Busy Vegetarian Mom

Quick and Easy Vegetarian Meals for Busy Moms

Crockpot Oatmeal

on February 3, 2012

One of the best ways to start your day is a hearty breakfast packed full of fiber and protein.  Our favorite is a very basic crockpot oatmeal.  It cooks overnight so breakfast is ready when you wake.  It is so easy and not to mention cheap too!  I start by hitting up the bulk foods section at the local grocer.  For us here in the tri-cities it is Winco for me.  Grab yourself some bags and start filling them up.  Pick a rolled oat ( red, thick, or just plain old rolled) this will give you a thick base to your oatmeal.  Then experiment with different grains.  I like to mix barley, wheat berry, millet, and wheat germ.  Sometimes I will throw in brown rice, bulgar, steel cut oats…whatever I may have on hand.  Once you get it home, you are ready to go!

I store my bulk goods in mason jars for easy access.  I found a great free printable label online to make grabbing them out of my pantry a cinch. Here is a link to the label site, check it out:

 http://www.theprettyblog.com/2011/09/organising-storing-pantry/

Crockpot Oatmeal


2/3 C.  Rolled Oats (or you can do 1 C. oats if no grains)
1/3 C.  Mixed Grains
3 C. Water

Add it all in a smaller size 5-6 quart crockpot.
Turn it on low and let cook overnight

When you wake up in the morning you have a nice large breakfast for two. Add your favorite toppings, eat up, and you won’t be hungry again for hours!  There are so many variations you can do to this recipe by adding soy, almond or coconut milk, pumpkin, creamers, extracts, fruits/juices, etc… Go ahead and get creative but we seem to just stick to the basic.

My personal favorite toppings are:

1 TBSP Ground Flaxseed for an Omega 3 Boost

A Sprinkle on Cinnamon

A handful of Frozen Blueberries

Sliced Almonds

A Bit of Unsweeted Coconut

A dash of Light Vanilla Soymilk for a little sweetness and extra protein!


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