Years ago, I remember learning about how healthy oatmeal is for you. But back then, I ate it with lots of brown sugar, making it not-so-healthy for me. Flash forward years later, I started having it day in and day out while I was expecting, which only made me want to swear off oatmeal for good. It became such a drudgery to eat. Then, a few years ago, I stumbled upon a recipe for Dominican-Style Oatmeal on allrecipes.com. The preparation using milk, instead of water, intrigued me. And the fact that it called for cinnamon and nutmeg won me over. I remember thinking, “I’ve gotta try this!” Besides, I had all the ingredients on hand so why not give it a go? It was dee-lish! I have since adapted it to suit my taste buds and nutritional needs. But please feel free to change it up and create your own oatmeal masterpiece.
This one recipe has literally transformed my mornings, along with my lemon water (sometimes spiked with a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar). The beauty of this breakfast is that it doesn’t require a “real” recipe and skips the step of waiting for the water to boil. In the past, it would be a nuisance when I would pour the oats into the boiling water and some would stick to my measuring cup because it was still moist from measuring out the water minutes before. I also thought it was a pain to have to wait for the water to boil. How petty and impatient of me!
However, since this recipe called for measuring out the dry oats BEFORE the liquid, I realized this solved the dry-oats-stuck-to-wet-cup syndrome that had exasperated me in the past. And I appreciate that you begin cooking the oats and milk together. This method cooks the oatmeal longer and to a better consistency, in practically the same or less time compared to the traditional method. It felt like a brilliant discovery that would enable me to actually enjoy having oatmeal in my life.
On to the "recipe":
And, voilà, breakfast is served! It’s delicious, nutritious, and easy-peasy! This represents a huge milestone for me, because healthy eating on a regular basis had always been a challenge. I hope that sharing this method of cooking oatmeal will help wannabe-health-conscious people like me, incorporate more nutrition into their lives. Enjoy!
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