{Healthy Fuel}: Oatmeal Extravaganza

best ever, super filling, mega-healthy, metabolism furnace stoker oatmeal extravaganza!
(you think i’ve probably way over stated the intro for this dish but not so, my faithful compadres.  the beauty of it is the ease with which you can tweak it to be just how you like it.)
-best with steel cut irish oatmeal in the white tin but can use old fashioned oats – just don’t need to cook it quite so long.
-any mix of whole grains (usually near the flours or hot cereals in stores).  i use flaxseedbuckwheat, soy, rye, and quinoa mix i found at Brookshires in a clear bag. it is by something like Old Mill Farms.  quinoa can also be found with the rice in Walmart.  it is great to add because it is the only one that is a complete protein as well.
  • Begin by spraying bottom of 2 quart pan with olive oil Pam.
  • Add 5 cups filtered water and a dash of sea salt.  
  • Turn on high and warm up water or just go ahead and add 1 cup of oats, 1 cup of mixed grains and 1 tblsp.olive oil smart balance tub butter to water at beginning.  it must be stirred at beginning to simmer so i wait a bit to add them.  suit yourself.
  • After mixture begins to bubble nicely, stir frequently to keep from sticking.  it will need to cook from 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • While it cooks i add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, a dash of poppy seeds, a squirt of honey, splenda, and apple pie spice.  you can delete all these or tweak it to your taste but watch out for extras that add calories not nutrition.
  • When it has thickened slightly pull off burner and let sit until cool.  it will thicken up more.  (each time you make it the timing gets easier.)
  • Then cook 1 cup of the Minute rice brown rice and wild rice single serving cups for microwave.  they are high in fiber and nutrition and lend a great chewy texture. i don’t know about you guys but chewy foods really help me feel satisfied and happy- not cheated.  mix in the rice to the oatmeal mixture.
*i go ahead now and add chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds.  this is optional (but not for me). 
when you fix a bowl:  it’s great cold with blueberries, blackberries and strawberries then a splash of milk or soymilk or dollop of greek yogurt.  it is also great hot with raisins, dates and apricots then a splash of milk right before eating.
(i promise it is more than worth the effort.  we make an even bigger batch and eat it for breakfast sometimes and dessert at night a lot.  let me hear if you tried it out.)

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