Home Made Relish Hot Cereal! On the 9th Day of Christmas…

…my true blog gave to me, a frugal breakfast recipe!!!

Frugal is nice, huh?  I know all you mamma’s out there (no, I’m not one yet but I saw it in my mamma, and I know lots of them!) realize that the true stress of Christmas cooking is not necessarily the first Christmas meal, but finding a way to get your family to eat leftovers for a week or more afterwards so that you don’t waste food…and without caving to the chorus of “not that AGAIIIIIIN.  I want to eat something new, waaaaah!”  Haha, maybe a little dramatic, but you feel me?  🙂  This year I tried my hand at repurposing my left overs, and ended up with a few great ideas!  So I thought I’d share a couple of them with you, so here is number one!!!

Home Made Relish Hot Cereal.  Sweet and tart.  Colorful.  Warm.  Comforting.  And a way to eat leftovers for BREAKFAST!!  That’s not typical right there!!!  And it’s stupid easy.

If you are a faithful reader, you will know from my Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran post that I have been in love with oat bran.  I am kind of an oat meal fan, but rarely finish my bowl cause it just gets overwhelming and the texture isn’t my fave.  Then I discovered Oat Bran…which has a texture similar to Malt O Meal, which I grew up on!  But can’t seem to find in New York.  (However, my mom sent me a box for Christmas haha!!  So stoked!!)  So I am going to show you this recipe with Oat Bran, but I am convinced it will work with any hot cereal!!


So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 Serving Oat Bran, or your favorite hot cereal
  • 1-2 Spoonfuls Cranberry Orange Relish
  • A pad of butter (optional)
  • Tbsp of Sweetener of your choice (also optional, if you don’t use it, it will run more tartt.  I would add a little honey or agave…though I am uncertain of the health of agave at the moment.  It is under scrutiny!  Or since there is already sugar in the relish if you want to not worry about the whole health thing…add a big ol’ spoonful of brown sugar and watch it melt!!)


And here’s how you do it.  Easiest.  Thing.  Ever…

  1. Cook hot cereal according to directions.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.
  3. Eat.


Whoo!!  We made it!!  What do you think?  Good way to repurpose something that could possibly just rot in the f ridge?  I think so 🙂

Isn’t it pretty!  Ohhhhh, I bet it would be tasty with some pecans in there too!!

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Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran

Dude.  I surprised myself with how good this is!!  It could quite possibly be my new favorite breakfast!!!  Though really, it feels more like a “treat” than a breakfast, it just turned out so good!

Have you ever tried Oat Bran?  I hadn’t until a month or so ago…and discovered that I love it.  I was raised eating Malt O Meal…my favorite hot cereal!!  Much creamier and smooth than oatmeal, and a fantastic flavor!  Sad thing is…when I moved to New York, I could not find it any where!!!  So sad!  I could find Malt O Meal brand cold cereal…but never the creamy deliciousness of my childhood.  I found that I enjoyed Cream of Rice…however the whole white rice thing didn’t seem healthy to me.   And then I stumbled upon Oat Bran.  Hallelujah, I have found something to fill the hole in my sad lonely little tummy!!!

And then…then I had this idea.  I tell you what.  Hot cereal will never be the same.  Somehow, without putting anything real bad in it…this ended up tasting like it had a lemony powdered sugar glaze.  It was heavenly.  And now I am going to share with you how you can make this heavenly creation for yourself.  IT IS SO EASY!!!


So, here’s what you need:

  • 2/3 C Oat Bran
  • 2 C Water
  • Dash of Salt
  • Tbsp(ish) Raw Agave (do it to taste!!)
  • Dash of Lemon Extract (1/8-1/4 tsp)
  • 2 Tbsp Dehydrated Blueberries (Or fresh…I had a bag of dehydrated ones from Trader Joes.  They plumped up nicely and worked perfectly!)

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Follow the package instructions…or bring the water and salt to a boil.
  2. Stir in Oat Bran and simmer for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in lemon extract, Agave, and blueberries.
  4. Eat and be comforted from the inside out!!



Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran 1Cook your oat bran and add in lemon extract, agave, and blueberries.

Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran 2Now get ready to enjoy!!  I ate mine with a nice side of turkey bacon.  🙂

Lemon Blueberry Oat Bran 3Ready to try?!  DO IT!!  Breakfast will never be the same I tell you!!