I find that there’s nothing as comforting than something warm and soothing in your stomach in the morning. For me, a bowl of oatmeal seems to do the trick every time. This recipe is just what you need to get the day going. Ideas for variety for this oatmeal bowl would be switching out the pumpkin seeds for sunflower or other seeds, trying goji berries, golden raisins, and other fruit. On some days, switching out the oatmeal for grits, polenta, or malt-o-meal might interest you as well. Brazil nuts can be swapped with walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, etc.
The thing that I like is that you don’t need to use a lot of the ingredients to get in all of your nutrition. Just the quinoa alone gives you a great protein boost. Plus, I love the colors that are in this bowl. Yes, I do like the aesthetic appeal of things. Just as a tip, quinoa, oatmeal, coconut, and chia seeds are inexpensive when you buy them by the bulk, or you can go to places like Whole Foods to scoop them in your storage containers or bags. I just recently learned this secret.
For example, I measured out about $1.30 worth of chia seeds, and it’s been almost three weeks since I bought them, and I still have some left over. I have found out that every store has certain things that they sell that are inexpensive compared to others. The sacrifice is the time and energy involved in finding out what items are cheapest in what stores. If your valley is financial like mine, it is worth the adventure and planning. Happy eating!
Activity: Making an Oatmeal Bowl
Total Prepping and Cooking Time: 20 minutes
- (8) 42 oz. containers of oatmeal – $24.00
- scoops of coconut flakes – $3.00
- scoops of chia seeds – $3.00
- (1) bag of pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds – $8.00
- (5) lbs of quinoa – $16.00
- (1) 24 oz. container of honey – $2.20
- (1) container of regular butter or vegan butter (I like Earth Balance.) – $3.80
- (6) cartons of milk – $15.00
- (1) pound of brazil nuts – $16.00 (excellent source of selenium)
- (2) cartons of raisins – $6.00
Total Cost: $ 97.00
Cost for one day: $3.23
Estimated Duration of Food: 1 month for a family of 4 to 6, 2 months or longer for a family of 1 to 3
- Boil two pots of water, one having just water in it, and the other, along with quinoa.
- While the water is boiling, place the following in small, clear glass bowls, or whatever bowls that you have:
- coconut flakes
- pumpkin seeds
- chia seeds
- brazil nuts
- Chop up about three brazil nuts, placing them back into the bowl when finished.
- Add the oatmeal to the boiling water.
- After quinoa is done, you can drain off excess liquid with a strainer, and place it into a clear bowl.
- When oatmeal is ready, add butter and milk.
- Pass out the bowls and everyone can add their own toppings.
I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or his children begging for bread.
He is ever lending generously,
and his children become a blessing.
Psalms 37: 25-26, ESV