Thursday, September 17, 2009

Best Healthy Breakfast

I am hoping to mostly be a beneficiary of this blog, since my cooking leaves much to be desired. However, here is an awesome breakfast--healthy, delicious, and--best of all for my family--PINK!

Oatmeal Parfaits
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
32 oz. plain fat-free yogurt
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup half-and-half (or heavy cream, if you wish to be deliciously naughty)
frozen berries

Cook the oats with the water, salt, and cinnamon overnight on low in a crockpot. Mix the yogurt with the brown sugar and half-and-half and let it sit overnight as well in the refrigerator. In the morning, layer oatmeal, yogurt, berries. (We just do one layer of each in a cereal bowl, but it would be pretty with two layers of each in a tall glass.) When you mix it all up, it turns pink, so my girls call it princess food.

Variations: We've also done this with quick-cook barley or wheat bulgur when I don't remember to set the oatmeal up overnight. They only take ten minutes in a saucepan on top of the stove.


  1. That sounds good. Can I substitute skim milk for the half and half? I don't think I could get Mike to eat it otherwise.

  2. yum! just tell mike its made with skim milk. he'll never know the difference.

  3. You can leave it out entirely if you wish (I wouldn't replace it with skim--too watery), but with the fat-free yogurt the half-and-half doesn't make it too bad.

  4. Ohh, I'm going to try that for tomorrow. I'll let you know how it turns out!