Turn Up The Volume

January 29, 2012


Morning!! We’re having the Sunday morning of our dreams over here.

Slept very late.

Put oats in the rice cooker and did chores (I know I said I didn’t buy the cooker for oats, but I’m really enjoying the hands off right now!)

And 2+ episodes of Lost. About to finish Season 1!


These were the most voluminous oats I’ve ever had! I put in an extra half cup of water and gave them 8 more minutes of cooking (since this was a double batch).

Ratio for two: 2/3 cup Coach’s Oats, 2/3 cup milk, 2.5 cups water, 1 banana, salt, cinnamon, currants.

Time: 23 minutes

Setting: Quick cook

When I came back, there was evidence that they boiled over inside (thankfully they didn’t come out the top) and they were stuck to the bottom and beginning to brown. Still working on the double batch technique…

However, the volume was out of control! It seemed like 50% more than usual – likely due to the extra water absorption. I will note, however, that the oats were more bland that usual, which is also due to the extra water. But I loved the texture!

Toppings included Blueberry Buttermilk muffin crumbles and almond butter. Inside were currents and banana!


That was one delicious bowl!!


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1 Em (WIne and Butter) January 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

Wheeee! We are also having an awesome Sunday – breakfast in bed with coffee and cream, vegan ginger fruit juice sweetened (which I had to mention!) cookies … whilst watching Food Inc. I.D.E.A.L.

Hope your Sunday continues on its good streak!!! xox


2 Khushboo January 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

Dessert for breakfast..I like the way you roll Happy Sunday :)!


3 kate January 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

Total dessert! I would crash within an hour if I ate as much sugar as Kath does most mornings. I guess her body is used to it.
Kath–I hope you and Matt see the light of day today and don’t get sucked in to the entire 2nd season! It’s a slippery slope…


4 Andrea January 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Where’s the dessert and all the sugar in that bowl of oats..?


5 lynn @ the actor's diet January 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

oh my lord i remember when we finished that first season of LOST. we watched it live and couldn’t believe we had to wait to find out what happened. you are lucky you get to pop in the next season DVD right away!


6 Carla January 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

Ok…I’m starting to want a rice cooker now! I wonder if you could use it to prepare Quinoa?? I prepare all of my lunches in advance on Sunday and since I’m a vegetarian I usually include quinoa. I’m always looking for a better way to prepare it.

Kudos on sleeping late…it’s so good for the mind, body, and soul once a week!


7 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

You can


8 Erika - The Teenage Taste January 29, 2012 at 11:19 am

Ooooh la la, that bowl of oats looks fabulous. Oh and now I really want one of those muffins. :-)

Have a great day, Kath!


9 Greta @ Staying Lost January 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

It’s neat that you’re figuring out ways to cook the oats better in the rice cooker! I like anything that gives me 50% more volume for nothing. :)


10 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles January 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

What a yummy way to start a Sunday! :)


11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 29, 2012 at 11:49 am

Sounds like a perfect Sunday! I’ve been having blueberries in my oats, but I think I need the blueberry muffins now!


12 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

what a perfect sunday morning! i’m all about volume when it comes to food… it feels like i’m eating more, and i love eating! :)


13 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

That bowl should give you all the energy you need to start a fantastic Sunday. I am so glad the rice cooker is working out for you.


14 Molly @ RDexposed January 29, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Where’s the bowl from? It looks like one of my favorite sweater’s design.


15 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Pottery Barn! Fall 2009 I think


16 kristen @ verbs and vignettes January 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

i just had ground farro in the rice cooker! i bought the same one you did because of emily, and i absolutely love it. as soon as i use it once, i use it a hundred times in a row because i remember how awesome it is to not have to stand over the stove and watch.

happy sunday!


17 Sneakers2Sandals January 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

your pictures are so beautiful! i just finished eating lunch and now i am hungry again thanks to your photos. back to the fridge :)


18 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

you’re making me so jealous of this rice cooker!!!


19 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

DElicious bowl for sure! LOoks great :)


20 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

You’ll have the finer points down pat in no time I’m guessing for how to get your perfect blend and texture of oats in your rice cooker for how you like them and watch, you’ll end up giving up stovetop oats…just a hunch :)

Glad your weekend is going wonderfully!


21 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Sounds very similar to our morning (minus the rice cooker part, husband made breakfast burritos!) Now I’m trying to get the motivation to get dressed and accomplish some stuff!


22 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Can’t wait to give your rice cooker technique a shot!


23 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I love your bowl! Sounds like you are having the perfect Sunday morning. Enjoy!


24 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming January 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

What a delicious looking breakfast!

I hope you enjoyed Lost! It’s definitely something that keeps you on the edge of your seat going.. .WHAT? :)


25 Tracy January 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm

You should definitely try setting the cooker the night before. Use the porridge setting and set the desired completion time. I have never ever had trouble with over boiling or burning.


26 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I’m scared to do this because I’ve been using the quick cooking Coach’s Oats rather than traditional steel cut. Do you know if the quick cooking would still be OK on porridge setting?


27 Tracy January 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I have used regular rolled oats (not steel cut) with no problems! Although I never add milk until the morning after it’s finished, so adding milk may make a difference. I just pour a couple of large splashes of almond milk into the cooker when it’s done, then close the lid and let it warm for a few minutes. I sometimes add chia seeds at this time as well.


28 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Yeah, I wouldn’t want to use milk overnight.

Do you make 1 portion as small as 1/2 a cup? Do you know how long it takes when it turns on? I’d ultimately like to monitor a session for burn/overflow before I let it cook while I’m asleep – just to make sure it’s OK!


29 Tracy January 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I’ve actually even made a 1/3 cup portion. I’m not sure how long the cycle runs, but my guess is about 45 minutes.


30 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thanks, I will definitely test this out soon!


31 Tracy January 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Good luck…hope it works out. It should!


32 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

OK – just put 1/3 cup coach’s oats with 1.25 cups water, salt and cinnamon and currants and programmed it to by done via porridge at 8:10. Wish me luck!


33 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Sounds good. I just got a rice cooker and I should try it with oats!


34 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 29, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I actually slept in myself this morning! Had a quick breakfast ‘mash’ and have been on the go since! With a house full of boys…there is always something to be done! I look forward to the evenings to ‘kick back’ and relax! Except if there is a hockey game to run to! lol


35 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Sounds like an amazing Sunday. I always feel like Sundays are catch up days for us. We always try to cram in whatever we didn’t get to do on Saturday. I need to take your approach :)


36 Tiffany January 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Yum!! I had oatmeal for breakfast too! Its a warm and sunny day where I am contemplating a smoothie for lunch!

By the way I bought TJ’s sunflower butter and I found it way too sweet for my taste :( I was really hoping to love it after so many people have raved about it. I think I found it too sweet because I only eat natural sugars (fruits) except sweets every once in a while? Not sure though lol

Have a great sunday!!


37 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Oh sad!! Wish you could beam it to me :)


38 Kathy January 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm

You make some of the best looking breakfasts! It’s my favorite meal of the day!!


39 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna January 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm

looks like a really yummy breakfast! i wish i had a rice cooker- my oatmeal always takes forever to cook because i add extra liquid (which also means i have to stir it every 30 seconds otherwise it will leave a complete mess in the microwave).


40 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm

what a tasty breakfast!


41 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever January 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

What a fun day! I watched so many seasons of Lost when I was pregnant and tired/lazy, love it!


42 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I hate when stuff boils over. It always happens to me when I boil rice. It’s supposed to be such an easy thing to cook but I still haven’t gotten the hook of it yet! And you are really flying through Lost!! Get ready–I’ve heard it only gets better 😀


43 Jenny January 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm

This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try this.


44 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money January 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm

So glad you are obsessed with Lost!


45 Ash Bear January 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

When we have more space, we’ll have to buy a rice cooker. Until then, maybe we’ll just stick to trying Lost for the first time!


46 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Voluminous oats sound awesome!


47 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles January 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I accidentally slept until 9:45 this morning. I never sleep that lay…Must be my cold plus Husband was out on a fishing trip (so the house was nice and quiet). Happy Sunday!


48 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Whoa-that is a filling bowl of oats. Bet it was good! Gotta try that rice cooker trick….


49 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Wow you plowed through the first season of LOST so quickly! I did the same thing when I watched it – I was addicted!


50 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Alright, seriously, you need to stop talking about this fabulous rice cooker. Greg and I looked at a Cuisinart one in Bed Bath & Beyond today and it was reasonably priced, and I was like “well, Kath has been raving about hers….” and then I told myself “no! You do NOT NEED another small appliance now!”
But if you keep talking about it, I might not be able to reason with myself anymore!
We’ve been plowing through Parks & Recreation on Hulu Plus. For some reason, I just discovered how hilarious that show is.


51 KathEats January 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm

:) You could just get an inexpensive one and see how you like it. If you eat a lot of grains, I would definitely get one.


52 Jessica January 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

If you can put a muffin in some oatmeal and it’s still considered breakfast then I’m willing to argue my case that my chocolate chip oatmeal cookies I had this morning are practically the same thing!


53 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 29, 2012 at 7:46 pm

These oats look so silky smooth! I love currants too.


54 Angel7 January 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm

It looks like a cloud of blueberry goodness!



55 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte January 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Such fluffy, creamy oats! Makes me want a rice cooker, too bad I really don’t have the space for another appliance. I’ll just enjoy looking at yours :-)


56 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm

It looks like one delicious bowl!! YUM!


57 Lindsay January 30, 2012 at 7:30 am

Yum yum yum! Living in the LAND of rice cookers I am now motivated to by one because of your experiments, keep em’ coming! I think oats in it are a fab idea and I can’t wait to try it! Our sunday was PACKED with the joy of ticking off things on the to-do list:)


58 Cait's Plate January 30, 2012 at 10:52 am

That blueberry buttermilk muffin just looks so incredible. Buttermilk should be illegal it’s so delicious. Glad you’re still enjoying Lost! Cant wait to see what you think of some of the twists and turns it takes!


59 ~Christy January 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

The browning on the bottom always kills the batch for me flavor-wise. :( Sounds like you’re having fun experimenting though!!!


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