As part of our "on a budget" new lifestyle, we began eating quick oats instead of instant oatmeal. For the price of around 3 boxes of brand-name instant oatmeal, you can buy a 10lb bag of quick oats at Costco (which has a total of 100 servings). We've been playing around with different recipes for things to add-in. J prefers just cinnamon and banana (you could add banana to almost anything and that boy will eat it). My hubby likes it with dried fruit. I came up with a new recipe:
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal
1/2 cup quick oats
1-2 teaspoons of ground flax (we LOVE our flax)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1-2 Tablespoons of dried cranberries
Place all of above ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. In a 1 cup measuring cup add 2 Tablespoons of orange juice concentrate, fill the rest of the cup with water. Pour into your bowl. Push the cranberries under the water so they plump up when cooked. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes on high. Watch the microwave because this likes to boil over, if it starts to go, just stop the microwave, wait for the oatmeal to go back down and then start it up again. After it is finished cooking, carefully remove from microwave, stir and let it sit for a few minutes to cool. Eat and Enjoy!
I just love oatmeal on a cold morning!