I’m always trying to make life easier by doing things ahead of time. For example, I make almost all of my family’s weekly dinners on Sunday. I make my life easier by messing up the kitchen (big time!) only once a week. I also gain time after school (I’m a teacher) so that I can workout instead of getting dinner ready.
When I realized that Dan was making individual servings of oatmeal everyday, I figured that I could simplify his life as well with very little effort. Since the slow cooker is my very best friend (I have 3, sometimes all going at once), I thought I could try making oatmeal in one. We’re big fans of steel-cut oatmeal. We really like the texture. Are there added benefits to steel-cut oats, you ask? Well, I am not a nutritionist, so this is what livestrong.com says:
“Steel cut oats could be considered a ‘power food’ because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber, and select vitamins and minerals. The benefits of steel cut oats exceed the benefits of rolled oats because of the way they are processed.”
So, there you go.
Anyway, that’s what we have in the house, so that’s what I used. I searched around for a good recipe and there are a million of them out there. I combined a few that looked good, took out the stuff I don’t like (Butter? Really?) and added some stuff I do like (MORE CINNAMON!).
Cut to the chase, it turned out great! Dan was happy to have a few servings in the fridge and ready to heat whenever he wants them. Once again, my make-ahead lifestyle has been victorious! If I find more ways to simplify life, I promise to share them with you!
Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 cups of milk (almond, skim or whatever you typically use)
1 cup of steel cut oats
2 chopped apples (skins optional)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 7 hours or on high for about 4 hours. Top with some Stevia if you’d like extra sweetness. Enjoy!
Tip: Cook times may vary according to different slow cookers, so when trying for the first time, do it while you are awake and can watch it to know what the correct cook time is for your slow cooker.
Lisa may spend her days as an early childhood Montessori teacher, but when she’s not in the classroom, she’s in the kitchen whipping up new recipes, while adding her own healthy flare with a few simple changes. When she and Dan first got married, she only knew how to make tuna noodle casserole made with Velveeta and cream of mushroom soup. She has come a long ways since then, thanks to cookbooks, the Internet, trial and error, and a passion for healthier living.