Creamy Oats and Lentils with Sweetly Spiced Apples: A Healthy Breakfast
If you want this on the table in under 5 minutes, cook up a batch on the weekend and dish out 1-cup servings in individual microwaveable bowls. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer. Before reheating, stir in a bit of milk for extra creaminess.
2large applesunpeeled, cut into bite-sized pieces (about 4 cups)
½cupred lentils,sorted and rinsed
1cupsteel cut oats
1 ½cupsnonfat milk(or milk of choice)
Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the canola oil and swirl to cover the surface. Add the diced apples. Cook until lightly softened, about 3 - 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Add the cardamom and cinnamon and stir to mix the seasonings well.
Add the water and the salt. Increase the heat to bring the contents to a boil. Add the lentils and oats. Stir vigorously. Reduce the heat to medium low to obtain a steady simmer. Add the milk and stir well.
Cover and continue to simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the lentils and oats are cooked and most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
Serve with toppings of choice such as additional diced apples, brown sugar, honey, almonds or walnuts. Refrigerate leftovers. To reheat, add a little milk and warm on the stovetop or the microwave.
If you're tracking Diabetes Exchanges, count 1 serving of Creamy Oats and Lentils with Sweetly Spiced Apples as 2 Starch, 1 Fruit and 1 Fat