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February 09, 2010


Eli Shem-Tov

I love hot oatmeal in the morning but hate the long prep time.
A useful addition to my kitchen was a Zojirushi rice cooker that has many usefull settings but none more that the porridge/oatmeal setting which I can set up to be ready at any time of the day. There is a timer setting which allows you to have your oatmeal steaming as you wake up.

It also has a 'GABA Brown rice' setting which increases the amount of GABA in brown rice by %150...who knew?
As well I now use it to boil dry beans instead of buying canned beans.
This is all in addition to cooking quinoa, hulled barley, etc.
Love your site.


Thanks for all these ideas--I'm trying each of them! I love your blog and am a devoted follower and try-er of all that you have incorporated into your life. THANK YOU!

Kat Talley-Jones

Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your blog. I appreciate it so much! You might give nutritional yeast a try on the popcorn. Also, after a stint in Korea and buying popcorn on the street--a shake or two of garlic powder.


We make a delicious & satisfying no-cook muesli by soaking rolled oats on the countertop overnight in water, European style plain yogurt (with more zing than regular), cinnamon, & various combinations of nuts, seeds & chopped dried/fresh fruit. Lately we love walnuts, tahini, apples, pears, flame or hunza raisins, figs, & dried coconut. Some recipes suggest adding honey, but the fruit adds plenty of sweetness. It keeps well at room temp for at least 24 hours, keeps me full for hours, and makes a great lunch on days I don't want to rely on hospital cafeteria fare!


Such terrific ideas.
I love Mexican Hot Chocolate at my favorite local coffee shops but never thought to make it at home! Thanks for the inspiration!
I have to second the idea of cooking steel cut oats in the crockpot -- so delicious! Love them with a dollop of plain yogurt to up the creaminess.

Thanks again!

Chris G.

Here's a tip to get that healthy popcorn without a popper:
Add 1/2 cup of popping corn kernels to a brown paper bag (like the ones for a school lunch). Sprinkle in ~1/2 tablespoon of canola oil and salt as desired (tips here are great). Fold the top of the bag over to close. Microwave on high for ~2 minutes or on your microwave's 'popcorn' setting. Tweak times, oil, and salt as needed. Great popcorn without a popper (saves space) or the toxic chemicals used in store bought microwave popcorn.


Great ideas, I look forward to trying them all! I know what foods I *should* eat but some evenings nothing satisfies like chocolate and salt! These recipes are going on my next shopping list.

The Healthy Librarian

Thanks everyone for all your great suggestions--more new things to try!

The Zojirushi rice cooker sounds 100% better than my very cheaply made crockpot. And what a more reliable way to cook beans & grains. Thanks so much for the tip. As for the GABA--who knew? So, if you make rice with the Zoji you can feel calm, relaxed, & sleep better. Count me in!

I've got nutritional yeast in my pantry for recipes that need a "cheesey" taste. Never would have thought of using it on popcorn. I'll give it a try. The garlic, too!

Your mueseli sounds amazing--original add-ins, and who would have thought of adding tahini? I have never tried making this, but I've eaten it at a B & B & it was delicious. Another recipe on my list of "to try"

I have tried this (in the past)--& now I have a whole bag of bags in my pantry. It just didn't work for me--most of the kernels didn't pop, and if I kept it in a longer time, they just burned. You're the scientist--what do you think? My microwave is over 20 years old (still works) and the wattage then is 1/2 of what it is now. Could that be the problem?

Carla, Elizabeth, & Jessica,
Thanks for your feedback & enthusiasm!


re: steel-cut oats;
I use whole intact oats groats. Takes a little longer to cook, but according to Gabe & Dianna Mirkin, oats groats are even more nutritious. I use 3 parts oats groats with 1 part black hull-less barley.


My favorite chocolate night treat is in smoothie form since it's so hot where I live (Middle East). Detailed the recipe in another comment but its basically unprocessed cocoa powder, ripe banana or apple, slug of milk (rice, soy, cow), T or two of seeds (flax, pumpkin), and a dash of sweetener blended with ice. Delish!

I'm a huge fan of air popped popcorn as a snack. I pack it with a handful of almonds and raisins as a satisfying work snack.

One of my favorite ways of making it more flavorful is spraying it with a bit of Braggs liquid aminos or a tiny bit of Worcestershire sauce. If I'm on a popcorn jag I make up a spray bottle of worcestershire sauce, braggs, a dash of cayenne and about equal amounts water to bring down the sodium content. Another favorite topping is finely ground nutritional yeast and powdered garlic (and cayenne if you like spicy foods!). Addictive and so healthy!

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