I am not so good with New Year’s resolutions, but I do try. This year I want to eat more fruits and vegetables, and to eat breakfast. I really do not like eating breakfast. I am not a morning person, I do not like eating when I wake up, and I am usually in a rush. For years, I ate the same exact breakfast if I was in fact going to eat breakfast. A whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter. A girl gets bored. Have I mentioned that I am somewhat of a picky eater? I know that it is hard to imagine doing what I do, but I have a serious texture issue. I like to chew my food. I really wish that I could get over it, I would love to be able to eat yogurt, I think that it would end my breakfast issues. But for now, I am eating Irish oatmeal.
Why Irish oatmeal? Because it has bite. It is nutty and really, really good for me. The thing about steel cut oats (the other name for Irish oatmeal) is that it takes a really long time to cook. But if you start it the night before, it is no big deal, it takes minutes. This is a method. You make the oatmeal, but you can dress it anyway that you would like. This apple and pecan combination is great, but so is dried fruit, maple syrup, walnuts, coconut, the possibilities are endless.
1 cup Irish Oatmeal
4 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 diced apple
1/4 cup chopped pecans
almond milk (if you need to thin the oatmeal a bit)
This is what Irish oatmeal looks like. It is not at all like the regular oatmeal that you are used to.
Pour 1 cup of oatmeal into 4 cups of boiling water. Add a pinch of salt.
Let the oatmeal simmer for 1 minute.
Cover the pot and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning, put the pot on the stove and cook over low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the oatmeal is hot.
Add whatever you like to your oatmeal.
Here is to a healthy new year and a breakfast that I really like.