FOOD: Perfect (Instant) Oatmeal

 

I used to hate oatmeal - I remember trying it early in my life and dismissing it as cereals unappetizing sibling when my grandparents tried to force it upon me. I disliked it so much that I put off even trying it again until this year. 

Perhaps this was due to their off-brand instant oatmeal or perhaps it has to due with that whole taste bud thing - but lately oatmeal is my go to breakfast food. I don't want to start my day without it. 

Of course the first few oatmeals I tried were instant as I live my life on the go - constantly moving from one event to the next and a little to do with the fact that I'm highly inpatient. Thus one morning when I didn't even have time for the instant oatmeal I found myself stopping at Starbucks on the way to a client meeting and discovered the deliciousness of their oatmeal. Having worked their for a brief period of time I remembered that their oatmeal didn't look instant but instead looked like regular ole oats.  

 

So as I was enjoying this delicious "just add water" oatmeal I started wondering - how can I make this at home? Especially since Starbucks charges 3.00 an oatmeal and I could buy a bulk for almost the same price. With a little (and I mean A LOT) of internet scouring I finally found a lead in my search for the perfect instant oatmeal. 

It all starts with 1/2 Quaker Quick Oats - a pinch of salt - and a kettle of boiling water. Since I tend to make a morning tea anyways I just add extra water to my kettle for my oatmeal. Pour 1/2 a cup of water over your oatmeal and let sit for at least 1-3 minutes and then stir in your favorite toppings - mine include brown sugar, cinnamon, strawberries, and blueberries. 

This oatmeal recipe comes out thick, gooey, and absolutely filling - perfect for jumpstarting your day. Let me know what your favorite brands of oatmeal are - or if you can even stomach it (I know it's a texture thing). I'm always on the lookout for other quick and easy breakfasts for on the go! 

 

foodJessica Fowler