The Breakfast of Champions … for Lazy People

August 21, 2009 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

Breakfast in the fuzzy logic rice cooker

Breakfast in the fuzzy logic rice cooker

As day 10 of my experiment comes to a close, I feel like it’s time for me to share a little about my breakfast secret.

For as long as I could remember, I was never really a breakfast person.  But every day, by 10 am, my stomach would be  growling like a bear on speed.

Part of it was that I just didn’t feel hungry before 10 am.  But let’s be real — I’m just not a morning person.  Getting out of the house by 8:30 am is already an ordeal — add breakfast to the mix, and it’d be a total meltdown … until recently.

Oats: They’re not just for horses!
As much as I love the Quaker Oats Man, I think the trend towards instant oatmeal is a travesty.  But I only came to that conclusion after trying steel cut oats for the first time (think nutritious pearls of oatmeal goodness — no mush).

The problem is, if you’ve ever ordered steel cut oats at a diner or brunch place, you know that they are notorious for taking FOREVER.  So what’s an oatmeal lover to do?

Well, Jeff introduced me to the Sanyo Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker and Steamer, and I think it actually changed my life.  Not only does it make perfect rice, but it does oatmeal better than the Quaker Oats Man himself.  Here’s how it works:

Step 1: After coming home exhausted, grumpy, and tired of life, you put 1/4 cup steel cut oats and 1 cup water per person into the rice cooker.

Step 2: You put the rice cooker on the porridge setting and program the time that you want your oatmeal to be ready the following morning.

Step 3: Wake up feeling annoyed that you’re running late for work … until you remember that you already have delicious steel cut oatmeal all ready to go!

Step 4: Scoop out the oats and add desired toppings.  Some personal favorites include cinnamon/sugar, applesauce, raisins, berries, and raw honey.  If you’re running really late, put it in a Tupperware to take to work…

Step 5: Eat oatmeal and feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm for life … until lunch.

True story.  If you don’t have a fuzzy logic rice cooker, well, here’s are some time-saving tips from another oatmeal fan.  I leave you with the words of the Quaker Oats Man: “Live well, be well.”


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