Hi friends! Today we’re sharing a new video as part of a video series we are working on, where we’ll be going through a whole day of plant-based meals, as well as little tricks, ideas, and inspirations around the kitchen. We’ve always been fascinated with people’s everyday routines (which is why we have the self-care interview series), and we love getting a peak at how they sustain themselves throughout the day, so we thought it would be fun to film something similar. Today’s video has a shortcut recipe for creamy steel cut oats, as well as ideas for lunch, a pick-me-up hot chocolate, dinner, and an end of day treat. All the recipes mentioned in the video are linked below. Let us know what you think!
Ever since I discovered steel cut oats, I haven’t been able to go back to rolled oats for porridge purposes. They just seem so sad and mushy, compared to the al dente, textured goodness that are steel cut oats. The only thing that puts steel cut oats at a disadvantage is that they take a while to cook – 30 or so minutes, which is an amount of time that most busy people don’t have in the mornings. Thankfully, there’s a shortcut! It involves quickly bringing your steel cut oats to a boil the night before and leaving them to sit overnight, and you end up with a pot of creamy, dreamy oats in the morning. In the fall, I like to have them with apples, but the possibilities for flavoring and toppings are endless here.
Here are all the other recipes mentioned in the video:
Nettle Infusion – full of vitamins and minerals, great for hair, nails, and skin, and I actually like the taste, too.
Harissa – a powerful, North African condiment that can really take a meal to the next level.
Black Bean Sweet Potato Soup – this is such a cozy, fall soup (that uses harissa!)
Tahini Hot Chocolate – I drink a variation of this drink every day that I’m working from home. It’s a great pick-me-up, and full of healthful ingredients, too.
- ¼ cup steel cut oats
- pinch of sea salt
- a few shakes of cinnamon, or to taste
- 1¾ cup water
- 1 apple
- lemon juice (optional)
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar (optional)
- plant milk of choice - for reheating (optional)
- hemp hearts or other nuts or seeds - for sprinkling on top
- almond butter - for garnish
- The night before you want steel cut oats for breakfast, combine the steel cut oats, salt, cinnamon, and water in a pot with a lid. Place the pot over high heat and bring up to a boil. Turn off the heat immediately as the oats start boiling. Leave the pot with the oats to sit on the stove top, covered, until morning. In the morning, the oats will be cooked and creamy.
- The next morning, cut your apple in half and core. Grate half of the apple and mix it into the pot with the oats. Slice or cube the other half of the apple, for topping the porridge. Optionally, mix the apple slices/cubes with a few squeezes of lemon juice and coconut sugar for a more impactful topping.
- Reheat the oats with the grated apple over medium high heat, mixing regularly. If the oats seem too watery, cook them for about 5 minutes, and they'll thicken up. On the other hand, if you'd like the oats to be more creamy, reheat them with a splash of plant milk or water for a creamier consistency. Serve, topped with sliced apple, hemp heart or other nuts/seeds, and almond butter.