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Very Simple Oats Breakfast

Overnight Oats (below)

[Quick Oats and Oat Bran]
Quick Oats and Oat Bran
[Oats Breakfast Ready]
Oats Breakfast is Ready
This recipe fits in my morning routine. I get up at six and start making this breakfast right away, but only get to eating it between 8:30 and 9:30, sometimes even later. I bring the porridge to a boil and keep it at a slow boil for a few minutes two times in those hours, and then heat it a final time just before the eating. It can probably be ready much faster. The packaging says put a cup of water with ½ cup quick oats two minutes on high in the microwave, and it says to put a cup of water or milk with ⅓ cup of oat bran two minutes on high in the microwave, so eight minutes for four cups and let it stand for a few minutes should probably be enough. (Check what your packaging says.)

For Two:

At a certain point, you'll have to carefully watch the porridge cooking in the microwave, for you don't want it to boil over.
From experience I know when it's almost boiling, rising to the top - I stop just before that and continue at a lower power setting so it rises more slowly, gives me more time to react, and then I further lower the power setting to keep it at a slow boil for a few minutes more.
So pay close attention the first time you cook this porridge and remember or make a note of the time when it comes to a boil
Take the stirring spoon out before putting the bowl in the microwave.

This is my recipe, what I do, the breakfast I've made for my wife and myself for many years. There are other ways to get the same result. Feel free to adapt to your schedule and convenience

  1. Pour 1 Quart (900 ml) milk in a large measuring cup of for instance 48 or 64 oz. (1.5 or 2 liter);
  2. Add ¼ cup oat bran and ⅓ cup quick oats;
  3. Stir with wooden or plastic spoon;
  4. Bring to a boil in microwave
    (my microwave is 1000W)
    1. Heat at 100% power for 6½ minutes
    2. Set power to 80%, cook for 3 minutes
    3. Cook for another minute or more at 80% paying close attention;  stop when the porridge reaches the top
    4. set power to 40% and cook for another 4 minutes or longer. Lately I've been cooking it another three minutes at 30% for a slightly smoother end result
    5. Take it out of the microwave and stir the top to put the 'skin' that developed back into the porridge, it's easier now than later. Some of the porridge that's risen to the top will cling to the sides - push that back down into the main amount
  5. - one hour or one hour 15 minutes break -
    1. Stir and heat up the porridge to boiling (for me 3½ minutes at 80% power) - by now the porridge's cohesion is already strong, it is not going to rise much - you could as well heat up at full power - but when you look closely you'll see small bubbles, black dots appearing and disappearing just below the surface and some surface movement when it's at the boiling point
    2. Keep at a slow boil for 4 minutes or longer at 40% power
    3. Stir well to put the 'skin' that developed back into the porridge, and push the porridge clinging the sides back down
  6. - one to 2½-hour break -
  7. Stir and heat up porridge at 60% to 70% power for 8 minutes
  8. Stir well, let it cool down for a few minutes and pour into two bowls

For One, it would be
  • 2 cups = 16 oz. (450 ml) milk
  • 1/8 cup = 2TBsp (30 ml) oat bran
  • 1/6 cup = ~3TBsp (40 ml) Tablespoons quick oats
The cooking times would be something like:
  1. 3 minutes 100% - 1½ minute 80%
    - less than minute 80% attentive - 2 minutes 40%
  2. 1½ minute 80% - 3 minutes 40%
  3. 4 minutes 40%
[porridge boiled over]
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[porridge boiled over]
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Overnight Oats

'Overnight Oats' is a very different preparation.
Mix a volume of milk with half that volume of 'Rolled,' 'Old-fashioned' Oats, stir, cover and put it overnight or 8 to 12 hours in a refrigerator. You can eat it cold or heat it up. It thickens with heating, you could add a little milk. To me, the natural taste is a bit stale, so many recipes add a sweetener, butter or other things.

For two: 4 cups (900 ml) milk, 2 cups (450 ml, 160 grams) rolled oats

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