oats http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14901/all en-US 11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/oats-5126924-small.jpg" alt="muesli" title="muesli" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I went a long stretch of time without eating any oats if I could avoid it. I blame it on oatmeal &mdash; or rather, the pre-packaged instant oatmeal that I had foraged from my mom's pantry once. The goopy, pale mush tasted like something between cardboard and sawdust.</p> <p>Sure, the fact that I couldn't boil water without some kind of kitchen mishap (don't ask) could've had something to do with it&hellip;but that was years ago! I'm proud to say that I've learned a few tricks since then &mdash; including how to add oats to my diet without relying on oatmeal.</p> <p>You see, oats are <em>amazing</em>. They're packed with fiber, protein, and vitamins, and contain an antioxidant unique to oats that reduce the risk of heart disease. The <a href="http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&amp;dbid=54#healthbenefits">health benefits of oats</a> go on and on, and the best part is, even the more processed oats &mdash; like instant oatmeal &mdash; <a href="http://nutritiondiva.quickanddirtytips.com/are-steel-cut-oats-healthier.aspx">retain about the same amount of nutrients</a> as the least-processed steel-cut oats (although additional ingredients can make it less healthy).</p> <p>All oats start off as <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groat_(grain)">oat groats</a>, which are then processed at varying levels to get steel-cut, rolled, old-fashioned, quick-cooking, or instant oats. The texture, density, and cooking time of each will be different, so be sure to adjust your recipe accordingly if you're <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-steelcut-138355">substituting one kind of oat for another</a>.</p> <h2>1. Oats in Bread</h2> <p>I love bread &mdash; pretty much every kind. So if you add oats in bread, I'd love that too. The possibilities are endless when it comes to oats in bread, but one of my favorites is <a href="http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/oat-soda-bread-recipe.html">oat soda bread</a>. While this particular recipe calls for homemade oat flour (just dump the oats in a food processor and pulse), I like to keep the oats whole for the hearty texture. <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-blueberryoat-quick-brea-92644">Blueberry oat quick bread</a> is another fast-baking, no-fuss bread.</p> <p>(More oat-and-blueberry options to come, because it's almost blueberry season, and I love blueberries. If you're not a fan, just replace it with another kind of berry.)</p> <p>These quick breads are denser than yeast breads, so if you prefer something light and fluffy (though I should warn you, yeast breads take more time and work), try <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/birdseed-bread-152379">birdseed bread</a>.</p> <h2>2. Oats in Other Baked Goodies</h2> <p>Oatmeal cookies are yummy as they are, but <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/06/chewy-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-cookies/">chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies</a> are truly something special. It's right up there with <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/03/oat-and-maple-syrup-scones/">oat and maple syrup scones</a> (such buttery goodness!) and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/banana-oat-muffins/detail.aspx">banana oat muffins</a>. No brunch is complete without muffins. And scones. And cookies.</p> <h2>3. Blended Oats</h2> <p>When it comes to adding oats to your food, it doesn't get any easier than a smoothie. Just add everything in your blender and <em>GO!</em> At my house, we like a bit of milk, some rolled oats, and whatever fresh fruits are lying around &mdash; currently, that's bananas. And I must say, a <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/341010/banana-oat-smoothie">banana oat smoothie</a> is an <em>excellent</em> way to start the day.</p> <p>Besides a smoothie, you can also make <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/homemade-oat-milk-297615">oat milk</a> in a blender. It's a quick and cheap way to get a nut-free milk alternative, and adjusting the milk to your taste is easy peasy. However, this recipe does call for pouring hot water into the blender container (although I've seen others out there that don't), so be very, <em>very</em> careful.</p> <h2>4. Raw Oats</h2> <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muesli">Muesli</a> is a traditional Swiss cereal that's basically a mix of uncooked rolled oats and dried fruits and nuts. Today, you can buy it in packaged form, but why bother when <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/muesli/">muesli is so easy to make</a>? You can change it up any way you like &mdash; <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2013/02/toasted-oat-and-coconut-muesli/">toasted oat and coconut muesli</a>? <em>Yes. </em>You can soak it with milk overnight (which makes it easier to digest), or not &mdash; just mix before serving. Or mix it with fruit juice, <a href="http://angiejardine.hubpages.com/hub/The-correct-way-to-eat-Muesli">which some argue is the correct way to enjoy muesli</a>. Or top it with yogurt. Take your pick&hellip;and change it up every morning!</p> <h2>5. Oats With Fruits</h2> <p>Need a fun, healthy snack for kids &mdash; and adults? <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/snack-recipe-apple-sandwiches-recipes-from-the-kitchn-183079">Apple sandwiches with honeyed peanut butter, oats, and raisins</a> are easy to put together and even easier to adapt to suit any food allergies or taste preferences. If you can't get enough of the oats and apples combo, be sure to try <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/waldorf-salad-steel-cut-oats-50400000115179/">Waldorf salad with steel-cut oats</a>.</p> <h2>6. Oats Cooked With Vegetables</h2> <p>Don't make the mistake of limiting oats to breads and breakfast foods. Use oats and oat bran for the crust of a <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mushroom-and-spinach-quiche-an-oat-crust-10000000520954/">mushroom and spinach quiche</a>. Crunchy + Creamy = YUM.</p> <p>And OK, sure, quiche is <em>sort of</em> a breakfast food, but let's not dwell on that because I want to introduce you to <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/steel-cut-oat-risotto-with-butternut-squash-mushrooms-10000001227913/">steel-cut oat risotto with butternut squash and mushroom</a>. Didn't think oats could be this savory and delicious, huh? (I sure didn't!)</p> <h2>7. Oats Cooked With Meat</h2> <p>Considering the nutty crunchiness of raw oats, <em>of course</em> you can use it to bread chicken. <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/oatmeal-crusted-chicken-tenders-10000001227912/">Oatmeal-crusted chicken tenders</a> are a great to include in any <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-every-day-a-month-of-frugal-meals">frugal meal plan</a>, but don't forget <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-oat-burgers-10000000457204/">turkey and oat burgers</a> when you whip out the grill this summer.</p> <p>Oh, you can <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/QUAKER-OATMEAL-PRIZE-WINNING-MEAT-LOAF-1233712">make meatloaf with oats</a>, too? (Again &mdash; <em>of course you can</em>.)</p> <h2>8. Oats for Dessert</h2> <p>Are you ready for <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/no-bake-chocolate-oat-bars/detail.aspx">no bake chocolate oat bars</a>? I know I am! You won't need an oven for these bars &mdash; simply melt the ingredients, mix them up, and refrigerate until it all sets. If you have 45 minutes to devote to stirring oatmeal (just stick with me here; it'll be worth it), give <a href="http://camillestyles.com/tuesday-tastings/tuesday-tastings-oatmeal-brulee/">oatmeal brulée</a> a whirl! Topped with fresh berries and nuts, this dessert is sure to impress your taste buds. Or try <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/07/roasted-blueberry-coconut-quinoa-parfaits-with-coconut-granola/">roasted blueberry coconut quinoa parfait with coconut granola</a>. There's so much flavor and texture, it's a miracle anyone can stop at only one parfait.</p> <h2>9. Oats Between Meals</h2> <p>Speaking of granola, here's another food you never have to buy again. <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/11/homemade-granola.html">Homemade granola</a> is nutritious, delicious, and frugalicious. Eat it as is, or like a cereal, or in a parfait (see above), or sprinkle it over home-baked goodies (see farther above). On its own, granola is a filling snack to tide you over until the next meal, and it's easy to carry when you're on the go.</p> <p>Need another snacking option? Try these <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/09/quick-easy-no-bake-oatmeal-peanut-butter-bites/">no bake oatmeal peanut butter bites</a>. I know sharing is caring, but it wouldn't hurt to reserve a few before you announce they're ready for eatin'. Just in case.</p> <h2>10. Oats for Happy Hour</h2> <p>Lest you think there is any food or drink that oats can't party with, I give you <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/10873-oat-and-honey-vodka">oat and honey vodka</a> and <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/whiskied-jungle-oats-306033">whiskied jungle oats</a>.</p> <h2>11. Finally, Oats as Oatmeal, but Better</h2> <p>I know, the point is to <em>avoid</em> oatmeal&hellip;but I believe in second chances, especially when it comes to food. Oatmeal can change!</p> <p>For example, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/steel-cut-oatmeal-recipe/index.html">steel-cut oatmeal</a> is denser and chewier than run-of-the-mill quick oats, and has a nutty punch to it. On the liquid front, switch out water for the milk of your choice. I'm partial to soy, but almond milk tastes great, too &mdash; you can't go wrong with <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/blueberry-almond-oatmeal-50400000116302/">blueberry-almond oatmeal</a>. (Unless you're, um, allergic to almonds. Don't use almonds or almond milk if you're allergic to almonds.)</p> <p>If changing up the ingredients isn't enough to make you pro-oatmeal, you can also try other cooking methods. <a href="http://www.lottieanddoof.com/2011/04/baked-oatmeal/">Baked oatmeal</a> is sure to put the wow factor in any brunch spread, while <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Stir-Fried-Oatmeal">stir fried oatmeal</a> is an &quot;easy one-pan hot breakfast&quot; that's super versatile to boot. And if you're like me, the easier it is to make something, the tastier it seems to be &mdash; which makes <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/11/11/how-to-make-oatmeal-in-the-slow-cooker-the-easy-way/">slow-cooked oatmeal</a> simply delicious!</p> <p>Now, if (for some bizarre reason) you have leftover cooked oats, finish it off with <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_5400518_make-fried-oatmeal.html">fried oatmeal wedges</a>. You read that correctly. <em>Fried. Oatmeal.</em></p> <p>Didn't I say that oats are amazing?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-uses-for-oats">5 Unexpected Uses for Oats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-ruined-recipes">10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink oatmeal oats recipes Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:00:42 +0000 Amy Lu 973573 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Unexpected Uses for Oats http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-uses-for-oats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-unexpected-uses-for-oats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/oats_0.jpg" alt="Oatmeal" title="Oatmeal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of waiting, oatmeal season has finally arrived. It&rsquo;s a fall and winter breakfast staple at our house, and the sight of pumpkins on porches heralds the coming of maple-and-brown-sugar madness. But there are also scores of amazing and unexpected uses for this cereal grain. Here&rsquo;s a look at a few. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-uses-for-salt-besides-seasoning">21 Uses for Salt</a>)</p> <h2>Cuisine Beyond Breakfast</h2> <p>Oats can serve as an interesting foundation for a host of foods.</p> <p>A couple of years ago, longtime New York Times food writer Mark Bittman put foodies on a high alert when he suggested using oats in an Asian-style porridge dish known as congee. <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/01/mark-bittmans-savory-oatmeal-with-scallions-and-soy-sauce-recipe.html">Cooked oats, scallions, and soy sauce</a> may not sound like an ideal combination, but the reviews are mostly favorable, if not glowing.</p> <p>Oats can also work as a <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/slinks/look-diy-oat-flour-from-a-year-in-bread-051384">flour substitute</a>, a <a href="http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/articles/notes-on-oats">thickening agent</a>, and even as a <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/oatmeal-crusted-chicken-tenders-10000001227912/">healthier version of Shake &lsquo;N Bake</a>.</p> <h2>Skin Care</h2> <p>I spent one of my grade school spring breaks immersed in an oatmeal bath, courtesy of the chicken pox. A couple decades later, oatmeal has become increasingly visible in skin care products.</p> <p>Bath and body aisles are lined with creams and cleansers that capitalize on the soothing power of oats. Consumers can skip the beauty section and head to the baking section to make their own <a href="http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/bathbody/r/oatmealbathsalts.htm">oatmeal-based skin treatments</a>. You can also stuff an old sock or pantyhose with ground oatmeal and toss it into a hot bath for a full-body experience.</p> <p>Many acne and poison ivy sufferers tout the healing power of oats. Pulverized oats can serve as a key ingredient in facial masks and treatments to relieve dry skin.</p> <h2>Pet Care</h2> <p>The same oatmeal treatments that can help people with problematic skin often work wonders for dogs. Applying a simple oatmeal-and-water mixture to your pet&rsquo;s itchy parts can bring quick relief. Some pets can have an oat allergy, though. The problem is that it typically manifests as a skin condition, which can be masked by the other issues plaguing your pooch, so use some caution and common sense.</p> <h2>Odor Eater</h2> <p>Much like baking soda, oatmeal is pretty effective when it comes to neutralizing odors. Put a bowl of uncooked oats in your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/schedule-regular-fridge-cleanings-to-prevent-food-waste">refrigerator</a>, and forget about smells. Some consumers swear by oatmeal&rsquo;s ability to counteract cigarette smoke, too. Smokers may want to try lining their ashtrays with oats.</p> <h2>Arts and Crafts</h2> <p>Let&rsquo;s go beyond the kitchen and the bathroom and into the playroom. Oatmeal, combined with flour and water, can be used to create a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-clay-43550">nontoxic modeling clay</a>. Children can enhance the concoction with food coloring. It&rsquo;s best to let their sculptures air dry overnight before making a place on the shelf.</p> <p><em>Have more unexpected uses for oats? Please share your additions below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-birk">Chris Birk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-uses-for-oats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-eat-oats-when-you-hate-oatmeal">11 Ways to Eat Oats When You Hate Oatmeal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carving-a-pumpkin-this-fall-dont-throw-any-of-it-away">Carving a Pumpkin This Fall? Don&#039;t Throw Any of It Away!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-twinkies-and-other-secret-recipes-by-the-food-cloner-dude">“Make your own Twinkies” and other secret recipes by the Food Cloner Dude.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-key-points-in-making-an-allergy-free-dog-diet">3 Key Points in Making an Allergy-Free Dog Diet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Family Food and Drink oats pets recipes skin care Thu, 20 Oct 2011 09:48:10 +0000 Chris Birk 754914 at http://www.wisebread.com