My doctor gave me a list of foods I need to eat frequently…
Oatmeal was on that list.
Apparently it lowers your cholesterol.
But the oatmeal I was used to eating, was the one that I made
and it included lots of dried fruit, a few (maybe 2 or 3) almonds,
whole milk, brown sugar (or honey), and cinnamon.
I don’t think that’s the kind the doctor meant.
I had to come up with a healthier recipe for me to eat
have want to have it at least 3 times a week.
Here are a few options I came up with:
I love this one! It’s an apple topping I thought of one day
probably because I love apple pie and I can’t have that right now.
Apples are also on that doctor’s list, btw.
Apples are on sale again and they look and smell wonderful!!
I just bought 5 lbs today so I can make some apple sauce.
(and oatmeal, too, of course!)
I choose a nice, firm apple . . .
I know all these pictures aren’t really necessary…
It’s like I can’t help myself.
I just love the colors, the apples, …
Thought it would make a great photo…
(I’m always looking at the world as through the lens of a camera —
that’s my only excuse).
Please bear with me.
After I peel, core, and chop the apples,
I add a little brown sugar…
And some cinnamon.
I stir it and cook it in a small skillet or sauce pan (doesn’t really matter)
for about 5 minutes, just until the flavors blend and the apples soften a bit.
The whole house smells wonderful when this is cooking!
While the apples are cooking, I make the oatmeal in the microwave.
I use 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 1 cup of milk, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon,
and 1 tsp of brown sugar (or honey). If you like it sweeter, add a little more
When the oatmeal is done, and the apples have cooked enough,
I put the oatmeal in a pretty bowl, then spread the apples on top.
If it’s too dry, I add a splash more of milk.
My husband prefers slicing a banana over the oatmeal
and sprinkling just a tiny bit of cinnamon over the top.
He also loves some almonds, a few raisins, granola, …
whatever he can find in the pantry that he thinks will go well with it.
I don’t add nuts to my oatmeal because they are a headache trigger,
so it’s just better if I stay away from them.
I’m always looking for new toppings for the oatmeal,
and I’m really enjoying the nice, warm breakfast it provides.
It’s delicious and very comforting.
Now, not many things are both delicious AND “
ordered suggested by your physician.”
This is one thing I can eat and feel great about.
Let me know if you have any other ideas,