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Jan 25, 2013 09:48 AM

Hot Cereals: Can They Be Scrumptious?

I regularly eat hot cereals for breakfast, not because I like to but because I feel like I should (gunning for a blast o' fiber, dontchaknow). Oatmeal, I find vaguely offputting what with its pallor and its slimy texture. Wheatina--the Khantessa, God love her, brought some down from Pennsylvania--is a bit unremitting. Almost like something the Cheka would serve to Siberian prisoners in 1933, although I rate it a minor improvement over oatmeal.

So is there any hope? Are there any hot cereals tasty enough that you actually look forward them? Can you doctor them up to actually make them attractive to the palate?

--Signed, Mopin' in the Morn'

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  1. I like the multi grain blend from Trader Joes... Wheat, oats, rye, and and I think something else, it looks like (and cooks like) old fashioned oats, but doesn't have as much "pallor and .. slime". I also add a chopped apple, a couple of dates, some nuts, some cinnamon... quite tasty.

    1. I like all hot cereals, but in particular, I like the 7-grain that Whole Foods sells in its bulk foods department. Their organic old-fashioned oats are excellent. If the slimy texture of oatmeal bugs you, try putting the oats into the water after it comes to a boil, instead of before--it preserves the texture. I always add raisins to any cereral I cook up, sometimes chunks of apple, sometimes a few peanuts--before mixing in sugar substitute and Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein powder.

      1. I tried this the other day and it was quite yummy, although it may be defeating the healthy breakfast aspect of hot cereal: poached an egg in tomato sauce and plopped it on a bowl of farina...tasty!

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        1. re: nancyhudson

          That actually sounds very balanced! And delicious. I would also throw in some chunks of avocado for some extra fat.

          1. re: nancyhudson

            Oh yes, I've eaten polenta for breakfast with a poached egg on top. It's delicious!

            1. re: Savour

              That's how we eat our grits- with an egg stirred in.

              1. re: jmcarthur8

                Grits was going to be my suggestion. They can be eaten either sweet or savory. You can make Shrimp Grits, Cheese Grits, Grits Cakes, or just mix in some sugar and butter. Very versatile.

          2. If you want fiber, how about vegetables, fruit, a smoothie with flax, or bran muffins? If you don't like hot cereal, why eat it? That said, you could try steel-cut oats with heated frozen berries (which get all jammy when you microwave them), or search for "savory oatmeal" on these boards for lots of savory ideas.

            1. Have you tried whole oats? (Sometimes called oat groats). I find the texture more appealing than various forms of steel cut or rolled oats. If you have a rice cooker, put them in the pot the night before and they are ready in the morning (I use porridge setting). Also works well in a slow cooker. They take to seasonings well - either sweet or savory to suit your palate.