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beyond oats--any hot breakfast grains ideas?

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noya Jan 14, 2012 06:00 AM

Our family loves oats in the morning, rolled and steel cut. What other grains work well for a hot start to these cold days? TIA!

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    bebevonbernstein Jan 14, 2012 06:05 AM

    Anything oats can do, quinoa can do just as well or better.

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      Muchlove Jan 14, 2012 06:12 AM

      What sort of flavours do you like at breakfast? Do you prefer sweet or savoury? Are you open to unusual flavours from around the world?

      There are many many different things you can do with different grains, but some people are less open to so called "unusual" things at breakfast time. If you want to keep it porridge like, you can cook most whole grains with milk and add sugar at the end for a tasty breakfast. Brown rice is one you might want to try next, think of something rice pudding like. Cracked wheat is also good.

      OTOH, if you are open to more savoury, spicy ideas, you might want to try out upma. This is a seasoned semolina dish from South India with a texture that can vary between light and fluffy or moist and pudding-ish, depending on how you make it. It can be fairly plain with just spices or you can toss in veggies too.

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        wonderwoman Jan 14, 2012 06:13 AM

        i've always loved wheatena. i cook it in vanilla soymilk with a pinch of salt and a dribble of honey.

        1. Uncle Bob Jan 14, 2012 06:27 AM

          Grits.........

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            Sensuous Jan 14, 2012 06:46 AM

            Grits with sharp cheddar cheese is my favorite. This was my breakfast every morning for many years.
            Cream of Wheat is good too. My husband likes it with sugar but I prefer it with butter, salt, and black pepper.

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            magiesmom Jan 14, 2012 06:31 AM

            bulgar is excellent both sweet and savory, and has the virtue of not needing to be cooked, just soaked in boiling water. Conjee is widely eaten. really, any grain is a great start to the day.

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              megjp Jan 14, 2012 07:01 AM

              Although I don't myself prefer them, grits definitely work. I second the quinoa recommendation, and millet and rice both work as well if you cook them longer than you would for a dinner side dish preparation. You can add whatever flavours you'd like, as with oats.

              For purchase, Bob's Red Mill makes millet grits that are great, and a gluten-free hot cereal made from things like sorghum and amaranth. You can buy cream of rice in some places, which is similar to the well-known Cream of Wheat. Unfortunately I hear from American friends that they've never seen or heard of it, but Red River cereal is delicious and was a staple of my childhood (in Canada).

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