Friday, January 16, 2009

Cranberry-Apple Oatmeal

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I have been doing my best to make the most with a little as far as meals go. This past Sunday I roasted a turkey and it has supplied us with four meals this week. We still have some left. I'm very grateful.
Lunch can be anything from soups to pasta. As I am only cooking for me during the week, it is easy to create a meal in small portions.
Breakfast proves to be a challenge, not so much for the ability to use few ingredients but to create a varied menu. I think I achieved both this morning.
Starting with just 1/2 cup of oatmeal, a few spices, some brown sugar, some cranberries and an apple, I made a breakfast for three people- me, my mom and dad. I share meals with them a lot lately. I'd also like to share the recipe with you, because if you can make a meal for three (or four) for pennies, well, that's a good thing.

Cranberry-Apple Oatmeal

1/2 cup oats- quick or old-fashioned
1 cup water, plus more for adding as the oatmeal cooks
2 T dark brown sugar
1 T butter
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 apple, cored and cubed. You don't have to peel it, I don't. But if you want to, go ahead.
Scant 1/4 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
Now, don't think I'm odd, but I also add just a tidge of black pepper- a shake or two. Just because.
Add water, butter, brown sugar and oatmeal in a large skillet. Turn heat to medium and begin stirring together. As oatmeal thickens, add spices and salt and continue stirring, adding water, 1/4 cup at a time, as it becomes absorbed into oatmeal. It is quite similar to making risotto. Add apple chunks and cranberries and continue stirring and adding water (up to 1 cup or so) until the apples are soft but not mushy. This should take about ten - twelve minutes. Done! The result is a creamy, flavorful oatmeal with the snap of tart apple bits and cranberries.
That's it. Simple, huh? It is satisfying and delicious. If you would like to make this a breakfast for four, make a few scrambled eggs and bacon or some toast and jam to serve with it.
Who knew you could do so much with so little?


Betty said...

I'm sure all the fans of oatmeal will appreciate this recipe. The consistency of oatmeal, even with lots of goodies added in, has never agreed with me...just too slick. It surely does look and sound good, though!

electricdunce said...

What a great idea, I'm going to make your oatmeal for breakfast for me and my daughter tomorrow. I find a pinch of black pepper is good in a lot of things, I like it on cantaloupe, in pumpkin pie...
Oatmeal is such good food, thank you for sharing...

the other Karin

whimseycreations said...

Now I generally don't like oatmeal - just don't like the consistency of it although I try to eat Quaker Natural Harvest a few times a week. It has other grains in it and nuts. But yours looks really good so I think I'll try it one morning this weekend.

DiddleDaddleDesigns said...

That oatmeal looks delicious. I made an oatmeal like cookie/breakfast bar in the crock pot today. It is delicious. If you are interested, I can direct you to the website that I found the recipe.

Fete et Fleur said...

Too yummy! I will have to try this.


Brainiac's Daughter said...

This makes my tummy rumble.

Utah Grammie said...

This sounds good for a cold New Jersey morning! "Grammie" will have to make some for little Ella!

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