World's Greatest Oatmeal
If you are having a tough time getting started on a cold morning, here's a dish that's ideal for you! (It's also great year-round if you're need a hearty boost of energy or if you're striving for the heart-healthy essence of oatmeal.)
To begin, gather:
• a dish or bowl that may be safely microwaved
• ½ cup or more of your favorite brand of quick-cooking oatmeal
• fresh blueberries, fresh diced strawberries, fresh raspberries or seedless raisins
• up to 2 tablespoons of granulated light brown sugar
• vanilla extract
• ground cinnamon
• fresh milk of your choice (skim, lowfat, whole, lowfat, almond, soy)
First, lightly mix the oatmeal, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and a shake or two of salt in the microwave-safe dish or bowl. Add water until the ingredients are almost covered.
Microwave at full power for roughly 1-1/2 minutes. (Over time, you can adjust the timing to your particular microwave oven's size and power. Unless your dish is small or shallow, or you've filled it quite full, you should not need to cover it.)
Carefully remove the dish from the microwave oven, and add your choice of fruit and a few tablespoons of milk, then mix once again.
Re-insert into the microwave oven, to cook once again at full power, for just a half minute or so. Take care in removing the now-hot dish. You can now add more milk, plus any other extras you might like: crushed walnuts, a squirt of maple syrup, sour cream, butter, mini-marshmallows, a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping, etc.
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