How can something so simple be so totally awesome?
Get ready to have your mind blown…
Oatmeal can be toasted. That’s right, toasted.
Let’s back up, better start from the beginning. Did I mention that over the last year I have developed a huge problem with acid-reflux? It’s called GERD… too much information? For a foodie like me, it’s become a problem I can no longer ignore. I’ve had to take the big step of eliminating (at least for now) all the foods that trigger acid in the body like: wine, chocolate, citrus… the list goes on. I am totally crying now…
I’ll be talking more about my search for GERD-friendly recipes over the next few months. In the meantime, I found a few really great resources that have helped me understand the problem, how serious it can be, and how to manage it. One of them is RefluxMD, a complete guide to acid reflux. It is full of helpful guidance on recipes, and natural solutions to regain a more alkaline body chemistry. Anyway, while searching the web, I came across a story that talked about oatmeal and how it can stay on the ‘approved to eat’ list. In it they mentioned toasted oats and it got me thinking… It’s so simple you’re going to laugh, but try it, the taste is, well, mind blowing!
- 1 cup quick cook oatmeal (whole flake is also great, just double the cooking time)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup milk
- pinch of salt
- Add oatmeal to a saucepan. Over medium-high heat, stir it constantly for 2-3 minutes until toasted and a popcorn smell starts to appear. Don't over cook, and don't stop stirring or it will burn.
- Add all other ingredients. Bring to boil. Lower temperature and simmer for 3-4 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.
- Serve with your favourite toppings. I love yogurt, blueberries and pumpkin seeds.