Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Creamy Oatmeal

Recently I have been making this just about every morning for my kids.  They love it.  It is kind of like Cream of Wheat, but more wholesome and better for the planet because it is made from raw oats that I purchase in bulk at my health food store.  Buying oatmeal in bulk cuts out the processing and packaging performed by a factory.  If everyone bought their oatmeal this way there would be at least one less factory polluting the enviroment !

I put 3/4 cup raw oats in a blender and blend until they are powdery.  Then I add about 3 cups of milk to the blender and blend for a few seconds.  Pour this mixture into a pan and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until it thickens.  This takes about 20 minutes.  Turn the heat down to low if it starts to boil.  If desired, you can add a sweetener while it is cooking.  I like to add a spoonful of brown sugar.  My mother-in-law taught me about this way of cooking oatmeal.  Very warm and comforting!

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