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Overnight Steel Cut Oats

Posted: February 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Good morning gray skies!!! It looks like we are in for another day of dreariness. Although, I probably wouldn’t have been so inclined to get in my yoga workout yesterday had it not been so overcast, so I’m not going to complain any more about it.

Yesterday afternoon I picked up a new mug at Starbucks – I’m still on the lookout for a really nice hand thrown ceramic mug, but I was so sick of drinking out of UC Irvine mugs that I just went ahead and got this one (neither of us actually went to UC Irvine, but the mugs are leftover from old housemates).

I like it because of it’s pleasant weight, the brown ceramic interior, and this handy dandy rubber hand grip in the middle, so you can hold your mug in your two hands without scalding yourself.

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And finally back to steel cut oats this morning! After doing a bit of research, I found the easiest overnight steel cut oats recipe, that takes much less than 1/4 of the time it would take to cook a pot on the stove. All you do is boil water, add in the oats, bring back to a boil, turn the heat off, and cover, leaving it overnight. In the morning, the oats are practically finished! Just heat for a few minutes, and serve!

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

makes 6 1-cup servings

In a large saucepan, bring six cups of water to a boil, and ad 1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats. Stir until boiling, then cover, and turn off the heat. Let the pot sit on the stove overnight. (About 9 to 10 hours, so i’d make the oats right after dinner to give them enough time to soak unless you plan on sleeping in).

In the morning, give the oats a stir, and turn on the heat. Cook until warm, or 7 to 10 minutes if they need a little bit more cooking. (When I woke this morning, the oats were ready even before I had to cook them, so I just heated them up).

You can eat a serving or two warm, and then put the rest in the refrigerator to heat up over the next week.

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Look at that texture!

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Today I’m doing some more errands, roasting an acorn squash, cleaning the house, and getting in some undetermined exercise. I’m a tiny bit sore from yoga, but it’s the good sore!

I also signed up for this summer’s Self Challenge. It’s a great way to kick start yourself into gear, particularly if you have gotten a little sedentary over the summer. There are some good menu and fitness suggestions. I’m planning on following the program pretty loosely, but in the past I’ve stuck to it and lost between 10 and 15 pounds a summer.

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