Go beyond the usual brown sugar to create breakfast bowls worth rising and shining for.
January 09, 2015
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Lemon-Blueberry with Mascarpone Oatmeal
They may begin with old-fashioned oats, but these oatmeal bowls are full of new and tasty twists. From pistachios and figs to a crispy fried egg, our assortment of recipes will bring excitement to weekday mornings.
First up is this delicious lemon-blueberry combo, in which sweet mascarpone combines with tart lemon curd and juicy berries for an oatmeal bowl packed with flavor.
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Goat Cheese and Cremini Oatmeal
For a savory start to your morning, try one of our favorite combinations—cremini mushrooms, creamy goat cheese, and chopped fresh thyme. Creminis, more mature than your basic white mushroom yet still younger than a portobello, are the ultimate counterpart to soft goat cheese in this bowl of oats. If you can't find cremini, however, your favorite mushroom variety will do. Thyme adds a fragrant, herbaceous aroma that makes this dish super fresh.
You may not think of using your slow cooker for breakfast, but it’s a great helper when it comes to the morning meal. Think of serving your family a warm bowl of fruity, cinnamon-spiced steel-cut oats—on your busiest weekday morning. That’s right: Just load your ingredients in, and start the cooker right before you go to bed. When you wake up, breakfast is ready and waiting. You can double the recipe for times when you have weekend guests. Be sure to use traditional steel-cut oats; quick-cooking steel-cut oats and rolled old-fashioned oats won’t hold up after the long cook time.
Wheat germ and oats make a perfect pair: You get the goodness of whole grains from the oats and a host of nutrients, such as vitamin E, iron, potassium, and folic acid, from the nutty wheat germ. Don't forget the banana slices!
When you have a house full of guests who'd enjoy a wholesome, hearty breakfast at their own pace, the slow cooker can come to your rescue. Get it going first thing, and let folks serve themselves when they're ready to eat.