Ever since I have moved back to my parents' until my house will be finished construction (*sigh* which is hopefully within the next 2 to 3 weeks), my mornings consist of: hitting the snooze button until the last possible minute, jumping up realizing a good shower is in order, running around looking for clothes, looking at the clock realizing the train is coming soon, trying to find the clothes that I had picked out, only to find that my dog is laying on top of them, and THEN realize that I need my coffee and breakfast. Seem familiar? I bet it does! So many of us have hurried mornings that make hearty, healthy breakfasts darn near impossible. Break the urge to grab something unhealthy and expensive because you skipped breakfast! My oatmeal recipes take but a moment!! ....You can do it while you brush your teeth! Or get dressed! Or walk the dog! It's so worth taking the 3 to 5 minutes required to make these oatmeal recipes because it starts your day off RIGHT and keeps you FULL, while being quite easy on the pocketbook/wallet!
I have decided to spruce up my morning oatmeal once again my friends! And although this may initially cause some heads to turn because it airs on the side of unconventional, trust me, it is delicious, different, refreshing, and best of all- HEALTHY!
I am sending your way a citrusy oatmeal. Say wah? Yeup. You heard me correctly: oatmeal with an orange and some ground cloves. It is, yet again, another great way to recharge that boring morning oatmeal!
Let's face it, oatmeal is:
1. inexpensive (which can't be overlooked during these trying economic times);
2. healthy (complex carbohydrates are necessary for a balanced diet);
3. hearty (a good bowl will easily keep your belly happy until it's time for your morning snack or lunchtime); and
4. I bet your grandparents ate oatmeal and plenty of it. (And aren't they usually the coolest people you know? Of course they are! In my mind, oatmeal is as Americana as Norman Rockwell and apple pie! Therefore, there is no better reason to keep this morning tradition alive!).
Convinced? Thought so! With these ideas in mind, why dontcha start off the day and shake off those cobwebs with a nice bowl of inexpensive, healthy, and hearty oatmeal. See? Don't you feel better already!!
This is yet again another chapter in my sprucing up what is otherwise known as boring, blah, meh oatmeal.
Oatmeal with Oranges and Cloves
Courtesy: my tight budget and love for oatmeal in the morning
Yields 1 serving, but can be easily doubled, etc.
1/2 cup of dry instant oatmeal**
3/4 cup of water
1 orange, peeled, sliced, and diced!
1 tsp ground cloves
**If you would rather use good old fashioned steel cut oats, go for it! I tend to get up and run out of the door so early in the morning that instant rolled oats is the way I go!
In a microwavable bowl, I combine all of the above ingredients and microwave to my heart's content.
Yeup. It's that easy. Your breakfast just got more interesting! I am wanting to try this recipe with steel cut oats! Perhaps a Saturday or Sunday will yield enough time to make oatmeal the right way, but for now, this will have to suffice! Annnd boy does it ever!