Last fall, I took a class on an eating plan called the Full Plate Diet. The concept of the plan is to eat more fiber, feel full, and therefore eat less. It has actually worked pretty well for me.
Several members of the group were big on steel cut oats. I was initially hesitant, because they take a long time to cook. I’m a “fix it quick” person at breakfast time, so that was a big problem. Then, I found this recipe from Meals Matter for cooking them in the crock pot. Since sugar and butter didn’t seem like diet food, I’ve modified the recipe to be higher in fiber and lower in unnecessary calories.
I make up a pot of this and freeze it in 1 cup portions. When I heat it up for breakfast, I often add some ground flax seed (for extra fiber) and almond milk.
- 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 apples, chopped (I leave the peels on them)
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped nuts (I use almonds, walnuts would be good, too.)
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups low fat milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Spray the inside of a 3-4 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. (This is very important.)
- Mix all ingredients in the crock pot.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours. Stir well, scraping the sides of the crock pot as necessary.
What do you eat for breakfast? I hope you eat breakfast, because it is the most important meal of the day!