To save money (which we definitely needed to do), we did a week of oatmeal or hot cereal for breakfast. Read about the intro here and and more here. While we often have oatmeal anyway, we usually mix it up with eggs and toast, smoothies, and even leftover soup! By having oatmeal every morning, I saved my eggs, and other foods for lunch and dinner and it certainly did help budget wise! A huge money saver. I also loved the time I saved! It was so simple and easy to just have oatmeal every day.
If you are buying boxed cold cereal (pretty devoid of nutrients, by the way, though I miss is more than I want to admit), you are spending a lot on breakfast. If you need to cut back, preparing oatmeal is a good way to go!
Here’s the response we had to a week of oatmeal.
When I told my husband that I had posted an oatmeal challenge on my blog he said half teasingly, “Great, but do we have to do it?” This surprised me because we do have oatmeal pretty often anyways. When I asked him today what he thought of it after we had completed the week, he said that he thought it was fine. (Whew! I was hoping he was okay with it, because we just might be having oatmeal a lot in the days to come!).
I originally thought that I was going to get uber creative and come up with a new way to have oatmeal every morning. But I guess I am less creative than I thought, because we just liked it pretty normal! Here are a few things I tried.
I added frozen berries on some mornings and I LOVED it. It sweetened the oatmeal enough that I didn’t even need to add anything more.
I also tried, from one of your suggestions, to make a chai spiced oatmeal. I am afraid I was a little too timid with the spices though, so it didn’t really shine through enough.
Usually, we enjoyed it with a little ghee (you could use butter), coconut/palm sugar or honey and milk or coconut milk. Very satisfying.
I ran out of oatmeal towards the end, so I made up a pot of millet, which we sometimes enjoy as a hot cereal. The next day I cut up the leftovers and fried them like corn grits (they are delicious this way, but the millet “pops” all over the place.). Elena loved this with a little maple syrup over it.
Some of you asked for directions for making a large pot of oatmeal to reheat throughout the week. I will try to get that up soon. I want to do a slightly different oatmeal recipe anyways.
Meanwhile, here are a few links that I forgot to give out earlier.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s, Baked Oatmeal
And, of course, Basic Soaked Oatmeal!
What about you? Did you have any oatmeal this week as part of the challenge? Or did you do the full week? Tell us how it went for you, if you haven’t already!