5 oat recipes that will save you money and time

5 oat recipes that will save you money and time

When it seems harder than ever to get out of the supermarket with a cart full of nutritious food and there is still money in your wallet, you are not alone. More than three-quarters of Americans have noticed a rise in food prices in the past year research by the International Food Information Council.

A great way to keep your food budget in check is to use what you already have on hand. Our new recipe series helps you do just that by making tasty, nutritious serving suggestions for the shelf-stable staples in your pantry you may have overlooked. This month’s focus: oats.

Do you know oats

While oats are usually considered a breakfast and baking staple, they can make a great base for a number of healthy, budget-friendly meals, both sweet and savory. You will come across different types of oats in the supermarket:

  • Steel-cut oats The oat grains (groats) are passed through steel blades that cut the whole oats into grain-like pieces. They usually have a firmer consistency and nutty flavor than other oats, but take longer to cook.
  • Rolled or old-fashioned oats The oat grains are steamed and then passed through large rollers to flatten them, which significantly reduces the cooking time but does not affect the nutritional level. Oatmeal porridge is a good option for all of the recipes below.
  • Quick Cook Oats Whole oat grains are cut into a few pieces before being steamed and rolled to reduce cooking time. They can be used in all of these recipes except the granola.
  • instant oats These oats are rolled even thinner and are pre-cooked. Unsweetened instant oats can be used in all of these recipes except the granola.

Steel-cut oats go through less processing than the other varieties, but they aren’t exactly more nutritious. All oats are comparable in terms of calories and fiber content, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2021 in The log of nutrition did find that blood sugar and insulin responses were better when people ate whole oat grains as opposed to more processed rolled or instant oats, but that may be because they take longer to digest. These findings may also explain why steel-cut oats may be more satiating than oats made from rolled, quick or instant oats — and why using steel-cut oats may result in better long-term blood sugar control.