Overnight Steel Cut Oats & Meal Planning Monday!

Finding little time for breakfast in the morning? Setting the slow cooker the night before full of steel cut oats is a great way to have a healthy, quick breakfast during the week. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. It gets your metabolism running, helps you think clearly and eat healthier throughout the day. It also allows you a good opportunity to get in some of those required food group servings such as fruits, whole grains, dairy or proteins.

Let’s talk a little about whole grains shall we?  Whole grains contain protective antioxidants in amounts near or exceeding those in fruits and vegetables. They also contain unique antioxidants that you won’t find in other foods. I think most everyone is aware that the fiber in whole grains can help with digestive health, but studies have shown that eating whole grains can reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. New evidence supporting whole grains continues to pop up all the time. The minimum amount eaten should be 3 servings a day (where one serving = 1/2 cup hot cereal, rice or other grain, 1 cup dry cereal, 1 slice bread).

Oatmeal is a perfect whole grain options and a great way to eat healthy throughout the year. When made with milk and fruit, you are getting in three food groups with your breakfast meal!

We eat a lot of oatmeal around here. It’s truly one of my husband’s favorite breakfast foods. Steel cut oats are one of the best kinds to eat. What are they? They are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernal) which have been cut into two or three pieces by steel rather than rolled. They have a slightly chewier texture than rolled oats and do take longer to cook because they are minimally processed (don’t worry rolled oats are still nutritious!).

I’ve tried a couple different methods for the steel cut outs 1) overnight in the crock pot 2) on the stove top. The great thing is that either method can be done ahead of time and stored in the fridge so you can heat up over the course of the week. Just add a few splashes of milk/water as needed before warming up in the microwave and you have a warm, nutritious breakfast ready in 2 minutes! When you set up the slow cooker the night before, there is no excuse for not having enough time! Make it your plan to strive towards healthy eating all year round and start with breakfast.

Note: this crock pot method makes the steel cut oats much creamier. If you prefer them with more of a bite, then I’d recommend the stove-top method.

Moving on….If you are new to the blog, join us in Meal Planning Monday. Just think about what you’ll be cooking this week and add it to the comments section, along with any links you’d like to share. Come give ideas and gather ideas.

Menu for the Week of August 21st

Potluck event at church (bringing Pesto Pasta Salad and cookies)

Mexican Chicken Salad on Tostadas

Sandwiches and Fruit (soccer night)

Fish & Veggies in Green Curry Sauce with Jasmine Rice (not sure what kind of fish- depends on what store has), something leftover for kids

Bacon & Artichoke Quiche, Salad (soccer night so will make this in the morning and reheat)

Chicken Saltimbocca, Whole Wheat Pasta, Salad

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  1. says

    Sunday: Beans and Greens Soup with your hummus sandwiches (it is the jalapeno and the hummus together that makes me bonkers!!)
    Monday: Tostadas with beans, cheese, lettuce, and tomato; your fabulous slaw, and guacamole (Beans with all of the topping for me, just no shell or cheese) and mangoes
    Tuesday: Tomatillo pot roast with brown rice and a green salad. (green salad for me, and fruit)
    Wednesday: Gretchen’s yummy sausage and peppers with pasta (veg for me)
    Thursday: Grilled Asian salmon with teriyaki rice noodles and steamed Asian veggies.
    Friday: Homemade pizza night! (Made with Chebe crust) (I actually love gf pizza with veggies and no cheese!)
    Saturday: Tostadas again

  2. Dana M. says

    My youngest starts kinder tomorrow, so i feel like a whole new world of time is about to open up to me. I was realing very ambitious this weekend and have meal planned for the next two weeks, but will only share this week’ plans for now.
    Sunday- pesto and panko crusted pork loin, baked sweet potato and sauteed spinach
    Monday- cilantro/ lime slaw with grilled chicken marinated in fajitas seasoning
    Tuesday- Quesadillas with leftover meat and green salad
    Wednesday- baked salmon, cheese ravioli, steamed vegetables
    Thursday- ( daddy’s b-day) filet mingon, roated veg, spinach salad w/ gorgonzola, berries and balsamic, ice cream sundaes
    Friday- homemade pizza with leftover roasted veg for adults and turkey pepperoni for kids
    Saturday- leftovers

  3. Gretchen Hokenson says

    Ok, so glad I checked in tonight, I am going to dig out my crock pot immediately after this comment to make some crock pot steel cut oats. I have never been a big breakfast eater which has gotten worse since I take thyroid medicine that makes me wait one hour before I eat. Anyway, I love to make HUGE batches of oatmeal to reheat but of course I never do:) Also, what do you know about chia seeds? I have been reading some about them and was wondering if it is worth to try to add to our diet. Sound very healthy but are rather pricy. What are your thoughts?

    So on to the menu… we have three nights of football with an extra night for pictures this week and three nights of karate so meals will be fast:)

    Sunday–we did salad bar all the veggies with diced meat and eggs.
    Monday–Tacos (stretched taco meat with black beans and quinoa) fresh fruit (karate for twin 2)
    Tuesday– Chicken salad fruit (swimming for all three and football for twin 1)
    Wednesday–Sausage and peppers with pasta green beans or broccolli, made for the smiths with GF pasta and just the veggies for our sweet vegan Britt:) (karate and football)
    Thursday–we name our sandwiches here after people, so the kids will eat grandma specials (ciabatta with turkey, colby jack, lettuce and tomato) and Greg and I will enjoy Melanie specials (your devine vegan creation) fruit and veggies. (Karate and football)
    Friday–Chicken tetrazini with green salad (football pictures)
    Saturday–breakfast sandwiches–whole wheat biscuits, with sausage, egg, and cheese fruit or leftovers if we have enough

      • Gretchen Hokenson says

        I normally make them. I have a recipe I tried before, but might look for new ones during the week to see if I find one I like better. I will share the recipe when I discover one.

  4. says

    I would like to try the crockpot method again for oats…may have to try your recipe. Each time I have tried it came out a horrible mess. I think the key is what you said, keep it on “warm” instead of “low”. Thanks!

    Here’s our week:

    BBQ Meatballs, Macaroni and Cheese, Grapes

    Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread

    Dutch Oven Chicken {cooked on the stovetop}, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

    Oatmeal Pancakes and Fruit

    Easy Chicken and Dumplings

    Tacos and Fruit

    Baked Potato Bar {toppings include: chili beans, lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, salsa, cooked veggies, cooked chicken, and taco meat} served with Fruit


  5. Amy says

    Monday: leftover turkey chili and cornbread
    Tuesday: Ham and cheese quiche, fresh fruit
    Wednesday: Baked shroom rice and Turkey Robinson (courtesy of Claire Robinson–food network)
    Thursday: Stuffed shells and steamed broccoli
    Friday: Baked Falafel, greek salad, basmati rice

    Saturday: out!

  6. says

    I’ll be ove ron THursday for the artichoke and bacon quiche!! That sounds amazing.

    I’m not a huge fan of overnight oats, but I’ve never tried it with steel cut oats, nor have I tried it in a slow cooker. I think I would prefer this way because the oats would be HOT and not slimy!! Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

    Hi Jon,
    There is no comment from you on the original post so I am not sure what you are talking about. Melanie

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