Irish Oatmeal



  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup steel-cut oats


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add oats to boiling water.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly.
  4. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute prior to serving.

Note: For a creamier cereal, substitute milk for the water. Using milk will also give you added calcium and protein. Add flavor and nutrition with nuts, berries, cinnamon, or honey.


Serves 1


CDC: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; National Cancer Institute

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    Most cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, but there are other things you should look for when choosing a cereal, including: whole grains, fiber of five grams or more, less than five grams of sugar, and no trans-fats.

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