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3 Ways To Switch Up Your Morning Oatmeal

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Kiran Afzal

I am a recent convert to the morning oatmeal. The major reason for that is how easy it is to cook! When you are working nine to five, finding time to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning seems like a chore. Here is where oatmeal comes in.

I put it to cook in a sauce-pan, add extra milk (so it doesn’t burn) and turn the stove to a low simmer. By the time I am done with my make-up (which takes about 5 minutes) it’s ready to be served. The toppings and flavorings are unlimited: add some brown sugar or honey, top with nuts or fruits, maybe even a fried egg. Here are three different ways to cook your oatmeal.

Basic Oatmeal Method (Enough for 2 -3 people)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats (I use Quaker Oats)
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water

Method:

Put saucepan on medium heat. Add oats and toast for about 15 seconds.

Add milk and water. Stir to make sure there are no yucky lumps.

Turn heat to low simmer. Add salt or sugar (as per personal preference).

The oats will be ready to eat in just 5 minutes. If you prefer a creamy consistency just add more milk.

Apple Cinnamon Oats

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Makes you think you are having a bowl of apple pie in the morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium apple, peeled & chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 batch basic oatmeal made with 1/8th teaspoon cinnamon powder.

Method:

Heat butter. Add chopped apples with brown sugar and cinnamon.

Add 2 tablespoons water & cook till apples are slightly soft. Put cinnamon flavored oats in a bowl.

Top with apple topping and more cinnamon.

Banana Caramel Oats

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If you don’t like bananas, you can use any other fruit like peaches or strawberries. Everything tastes good with caramel sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch basic oatmeal made with 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • 1 can condensed milk or caramel sauce
  • 2 bananas, sliced

Method:

Boil condensed milk on the stove for about 4 hours. Make sure that the water level is always above the can. Once the can has been boiling for 4 hours, let it cool completely before opening otherwise it may explode. You can also use any other caramel sauce of your own choice.

Put oats in a bowl. Top oats with one sliced banana and caramel sauce.

Savory Oatmeal

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If you don’t like anything sweet for breakfast, you can always give your oatmeal a savory kick with a fried egg on top and green chilies for some heat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch basic oatmeal made with ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 green chili, sliced
  • Black pepper, for garnish

Method: Heat oil. Crack an egg and cook it sunny-side egg. Make sure the yolk doesn’t cook through. Top oats with fried egg, black pepper and green chillies.

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