Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Food Prep Idea - Steel Cut Oats

I wish I could say that I came up with this idea, but I didn't. I saw this gem on Pinterest and since we love Steel-Cut Oats, I had to give it a try. They called them Oat Pucks, I believe. All I did was prepare my Bob's Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats (The Golden Spurtle variety to be specific) as normal. 1 cup of oats, 3 cups of water. Bring water to boil, add oats, reduce heat, simmer. I chose to simmer for 20 minutes because I like mine creamy. Once they were done, I put them into cupcake pans and put them in the freezer.

Well, I guess I also seasoned them with a little Cinnamon, Agave Nectar, and frozen Blueberries. 

We got up this morning eager to try out this method of quick-oats and here was how they looked. I set the pan in luke-warm water for just a minute and used a rubber spatula to pop out my pucks. Jason ate two, and I ate one. If you are doing 21-day fix, one puck is one yellow container. You can even use the yellow container as a scoop when preparing them to freeze. That way you can be certain you have perfect portions. 

I heated my single puck in the microwave for one minute. That was perfect and I had healthy, steel-cut oats in about 3 minutes. Much better than waiting 20 minutes to cook and that's AFTER you wait for the water to boil! We *do* have "quick-cooking" Bob's Red Mill Steel-Cut oats, but even those take 7 minutes to cook once you get the water to boil. There is definitely no question that this can be a time-saver!!! 

As for how much you make ahead, well, you decide. I made 1 cup of oats in 3 cups of water and that made me 9 pucks. I also used standard sized cupcake or muffin pans. Once they are frozen, you can pop out of the pans and put into freezer baggies for less use of space in your freezer. 

Serve with a full purple container of fresh strawberries for a belly-fat fighting, low-glycemic index style hearty breakfast! 

What's your favorite way to eat your breakfast oats?! 

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