An Economical Way to an "A+" Breakfast
Lékué Oatmeal Kit
Regina: My first thought of the Lékué Oatmeal Kit is that it intrigues me with its sleek European packaging.
Susan: I also like the designer look and small footprint. The idea of speed-scratch cooking — combining fresh ingredients with prepared products for a semi-homemade meal — in the microwave interests me.
Regina: The oatmeal kit couldn’t be easier to use. I love the directions, which are all done via pictures, kind of like a children's book. For basic oatmeal, all you need to do is mix 1/4 cup of oats with 1 cup of water in the cooker and top with Lékué's vented silicone lid. The bowl goes into the microwave for 3 1/2 minutes and voila, a steaming bowl of oatmeal for four is ready! They also include pictorial recipes that are anything but mundane. I tried the Apple Pie Oatmeal and was very impressed.
Susan: I tried making steel cut oats. Typically I cook steel cut oats on the stovetop, which takes a good 25 to 30 minutes. They weren’t cooked after 4 minutes and hadn’t absorbed much of the water. I added another four minutes, which was almost perfect. So, depending on your microwave's power, you can enjoy steel cuts oats in 8 to 10 minutes instead of the 25 to 30 minutes it can take to cook them on the stovetop. That works for me!
I also tried a Banana Pudding Oatmeal recipe. The comforting banana-vanilla flavor and creamy texture is reminiscent of banana pudding. This recipe could easily become a family favorite. My husband even thought I had banana bread in the oven!
Regina: What sealed the deal for me is that the Lékué Oatmeal Kit can be used to cook eight additional types of grains. I made brown rice — which tasted as good as any brown rice cooked on the stovetop — in the microwave in 30 minutes with barely any attention.
3 Tips for Anyone New to the Lékué Oatmeal Kit
- Have mitts handy. The cooker can get a little hot as the cooking time increases.
- Wash the cooker right after use or soak with water to make clean up quick and easy.
- Take a minute or two to familiarize yourself with the icons and what they stand for since the directions are pictorial.
Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, FAND and Regina Ragone MS, RDN share the food you love, how to stay fit for life and be fabulous everyday through professional continuing education and digital/traditional media communications. Connect with them here and on Google+ and Twitter.