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I’m a big fan of taking things that wouldn’t normally be a meal in themselves and turning them into one.  Why dirty more dishes and spend more time cooking than necessary?  Here is how I turn a simple bowl of porridge into a filling, frugal meal.

Malt O’ Meal–the iconic box from certainly my own childhood and that of many others.
Is Malt O’ Meal “real food”?  Well, no, not really.  Processed grains with synthetic vitamins added: hardly real food territory.  However, we have it occasionally when a quick breakfast is needed, after adding ingredients to increase its nutrition, and my family loves it.  When it’s a choice between a compromise item like this and grabbing an Egg McMuffin or similar, this is still definitely much better.

Having gotten that out of the way, preparing it as directed on the package definitely won’t provide you with a balanced or satisfying breakfast.  Just grains and water, and sweetener if you add it, will only do horrible things to your blood sugar, no different than sugary cereal.  I always enjoyed eating breakfast cereals as a snack as a kid rather than at breakfast time, since even then I found it unfulfilling.  The addition of protein and healthy fats is what turns Malt O’ Meal into something worth eating.  There are virtually endless ways of doing so; the recipe below is just a start.  A savory concoction made with homemade stock, cheese, and green onions, for example, could be a sort of pseudo-grits.  The sky’s the limit!


Making A Meal Out of It: Malt O’ Meal Porridge

6 Servings

  • Coconut milk or other milk with water to equal 4 1/4 cups
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons gelatin
  • 1 cup Malt O’ Meal
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • Maple syrup, honey, or granulated cane sugar to taste
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice or cream (optional)

Whisk milk/water, salt, and gelatin together in a medium saucepan and turn the heat to medium high.  Bring to a boil and whisk in the Malt O’ Meal.  Reduce heat to medium and whisk until thickened.  Add cream cheese, eggs, butter, and vanilla extract and whisk (or switch to a spoon and stir–it gets thick) until the cream cheese is melted in.  Remove from heat and stir in the fruit.  Sweeten individual servings to taste and pour on a little milk or cream if desired.





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