Breakfast PSA, or eating breakfast so you can quilt longer

I want to share a breakfast PSA (public service announcement) with you today. I’m not off my rocker, truly. It’s a way that eating breakfast can help you quilt longer.

No kidding. What this really means is that I had an awesome breakfast and want to tell you about it. But it really can help you quilt longer too. Bear with me.

What did I have? Oat groats! What are groats, you ask? According to Wikipedia, they are “…the hulled kernels of various cereal grains such as oat, wheat, rye and barley. Groats are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm (which is the usual product of milling).” They’re similar to steel-cut oats, but…more. Heftier.

Do you eat them? I have, and love them, but hated having to cook for an hour before I could eat. I tried cooking them in the slow cooker overnight, and that was disastrous. But I tried something new. And it worked!

I got thinking about how you can put pasta into a pot of boiling water but just let it boil for a minute or two. Then you clap the lid on it, turn off the heat, and let it sit for ten minutes or so.

I have a Dutch oven that gets super hot. It gets so hot, in fact, that it sometimes scares me. I thought, “Why not let the heat of that pan cook my breakfast?” So I put the groats in last night (two parts water to one part oats), let them boil for about a minute and a half, then slammed the lid on, turned off the stove, and went to bed.

Naked, cooked oat groats. Yum.

I got up to this. Wonderful, chewy groats! I added all the necessaries to them (everything we wanted except milk. In our case, a bit of brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon, and a tiny bit of butter), covered the bowls, and popped them in the microwave for five minutes. Utter perfection.

How can groats help you quilt longer? Well, because they are whole-kernel, they take longer to digest, helping you feel full longer. So…if you fill your family’s bellies with something that takes a looooong time to digest (and is really good for them), that means you have more time to sew. Do you like my logic? It works for me!

Seriously, oat groats are delicious and good for you. No, they aren’t low-carb, so when I get back on that bandwagon, I’ll miss them terribly. For now, though, I’ll enjoy them. And if you’ll excuse me, I have breakfast dishes to wash.