Friday, October 8, 2010

The Quest for the Perfect Oatmeal

Bill has high cholesterol.  Period.  He was on the usual run of statin drugs, but had side effects so badly that he was miserable.  So now, we're doing the herbal thing.  I spent days researching on the internet, looking for proven OTC (over the counter) supplements and a better diet.

Most of us know that a high fiber diet is important, right?   We always had oatmeal around here, but Bill seemed to pick up the packets of flavored oatmeal when he made the grocery store run.  In my never ending journey to lower my consumerism, I kept thinking that I could make them for him, cheaper and they would always be on hand, right? 

It seems that he has a higher standard for what is acceptable oatmeal than what I do.  I'm perfectly content throwing a handful or two of old fashioned oats into a bowl, guessing at some water, nuking it, then adding whatever suits me at the moment - cinnamon and sugar, maple syrup or brown sugar, nuts, pour on some milk if it's too thick.  I guess I never really paid any attention to how he made his oatmeal.

So, I did my usual looking at recipes and then mixed up a single serving of oatmeal the way that I would eat it.  He said it was too much oatmeal.  The next batch had less oatmeal, but everything else was the same.  Not sweet enough.  Another batch - he likes the quick oats better than the old fashioned.. and on.. and on.  He's so polite about it, too. I guess he doesn't want to hit me with too much at one time.

This morning was the best so far.  He just had to add a little more brown sugar and it was fine.  So I'll make another serving in a little snack baggie for tomorrow and see how it goes.

What scares me is that this was just for ONE flavor - cinnamon bun. 

The final recipe:
1/2 cup oatmeal (quick oats)
1 Tblsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. powdered coffee creamer
pinch of salt
a few pecan pieces

Makes one serving in a little snack baggie. Your taste may vary.
10-12 - I got the appoval for this one, also:

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal

In a quart bag, I gooshed up 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/4 tsp. Mapleine (maple flavoring) until it was well mixed.
For single serving bags:
1 Tbsp of this brown sugar/Mapleine mix
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 tsp. powdered coffee creamer
pinch of salt
a few walnut pieces

The only reason why I use the powdered coffee creamer is so it seems to have a little 'milk' for when he's out of town and only has water.  You certainly could leave it out.

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