One of my biggest challenges is to be able to have my breakfast before hitting the gym, very early in the morning. Being as it is that I have to be at the gym no later than 6 a.m. in order to complete my workout and still be on time for work, overnight meal prep is of the essence.
My usual breakfast? A bowl of classic (not instant) oatmeal with protein powder and 1/4 cup of berries (I prefer blackberries, but any other berry is fine). As you may imagine, cooking rolled oats and eating them in such a small window of time is challenging, unless I want to get up even earlier than I do.
It ain't happening.
My first option was to cook my oatmeal the previous evening via nuking it. There are instructions in the container for doing just that. However, I discovered that this method is rather messy since, no matter what I do, the wretched thing splatters all over my microwave even when covered.
Option two, which is what I had been doing until a couple of nights ago, was to cook it in a saucepan as per classic instructions, put it in the fridge, and re-heat it in the morning. Disadvantage? If I forgot to do it earlier in the evening, I would have to spend like 20 minutes past my bedtime in a panic frenzy cooking my oatmeal. Surely, there must be a better way than this.
Option three. Brilliant. I discovered it two nights ago. It goes like this. Nuke your water (and water alone) in your bowl for about 1.5 minutes. Take it out of the microwave, and dump your rolled oats in the hot water. Let it rest for a little while if you want and then cover and stick it in the fridge. Or simply cover it and stick it in the fridge while hot. It doesn't matter.
What you will notice is that the oatmeal gets semi-cooked and starts to thicken in the hot water. In the morning all you need to do is nuke it for another 1.5 minutes. Since it has sort of congealed overnight, it doesn't splatter in your microwave and it comes out perfect. Oh, and now you don't have a saucepan to clean. Ta daaa!!!
Bonus tip: After you have reheated your oatmeal, add your protein powder and cinnamon if you so wish. The only thing that you *don't* want to do is to nuke it with the protein powder already in. For some reason, the protein powder makes your oatmeal overfluff, almost like popcorn, giving it a really weird consistency.
So remember boys and girls, nuke first, add protein later.
And that's it for now.