This guest post is by Earl Fischer, my awesome brother in law. He describes a cheap meal that makes use of a popular breakfast staple.
Necessity is the father of invention. But invention appears to have many fathers. Frugality is one of them. Desperation, too.
I may not be a chef but I can humbly claim to have above-average skills in that culinary vestibule known ordinarily as the kitchen. These skills were acquired not through formal schooling but due to necessity and frugality. We all need to eat so I guess it almost follows that we need to know how to cook. Employing a cook can be costly so in order to keep frugal, one should also learn how to cook.
Many years of experience in the kitchen has helped me to develop my creativity and skills as a cook. While a true chef’s creations are oftentimes concocted through experimentation, whereby he comes up with new dishes as a result of working with and combining well thought out ingredients, my creations come about through resourcefulness and the ability to “scavenge” well. I come up with my creations by using what’s left in my fridge and pantry.
My Healthy Breakfast Idea: The Oatmeal Sandwich!
Raw oatmeal. Image from Sherman Heart
As someone who likes easy meal ideas, I now take pleasure in sharing one of my most recent creations with you. I invite one and all to try the … (drumroll) …oatmeal sandwich for breakfast. This interesting meal actually made its first public appearance in the 1960’s Henry Fonda-Lucille Ball starrer, “Yours, Mine and Ours.” Here are some tips on how I’ve put this together:
For the oatmeal, I use the most popular brand because that’s the only oatmeal I like. If the oatmeal is too watery, just let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes to reduce the water. Use wheat bread because it’s got fiber, which our body needs.
So what do you think of this healthy food idea? This dish actually makes for a very nutritious breakfast. It’s not only high in fiber but it also helps lower cholesterol. You’ll get the proof from the label on the oatmeal packaging. If you are conscious of protein in your diet, have an egg on the side. For your beverage, have orange juice to receive your daily intake of vitamin C. Skip the coffee because it has absolutely no nutritional value and it adversely affects your body’s capability to absorb calcium, or so they say. The cheapest orange juice brand is good enough.
I really enjoy this sandwich. I’ve tried it open-face and triple deck. Try sprinkling a little salt to add some flavor. If you have some leftover lettuce and tomatoes from the previous night’s salad, you can get more adventurous and double your nutrition with lettuce, oatmeal and tomato!
Did you think I was kidding? Try it yourself!