So, I only eat breakfast at work at this point in my life. 60+ hour weeks do that to you. (As periodic readers…ahem, our moms…may have noticed, we’re really busy and haven’t been cooking real food for a while now.)
And, while the instant oatmeal from Trader Joe’s is the best thing ever, I decided to try out making my own instant oatmeal.
And, well, if it doesn’t make for the most amazing oatmeal away from home, I don’t know what does. It has a better texture and, if you do it right, is way healthier, with fewer preservatives. Plus, it’s simple and can still be compiled ahead of time.
Here’s my (non) recipe:
Homemade Instant Oatmeal
1/2 cup quick oats per serving
A pinch of salt
And all the add-ins you want
I put each serving in a little plastic bag, so it’s easy to make a bunch ahead of time and leave them at the office. And, if you do it right, you can keep all the little bags of delicious oatmeal inside the cleaned out oats canister, which makes a nice holding container.
To cook, just add 1/2 to 1 cup water (depending on desired consistency and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes (depending on your microwave).
Now, for mix ins that I’m particularly loving (in addition to the usual flavor combos with cinnamon and dried or fresh fruit) :
Walnuts, dried cranberries, and brown sugar
Pecans, coconut flakes, and ginger
Chocolate chips (not all of these options have to be good…)