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Top 3 Basic Oatmeal Cooking Methods

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Most of us take oatmeal daily, especially for breakfast. This is one of the healthiest meal in the world due to its rich in beta glucan, vitamin, low in fat but yet provide sufficient energy to start your day. There are various type of oatmeal sold in the market, some has even mixed with different flavor, milk powder, chocolate powder and sugar. To add oatmeal into your slimming program, we should cook with the original ingredient and back to basic method. First of all, there are four major types of oat available in the market, the instant oat, the quick cooking oat, the rolled oat and the steel cut oat (Scottish oat).

Basic Oatmeal Cooking Methods

Here I will go through ways to prepare and cook each of them in a simple and convenient way to bring out the natural flavor of oat and yet not interfere with your weight-loss milestone:

Instant Oatmeal

This type of oatmeal could be served and cooked instantly; all you need is just hot water (preferably > 85°C). This type of oatmeal is suitable for people have very less time and busy. Here are the steps to prepare a meal to serve one person, all could be done in a minutes. That’s why it was called instant Oatmeal.

  1. Put 3~5 tablespoon of oatmeal into a heat proof cup,
  2. Add in 1/2 cups of hot water, stir well then it’s ready to serve.
  3. All could be ready in less than a minute.

Quick Cook Oatmeal

You will need to cook the oat for at least 2 ~ 3 minutes in boiling water. However, to shorten the time, do this to serve 1 person:

  1. Add 1 cup of water into a saucepan. Turn on the heat.
  2. Add in 3 ~ 5 tablespoon oat into the saucepan, bring to boil over medium heat. Do not cover the saucepan.
  3. Continue to cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and ready to serve.

Rolled Oatmeal / Steel Cut Oat

These types of oatmeal needs longer time to cook. Their taste is much better compare to the other two and healthier as well. The cooking method for rolled and steel cut oat is almost the same, just different in cooking time, so we could group them together in term of method of cooking. Of course steel cut oat is least process oat and is healthiest among all due to low in glycemic index. Cook this type of oatmeal if you have enough time. Here are the steps to serve one person:

  1. Add 1 cup of water into a saucepan. Turn on the heat.
  2. Add in 3 ~ 5 tablespoon of oat, bring to boil over medium heat. Do not cover the saucepan as it will be overflowed.
  3. Change to low heat and continue to cook for 15 minutes (rolled oat) or 35 minutes (steel cut oat), stir occasionally to avoid burn.
  4. Remove from heat and ready to serve.

To add flavor to your meal, only add in additional ingredient that you have known of the calories value. Do it after the oat is cooked. For example, you could add in the sugar free soy bean powder to add taste to your meal.

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