Hustle-Free Whole Grain Breakfast

My baby is turning three this weekend. Sniff-sniff…

A couple presents from our friends arrived while he was napping today. One of them is this adorable Responsibility Chart. It includes cute little magnetic goals (such as “Load Dishwasher”, “Set Table”, “Make Bed”, or “Take Out Trash”) and little magnetic scores ( “You did it!”, “Looking Good!”, etc.) .  Ohm, I was so tempted to re-gift it to my husband, and then I turned the board around, and found even more goals: “Take a bath”, “Stop Whining”, “Say Please and Thank You”… It’s settled – the board is going to the husband, not the child! Sorry, guys!

Anyways, this friend who sent us the gifts should be the one writing a cooking blog. She can make gasoline taste good; and since they had a baby, she took the whole “healthy eating” concept up a level!.. or two… or three… nah, more like twenty levels…
So, today’s recipe is inspired by her. All my kids (including the husband) love it!

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  • 1 cup of whole grain steel cut oatmeal (such as Bob’s Red Mill Organic)
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup milk (optional)


Place all ingredients (minus milk) in a crock-pot or an oven-proof cast-iron pot.  I like to add cold milk right before serving (to quickly chill the oatmeal).

Set the crock-pot to cook on low or place the cast-iron pot into the oven, preheated to 175° F/80° C for 8 hours.

If desired, replace sugar with honey, sprinkle with cinnamon, add nuts, and/or your favorite dried or fresh fruit.


  1. Stacie Nessa says:

    Now you’re really making me feel terrible about myself! Dave got lucky with you my dear ; )

    • Anastasia says:

      Why would you feel terrible? Your husband is probably luckier than mine, as I’m staring at my laptop righting sillies, and you are actually paying attention to your man!

  2. Shira says:

    This looks delicious! There are so many amazing breakfast recipes out there – perhaps I am missing the best meal of the day? I think so! I am a fruit or yoghurt girl but love a good oatmeal if I have the time to make it!

  3. samology says:

    this looks like a healthy and hearty breakfast! Your family is so lucky to have you make them such delicious treats all the time!! <3 and happy 3rd birthday to your baby!

    • Anastasia says:

      Congratulations!!! I think it’s a bigger holiday for parents than for kids. In fact, my dad always brought flowers to my mom on MY birthday to thank her for the MOST WONDERFUL ABSOLUTELY AMAZING GIFT (a.k.a. me) she gave him ;-)
      I cannot imagine managing twins! My kids are 20 months apart, and there are days when I’m going coo-coo!

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