“Oatmeal again!”… “I don’t like oatmeal” …“All we ever eat is oatmeal!”
Your heart sinks as you hoped to start the day on a positive note…and your husband begins to wander around the kitchen looking in the fridge and cupboards, hoping to find SOMETHING to eat.
You know you should have made something last night. But you were so tired after you got home last night that you just wanted to relax and check out some of your favorite blogs. Mornings are never good–you already have to get up early for devotions and surely you couldn’t miss the morning exercise. So here you are serving oatmeal…again.
The reality is oatmeal really is one of the easiest and healthiest breakfasts to prepare. So there really is nothing wrong with serving it fairly often. You just have to convince the rest of the family. So here is a list of 25 different ways to eat oatmeal. Bring out some new toppings, take a minute and chop a little fresh fruit and if all else fails…add carob chips or chocolate chips (just a few of course)! Carob is extra high in B vitamins and it makes breakfast an extra special treat!
- Brown sugar and raisins
- Honey and granola
- Mashed banana and applesauce
- Granola and nondairy milk
- Raspberry soy yogurt and dried cranberries
- Apricot fruit spread, dried apricots, and sliced almonds
- Sliced strawberries and strawberry soy yogurt
- Maple syrup and chopped toasted pecans
- Canned crushed pineapple, sliced bananas, and chopped macadamia nuts
- Sliced bananas, vanilla soy yogurt, and granola or nuts
- Natural peanut butter and strawberry fruit spread
- Chopped dates and walnuts
- Coarsely chopped canned peaches and soy creamer
- Diced dried apricots or diced dried mixed fruit and honey
- Apple or pumpkin butter and walnuts
- Blueberry fruit spread and vanilla soy yogurt
- Orange marmalade and dried cranberries
- Coarsely chopped apples, brown sugar, and dates
- Orange marmalade and orange segments with nondairy milk
- Cherry all-fruit jam, toasted sliced almonds, and wheat germ
- Barley sweetened carob chips, chopped pecans, and coconut
- Berries sprinkled with a little sugar and Cinnamon Substitute
- Sliced bananas and carob chips
- Leftover Fruit Sauce and nondairy milk
- Natural peanut butter and maple syrup or honey
So now that breakfast is over for today, let’s make a plan. Choose 2 or 3 other breakfasts that are fast and easy, things that can be prepared the day before, while the kitchen is already messy from lunch or supper. If you have children over the age of 10 you can put each one in charge of a different day’s breakfast. No more complaining if they are doing the cooking!
My almost 9-year old daughter made scrambled tofu while I exercised this morning. I just had to get her started with a homemade scrambled tofu seasoning mix. How cool is that?! Toast and gravy is great– it takes just a couple minutes to warm the gravy and make some toast. You can serve it with fresh fruit and you will soon be hearing praises at the breakfast table instead of complaints. That’s a much better way to start the day.
What do you like to put on your oatmeal anyway?