I like to eat the same thing for breakfast, day after day after day after day, until I can’t take it anymore and switch to something else for the next six months. Right now, I’m going off of toaster waffles with peanut butter and berries and shifting into the oatmeal zone.
I’ve always liked hot cereal. My mom can’t stand it, and my dad doesn’t eat breakfast, so I don’t know where this comes from. But from a very, very young age I was really into the Quaker Oats instant oatmeal variety packs. Then thanks to the magic of the college dining hall experience, I discovered Cream of Wheat and (that crème de la crème of hot cereals!) CoCoWheats.
I don’t spend much time thinking about grits. We don’t see a lot of grits up in these northern parts.
But like I said–at heart I’m an oatmeal girl. Here’s how I do it these days:
Step 1: Boil 3/4 c. water and add 1/4 c. steel cut oats.
Ever since I realized that those Quaker instant oatmeal packets (1) don’t feed a cat, let alone an adult human, (2) are a racket, and (3) seem to be made by packaging up the remains of a toilet paper tube after it’s been processed by a hamster (no wonder they have all those fancy flavors!), I’ve pretty much been a steel cut oats girl. Don’t call me a hot cereal snob, though: I use the quick-cook kind. Look, it’s a workday. I leave the house at 7:30. I’m not getting up at the crack of dawn just to boil my oats.
Step 2: Check the fridge for the remains of pumpkin puree left over from those cookies you made before. No mold? Smell OK? Great! Stir a teaspoon or two into your oatmeal.
Step 3: Pull the old standbys out of the pantry. I buy these in bulk in eat them with everything.
Step 5: Make some Nutella toast to help fill you up and to make sure you’re consuming enough fat with your meal to absorb your vitamin D supplement!
Step 6: Enjoy with coffee, preferably in a mug crafted by a friend.