Sourdough Oatmeal Walnut Bread

The first sourdough bread I made was from  Miriam Kresh’s recipe at Israeli Kitchen. Since then I’ve made it numerous times, especially when I am hosting a meeting or party. I’ve recently made some healthy adjustments including cutting out sugar and substituting olive oil. I often add nuts, and substitute spelt for some of the […]

Guide to Cooking Whole Grains with Printable Chart

My Complete Guide to Cooking Dry Beans from Scratch remains one of the most popular posts, so  I wrote up this companion piece for whole grains. Since most of use use white rice from time to time, I included it. Guide to Cooking Whole Grains Note: Cooking times are approximate and depend on the age […]

Recipe by Dena: Oatmeal, Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

Oatmeal, a true super food:

My father always told me, “Oatmeal should not be the consistency of snot!” When I was a little girl, my father made oatmeal every morning with this family recipe that’s been with us for at least 3 generations. Now it’s my turn to share it with my family, and with you.

Oats are a great way to start your day or even as a light dinner.

Oatmeal for Breakfast

My son went on a camping trip as part of a counselor-training course. He was amused that some children refused to eat cornflakes because no sugar was available. My son showed them that sugar was the second ingredient, but his friends said you can’t taste it.

Corn is a simple sugar and affects you in the same way that cane sugar does. Israeli researchers recently measured the immediate effect of different foods on heart function, and found only a slight difference between pure sugar and corn flakes.

You can get good quality dried cereals, but they are relatively expensive. Most contain added sugar and other additives. Know what you are paying for, and compare brands.

I rarely buy dried cereal anymore. It’s just not economical for a large family, when a box of cereal can disappear overnight because it’s too tempting as a snack. And let’s not talk about the milk, much of which ends up down the drain.

Instead, I buy instant and “whole” oatmeal a kilogram at a time.