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Healthy Oops! Oatmeal Recipe


You know oatmeal is good for you. It has both soluble and insoluble fiber, so it can help with cholesterol levels and keeping your blood sugar stable. The problem is oatmeal on its own just doesn’t taste all that great. But I have learned that with a few healthy additions, it is pretty tasty. Today I was looking forward to my normal oatmeal with cinnamon, stevia, a pinch of salt and a few walnuts. So far, so good.

I measured 1 cup of water, added a pinch of salt and brought the water to a boil. Next I added ½ cup of whole rolled oats (I use Quaker Oats). Simmered for 2 minutes. Now comes the “oops!” part.

I reached up to the spice cabinet for the cinnamon. I didn’t have my glasses on (did I mention I’m more than marginally over 40?). I grabbed the “cinnamon” and by the time it was in the pot and I realized the color was wrong – it was too late. I had added CUMIN not cinnamon.

My knee-jerk reaction was to toss the whole thing and start over, but I paused and thought, why not just add the cinnamon too and see how it tastes? I added more cinnamon than I normally would have, finished off as per normal – stevia, 2% milk and walnuts – and took a taste. Here’s the surprise. I liked it. I will make this on purpose in the future.

If you don't like savory for breakfast, this might not be for you, but I challenge you to try it and let me know what you think. Do you have any other savory or unusual oatmeal options? Please share.

Note: Pure oats and pure oatmeal do not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure—they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with a tiny amount of wheat, barley, and/or rye. Make sure to get a gluten free oatmeal if you are gluten intolerant.


"We cannot solve the problems we have created with the same thinking that created them."
Albert Einstein
“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
– William Shakespeare

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… The people who give you their food give you their heart.”
– Cesar Chavez

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