Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Instant Oatmeal Breakfast (makes 3 bowls)

My father-in-law is a retired PhD chemical engineer. He rarely cooks but when he does he cooks with exact precision like any great scientist. He made us breakfast using Quaker Oats, quick 1-minute. He has been making this exact recipe for about 15 years. Instead of 1-minute as the container's instructions call for he cooks the oatmeal for 5 minutes to get the consistency he prefers. Here is how he makes this quick and heart healthy meal. His secret? He explained that he read it on the box's instructions!

my father-in-law preparing breakfast for us (2014)
that's how it's done

3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats
A few drops of honey


1) Heat milk in a pot over medium high heat.
2) Once the milk starts to boil, add honey (he adds 2 drops per person) and stir well.
3) Add the oatmeal. Turn the heat lower to a simmer. Cover the pot, stir occasionally and cook for about 5 minutes.
3) Remove from heat and serve.

*For simplicity, my father-in-law uses the same dry measurement cups for both dry and liquid ingredients.  The ratio is 1 Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats to 2 milk.
*After cooking the oatmeal is divided up into bowls.  We can then stir in more milk, craisins (dried cranberries), fresh berries or other fresh fruits, nuts and a sprinkle of brown sugar.
*My mother-in-law purchased the blue bowl and pitcher from a potter in Blue Hill, Maine many years ago. 

oat meal with almonds, craisins and brown sugar

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