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“Sometimes basic is better. At breakfast, that can certainly be the case. These easy oatmeal recipes teach you the basic methods so you get creamy, tender oats every time. The flavorings and toppings are up to you.”
1 cup water or low-fat milk
Pinch of salt
½ cup quick-cooking oats (see Tip)
Low-fat milk for serving (optional)
1 to 2 teaspoons honey, cane sugar or brown sugar for serving (optional)
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1Stovetop: Combine water (or milk) and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 2 to 3 minutes.
2Microwave: Combine water (or milk), salt and oats in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 1½ to 2 minutes. Stir before serving.
3Serve with your favorite toppings, such as milk, sweetener, cinnamon, dried fruits and nuts.
Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.