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There are a couple of childhood rituals that have never left me. Every Sunday the sheets get changed and I always have a bath before going to bed (in the clean sheets). Don’t get me wrong, I hit the tub plenty of other nights and change the bed linens at other times as well, but I must on Sundays. Recently I’ve added a new ritual that ends the weekend – pulling out the slow cooker to make steel cut oatmeal. I set this up in the evening, let it cook on low all night, then wake up to piping hot, super healthy oatmeal that lasts me all week! Here’s what I do:

Spray the bottom and sides of a slow cooker with cooking spray or wipe down with margarine. Add:

  • 1 cup of steel cut oats
  • 4 cups of liquid (I use 1 cup of milk and 3 cups of water but all water works just fine too)

That could be it. This is the basic recipe which will give you creamy good oatmeal in the morning. Here are some additions that perk up the basic recipe. Use them in any combination you like.

It's not pretty but this crockpot has served me well...and store it out of sight!
It’s not pretty but this crockpot has served me well…and I store it out of sight!
  • chopped, cored, peeled apple or applesauce
  • generous sprinkling of cinnamon
  • brown sugar
  • maple syrup
  • nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans
  • dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, apricots

Simply add your favourites to the slow cooker, put the lid on and turn the power to low. Leave it for 8 hours or so. Give it a stir and serve. I leave my cooker on top of my stove rather than the countertop as a precaution….safety first, right?!
I make the basic recipe on Sunday night, wake up to breakfast waiting and store the rest of the batch in a covered glass container in the fridge. Each morning I serve myself another bowlful, add my toppings of choice for that day and microwave it for 90 seconds. An easy warm, filling and healthy breakfast…yes, please. How about you, any weekly rituals you must practice?

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