I like oatmeal, and I probably have a bunch of you putting me on your “weird” list because of it. But I think the trick to making it edible is what you put in it.
Oatmeal has a lot going for it:
• It’s cheap.
• It’s warm.
• It’s soft.
• It’s healthy — high fiber, low fat, low sugar, low calorie.
• It cooks in the microwave in a few minutes with only a bowl and spoon to wash. (Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t cook over.)
I make oatmeal with skim milk for calcium, fruit for sweetness and spices for added flavor.
After experimentation — an adult version of playing with your food — I’ve found some good, healthy oatmeal additives. I estimate amounts and recommend cooking sliced or chopped fruit with the oatmeal.
• Banana, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.
• Chopped apple with cinnamon.
• No-sugar-added preserves.
• Pumpkin butter, (cooked-down pumpkin with spice).
• Banana, caramel-flavored peanut butter and cinnamon.
• Mixed chopped fruit.
• Banana, 1-2 teaspoons ground ginger and a little cinnamon.
• Banana, almond extract and maybe cinnamon.
• Be creative.
Argen Duncan is the PNT senior writer. Her column appears on Thursdays. You can reach her at 356-4481 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org