Happy #MeatlessMonday! Thanks for kicking off your week by joining us. As usual, I’m LinkingUp with Rachel from Running on Happy & Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama to bring you some amazing bites for your Meatless Monday meals!
I have never been a fan of oatmeal. I didn’t like it when my mom made it for breakfast. She always made me Cream of Wheat instead. I grew up detesting oatmeal, grits and most of the other hot breakfast cereals. To this day, I watch my husband eat huge bowls of it for its health and nutrition value and the thought of eating it literally makes me gag.
Two weeks ago, that all changed. I was at a professional conference and the breakfast buffet for the morning was pastries and a Le Creuset Dutch Oven of creamy looking steel cut oatmeal surrounded by bowls of berries, nuts, honey and yogurt. Not wanting to eat muffins and danish, I opted to try the oatmeal. I actually fell in love! The nutty flavor of the steel cut oats and the creamy texture actually appealed to me. I loaded up a bowl with walnuts, blueberries, a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey.
When I went grocery shopping this week, I bought a container of steel cut oats and vowed to incorporate them into my nutrition. The recipe below was born from the inspiration of that conference bowl of oatmeal.
This Ain’t Your Childhood Oatmeal
1/3 cup 3 Minute Quick Cook Oats (make sure the ones you use contain ONLY steel cut oats)
3/4 cup milk or almond milk (or your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk)
pinch salt (no more than 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp 100% maple syrup
1 Tbsp walnuts or pecans, chopped
handful of fresh blueberries
Place oats, milk, and salt in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes on 50% power stir and microwave for 1-2 minutes more on full power. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and enjoy!
[inlinkz_linkup id=514676 mode=1]