Well, hi there! Today we’re embarking on a multi-post journey through the creative world of morning oatmeal.
“Good and Cheap” has seven different recipes for jazzing up an inexpensive oatmeal breakfast. You can find this one on page 30 of the PDF version (a free download at leannebrown.com) or on page 9 of the print version.
I made this with bulk bin quick oats. (See the previous post for a primer on quick oats vs. large flake.) There were no cooking instructions on the bulk bin, but they do seem to cook up pretty fast. (Hence the name “quick oats”, I suppose.)
It was very easy to cut this recipe in half to make a single serving. But, as a single person, I should note that the smallest can of pumpkin I could find was 398 mls (14 oz). That means you need to either have six servings of pumpkin oatmeal before the leftover pumpkin goes bad, or find something else to do with it.
As it turns out, my housemates and I put one of our cats on a diet at the beginning of the year. We’ve been stirring pumpkin in with her wet food, to help keep her full without adding a lot of calories. So, I’ll probably have the pumpkin oatmeal one more time this week, and Starlight — bless her — will get the rest.
How Did it Taste?
I don’t think that this will be my favourite of the oatmeal recipes, but it’s pleasant and packs a good wallop of fiber. The single serving size is quite generous, and left me full for most of the morning.
Let’s Do the Math
It doesn’t take long to make this — I forgot to time myself, but it was definitely less than 15 minutes. The total cost of ingredients came to $.91.
That’s all for today! Check back on the weekend, for the next installment in the Oatmeal Chronicles.