Instead of making my usual pilgrimage to the grocery last week, I ordered online. It was my first time having my routine purchases delivered to my front door. I’ve had multiple friends rave about how convenient it is taking care of your list from the comfort of your computer, but I missed doing it myself. Call me a control freak, but I want to be the person behind the cart navigating the aisles.
Before my groceries arrived, I got multiple text messages about items that weren’t available including the frozen fruit I use in my a.m. smoothies. That meant I had to switch up my breakfast routine. I went back to an old stand-by, overnight steel-cut oats. I put them in water before bed, and by morning they were tender. A little milk, dried figs & cherries, pepitas and almonds, and I did not miss my smoothie.
Overnight Steel-Cut Oats
Makes about 3 cups
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
Milk, fruit (dried or fresh), nuts and seeds for serving
Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Add the oats and toast for a few minutes, shaking the pan. Pour in the water and bring to a rolling boil. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand overnight at room temperature. Add milk, fruit, nuts and seeds before serving.