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.
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?