I have never been much of a breakfast person. I remember being a kid that was forced to eat breakfast. For some reason, I couldn’t stomach milk in the morning so I would eat dry cereal. You couldn’t even get me to eat a donut. Sweets in the early morning is not my thing. It still isn’t. I’d much rather have a savory omelet with potatoes than a big stack of pancakes covered with fruit and whipped cream. If I am working out or have to be somewhere early, I force myself to have a banana or bowl of cereal. Otherwise I prefer to eat breakfast later in the morning rather then when I first wake up.
Oatmeal has never been one of my desired breakfasts. But it is so good for you and provides many nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. It also can help reduce cholesterol. So why wouldn’t I want to start my day out with a bowl of oatmeal? I have always thought of it as boring with not much taste. Recently, I decided to change my way of thinking and start out with a bowl several mornings a week. I have experimented with adding different kinds of seasonal fruits to my oats. This way, my bowl never gets boring. With the fall weather here, I thought pears, walnuts and figs would make the perfect topping. I have to say I enjoyed my oatmeal this morning. If fresh figs aren’t in season, dry figs can be substituted. You can also make the old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal and use this as a topping. While those are both much more wholesome, I like making the quick cooked oats in less than 5 minutes. I also loved the Greek yogurt to make it just a little more creamy.
What’s your favorite oatmeal topped with?
Oatmeal With Sauteed Pears, Walnuts and Figs
3 TBS coarsely chopped walnuts
3 to 4 cups water (depending on if you like your oatmeal thick or thin)
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 TBS butter
2 large pears, cored and chopped
3 TBS brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus extra for garnish
4 fresh figs, chopped
1/4 cup Greek vanilla yogurt
Stir walnuts in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Bring 3 or more cups of water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add oats and stir over medium heat until oats are softened and very thick, about 1 minute. In the skillet, melt the butter on medium heat. Toss together pears, sugar and cinnamon. Saute pears for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the figs and reserved walnuts. Cook for a minute or two and mix to make sure the figs are coated with the syrup from the pears. Top the oatmeal with the warm pear mixture in individual bowls. Top with the yogurt and sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish. This makes 4 servings.