cranberry orange oatmeal

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

I hope everyone had a pleasant thanksgiving day with lots of delicious food and good company.  I hosted for the first time this year, and I’m not going to lie it was a little stressful.  I love cooking, but typically it’s just Jason and me.  Cooking for two is much different than preparing a Thanksgiving feast.  Lucky for me, my family was very supportive and everything came together in the end.

Three days later, I am finally finishing up the last of the dishes.  Right now more than ever I am all about easy meals, so why not utilize those leftovers.  This oatmeal is as easy as it gets and it’s super yummy too.  I used my leftover cranberry sauce (I made Damn Delicious’ Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe and it is so good), but you can use any cranberry sauce or even dried cranberries if you’d like. Don’t use fresh uncooked cranberries, they will be too bitter.

cranberry orange oatmeal

cranberry orange oatmeal

This recipe calls for orange juice, you can use freshly squeezed or store bought as long as its 100% juice.  That stuff on top is orange zest, not cheese ;)

I had leftover glazed pecans so I also stuck those in. Yum yum.

cranberry orange oatmeal

As you can see, this recipe makes kind of a stickier oatmeal. I am not a fan of “soupy” oatmeal, but I know some people prefer it that way.  If you want a runnier oatmeal, slowly add hot water to the oats while simmering/stirring until they reach the consistency that you like.

cranberry orange oatmeal

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Serves 1
Prep time 2 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Total time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeeze or 100% oj)
  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce (or a couple spoonfuls of dried cranberries)

Optional

  • 1-2 tablespoon chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds

Directions

1. In a small saucepan, bring orange juice to a boil. Turn down to medium-low and stir in oats. Simmer for 2 minutes.
2. Stir in brown sugar. Move oatmeal to serving dish. Heat up cranberry sauce in microwave if you prefer. Top oatmeal with cranberry sauce and nuts.

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