There are some weeks when grocery shopping doesn’t happen, when a quick trip to our favorite fruit and veggie stand down the street is all we can manage. These are the weeks when we rely on pantry staples and creativity. Last week when I went to make breakfast, I opened the pantry to find no cereal, no bagels – I then checked the fridge to find no milk, no eggs, no yogurt – just a lonely little box of strawberries. I sighed (oh, what to make). Then, I remembered bookmarking Annie’s post earlier in the week and I excitedly got to work making my own little version.
In Annie’s words, this is like dessert for breakfast. Especially this time of year when the strawberries are so deliciously sweet. And the chocolate chips – just a few – when tossed in with the warm oatmeal, melt just enough to cover a bit of strawberry and remind you of chocolate covered strawberries. Over a base of hearty oatmeal, this is a breakfast that fills you up and leaves you completely satisfied – bare fridge, pantry and all.
oatmeal with strawberries & chocolate chips
Yield: 1 serving, easily increased for more
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup water
4-5 strawberries, cleaned, hulled & sliced
small handful of chocolate chips
1. Cook the oats: In the microwave, combine water and oats and microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. On the stovetop, bring the water to a boil and stir in oats, cook 5 minutes over medium until thickened, stirring occasionally.
2. Top the oats with strawberries and chocolate chips. Enjoy.
Source: inspired by Annie’s Eats