Our best friends visited us from Chicago last weekend. Since we have young children and a party of 9 all together, going to restaurants is not usually on the agenda when we get together. We all enjoy cooking, eating, celebrating and enjoying each other’s company so much…why would we ever go out? We couldn’t decide which meal was our favorite, but all agreed that food simply tastes better when someone else prepares it for you, especially with a little love. That brought to mind the steel cut oats that have become a family favorite in our house. We put the oats and water in our Zojurushi rice cooker the night before, and almost like magic, a steamy, perfectly-cooked batch of oats is ready for us as we are rolling out of bed. It’s like little, magic, oat-cooking fairies prepared them overnight, with a little bit of love, and that makes them all the more delicious and enjoyable. This is my daughter Amelia’s favorite way to eat them: with a sprinkle of coconut sugar, mini chocolate chips and coconut flakes. At less than 240 calories, this provides almost 6 grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber as well as 13% of your daily value for iron.
- Place a heart-healthy portion of ¾ cups of cooked steel cut oats in a bowl. Sprinkle with coconut sugar, mini chocolate chips and coconut. Enjoy!