Truly Perfect Oatmeal

This oatmeal is truly perfect. Not like Starbucks “perfect oatmeal” which is actually far from delicious. Not like oatmeal at hip breakfast spots that is basically just butter with some grains. Not like the Quaker instant oatmeal that is full of sugar and explodes all over the microwave at work.

I won’t tell you how many times I had to use whatever semblance of a paper towel I could scrounge up to scrape exploded oats out of the microwave at my former place of employment. It wasn’t pretty. Not for me, not for the microwave, and certainly not for the oatmeal.

To make this perfect oatmeal you will need to set aside 10 minutes of your morning. Not 2 minutes. Not 11 minutes. 10 minutes. The ingredient list is simple. For 2 servings you will need:

1 cup of oats

1 cup of water

3/4 cup milk

a pinch of salt

Bring the liquid to a boil {beware, milk boils faster than water so you will want to keep an eye on the pot!} then add in the oats. Stir in salt. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover, and let rest for 3-5 minutes. Scoop into bowls and top with yummy toppings.

I like my breakfasts low in calorie, brimming with nutrition {brimming? does that even work there? i’m not sure but i like it}, and full of flavor.  The oatmeal pictured above is topped with fresh strawberries, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar, and sliced raw almonds. It’s right around 200 calories, filled with fiber,  and has a little protein which keeps me from going all “All I ate for breakfast was carbs and I’m crashing hard core!” on whoever is nearby a few hours later.

Delicious. Nutritious. Carb-crash-breakdown preventing.