DH recently had to find new employment and is making significantly less than he used to. In order to make our budget work, I'm having to get pretty creative in order to cut our budget. One area of big spending is in the kitchen. Convenience foods cost an arm and leg, and you are paying for mostly packaging. Cereals are the worst! Were it costs manufacturers just around a buck to make the cereal itself, they jack up the price to $3.50 or more to cover packaging and profit. Those little packets of instant flavored oatmeal are no different AND they are chalk full of sugar. So here is a simple recipe which will save you $$$, and is FAR healthier for you ... Oh! And the kiddos LOVE it!

"Homemade Not-quite Instant Oatmeal"

1/2 C. plain quick-cook oatmeal (like Quaker Oats brand - if you can buy in bulk of an off brand,  you'll save even more)

1 C. milk or water

1/2 tbsp. butter

1-2 tbsp. jelly (whatever flavor you like - we use Strawberry)

1. If you want the same texture as the pre-packaged instant oatmeal, zip the dry quick-cook oats in a food processor. You can do this ahead of time in order to save time and work in the morning.

2. Bring to a boil the milk (or water) and then add the dry oatmeal. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes until it begins to thicken up (it may be less depending on how hot your stove top is)

3. Mix in the butter and jelly thoroughly.


This recipe is for one serving. So modify accordingly.

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Nov. 26, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Sounds great!  I don't have little ones anymore that eat this for breakfast, but it sure would have been nice to have known this when I did.  Great tip & I'm sure some of the mom's here can use it!

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