Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Oats...

@AmbiePam (46169)
United States
May 21, 2008 4:59pm CST
OK, that wasn't how the historical speech went, but... And those who don't even know what historical speech I'm talking about will think my title even more weird. Well, I'm talking about oatmeal. Used to hate it, never would eat it, then money got tight. I decided it was time I learned to like some things. It wasn't that expensive, and I found the Weight Smart Oatmeal which only has 1g of sugar, which sure beats regular oatmeal. Anywho, I like the banana bread oatmeal the most. What is your favorite kind? Do you even like oatmeal? Have you had to learn to like a certain food?
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
21 May 08
I love oatmeal......just love it! I can eat it anyway but my favorite is raisins and walnuts....with a touch of brown sugar. I could eat it everyday....but it doesn't stick with me so I only eat it on my days off or I would be starving in an hour after I got to work!
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
I've discovered oatmeal sticks to my ribs better than cereal. I swear I've yet to find one cereal that I can eat where I'm not hungry 45 minutes later.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
22 May 08
I know....same here! I love cheerioes but am so hungry right after I eat them! LOL
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
21 May 08
Oatmeal is something I had to learn to like..The way I started out was when we had extra money, we would buy different kinds of dried fruit and nuts and I would mix that with honey.. Can't do that anymore, so I rarely eat it again and went back to my cream of wheat..
@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
I heard honey is the best kind of sweetener to use for oatmeal, since it is a natural sweetener.
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• United States
22 May 08
My son loves oatmeal and refuses to eat it with anything but honey, not even sugar..So I try to keep honey around, even at the expense of it today..
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@Hatley (159401)
• Garden Grove, California
21 May 08
I like oatmeal myself but not with some of the added fruits as they are sickeningly sweet. I do like Weight smart oatmeal. I also like trader Joes brand that has extra protein in it and added omega 3 and is sweetend with a natural sweetner. It does not bother my diabetes at all.
@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
I don't believe I've ever seen the Trader Joe's brand.
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
22 May 08
I will have to look for that stuff next time I go to Trader Joe's. The extra protein and added Omega 3 make it even better for you.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
21 May 08
I love it, and I always have. My mom used to make oatmeal for breakfast often, and I couldn't understand why my brothers didn't much care for it. My favorite kind is the steel cut or Irish oatmeal. It takes longer to cook, but it's worth it. I like the instant and quick oats too, and I always have them on hand. Funny you should bring up the subject of oatmeal, since I've got a loaf of oatmeal bread in my breadmaker now. I'm going to use it for some chicken salad sandwiches for lunch tomorrow.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
Oh now I'm jealous of tomorrow's lunch.
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@jwfarrimond (4475)
21 May 08
I've been having oatmeal for breakfast for the last 30 - odd years. I didnt used to like it - hated it when I was a kid, but then when I started to cook for myself I tried it again and I realised that it was the way my mother made it and served it that I didnt like (with sugar and cream on) I like it just made with salt, and none of your fancy stuff either - just plain old porridge oats made with real rolled oats, water, salt and nothing else.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
I don't even add salt, I didn't know people did. In goes the water and that's all for me, lol.
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• United States
21 May 08
In Scotland I grew up on porridge with sugar and cream or milk. Never from instant always "Real" porage (Scottish spelling). I had never even heard of the instant until I came to the States. I also loved crispy fried herring which was coated in oatmeal not bread crumbs.
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@Fishmomma (11617)
• United States
21 May 08
Oatmeal Cookies - Some oatmeal raisin cookies
I had to eat in college and refuse to eat it now. I was a poor college student and had to eat oatmeal for cereal, cookies and bread. Friends gave me the oatmeal, as they wanted me to have food. The strange news is my youngest daughter likes oatmeal. She dislikes plain oatmeal and won't eat it, but likes apple flavored and cinnamon.
• United States
21 May 08
When I was little I did not like oatmeal....now I do...I love maple oatmeal.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
22 May 08
I'm not real fond of oatmeal, I'll eat it once in a while. Don't ya know, when we did the allergy testing back in the 1980's, oats was one of 4 foods I WASN'T allergic to! I have learned to eat almonds, but I still don't care for them and avoid it if I can. I won't eat "real" nuts - almonds aren't real nuts.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
Do you like peanuts? I never cared much for peanuts.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
22 May 08
I like them, I'm allergic to them, but no so seriously as many people. They are a legume, a bean, and my reaction to them are like to beans, but with more upper gastric problems than with beans. I can eat peanut candies and peanut butter better than plain peanuts. Peanuts and cashews are also not true nuts.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
I didn't know that.
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@dodoguy (1297)
• Australia
22 May 08
Hi Spookybutt, Oats have been a staple for me for ages - since time immemorial, actually. I'm not sure about oatmeal, but I just buy one or two kilogram bags of rolled oats and store them in the freezer (kills any weevil eggs or other lurking bugs). And the oats are an excellent ingredient in whatever breakfast recipe one likes to throw together. I know that oats are generally used to make porridge, which is easy enough to do, and very wholesome on a cold winter's morning. But I'm not so keen on cooking oats, and much prefer to just mix them in with other stuff, like fruit juice, chopped fruit and even yoghurt on occasion. The oats really soak up liquids if you leave them in a bowl in the fridge overnight. One thing I have discovered is that rolled oats (and I'd imagine also quick cooking oats, which are just pulverized rolled oats) are an excellent extender for many compounded foods like fish cakes, cookies and even omelets, where they take on the general flavor but also add a bit of substance and texture to the food. If oats are used to make porridge, then raisins, currants and sultanas are an excellent additive, because they absorb moisture from the mix and swell up, as well as adding a bit of sweetness to the dish. I guess it's easier to work with oats than other grains like wheat and even rice, because you can happily consume oats without having to actually expend the energy to cook them. All the more reason to consider them as a healthy breakfast cereal.
@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
I'm going to have dreams of weevil eggs tonight.
@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
23 May 08
I think you could give the dude on Man vs. Wild a run for his money.
• Australia
23 Jun 08
I love oats! We call it porridge here, but it is the same.! I love mine plain so I can add what I want to it. Usually brown sugar (sweetner and added fibre) and lots of good milk! Yum! If it weren't the middle of the night, I would be having to get some as now I have a craving for it!
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
23 Jun 08
I thought the word porridge was so cool when I was a kid because no one said that in the States. I thought it was the coolest word. Yeah, I was kind of lame back then. Uh back then? Maybe now too...
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• Australia
16 Jul 08
I bet the kids at school either thought you were super cool or way weird. Seems to be one or the other, no middle path at all.
@k8cath (341)
• Philippines
22 May 08
I really like oatmeal but only when I myself prepares it because I can't eat much whenever my mom prepares it for me, maybe because of different preferences among us. Anyway, the last time I tried to eat oatmeal, I tried to put on it some pineapples. recommended? no. It didn't have anything to do with my taste. Since this discussion's about oatmeal, let me tell you that my favorite cookie would be oatmeal raisin cookies! :) yumyum! :D
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
23 May 08
Pineapples? You are brave!
@k8cath (341)
• Philippines
24 May 08
how come? I don't get it.XP (pardon me, ambiepam. :) actually, I have eaten lots of pineapples nowadays because it's the season's fruit :D
@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
22 May 08
hmmm, that reminds me I'm supposed to be eating oatmeal every day.. or cheerios or other whole oat cereal.. but the oatmeal (not the instant packets) is so cheap! Yes, I must get back on track.. it lowers cholesterol and is SO healthy.. maybe if I could find a cheap enough instant flavored it'd perk up my interest more.. and faster preparation! How about with some raisns and walnuts.. that's delicious!
@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
23 May 08
I'm glad it lowers cholesterol. I don't have high cholesterol, but how about I stop something before it happens, lol?
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• United States
23 May 08
...there's a novel idea..!
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
22 May 08
I like oatmeal, but I go through phases with it. I have not had it in a long time, but I did buy some the other day. I am going to try eating some and see if I can get into the habit again. When I was working as a manager at Taco Bell a few years ago, I had several boxes of oatmeal in the office that I would eat when I got hungry instead of eating Taco Bell food. I like the apple cinnamon and maple and brown sugar the best.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
23 May 08
Hi lilybug! How is that barking daughter of yours? : ) I want to ask something. Is it true when you work in a restaurant that you get so sick of the food around you, you just can't eat at that restaurant anymore?
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
22 May 08
I really do not like oatmeal at all. My grandma used to babysit me and she would fix oats and creme of wheat. I had to eat what she cooked for us and I never did acquire a taste for either one of them. I am not sure why, but I added fruits to it and still could not eat it. It just didn't taste good at all for me.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
I've never eaten cream of wheat. Just the sound of it seems a little scary.
@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
22 May 08
I've always loved oatmeal. My mother and grandmother made it for us when the temperatures were down. When I got out on my own, I discovered instant and flavored oatmeal - and I eat it year round. I like maple and brown sugar. Yum. And now they know that oatmeal is so good for you.
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@AmbiePam (46169)
• United States
22 May 08
And if you have chicken pox you smear it all over yourself and the itch goes away. I have to say I didn't do that though when I had chicken pox.
• United States
24 Jun 08
I haven't tried that yet. I might put it on my grocery list. Groceries are running low and grocery day is coming up. Have to prepare! Oatmeal is always a must in our house. So tasty too.
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
24 May 08
Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. A lot of people skip breakfast thinking they'll lose weight that way, or just because they'd rather sleep late. Having a bowl of oatmeal in the morning will give you the nutrients, fiber and energy that you need to be able to make it to lunch without having to resort to craving a piece of coffee cake when it's cofee break time. I love oatmeal. But I have to admit that I don't like it when the weather is warm. It's like a "winter" thing with me. During the Spring and Summer I prefer crunchy muesli with yoghurt stirred through it. Same oat flakes just with a summery twist imho.
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
24 May 08
I like oatmeal, and I usually eat it every morning at work for breakfast. My favorite would be blueberry. I'm not sure if I have ever tried banana bread oatmeal or not, but that does sound good too!
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@OURDEW (4812)
• United States
23 May 08
I do like to eat oatmeal. I will eat it every day for a few months, then I don't have it for a while. That's the way I have always done it. I eat the Quaker Oats quick 1 minute kind. I put in honey and cinnamon and it taste delicious.
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