recipe: delicious oatmeal

29 Sep

I’m not sure this really is a recipe–more of a general technique. I never had oatmeal as a kid; my family just didn’t eat it. So I never quite knew what it tasted like. As an adult, I never felt driven to try it until I had my first baby and had low milk supply: everyone kept telling me that oatmeal would help milk production! So I tried it, and after some experimentation I found that I could actually enjoy it made like this.

Biggest tip: use a really big bowl, or this is a mess in your microwave. You could also use the stove if you’re ambitious.

ingredients:
* old-fashioned oats (1 serving or 2, depending on your appetite–this leaves over pretty well for the next morning if you want to make 2 servings and just reheat)
* 3/4 cup or so of frozen berries (your choice)
* water
* maple syrup or honey
* cinnamon

Here’s what I do: I put the oats in my bowl and add the frozen berries. (No need to thaw them ahead.) Add enough water to moisten all of the oats–you don’t need as much as the package says because the berries will exude juice, but your oats should be well-moistened.

Put in the microwave and cook for several minutes, stirring every minute or so. The berries will thaw and the oats will cook up and thicken. Eventually you’ll have a nice, thick oatmeal, brightly colored with fruit and smelling pretty good! Sprinkle with cinnamon and, if desired, drizzle with maple syrup or honey. (It only takes a bit; maybe a teaspoon for a large bowl of oatmeal.)

Not exactly gourmet, but tasty and extremely good for you. You can bump up the nutrition by topping this with a handful of toasted nuts; if you toast them right before adding them, you’ll get a very satisfying sizzle when you dump them into the bowl.

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