Steel-cut oatmeal with almonds and jam for an easy breakfast on Meatless Monday

Categories: Meatless Monday

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No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe.

You may think that you hate oatmeal, but if you've only eaten that instant abomination, then you should really give steel-cut oats a try. Nutty instead of bland, chewy instead of gummy, they're much more nutritious (and filling) and, although not instant, very easy to make.

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You will need:

4 cups water
2 cups steel-cut oats
1 cup raw almonds
2 tablespoons jam (four-fruit is my favorite)
A pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

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1. Place the water and the oats in a large pot along with the pinch of salt. Bring to a boil -- but you want to catch it before it really gets going, so keep an eye on the pot.

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When the water's just started to boil, lower the heat as much as you possibly can. Unlike rolled oats, steel-cut oats don't take to frequent stirring, so for best consistency it's better to cook them longer, over a very low heat so that they don't scorch.

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Cover and let simmer for thirty minutes or so. If the heat is low enough, you should be able to cook the oats without the pot boiling over.

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