Basic Breakfast

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Oatmeal with raisins, pecans, sugar, and milk

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Oatmeal with raisins, pecans, and molasses

Everyone loves the prospect of a full breakfast with some combination of bacon, eggs, sausage, smoked fish, toast, hashbrowns, pancakes, and if in the UK, baked beans and tomato. However, in my experience, its way too much trouble for any week day. So I’ve decided to share one of my favorite weekday recipes.

Its a hearty oatmeal with flavor that can vary widely depending on the chosen toppings. The key ingredient of which is steel cut oats. These are sold a most grocery stores, but aren’t your typical oatmeal (rolled oats).

They are still a whole grain and I prefer them because they make a rougher, drier, oatmeal that perfectly suits my habit of pouring a splash of milk over the top. They are not instant oatmeal, so I make them on the stove in the morning. First thing when I get up, I’ll set the oats and water in a pot on the stove and let it heat up while I get ready. I do the same with the coffee maker. Once I’m dressed and made-up, breakfast is ready. With the right toppings, this oatmeal becomes a tasty breakfast that keeps me full even when I miss lunch.

An interesting note, I never buy brown sugar because it is simply white sugar with molasses added. Therefore I just keep white sugar and molasses on hand and mix them when a recipe calls for brown sugar. This is why the sugar is white in the photo.

Ingredients:
1/4c Steel cut oats
1c Water
toppings: raisins, pecans, brown sugar, milk, etc.

Directions:
1. Add oats and water to small pot and heat to boiling.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until thick
3. Add toppings and a splash of milk

Serves: 1
Time: 20min

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