Oatmeal porridge - a hearty, healthy way to start the day

Kim's Oatmeal Porridge

porridge and blueberriesHere's a breakfast recipe that's perfect for chilly mornings!

If you have a negative connotation about porridge left over from your past, do yourself a favor and try this recipe. You might just change your mind... and it's so easy to make!

Makes 2 servings. Can be multiplied!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup regular organic rolled oats (not quick cooking or instant)
1 cup water
1 tsp (or to taste) ground cinnamon

Use the following according to taste, but I put about 1 to 2 teaspoons of each per serving
- plain roasted sunflower seeds (i.e., unsalted)
- raw or roasted sesame seeds
- ground flax seed (we grind our own in a coffee grinder, but it can be purchased already ground)
- crumbed or chopped walnuts
Optional: raisins or other dried fruit
Maple syrup
Milk

Preparation:
In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add oatmeal to boiling water and set timer for 10 minutes. (Do not add oatmeal to the cold water!)

Turn heat down to simmer. Stir in cinnamon. Add raisins (other fruit may be better if added after cooking)

Stir occasionally during cooking.

After cooking, divide into bowls. Sprinkle on nuts and seeds. Add maple syrup, milk and fresh fruit to taste.

Enjoy a heart healthy, stick to your ribs, breakfast!

Sandra's Notes: Rolled oats are a rich source of a special fiber known as beta-gluten which, in study after study, has been shown to have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels. Source: The World's Healthiest Foods

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