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Whether you're Irish or not, the month of March is a time to celebrate the rich heritage of Ireland. Of course, one of the best ways to do this is with Irish cuisine. Even after you've made your corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day, you may enjoy having a hearty Irish breakfast this month.
This recipe for Spiced Irish Oatmeal, adapted from Food.com, is a good choice for diabetics or seniors looking for a filling, nutritious breakfast option, because it is made with nourishing steel-cut oats, which are packed with fiber. Add some fruit like pears or apples for even more fiber and vitamins!
Spiced Irish Oatmeal
Ingredients for three cups of oatmeal
3 cups water
1 cup steel-cut oats
1 cup chopped apples or pears (optional)
1 tablespoon brown sugar or brown sugar substitute
14 teaspoons ground cinnamon
18 teaspoons salt
18 teaspoons ground allspice
1 dash ground cloves or nutmeg
3 cups nonfat milk (optional)
In a large saucepan, combine the water, steel-cut oats, optional fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves or nutmeg. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat.
Simmer this mixture uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes or until the oats have been cooked to your desired consistency, then serve with milk on the side.