Easiest Way to Make Oatmeal for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner*



  • This is another staple for me.  I routinely bring this for lunch because it’s so easy.  
  • The easiest way to cook oatmeal is in a 4-cup pyrex measuring cup.  You don’t need to measure anything, but that’s about the right size to avoid boil-overs.   This avoids the need to clean-up a pot.  (If you do use a pot, a non-stick pot is much easier to clean than a conventional one).
  • Adding salt is optional, you will probably learn to use little or no salt with time.  
  • You absolutely do not need sugar; fruit adds sweetness.  (If you think you need sugar, get over it and add more fruit).  I like blueberries, but most any fruit will do. Raisins are tasty in this (but dried fruit is high in calories). 
  • Oatmeal is completely healthy (UNLIKE dry cereal).  
  • A variation is steel-cut oats, or whole oat groats.  But the common rolled oats (i.e. Quaker oats), which are somewhat healthier because they're less processed, but take longer to cook.  I think they're all absolutely delicious.  Cooking time for these less-processed oats can be markedly reduced by soaking overnight in water or soy milk. 



Rolled Oats ("Quaker Oats")
(salt, if using)


Bring about a cup of water to a boil (preferably in the 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup) in a microwave

Add the right amount of rolled oats.  There's no need to measure; you can tell.

Return to the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes on “low” (setting “4” out of 10).

Add fruit (and salt, if using).

Eating it from the Pyrex measuring cup makes for super-fast cleanup.  


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tagged this with Excellent 2012-11-12 16:02:58 -0500
commented 2012-02-18 20:37:11 -0500 · Flag
Don’t limit your fruit to raisins! Try dates or dried apricots, bananas, mango, apples, peaches or any berries in season. A handful of raw nuts several times a week is good for your heart and blood vessels.
published this page in Quickest Recipes 2012-01-15 21:58:00 -0500