Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Trader Joe's Quick-Cook Steel-Cut Oats

Happy New Year, all!

I am fully aware that everyone is sick of the "healthy new year" stuff, and although I will be featuring some "healthy" foods and fitness-related stuff over the next few weeks, I thought I'd start off with a less positive experience I've had.

So I've been eating oatmeal pretty regularly now (thank goodness, as it is cheap, filling, and keeps me away from other junk) when I go to work.  Old fashioned (rolled) oats are my weapon of choice, cooked on the stovetop or microwave, but a long while back, I purchased these "quick cook" steel cut oats from Trader Joe's.  While steel-cut oats normally cook for a long time (more than 15 muinutes is long to me), these cut the time and can even be cooked in the microwave.

I cooked them up in a pot with pumpkin... combining my love for steel-cut oats and pumpkin.  The great thing was that they were done in eight minutes, give or take.  However, these were kind of a flop.  This was NOT satisfying the way I'd expect after eating steel-cut oats, and I wasn't really a fan of the texture.  There was hardly any chew at all.

This is just another reason why you shouldn't always try to take shortcuts in life.  Or just use old fashioned oats.


  1. Funny, I was just googling Trader Joe's Quick Cook Steel Cut Oatmeal because my friends made it during our NYE ski trip and I loved it and wanted to find recipes. Your blog entry came up fourth in the search. So while you think it's a flop, I thought it was delicious. To each their own.

  2. Britne @ Shabbott's HabitsJanuary 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Just goes to show you that you can't rush the good stuff! Try making your steel cut oats in a Thermos. It's life-changing! ;)