Worst. Oatmeal. Ever.

January 17, 2009

Guess what ingredient found its way into my bowl?

ONIONS. In the form of powder. Blech!

It’s also the worst bowl ever because I actually burned it and had to switch pots! What’s up with me this weekend!?!? My mom’s stove is antique and the oats were taking forever to heat up and I put it on high heat – oops. She also doesn’t have non-stock pots, so that didn’t help.

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Looks quite good doesn’t it?

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The problem was egg beaters. Mom suggested we add some for extra protein (she’s into protein these days she says) so I thought why not. I don’t eat egg beaters because I know there is onion powder in them (I only like egg whites in a carton b/c they are clean), but I don’t know what I was thinking when I thought “Eh, I won’t taste it.” WRONG. It was in every bite like eating garlic bread for breakfast!

Here’s what all went in:

  • 1/2 cup oats, milk, water, 1/2 banana, pinch salt, vanilla
  • About 1 tbsp egg beaters
  • 1/5th or so crumbled Superfood ProBar
  • A few sliced almonds
  • Spoonful PB

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But I am full now, so it did its job. I just hope my onion breath goes away soon!

We’ve got our lunch packed and are setting out in this freezing weather. See you in Maryland! (Knock on wood…)

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1 Beadie January 17, 2009 at 7:45 am

Yuck! Sorry about the bad oats; you are a trooper for eating them anyway. I hope your lunch is better.


2 Jen January 17, 2009 at 8:00 am

Im sorry the oats didnt turn out!!! I dont like egg beaters, they have such a strange test…egg whites in oats works though, ive done it manyyyyyyy times! Still give it a go!


3 zestycook January 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

OH No!! The oatmeal expert had a bad bowl! It’s ok Kath – I forgive you. Your lunch will be better.



4 Anne January 17, 2009 at 8:12 am

that’s a terrible story, what a bad way to start your morning

guess you’ll have to make up for it with tomorrow’s bowl!


5 Shelby January 17, 2009 at 8:13 am

I’m sorry about the oats! But at least it left you full, I bet lunch will be so much better.


6 Nicole January 17, 2009 at 8:25 am

Onions in oats sounds really terrible! Yikes!


7 Kate January 17, 2009 at 8:27 am

Ugh, that stinks (literally?) about the oats! You should have just made another quickie bowl in the microwave.

Yeah, I usually avoid Egg Beaters too. At least the egg whites don’t have “color, onion powder, and butter flavoring”. Hahah. Not exactly a great match for oatmeal.


8 Moran January 17, 2009 at 8:44 am

yuckers sorry about the oatmeal!!


9 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 17, 2009 at 8:44 am

Sorry about the onion mishap. Oats still looked good. Have fun in Maryland!


10 VeggieGirl January 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

Nooo!! Not the onions!! Hang in there :-(


11 Marisa (trim the fat) January 17, 2009 at 8:47 am

When I saw your title, I thought “whoa, Kath didn’t like OATS?” Now, I can see why! Onion and oats, not a good combo!

Just wondering, did your Mom like it?

I give you MUCH credit for eating it; I probably would have tossed it!


12 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 17, 2009 at 9:00 am

Ahhhhh, what an oatmeal disappointment! Esp after all the work that goes into each bowl. Oh well, it was beautiful nonetheless!


13 Katelyn January 17, 2009 at 9:05 am

oh no, that just sounds nasty. I didn’t know that egg beaters had onion powder in them (i’ve never bought them), but that’s *really* good to know!


14 Kinder January 17, 2009 at 9:07 am

Yuck! They look unappetizing too for some reason!

Whose job was it to wash the pot?


15 Oh She Glows January 17, 2009 at 9:09 am

Oh I hate burning pots….!

Sorry about your oatmeal….at first when I saw the picture of the oatmeal, I thought you had digitally edited it and put some weird looking veggies on top. I know I’m weird!!

Then I realized it was the pro bar..LOL



16 Red Head, Yellow Dog January 17, 2009 at 9:42 am

blech! that’s awful! I didn’t know that egg beaters had onion in them…definitely does not sound tasty.


17 Joanne January 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

Oh no! And you look forward to your morning oats so much! At least the breakfast filled you up. Have a safe trip! … by the way, good for your Mom wanting to up the protein.


18 musicfan January 17, 2009 at 10:04 am

woo hoo. sorry bout the oatmeal. have a maryland crab cake!


19 Biz319 January 17, 2009 at 10:11 am

People who like onions always say “you can’t taste it.” WRONG! My old stove used to be those coils – nothing came out the way I wanted.

Now I have a flat top electric stove, but I long for a gas stove!

Save travels!


20 Karissa January 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

Sorry about the oats :(

I noticed the mug you had this morning…my parents have the same one and whole bunch of others that are famous artworks (guess it’s a collection) and that one is my favorite :)


21 polly January 17, 2009 at 10:22 am

oh Kath…. I am so sorry! Eeewwwww ONIONS are from the DEVIL. hehee Just kiddin, but girl, I can barely handle them cooked WAY down in soup and blended til no existent and even then it’s maybe. 😉

Have a fun day anyways, sweetie!! XOOX


22 Tracey C. January 17, 2009 at 10:30 am

That sounds horrid! Count me in amongst those who didn’t know egg beaters had all that stuff in (having never bought them).

Hope your drive to Maryland is smooth and uneventful – at least you’ve got sunshine for it today!


23 sarah January 17, 2009 at 10:40 am

yikes on the oatmeal! where in MD are you headed? I”m from Montgomery COunty…


24 theoddbod January 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

“can you explain to me why there is rice-a-roni in my coffee!!”


25 meg January 17, 2009 at 10:58 am

hey! I like your blog very much, and recipes too.
I was wondering, can you recomend me how to add up protein in my oatmeal?
I feel hungry after eating it, about an hour later already :(


26 Marissa January 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

Soirry about the onion powder :(


27 Sharon January 17, 2009 at 11:30 am

Really? Onion powder? Oh no!


28 Diana January 17, 2009 at 11:38 am

onion in the morning – never a good idea – even if you like onions!


29 Nick January 17, 2009 at 11:50 am

Haha, well you shouldn’t have gotten the flavored egg beaters. There’s no onion in the regular ones right? Speaking of which, I had made a ridiculous savory oatmeal concoction that turned out much better than I thought. I’m not ready to release it yet, I’m afraid of scaring people.


30 jennifer January 17, 2009 at 12:00 pm

I didn’t think there was onion in the regular Egg Beaters either.


31 caitlin (see bride run) January 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

i checked the ingredients of egg beaters: INGREDIENTS:
Egg whites (99%), less than 1%: Natural flavor, color (includes beta carotene), spices, salt, onion powder, vegetable gums (xanthan gum, guar gum).

hahah you can taste that?!! insane! you should be a onion-sniffer professional.

no seriously, that sucks. nothing worse than a yucky breakfast.



32 Courtney January 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Yech! I’m impressed you ate the oats. I’m not sure if I could have done it. My mom doesn’t have non-stick pans either and her trick for cleaning out burned messes is filling them with water and then boiling them out. It works pretty well just for future reference.

But the real reason I was coming over to comment today was to THANK YOU for your “perfect pre-workout snack” of half a banana and peanut butter. I’m not really a morning workout person, but I knew I had to do it today and I woke up starving. It’s now post workout and I’m still full and energized. Awesome!


33 Anne January 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I share your hate for onions!! And why is it the every recipe calls for onions? I obviously leave them out. Boooooo to onions.


34 Jasmine January 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm

what??? i never knew there are onions in eggbeaters…how gross!


35 brandi January 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

That stinks! Good thing you can make up for it soon with an awesome bowl of oatmeal :)

Be safe and enjoy your trip!!!


36 Betsy in Pgh January 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm

One time I put red pepper flakes in my oats instead of cinnamon… they’re in the exact same type of container and it was early in the morning. Not so good.


37 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Nasty, but strange, b/c I had a dream last night that I made Veggie Girl’s pear pistachio blondies and that they called for LEEKS! Probably would have turned out much like your oats.

I use egg whites a lot, but NEVER egg beaters in my oats.


38 Maureen January 17, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Aww… I’m so sorry about your oatmeal disaster. I’ve screwed up a couple times like that before and ruined the dish and it’s pretty depressing. Have fun in Maryland! And thanks again for the grocery-shopping tips. I spent $15 this week! (which was expected in the aftermath of the $330 binge last week).


39 Amy January 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Hello Kath!

Question about fat in foods:

I was looking at the nutrition facts in some kavli crackers, and noticed that the fat content listed the total fat as 2.5 grams (if I remember correctly), with sat & trans at 0, poly at 0, and mono at 1.5.

This leaves 1 gram of fat unaccounted for.

My question is:

Does such a thing as just plain ‘fat’ exist within foods, as in, one that can not be placed into one of those four categories?

I always just assumed that the fat content of a food could be completely accounted for through the nutrition panel’s fat sections (sat, trans, poly, and mono), and was intrigued by this.

Thanks, and I hope your travels are going well and that lunch more than made up for the unpleasant breakfast!



40 erin January 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm

i definitely share your hate for onions, i get picked on by my family about it all the time! But I’ve used leeks for a substitute & for me it’s a good substitute. but some people wouldn’t do that. And i do hate that everyone puts onions in everything, it’s like seriously, why??????? that’s why i don’t like potlucks or anything because i don’t know what’s in the food. But i’m actually better than I used to be.


41 therunningveggie January 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Oh no! That’s horrible. Onion in oatmeal doesn’t sound tasty at all.

Have fun on your trip!


42 Lara January 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm

What a bummer! I had no idea egg beaters were flavored with onion powder! Never tried them before.
Hope you are still having a nice time anyway!


43 Rico January 17, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I love your site as it sticks to just real food…and that brings me to the fact that I have a blog also about real food, food that me and my family eat every day…maybe you’d like to browse it..as I enjoyed browsing yours


44 Amanda January 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

That looks like my kettle on the stove :-)


45 Lyn January 17, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Wow, that’s crazy. I’ve been using egg beaters in my baking for years. Cakes, pumpkin bread, rice pudding and I never tasted the onions!! I must be immune to them.


46 Kath January 17, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Marisa (trim the fat),
Mom said it tasted a little funny.

Kinder ,
We left the pots for the husbands :)

sarah ,

meg ,
Milk, cottage cheese, nuts, peanut butter, yogurt topping.

Biz319 ,
you can ALWAYS taste them – before, during and after!!

Nick ,
No these weren’t flavored – the yellow regular ones have onion powder. No idea why! Only the whites are safe.

Amy ,
My guess is these are just rounding discrepancies. Some of those were probably closer to 1.2 than 1 and they round up or down by .5 so the total is slightly off. I could be wrong though.

erin + Anne ,
Onion haters unite! We should have dinner together.

caitlin (see bride run),
YES – I could taste just 1 tbsp. I have a super nose.



47 Kristi January 18, 2009 at 5:29 pm

I love your mom’s kitchen floor and stove…so cute and retro! And, of course, I love your blog….oatmeal lovers unite!


48 runjess January 19, 2009 at 11:02 am

I like onion and that still sounds disgusting. Poor thing, starting the day with a gross breakfast.


49 Elina January 19, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Oh no! It’s funny how everyone is sensitive to different things. I absolutely despise onions but I can eat egg beaters no problem. However, I really taste the onion powder in the kashi crackers, which I know you love. Weird!


50 Kath January 19, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Elina ,
The 7 Grain Kashis have it, but the Honey Sesame don’t, which are the ones I love :) After eating the HS all the time, I switched back to the 7 Grain for a box and knew something was “off”



51 Rhizophora January 19, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Too bad on the oats – what a way to start up the day (wow, they rhymed! hahaha)

I’ve read oats are like one of those superfoods, so I guess we need to have them at breakfast as often as possible…

Chew on a few parsley and a sure way to eliminate your onion breath!


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