I have blogged about some low cost meals before and they have attracted many comments, some of which were surprisingly strong. I still remember some animated comments regarding the 70c nasi lemak and the cheap hawker fare at Tiong Bahru Market.
Well, I am now going to share with you another one of my favourite low cost meals which is easy to cook and full of nutrition: Oats. We can buy a 500g packet of raw rolled oats for about $3.00 from NTUC Fairprice. If you shop at Cold Storage, it could cost a bit more. It is cheaper to buy a 1kg pack, weight for weight, if you are cooking for more than one usually.
Put a pot of water to boil.
Get about half a bowl of raw rolled oats ready.
When the water has come to a boil, pour in the oats.
Replace the lid and switch off the fire. Leave it for 30 minutes or so. Sometimes, I forget and leave it for a bit longer but it's OK as the fire is off.
When you come back, give the contents a good stir.
You could add sugar or honey for taste. You could also add some dried fruits like raisins and apricots. There you have it: a low GI (glycemic index) meal that is full of nutrition and fibre.
Cost? Less than a dollar per serving, for sure. Guess what did I have for breakfast?