Whenever I get a day off from school, one of my favorite things to do is cook a real breakfast. A real, true, hot breakfast that doesn’t involve a microwave or toaster. Knowing I had a day off coming my way, I flagged this recipe a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been looking forward to making it ever since. Yesterday, was a perfect, wonderful day off. I turned off my alarm slept until I woke up. When I did wake up (at 8 a.m. because I’m a real adult…sigh.) it was rainy and chilly and fantastic. I started the coffee maker, put the water on the stove to boil, then grabbed a blanket and sat on my couch and enjoyed the soothing sound and sweet aroma of the coffee and rain. The morning got even better when took my first bite of this oatmeal. Oh wow, was it yummy. It was also super easy and quick. It doesn’t even require and chopping! Now that I know how easy and tasty it is, I won’t wait until my next day off to make it again. You shouldn’t wait either!
Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal from Ellie Krieger, The Food You Crave
2 c. water
1 c. old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1/8 tsp. salt 1/4 c. dried tart cherries 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. cherry jam 1 c. 1 percent milk (I used some almond milk I had on hand and it was wonderful!) Directions:
1. Put water, oats, salt and cherries into a medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes for old-fashioned oats, or 1 minute for quick-cooking oats. 2. Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and cherry jam. 3. Put into serving bowls and pour 1/4 c. of milk over each bowl.***This recipe was submitted to Spice Your Life’s Kid-Friendly Wholesome Breakfast Challenge. Click on the link to see submission details.***