For years, I skipped breakfast. You know the drill: you’re up early trying to get diapers changed on the little ones, getting older kids off to school and managing to brush your teeth and get just a cup of coffee in before the rest of the morning chaos begins. Sometimes, I’d remember to eat a low-fat Yoplait yogurt (Harvest Peach – yum!), but then back to the same old cup of coffee after a week or so.
While on a recent trip to New York, I was staying with a family member in the city who offered me a bowl of oatmeal and then the fixings to mix into it. She provided brown suguar, organge-infused, dried cranberries, and chopped pecans. It was heaven (especially with a big cup of French Roast coffee).
My Aunt shared with me that she purchased her instant oatmeal at her local Trader Joe’s (find it in the dry cereal aisle). I made a quick “note to self” in the short-term memory and when I arrived back in San Diego, I headed to Trader Joe’s to purchase some of this great oatmeal. I also found the cranberries, pecans, and cinammon there as well.
For my morning oatmeal, I sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, with 2 tbsp of brown sugar (I know, it probably sounds like too much but it’s GREAT), 2 tsbp each of chopped pecans and the orange-infused, dried cranberries. This is a satisfying breakfast as well as, quick and easy to prepare. When I add the 1 Cup of water to the 1/2 Cup of oatmeal I pop it into the microwave for just 2 minutes and then add in all of the flavorings. Just one quick tip: be sure to heat your oatmeal in a larger-than-you-think-necessary microwave-proof bowl. The firs bowl I prepared created a bit of a mess in the ol’ microwave…kind of like an oatmeal volcano.