Rich in nutrients such as fiber and protein, oatmeal is a healthy and tasty way to start your day. One of the most recognizable and widely available brands is Quaker Oats, which produces both a quick oats version and an old-fashioned one. As quick oats only save a few minutes of time and lack the flavor and texture of regular oatmeal, stick with the old-fashioned version, also known as rolled oats.
On the Stovetop
Put a measured amount of water and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Stir in, slowly, a proportional amount of oatmeal. Follow the proportions on the package.
Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, then serve.
In the Microwave
Combine the proportional amounts of water and oats in a microwave-safe bowl. Add a pinch of salt and stir.
Place in the microwave and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir one more time before serving.
Oatmeal may be served plain or garnished with healthy toppings, including: chia seeds, flax seeds, fresh fruits or roasted nuts.
You can also cook oatmeal in half milk and half water. In the alternative, add a splash of cold milk after cooking to add richness and loosen the texture of the cooked oats. Almond milk is a good non-dairy option.
Always double-check to make sure your bowls are microwave safe. Some ceramic bowls, for example, contain metallic glazes that will cause them to heat up to unsafe levels.