Oh how things have changed. I was never a huge fan of those packets. My kids liked them well enough but I could take them or leave them.
Enter real food. I started making my own oatmeal and, lo and behold, I liked it. I liked it a lot. For me, there is nothing quite so tummy warming on a cold morning than a nice bowl of oatmeal. Now this isn't simply oats and liquid. No, I like to add stuff. Sometimes, lots of stuff. Right now, I have become fixated on the following combo; oats, milk, raisins, white choc. chips (yeah, I know they aren't real food) and nuts.
The process for making oatmeal is really simple.
Here's what I do:
- Pour some milk into a saucepan. How much completely depends on how much you want to make. I usually use somewhere around 2-2 1/2 cups (could be more, I don't measure) for 3 of us.
- Add in old fashioned oats. I guess you could use quick oats but I like the old fashioned ones better.
- Stir in your add ins like raisins, maple syrup, whatever you are in the mood for.
- Always add in a pinch of salt. Why? I don't know but it just should be done.
- Stir over medium to medium low heat until the oatmeal thickens.