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Yummy Heart-Healthy Recipes for National Oatmeal Month

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

Oklahoma elder care professionals maintain that eating tasty oatmeal is a great meal any time of year. That is especially true in January, which is designated National Oatmeal Month. Research suggests that eating oatmeal can help lower bad cholesterol levels, control blood sugar levels and help reduce blood pressure. There is no reason to save oatmeal just for breakfast, however. Below are two delicious and nutritious recipes you can prepare for your loved one at any time of day.

Roasted Tomato Oatmeal

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups steel-cut oats
3 cups water
6 Roma tomatoes 
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
1/4 cup fresh basil 
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/16 teaspoon salt
1/16 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

1. Thinly slice the Roma tomatoes.
2. Chop the basil roughly.
3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
4. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
5. Reduce the heat to low and add the oats. Cover the pot and cook for 25 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, lay the tomato slices on a cookie sheet.
7. Drizzle the tomatoes with the oil.
8. Place the tomatoes in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes until the tomatoes are beginning to brown.
9. Once the oats and tomatoes are cooked, stir the tomatoes into the oatmeal. 
10. Add the seasonings and put the mixture in bowls.
11. Divide the mixture into bowls and enjoy. 

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients:

2 tart apples
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
1/16 teaspoon salt 
4 dates

Instructions:

1. Core and peel the apples. Slice them very thin.
2. Coarsely chop the dates. 
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
4. Put the lemon juice, cinnamon and honey in a small bowl. 
5. Add the apples and toss until well coated.
6. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
7. Place the apples on the parchment paper and bake for five minutes. 
8. Carefully fold the parchment paper trapping the moisture inside. Cook the apples for another ten minutes until they are soft. 
9. Remove the apples from the oven and set aside.
10. In a medium saucepan, combine the oats, salt, water and almond milk. Bring to a boil over high heat.
11. Reduce the heat to low and add the dates. Cook until the desired consistency.
12. Place 1/3 of the apples in the bottom of a serving bowl.
13. Top with 1/3 of the oatmeal mixture.
14. Continue rotating layers. 
15. Serve and enjoy.

Learn more about other healthy meals to prepare for your loved one by calling Home Care Assistance at 405-285-4191. Our Oklahoma stroke, Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers are highly trained to help seniors age in place with dignity while promoting vitality and independence. Talk to a friendly Care Manager today and learn how we can customize a care plan for your loved one.