Unless you’re a texture weenie

A few years back I discovered that my cholesterol was elevated, so I have been on a statin drug ever since. Recently my doctor agreed to let me stop taking the drug if I agreed to change my lifestyle. Then, after several months we would do lab work and go from there. I was doing very well until the wedding, at which time I began a three week cake and ice cream diet.

Now that I am back on the straight and narrow, I have decided to come up with my own cookbook for lowering cholesterol. Since oatmeal and salmon are both on the list of foods to eat to keep cholesterol in check, I figured that I could kill two birds with one stone by combining them. Hence, “Salmon Oatmeal“.

The first time I fixed it (for myself, of course) Joel said, “Oh my goodness Susan, that’s just not right!” I know what you’re thinking, especially if you’re not an adventurous eater, but just stay with me.

Season a small salmon fillet (I used kosher salt and freshly ground pepper) and cook in a skillet

with a little olive oil, onions and garlic. While that is doing its thing, microwave ¼ cup of old fashioned oats with ¼ cup of water just until the water is absorbed. This takes about 20 seconds.


Put the oatmeal aside.

When the salmon is done, pull it apart with a fork, incorporate it into the oatmeal along with the onions and garlic. Then garnish if you like. I used fennel.

After only about fifteen minutes, you have yourself a tasty, heart healthy breakfast…that is, unless you’re a texture weenie.