Post Content

Claire Posted by Claire Blais, RD, CDE, LDN

Claire is a Registered Dietician at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

 

 

 

 

I’m a Registered Dietitian.  A healthy food expert. I know the importance of a varied, balanced diet, where half your plate should be fruits and veggies, yada yada yada.  I’m also more than a decent cook.  I mean, we’re not talking Cordon Bleu, but my stuffed peppers have fed several satisfied customers.

But I have a confession to make. I am seriously, woefully, revoke-my-nutrition-license- inept at cooking steel cut oats.  I KNOW how important it is to consume whole grain carbohydrates high in soluble fiber.  But MAN. This stuff somehow manages to be crunchy AND mushy.  It tastes like stale kindergarten paste.

Enter the slow cooker.  I had never really used a slow cooker until I started cooking with my boyfriend, the king of “fix it and forget it” cooking.  I remember hearing someone say you could cook oatmeal in a slow cooker, so last week I gave it a shot.  After searching a few complicated recipes online, I found this little gem:

1c steel cut oats
4c water

1. Combine water and oats in slow cooker.
2. Turn slow cooker on low.
3. Go to bed.

Brilliance!

So I executed this complex recipe and headed off to bed.  When I woke up the next morning, I enjoyed a cup of the most delicious, creamy, perfectly-cooked steel cut oatmeal I’ve ever had!  Not crunchy, not runny, not kindergarten paste-y!  It made about 4 cups, which is enough for a week of breakfasts.  I added 1 tbsp chopped walnuts and a sliced banana to my ¾ cup serving for some essential fatty acids, protein, and a serving of fruit.  It also gave it that fresh-baked-banana-bread flavor.  The final test was that I ate around 7:30 am, and didn’t feel hungry until noon.  I have a new favorite breakfast!  I feel like a steel cut oatmeal cooking master! Just don’t give away my slow cooker secret, ok?

OatmealWithBananasWhat are some of your favorite slow cooker secrets?

Written By:

Recent Posts

Pumpkin Fever – Not Just for Decorations Anymore!    posted on Oct 19

Pumpkin Fever – Not Just for Decorations Anymore!   

 By Wendy Ng What do you think of when you think of pumpkins? I think of fall, and especially jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. But as you know, pumpkins are more than just for decoration—every time I go to the grocery store, there are more and more   …Continue Reading Pumpkin Fever – Not Just for Decorations Anymore!   

Weekly Flu Report, October 13, 2017 posted on Oct 13

Welcome to the first weekly flu report of the 2017-2018 flu season. Each week between now and the end of May, we’ll post the latest data on the spread of flu in Massachusetts. This week’s report shows that rates of flu-like illness in the state   …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, October 13, 2017

Highlights of the October 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Oct 11

The October monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured a trio of informational presentations from DPH program staff related to various Departmental initiatives, including: Update on Implementation of Revised Determination of Need Regulation 105 CMR 100.000 Problem Gambling and Public Health: Challenges and Opportunities   …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 11th Public Health Council Meeting