Recession Breakfast

I’m planning to get back to the 30 days of financial literacy this afternoon (or maybe even tonight after the Town Hall for Hope event), but I was thinking you all might appreciate my recession breakfast recipe.

Our favorite affordable breakfast is Steel Cut Oats (also called Irish Oats). These are whole oats, which are sliced instead of rolled or crushed. Buy these bulk only, not in one of those canisters–those can be as much as $7.00 per pound. Steel cut oats should be under $.70 a pound, and right now we’re buying them 5 pounds at a time for $0.46.

To make steel cut oats, boil eight cups of water and sprinkle in two cups of oats (or halve this recipe for a smaller family). You’ll have to boil all of this for about 30 minutes. Or until it’s reached the texture and consistency that your family likes.

Top steel cut oats with a variety of different things for variety:

  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh fruit
  • Nuts (pecans are my favorite)
  • Jam/Jelly
  • Berries

Steel cut oats without toppings are 140 calories and 6 grams of protien for 1 cup prepared.