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Quaker oatmeal makes for a healthy breakfast with heart healthy benefits. Oatmeal contains fiber and whole grains, which help keep you fuller longer. It is also a cholesterol-free food low in fat and sugar and contains no cholesterol. Cooking oatmeal is easy and takes only a few short minutes to have a warm, healthy breakfast to begin the day.

Stovetop Instructions - Old-fashioned oats

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Add water, milk or salt to a saucepan and heat stove top to medium-high. Cook until boiling.

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Add oats and cook over medium heat for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.

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For creamier oats, combine water (or milk), salt and oats in a saucepan and then heat water to boiling. Cook over medium heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stovetop Instructions - Quick Oats

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Boil water (or milk) and salt in saucepan over medium high heat until it boils.

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Add in quick oats and cook for one minute over medium heat.

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For creamier oats, combine water (or milk), oats, and salt and heat to a boil over medium high heat. Cook for one minute, stirring occasionally.

Microwave Instructions - Old-fashioned Oats

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In a microwavable bowl, combine oats, water (or milk), and salt.

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Heat in microwave for 2 1/2 - 3 minutes on high.

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Remove from microwave and stir before serving

Microwave Instructions - Quick Oats

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In a medium microwavable bowl, combine oats, water (or milk), and salt.

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Microwave on high 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

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Remove from microwave and stir before serving.

Tip

Add fresh or frozen fruit, sugar, or cinnamon to the oatmeal to add flavor.

Warning

When heating in the microwave, watch your oatmeal while it is heating. The oatmeal can boil over the bowl. If it begins to do this, just open the door and stir the oatmeal during the cooking process.

About the Author

Lalah Brewer

Lalah Brewer started freelance writing in 2010. She writes for eHow and Answerbag, focusing on topics related to education. Brewer holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Asbury University and a Master of Arts in reading and writing from Georgetown College.