next to us…
Okay, back to the oatmeal.
Wait for the oatmeal to be just about done (you’ll know this by sight – the oatmeal will start to get gelatinous, but it won’t be there yet) and then add in the diced strawberries. Stir these in and continue cooking the oats (about another 30 seconds on the gas stove) until you have some kind of mixture looking a lot like adorable strawberry oatmeal.
Add 1/2 tsp coconut oil or butter (whichever you prefer – I personally enjoy the coconut oil), one packet of splenda, and 1/2 a tsp of cinnamon. Stir it in with a splash of milk and top with the remaining strawberries. You are so done.
Enjoy the delicious, not-boring-at-all, oatmeal.
Recipe: Strawberry Lemon Oatmeal
- 1/2 Cup of dry old fashioned oats
- 1 cup of water
- Juice of 1/2 Lemon
- Zest from 1/2 Lemon
- 1 cup of strawberries, diced and divided (leave 1/4 cup to top oatmeal)
- 1/2 tsp of coconut oil
- 1 packet of splenda (1/2 tsp)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Splash of milk
A note to the Diabetics
It’s also 45 grams of carbohydrate for any of you diabetics out there that might care.
I paired this strawberry lemon oatmeal with another dish for my vegetables and protein. I had 1/2 a chicken breast, some grilled onions and peppers, cilantro, arugula, and rice wine vinegar. Basically, leftovers from the salad earlier this week, but it really went perfectly with the oatmeal and I still stayed within my carbohydrate budget for a diabetic meal.