Tuesdays and Fridays are Irish oatmeal, the easiest and cheapest breakfast to make, but also the least filling. GeekBaby especially likes oatmeal, but I have to make it on days when I’m at home. If he totes a little bowl of it to his MoMo’s, he won’t eat it, but at home, he’ll eat a full cooked cup… more if he’s in the middle of a growth spurt.
Irish oatmeal is really just steel cut oats, and there are usually steel cut oats in the bulk bins of the grocery store for very cheap, like $1.50 a pound. They are currently very trendy and so the bin is sometimes empty, which is why I try to buy more before we’re officially out. But because they will go rancid when they get old, I don’t buy more than we can use in a month or so, and I store them in the refrigerator.
Steel cut oats have the least processing of all the various oatmeals, the oat groat is hulled, toasted, and coarsely chopped. There’s no nutritional advantage over more finely chopped oats (Scottish oatmeal), or even your standard rolled oats. But I prefer the chewier texture of Irish, and the larger pieces are especially suited to my easy cooking method.
Put 1 cup of oats with a scant 5 cups of water in a crockpot (this amount will just fit in one of the small 1.5 quart crockpot). Cover and turn on to low. Go to bed. Sleep 6-8 hours. Wake up and eat perfectly cooked oatmeal.
See? Easiest thing in the world to cook for breakfast. We have a dedicated crock pot just for oatmeal, although we no longer make oatmeal every day. Using an extra scant cup of water prevents a sticky crust from forming on the top and sides. When the crock has cooked off, fill it with soapy water and soak it while you’re at work, and in the evening it should clean up very easily.
Per cup of cooked oatmeal:
- 150 calories
- 25 calories from fat
- 2.5g total fat
- 0.5g saturated fat
- 4g protein
- 0mg sodium
- 3g dietary fiber (1g soluble, 2g insoluble)
Himself adds flax seed to his, for the extra omega fatty acids. I add cream to mine, because I hate oatmeal, and it helps me stay full a little longer.