Words cannot express how much I love oatmeal. It ranks up near polenta on my list of favorite foods. I could *almost* live off the stuff for a while…actually, I did once. For a month last semester because of budgetary constraints, I had oatmeal 3 times a day. Dark days, those were. But it still wasn’t enough to put me off oatmeal forever. It’s gluten-free, and ridiculously versatile – the inherent blandness lends itself well to pretty much whatever you want to put in it. There’s enough variety (for cheap) that I can eat it multiple times a week and feel like I’m eating completely different meals, so it keeps me from getting bored. It’s still one of my go-to meals several times a week, particularly for lunch, because I can pack up the dry oats and whatever I want to put in the meal, and take it to the office with me to cook it in the microwave. I usually make mine with almond milk instead of water, as it makes the oatmeal a little heartier, more filling, and adds a little extra protein. When I eat it after an intense workout, I usually mix in peanut butter and honey for that protein boost. My current favorite oatmeal mix, though, involves dried cranberries (low sugar), honey, and goat cheese! It’s a little more on the savory side because of the tangy goat cheese, but the honey keeps it nice and light. One of my favorite meals!
I also like to mix in apples, cinnamon, and ginger for a more fragrant meal, but there’s really no limit to what you can do with this stuff. For the meat-free and gluten-sensitive broke college student, it’s a great, cheap, and healthy pantry staple 🙂 Tomorrow, I tackle a gluten-free “bread” that is easy to make, very light, and cost-efficient to boot! Happy eating 🙂