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Microwave Strawberry Oatmeal

It’s starting to feel like Spring here in the desert.

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Flowers are blooming. . .

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and bees are buzzing.

With Springtime, comes California strawberries. They’re already in the markets. I’m making strawberry oatmeal. It’s a delicious, hearty breakfast, perfect for a cool Spring morning.

I have never been a big fan of oatmeal. I have bad childhood memories of being forced to eat overcooked oatmeal. It always reminded me of wallpaper paste. As a result, I’ve avoided eating oatmeal for most of my life. Last spring, I decided to give oatmeal another try. But, how could I make it taste better? Add strawberries, of course! After a little experimenting, I created a delicious strawberry oatmeal that tasted like strawberry pie. I became hooked on strawberry oatmeal. I had it for breakfast every morning for months. Now that strawberries are back in season, I’m back to enjoying my strawberry oatmeal!

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This is not a recipe, but more a method of preparation. The trick is microwaving the strawberries with the oatmeal. The result is a layer of oatmeal, covered with soft, warm, sweet strawberries.

Here’s how to make strawberry oatmeal:

  • Place 1/4 cup of quick-cooking oatmeal in the bottom of a wide based bowl.
  • Add rough chopped strawberries.
  • Pour a 1/2 cup water over the berries and oatmeal.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with an additional 1/2 teaspoon of sugar

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You can increase the amount of oatmeal. Just remember that the amount of water should be twice the amount of the oatmeal. Add a generous layer of strawberries. You may want to add a bit more sugar if your strawberries are really tart. I eat my warm strawberry oatmeal with a little milk poured on top.

I’m sure you could mix other fruits with the oatmeal. Blueberries sound good, or baked apples. What about trying bananas and brown sugar? Or how about something really wild like pineapple, coconut and pecans? See what you and your family can create!

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