Good morning sunshines and happy Sunday! I think I'm in an extra good mood this morning because last night before bed, I came to conclusion that I would write about oatmeal. For those who don't know, I started online class for summer school two weeks ago so I've been trying my very best to prioritize everything wisely and efficiently in a way that works out for everyone, but (I don't mean to sound selfish at all when I say this!) most importantly, what works for me :-)
Anyway, onto the oatmeal! Me and oatmeal go way, way back. I'll be frank, probably up until middle school, I always thought unsweetened oatmeal was for old people. This was because of a vivid memory I had of when I was at Denny's with either my homies or my family and I remember seeing some old geezer order a plain bowl of oatmeal and questioned as to why they would do such a thing when at the time there were $4 fried Mozzarella sandwiches on the menu!? Yeah, totally mind-boggling to Little Kristine. Fast forward to freshman year around fall semester during my first season of cross country, my perspective on oatmeal had changed... forever. For good, of course! :-)
If there's anything words of wisdom I can pass on to anyone, it is to focus on improving yourself every single day. It doesn't matter how big or small that improvement is, as long as you stay on that path of bettering yourself. Know that it is also okay to stray away from this path but you gotta bounce back like Big Sean eventually. I mention this because as a runner in high school, I strived to set myself apart from other runners by not only running every morning before school and on weekends but also looking into nutrition. I started to eat clean and be mindful of what I was putting into my body since I was constantly on the move. I thought of my body as a car and the food being the fuel to keep me going.
With any blog post, I always digress but oatmeal eventually became a main staple for breakfast. I absolutely love, love, love oatmeal! It is so versatile - for example, am I feeling fruity this morning?? Whip of a plain batch of steel-cut oats and top with as much fruit as my heart desires. Craving my favorite combo of chocolate and PB? Add cacao powder to my oatmeal and top off with a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter/any nut butter with fruit as well. Feeling tropical? Cook the oats with coconut milk instead of just water and top with coconut flakes, mango, pineapple - anything!! The world is your oyster in the oatmeal world and in the world in general... hahaha, let's get to the recipe!
This recipe is altered from Alton Brown's "Always Perfect Oatmeal" from his cookbook, "EveryDayCook". Side note: I absolutely adore this man! Alton Brown is thee culinary genius of the Food Network and I regret not seeing him when he visited San Diego in 2016. :-( I will next time, for sure!
1 cup of steel-cut oats (or rolled oats! Bear in mind, cooking times may vary so just keep your eyes peeled like orange peels)
2 cups of water
pinch of kosher salt
dash of cinnamon, 1 tbsp of chia seeds and/or flax seeds, coconut flakes, fruit!! such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, raspberries, peaches, mangoes, etc., granola, nuts, plant-based milk if you enjoy more of a "porridge" like oatmeal, brown sugar
From the cookbook -
"Combine, cover, and place over low heat. After 15 minutes take a peek. If the water doesn't seem to be absorbing, re-cover, boost the heat a little and cook for another 15 minutes. If at any time you see steam shooting out around from the lid, the heat's too high. Don't stir during cooking! If you want to add fruit, do so after cooking. Simply kill the heat, place the fruit on top of the oatmeal mixture, re-cover and wait 5 minutes"