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Menu Plan Monday - Steel Cut

Welcome to another #MONDAY! Started off pretty good this morning; Eliada and me did our daily reading and what Eliada calls "homework." She's not liking math, lol. We're enjoying some oatmeal now... steel cut! It's my GO-TO breakfast.

So I wanted to talk about why YOU should buy steel cut oats! Why? Because I'm jumping on the ride over at Mamavation because blogging carnivals are back! I will be posting two posts a month towards the carnival. Theme is

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So.... Steel cut.... label wise, they are pretty much the same, honestly. The minor differences are they have a lower glycimic index and also have way less sugar added into the mix. Oh and lower in calories! That's never a bad thing, right! But to cut to the chase, the reason you'd want to buy steel cut is just because they are wayyy less processed. Rolled oats are just steamed, rolled, steamed, rolled and toasted, so yes, steel cut are more coarse, so just let it sit in your bowl longer than normal, that's not a big deal. 

Just make sure to buy your oats ORGANIC and with no added preservatives or added sugar, with as little ingredients as possible and you're golden. 

And if you're thinking, but it's more expensive... well, those darn boxes of instant oatmeal are like $3/box and they only have like 6 packages of those things, that's $.50/serving. Now, most people will think, that's not a bad deal. WRONG! I just did a google search for Organic steel cut oats and I found a bag (24oz) for $3.49! Let's round up to $4 and that makes it about $.25/serving. You get 15 servings in that bag. so NO, it's not more expensive!

What is your favorite GO-TO breakfast? Is it minimally processed? Organic? Make a change today, google it or visit your local grocery store and see what the price difference really is. Even if it's $1 more expensive, think about it, try it out, would you really want to put more sugar into your body? More ingredients? More preservatives? I don't think so. 

Here is one of my favorite ways to prepare our oats. Today, we just added a dash of cinnamon, honey (local/raw) and diced apples... OHHH, SO GOOD! But if you have an extra 5 minutes the night before, try out the recipe below:

10 Minute Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 

3 cups water 
1 cup steel-cut oats 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk (or nut milk)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 apple, grated
2 tablespoon dark brown sugar 
chopped mixed raw nuts and maple syrup for topping 

1.  The night before, bring 3 cups water to boil in large saucepan over high heat. Remove pan from heat; stir in oats and salt. Cover pan and let stand overnight.

2. In the morning, stir milk, cinnamon, apple, and brown sugar into oats and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until oats are softened but still retain some chew and mixture thickens and resembles warm pudding, 4 to 6 minutes.

3. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir and serve... add desired toppings and YUM!

You will NEVER go back to that pre-packaged gunk! And this makes more than enough for my girls and I, so I often save the leftovers for the next day and just add more milk to reheat.


After that novel, lol here is the Menu for the week:

Monday - Grilled Chicken Salad w/pecans and cranberries
Tuesday -Jalapeno Fajitas with Spanish Rice and Corn Tortillas
Wednesday - Leftover Night
Thursday - Sopita con Pollo
Friday -  Homemade pizza with Spaghetti

I got a question before I took my break about what we eat for lunch.... LEFTOVERS! My hubby does not eat leftovers, so me and Eliada have lunch before I drop her off at school and that's that! Leftovers are usually better anyways, lol.

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  1. oh man I haven't had steel cut oats in sooo long they're WAY better than just regular oh my lord I miss them! !

  2. I love steel cut oatmeal - and I eat it with both sweet & savory toppings (a fried egg and some guac? oh yes!). For Christmas morning, I made overnight steel cut oats in the slow cooker. They were delicious and it was great not to have to interrupt all the fun by having to make brekkie!

  3. So excited that I found this recipe! My kids love apple cinnamon oatmeal! It sounds delicious!

  4. The oat recipe sounds good, I tried steel cut oats but wasn't a huge fan - too much effort for me, but maybe if I did them the 'overnight' method then it would be much easier.
    Thanks for sharing

  5. I am learning to like oatmeal again - so I will have to try this!

  6. Great point on the money with this stuff. A market near me just did organic steel cut oats for $0.69/lb over the weekend. They are also super easy to make with a little bit of planning like you did in your recipe.

  7. I am glad you mentioned the money portion of this as a food choice. The steel cut organic is on sale near me pretty often - just 69 cents a pound over the weekend. They are also super easy to make with a little prep the way you mentioned in your recipe.

  8. I used to eat Steel Cut oats every morning with peanut butter! Love them!!! Sadly, I miss them already - and I've only been eating "paleo" for 2 days WAHHH!!!

    Have a great week!

  9. I like to make my steel cut oats in the crock pot overnight. Waking up to a yummy hot breakfast is wonderful. You just have to make sure and coat the pot with some coconut oil to keep it from sticking too bad.

  10. I love the menu, and steel cut oats rock :)
    I hope that you had a wonderful week

  11. To be honest, I never knew the difference or definition of Steel Cut oats. Thank you for this explanation!

  12. Love the cost breakdown! Thanks for sharing!


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