Oatmeal 5 days/5 ways

Pease porridge hot, Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

When I was just a wee child, last year (not really but it seems like that), my mother would serve me oatmeal.  And I hated it.  I wouldn’t touch it at all , I don’t know if it was the flavor or the texture or both, but I hated it.  My mom had a solution for that, if I didn’t get it for breakfast, I got it cold for lunch, cold for dinner, cold everyday for every meal until I ate it.  I think it took me nine days to get it down.

Many a year went by and sometime during that time my taste buds changed and I found myself liking oatmeal.  The oatmeal I’m talking about was good ol’ Quaker instant oatmeal, sugary, artificially flavored oatmeal.  Peaches and cream being my favorite.

My daughter Leah at Leftovers for Lunch and Susan at The Great Balancing Act inspired me to do something more that open a packet of oatmeal and add hot water.  They add almond butter, peanut butter and honey, Nutella, nuts and so on and so on, things I never thought of doing.

I decided to challenge myself to a week of oatmeal, real no kidding porridge.  The only caveat, it had to be fast and easy.  After all it was competing with instant oatmeal that is ready in less than a minute.

The star of my oatmeal:

Steel cut

I decided to use steel cut oatmeal, a far cry from my instant oatmeal.  They take 30 minutes to cook, which seems to counter point my caveat that the oatmeal had to be fast and easy.  However, I made 5 servings in one shot, which meant that the rest of the week I merely had to microwave my portion and I would be ready to go.

I used some pre-packaged products, such as fruit cups (diced and pre-portioned), which cut down some prep time.  I ended up with some classic flavors and some not so classic, each one amazingly good and filling!

Apples and Cinnamon, warm and comforting, made better with chunks of apple, crunchy granola and lightly sweetened with cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Apple

  • 1 cup prepared oatmeal
  • 1 apple fruit cup
  • 1/8 cup of granola
  • Cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top

Peaches and Cream, my favorite Quaker instant oatmeal, but better with diced peaches and fresh grated nutmeg to send it over the top.

Peaches and Cream (7)

  • 1 cup prepared oatmeal
  • 1 diced peaches fruit cup
  • Drizzle of Fat Free half and half
  • Fresh nutmeg grated on top

Tropical Delight, an exotic oatmeal with pineapple tidbits, toasted coconut, and chopped macadamia nuts.


  • 1 cup prepared oatmeal
  • 1 pineapple tidbit fruit cup
  • 1 tbsp. toasted coconut
  • 1 tbsp. chopped macadamia nuts

Classic Breakfast, I love me some eggs and sausage for breakfast!  It may sound odd to put Boca sausage and a poached egg on top of oatmeal, but it worked really well and ended up being my favorite of the week.

Eggs & Sausage (2)

  • 1 cup prepared oatmeal
  • 2 Boca link sausages, heated according to directions
  • 1 poached egg
  • Salt and Pepper

Almond Joy, I ended my week of oatmeal just like I would end any 4 course meal, with dessert.  Almond Joys are a favorite candy bar of mine.  I recreated an Almond Joy by deconstructing it and putting it over oatmeal.  The smartest thing I did?  I used mini chocolate chips, they melted to a chocolaty gooeyness throughout the oatmeal.  Beat that Quaker!

Almond Joy

  • 1 cup prepared oatmeal
  • shredded coconut
  • toasted almond slivers
  • mini chocolate chips

Notice I didn’t give amounts for the Almond Joy Oatmeal, I didn’t measure, I just sprinkled and stirred, it’s dessert breakfast, go crazy!

Don’t let your porridge get nine days old, turn it into something wonderful and eat it up now!

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6 Responses to Oatmeal 5 days/5 ways

  1. Leah @ L4L March 3, 2011 at 3:35 am #

    Next time, stir in hot sauce for your “classic breakfast” oats. Holy yum!

  2. Kitchen Butterfly March 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    OMW, I love the peaches and cream…and the egg on top is intriguing………am I bold enough. Lots of love. And no, I’m not moving to Texas, only visiting!

  3. Hillary March 9, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    Thank you for teaching me how to make poached eggs! I was successful on my first try! Your blog is fantastic and I can’t wait to peruse all of your recipes. You are doing a great job with your photography too! I’d seriously pay you to take some pictures of my family. 🙂 Have fun picking up your kid at midnight tonight!

  4. Feast on the Cheap March 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    The Almond Joy Oatmeal is calling to me…

  5. Julie December 14, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    These look delicious!
    When I was little, I only liked creamy rice porridge. When I got older, and had moved out, got a job, I took to liking it again. Two years ago, I started getting into fitness and health, and discovered that oat porridge actually was one of the best breakfast you could have!
    I have since started a blog with mainly healthy recipes, and I am thinking of doing a posts about oat porridge myself! Being a fellow post-instant-Quaker-gone-hard-core-porridge-maker, I think I might try these ones out, and perhaps add them to the collection! Thanks 😀

    • Giggles December 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Julie, one of my favorite things about oatmeal is the versatility. You can eat it every day and have it taste totally different than the day before. It’s warm, filling and healthy, what could be better?