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Old 09-15-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Oatmeal Help

Hi, I am trying to help a friend find an alternative to the flavored instant oatmeal packs (think peachs n cream, etc) We both agree oatmeal is a great healthy breakfast, but there is a lot of sugar in the instant packs, so we're tyring to find ways to flavor the plain oatmeal packs.

I need stuff that's quick and easy that you can do w/ the office microwave. Stuff I've suggested to her: bring dried frut and chopped walnuts or pecans & a small baggie of brown sugar/cinnamon to work. Am I missing anything to give the oatmeal a real fruitty flavor? Thanks!

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Old 09-15-2005, 05:24 PM   #2
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How about honey or strawberry jam?
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:37 PM   #3
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If you like the flavors available, Quaker put out a lower sugar version of 2 flavors.
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:50 PM   #4
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What about fresh fruit? A banana? Apples? Pears?

And if you can find instant IRISH oatmeal (steel cut) in your store, you might want to try it, IMO it's fabulous.
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:01 PM   #5
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Porridge shouldn't be flavoured - it goes against nature! I hate the rolled oats, but real Scots oats are amazing - made with either half milk and half water, or all water... then served with just a tiny amount of cold milk, and light sprinkling of salt... It's what made the Scots what they are today The best oats are from Alford Mill in Scotland. I have 3 grades of their oats in my cupboards all the time - some I use for puddings, some for porridge and some for general cooking use.
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:09 PM   #6
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I would suggest muesli with fatfree yogurt... the only problem can be they are tasty and you could end up eating a little too much!
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what the heck is the difference in oatmeals? I'm assuming the Quaker stuff I get at the store is different than the Irish or Scot oatmeal? I've heard of museli too, isn't that just uncooked oatmeal? I've also heard you can make it at home.
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:18 PM   #8
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the dried fruits and nuts are good stir-ins.
i don't eat much oatmeal, but i know in my microwaved cream of wheat i've added pureed fruit and sometimes just cream and sugar. other times i've just tossed in a little salt.
breakfast cereals are a canvas and there are a plethora of options for them.
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:21 PM   #9
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Ishbel will probably be able to correct my memory of an exchange between an Englishman and a Scot regarding the use of oats - and tell us who these two gentlemen were ... but here goes with my best recollection of what Alton Brown said:

An Englishman once wrote, belittling the human consumption of oats, "We feed oats to our horses."

To which the Scot replied, "Ay, that is why you raise fine horses, and we raise fine people."
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:25 PM   #10
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When making muesli, can I use the rolled oats that are the quick 1 minute cooking oats?
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