Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Back to school time!

I'm sitting here at work and working on my grocery list. I'm also thinking about back to school. And serving up a good breakfast every morning. Sometimes I cook a nice breakfast, but most of the time it's cereal. One cereal that the kids and Earl like is instant oatmeal. I prefer the gooey old fashioned variety myself, but that's just me. I'm happy to see them eat something good and hot even if it does have the added sugar. What I hate is the expense! Eight packets for $3.79! And that's the store brand! I was thinking that it's just oatmeal in a chopped up form. Why couldn't I make my own? Not one to play with my food, I did a web search and found that someone else has done the work for me! This is from

By Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder
Does your child love the single serving packages of instant oatmeal? He can cook them all by himself -- just measure the water and one package of oatmeal; then microwave. There is only one drawback. The price. Here's the solution! Make your own individual serving packages with your child. Let him choose his favorite varieties.

• 3 cups Quick-Cooking Oats
• Salt
• Small sized zipper bags
• Various flavorings
Prepare the oats
Put ½ cup oats in a blender or food processor and blend on high until powdery. Set aside. Repeat procedure with an additional ½ cup oats. Leave remaining oatmeal as is.

Fill the bags
Put the following ingredients into each zipper bag:
• ¼ cup oatmeal
• 2 tablespoons powdered oats
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• Flavorings to suit
Store in an airtight container. Make your own variety!

Sweetened oatmeal
To each bag, add up to 1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar

Brown sugar and cinnamon oatmeal
To each bag, add up to 1 tablespoon brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Apple-cinnamon oatmealTo each bag, add 1 teaspoon sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons chopped dried apples

Spicy oatmeal
To each bag, add 1 teaspoon brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Oatmeal with raisins and brown sugarTo each bag, add up to 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar and 1 tablespoon raisins

Healthly oatmeal
To each bag, add 2 tablespoon of wheat germ (Bettsi's note: Why not add this to every variation?)

Peaches and cream oatmeal
To each bag, add 1 tablespoon of non-fat dry milk powder and 2 tablespoons dried peaches

Fruit and cream oatmeal
To each bag, add 1 tablespoon of non-fat dry milk powder and 2 tablespoons dried fruit

Mixed fruit oatmeal
To each bag, add 2 tablespoons of various dried fruits

S'More oatmeal
To each bag, add 6 miniature marshmallows and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips

To serve:
Empty bag into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes.
Combine contents of bag and 3/4 cup water or milk. Microwave on oatmeal setting. Enjoy!

Personally, I think I would use regular fold top sandwich bags or maybe just assemble each bowl from a jar of the powdered oats.
Hope this useful to someone.

Oh, and I'll be making six sandwiches every day! I make a great chicken salad, but I'm putting out a call for more sandwich ideas! Nothing expensive or frou-frou, please! I'm no Martha Stewart, by any means!

2 friends said....:

  1. can you post your chicken salad recipe? I loved the instant oatmeal!

  2. It's so easy it's really a "non-recipe"! I cook up some chicken (usually in a covered casserole in the microwave), run it in the food processor until it is VERY finely chopped. Mix with mayo and finely chopped celery OR a can of mild green chilis. It's very spreadable, almost like a pate. Oh, and salt & pepper. Big favorite at my house! Thanks for asking!


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