A well stocked pantry anticipates needs for more than just dinner. Unfortunately, I realized that all of my recent recipes have been focused on lunch and dinner. I realize that the food police won’t show up to arrest me if I serve a bowl of chili for breakfast. In fact, I love to have leftover soup for breakfast with toast when the weather is cold outside. It’s strange. I know.
There are many great pantry staples that make a great breakfast choice. Cold cereals are a matter of personal choice, so I won’t discuss them here except to say that they are not always the best value for your dollar. Cream of Wheat, and Cream of Rice, cereals seem expensive as they often cost more than 4 dollars for a box of a 28 ounce box. When you look at the preparation instructions, a different story unfolds. A mere 3 tablespoons of raw cream of wheat is needed to make a 1 1/4 cup serving of prepared cereal.
Oatmeal is one of my favorites to keep on hand because it is very versatile. In addition to being a breakfast cereal, it can be used to make cookies, including a no-bake variety. Oatmeal added to bread dough adds texture and interest to the loaf. It can be added to meatloaf in place of bread crumbs, bread, or cracker meal, and when you add oats to you meatloaf, you add soluble fiber which helps your body excrete cholesterol, and that same fiber may help you feel full sooner.
Oatmeal makes a great breakfast, and it can be made in different ways. One of my recent favorites, is to put a large dollop of peanut butter on top and serve it with some sliced fruit. Since it’s spring, and strawberries are everywhere, I have been slicing strawberries into my oatmeal. Give it a stir, splash on some milk, or not, and you have a delicious breakfast. I don’t usually add any sweetener when I add the peanut butter. It just doesn’t need it.
The addition of the peanut butter, while adding fat, also adds 7 grams of protein to your morning bowl of cereal. Give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.
- Prepared Oats (1 - 1½ cups per serving)
- 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter per serving
- ½ cup berries per serving
- Milk (optional)
- Sweetener of choice (optional)
- Cook oats per package direction and place into individual serving bowls
- Top with peanut butter and berries
- Stir peanut butter and berries into oats
- Splash on a little milk
- Eat. I don't sweeten mine, but you might choose to.