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Catastrophic Oatmeal

From the Nobody Cares department, here is a food thing I put together to break from the routine and change things up. Not as drastic as Catastrophic Eggs, though, and easier.

Descriptions and word usages for oatmeal around the world have different meanings. It is common in the formerly United States to avoid the word porridge and simply call cooked oatmeal — well, oatmeal.

A magazine for men’s style and health (I disremember if it was online or in print) suggested oatmeal with protein powder. This powder is intended for workout recovery and such, but putting it in oatmeal is supposed to help give your metabolism a kick start in the morning.

Oatmeal bowl, my photo, modified with FotoSketcher and FotoFunia
Oatmeal bowl, my photo, modified with FotoSketcher (left and right artsy images) and FotoFunia (for the cyclist part)

Pick up some “quick” or “instant” oats at the grocery store. It’s not expensive. More expensive is the whey protein powder. You can get it in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. You won’t need much so that makes it last longer.

The common oatmeal mix for one bowl is half a cup of it with one cup of water in a bowl. I add half a scoop of the powder (too much may not mix well, so experiment if you’ve a mind to). It cooks in our 1,000-watt microwave in just under two minutes, and it’s amusing to watch the mix grow in the last half minute. Once it looks like a muffin top, cut the power and watch it settle back down.

Stir, add milk if you want it thinned out a bit, and since I used strawberry protein this time, I drizzled some chocolate syrup on top.

This is just my experimentation. I microwave it in a plastic bowl that I don’t mind if it gets “scarred” from the hot stuff, but y’all may want to use a ceramic bowl or even cook it on the stove. (Plastic heats faster.) Feel free to modify and improvise, that’s what I do. You’ll thank me later.


By Cowboy Bob Sorensen

The most important thing is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life. I am a biblical ("young earth") creationist that upholds the truth, inerrancy, and authority of the Bible. Science is fascinating and fun, and theology is a growth process. I will not lay claim to Calvinist or Arminian, and have actually been hated for that. Sometimes I don't feel like writing something serious or on this subject. I'm not as cool as the picture indicates.


  1. Oatmeal is a great inexpensive breakfast. We used to have oatmeal every morning, but the whole rolled oats type. Instant reminds us too much of wallpaper paste 🙄 so to us the whole grain texture is worth the extra 3 minutes of cook time. My husband has simpler taste – butter and maple syrup. I like to add cinnamon, raisins, a little almond butter for protein, stevia for extra sweetness.. All my years of dieting, I guess – if I’m putting calories into my mouth, they’re going to be interesting calories. 😉

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    1. My view of recipes is to “make it your own” by adding, removing, changing, and so on. Obviously, I know very little about how to do things in the kitchen. This adaptation was to make the wallpaper paste taste better and give it extra benefit. When I have time and I’m not just stumbling around half asleep, I should try what you are suggesting.

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