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Simple…Monday

We had a bit of a busy weekend filled with work orientation and starting (and finishing!) a big assignment, and we just never got around to doing our second Simple Sunday post!  Not a very good start to a new tradition, is it?

But no matter, today we are bring you Simple Monday!  It doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but it’ll have to do.

For today’s post we wanted to give you a recipe for a simple, quick, and healthy breakfast.  After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet so many people skip it because they are too rushed in the morning!  Then they either skip it and wait for lunch, or pick up a (cough, cough) “healthy” breakfast sandwich from the drive-through on the way to work.

This is silly, because in 5 minutes, you can have yourself a piping hot bowl of berry-filled oatmeal!

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This oatmeal is made in the microwave in just a few minutes, and is very healthy!  We know that you can buy instant packs of oatmeal at the store that are already flavoured and ready-to-go, but those are often filled with added sugar and preservatives, and do you really want to start your day off with that stuff?

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We certainly don’t!

We used large-flake rolled oats in this recipe, which take about 5-6 minutes in the microwave, but you can make yours even quicker by using different oats.  Most grocery stores have an entire shelf of options, from steel-cut all the way to instant oats that cook in one minute!  So you may use whatever you like, just remember to read the directions on the package, because different oats call for different amounts of water.

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Just be careful to watch your oatmeal carefully to make sure it’s not exploding over the side (you can see we ran into that problem by looking at the side of the bowl- oops.)

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And while we’re on the topic of oatmeal, we also have a great basic recipe for slow-cooker oatmeal, which is super-convenient and makes for an extremely easy and quick morning if you remember to cook it the night before.

The other great thing about this recipe is that you can make it your own!  Not into berries? Cut up some apple and toss it in along with some raisins and walnuts.  Or cut up a banana and throw it in there with cinnamon and walnuts.  Really, the options are endless.  Of course, we often top our oatmeal with a dollop large blob of nut butter, and usually a little yogurt gets thrown on top as well, to increase the satiety value (and because it tastes delicious).  So feel free to adapt this recipe to your liking 🙂

Microwave Berry Oatmeal

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Serves: 1
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5-6 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 c. large-flake rolled oats
1/2 c. frozen mixed berries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 c. water

Directions:

In a bowl, mix the oats, berries, and cinnamon.  Add water and stir until everything is dampened.  Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes on high.  Stop the microwave and stir.  Put the bowl back in the microwave and cook on medium-high for another minute, remove the bowl and stir.  Continue cooking on medium-high for 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time until the oatmeal reaches the thickness you desire.  Put your toppings on top and enjoy!

~twosaucysisters

What are your favourite quick-and-easy breakfasts?