Hearty Irish Oatmeal

Many people don’t want to take the time to cook delicious Irish oatmeal. But 10 minutes of preparation the night before makes this breakfast, made of steel-cut oats, really fast! Of course, if you don’t have time to plan ahead, old-­fashioned rolled oats cook in about 5 minutes once the water is boiling. 

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Hands-on time: 20   |    Total time: 40   |    Makes: 2 Servings

KITCHEN GEAR

Measuring cups
Small saucepan
Oven mitts
Large spoon

INGREDIENTS

1⁄2 cup steel-cut oats
2 cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. The night before: put the oats and water in a small saucepan and put it on the stove. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. (When a liquid boils, you can tell because it starts to bubble.)
  2. As soon as it boils, turn off the heat and let it sit until it cools to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight and up to two nights.
  4.  In the morning: Remove the cover. Put the saucepan on the stove, and turn the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  5. As soon as it boils, lower the heat to low, and cook until the water is gone and the oatmeal is tender, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add whatever toppings you like and serve right away.

Add any of the following toppings to each serving:

  • 1/4 cup skim or low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped apples, pears, or fresh berries
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries, raisins, dates, apricots, or cherries
  • 1 tablespoon lightly toasted chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon wheat germ or wheat bran
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, honey, agave syrup, or brown sugar