Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Less Time, Less Whine

We're on an oatmeal kick again.

The boys are eating copious amounts of oatmeal each morning, but I can't complain. Whole oats, fruit and ground flax seed make a good, solid, budget-friendly breakfast.

Trouble was, mixing up the concoction for their breakfast each morning was time consuming and sometimes just down right annoying when R and G are hungry and wanted their food ready 10 minutes ago.


I used a soon-to-be-empty oatmeal bin and mixed up a huge vat of oatmeal mix (using the basic Election Morning Oatmeal recipe). I basically mix the oats, cinnamon, brown sugar and add ground flax seed, nutmeg, allspice and any dried fruit I have on hand. Voila! Oatmeal mix ready to be scooped out and microwaved before the boys can utter their first whine.

Since I prefer tea to whine in the morning...


Slacker Mama said...

I do something similar with pancakes and waffles. When I gather the dry ingredients for them, I put a second helping in a ziploc baggie I keep around for that reason.

And I much prefer coffee...tea is for wimps ;)

JerseyBaby said...

Yes, tea is for wimps. Except my husband. He's not a wimp, but he drinks tea.

1. I just saw something about cooking oatmeal in slow cooker overnight. Of course I remember this at 7 every morning, rather than 10 the night before... I'll let you know how it goes though.
2. We always make tons of waffles and pancakes, freeze them and put them in the toaster for quick pancakes in the morning.

And 3. a question: how do you handle the crazy spill-over that I get when I microwave oatmeal. It ends up everywhere except in the bowl. Since I'm so micro-inept I have to stick with stovetop oatmeal.

Sweet Pea Chef said...

Tea for wimps? Ha! :)

So great to make other breakfast foods ahead of time too, ladies.

JB, I just heard about the oatmeal trick, using steel cut oatmeal...I am going to try this one for sure, since i hear the steel cut oats are amazing.

My only trick for getting the oatmeal to stay in the bowl is using a reaaalllllly deep bowl. :)

emstitt said...

What a simple idea (putting it all together in the almost empty box and just scooping it out). Never would have thought of that!