It is raining, humid and the day is just dreary. I am in need of some comfort food that will make me feel whole again. Lately I have been trying my best at exercising everyday and following doctors’ orders. Today I think I deserve a morning break. I woke with the rain knocking on my bedroom windows and the smell of wet leaves and wet grass. This translated to me as a lazy and comfy day. Hey! What about some good old and tasteful Haitian Oatmeal?
I called this dish Haitian Oatmeal because this is the recipe I grew up with. This recipe may also be similar to many other versions from the Caribbean Islands. This is not your ordinary oats with water, salt, butter and sometimes sugar. No dear! It is a comfort food so delicious that it will leave you coming back for more.
Writing this post reminds me of my late mother. I am not kidding when I tell you that my mom, may she rest in peace, would make oatmeal or “avoine” (as we call it in Haiti – not the Creole translation) 2 -3 times a week. But I am not done! My aunt (mom’s sister) goes a bit overboard with oatmeal. She will have it for breakfast and sometimes even for lunch 4 – 5 times a week.
I know we have several family members who suffer from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but let’s face it! Oatmeal 1 – 2 times a week is acceptable to me because I like to eat various types of food weekly. But more than that will make me want to run away from home. LOL.
I know doctors and many medical associations have said that oatmeal is packed with serious nutrition and maybe I should rethink my oatmeal weekly intake or should we all do? I think we should just for the sake of being healthy.
According to a Decision Analyst survey, in the U.S., Americans consider oatmeal to be the fourth healthiest food from a list of 70 foods and beverages. Despite this, Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., has observed oats are still not popular in the American diet. “Oatmeal is a pretty underutilized food and has, unfortunately, become less and less popular in the American diet, yet it maintains a very cheap price tag loaded with benefits,” he told Medical Daily in an email.
That is a surprising statement and maybe my recipe should be made available to anyone who thinks oatmeal is not tasty and should not be part of their diet.
If I have not convinced you yet, then here are 6 reasons why you should consider adding oatmeal in your diet:
- Boosts energy
- Protects Skin
- Supports Weight Loss
- Prevents Diabetes
- Boosts Heart Health
- Reduces Colon Cancer
Not quite convinced, read more at Benefits Of Oatmeal: Why You Should Add The Power Food To Your High-Fiber Diet.
A great bowl of oatmeal starts with plain rolled oats or steel-cut oats, cooked in water or milk or a combination of both, with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg for a delicious a comfort breakfast meal.
I cannot forget my lemon rind that gives it a kick of citrus and star anise, which I seldom use because the cinnamon gives it the flavor I needs. Oh!!! What about some good vanilla extract? Now what would you do without my Haitian Oatmeal today with this gloomy and rainy weather?
Come ‘on, go ahead, make this delicious comfort meal and just lay down on your couch with your favorite book or watch your favorite television show.
- Rolled oats (also called regular or old-fashioned oats): Oat groats that have been steamed and rolled into flakes that are thicker (and thus take longer to cook) than instant oats
- Oat groats (“whole” oats) are the most intact form, only the outermost inedible hull is removed. Steel-cut oats (also known as Irish or pinheadoats) are simply oat groats that have been cut into two or three pieces with steel blades, slightly decreasing their cooking time.
- The power food is rich in vitamins, minerals, and lipids, which possess endless benefits for our health
- Add ground Flaxseed for a healthier breakfast.
- 1 cup of Rolled Oats
- 2 cup of water and 1 – 12 oz. can evaporated milk or 2 - 3 cups whole milk or your preferred milk
- 1 large cinnamon stick
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- fresh ginger about 1 inch in length
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 lemon rind about 1 inch
- Pinch of salt
- Sugar to taste
- 1 anise star
- 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla optional
- 2 cups of water
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1/8 cup of sugar or to taste
- Soak the oats in 1 cup of water or 1 cup of milk (not evaporated milk) for at least 30 minutes. In a large saucepan, add remaining water and bring to a boil. If you are using milk only than add the milk to the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, peeled ginger, anise star if using, and lemon rind and let boil for at lean 3 – 4 minutes.
- Add oats and stir. Add evaporated milk is using at this point or add whole milk or your preferred milk. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat, add pinch of salt, vanilla extract and ground nutmeg. Stir to incorporate and let cook for about 2 – 3 minutes while stirring to avoid sticking.
- Once the oats have cooked, and the mixture is almost similar to porridge, add sugar to taste and continue to boil so the sugar could completely melt for about 3 – 4 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Remove cinnamon stick, lemon rind and ginger slice before serving hot.
It is best to use real oats like Quaker Oats my preferred brand, but you may choose your preferred brand.
The use of oatmeal packets is not recommended.
Remember, if using milk, use milk to soak the oats and milk to finish cooking.
Use whole milk, lactaid milk, 1% or 2% milk.
Add ground flaxseed for a healthier breakfast.