The following preparations all yield delicious bowls of oatmeal. They are best served with any of the following: a pat of butter; sprinkle of sugar or stevia; dollop of honey or yogurt; drizzle of milk and/or a healthy sprinkle of chopped nuts. For extra nuttiness, I highly recommend first toasting the oats in a dry skillet on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
Creamy rolled oatmeal. Combine 1 part oats, 3 parts water and a pinch of salt in saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low, cooking uncovered another 5 minutes or so.
Chewy steel-cut oatmeal. Combine 1 part steel-cut oats, 4 parts water and a pinch of salt. Let stand for an hour. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 30 minutes, or until it reaches desired consistency.
Hearty groatmeal. Combine 1 part groats, 4 parts water and a pinch of salt. Let stand 1 to 2 hours, or overnight. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 45 minutes to an hour.
(To learn more about the health benefits of oats and how to implement them in your diet, check out 7 Hearty Oatmeal Recipes.)