I've always liked the texture of steel cut oatmeal - it's chewier and a little nuttier than instant oatmeal or rolled oats. Only problem is it takes way longer to make. Instead of the 1 minute that microwaving my instant oats takes, preparing steel cut oats takes closer to 25 minutes. Not gonna happen in my house.
I read recently, however, that some people soak their steel cut oats overnight, which can significantly cut the cook time. A lot of the recipes I found called for boiling the oats for a minute the night before, or sticking the oatmeal in a crockpot, but I decided I would go the route of those who said they simply soaked the oats and cooked them in the morning. So, last night I took a half cup of steel cut oats, 1 cup of 1% milk, 2 teaspoons of dark brown sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon and put it in my non-stick pot and shoved it in the fridge. This morning I put the pot on my stove, brought it to a boil, and then let it simmer for 3 minutes. It could not have been easier, and both Henry and I loved it. It did make more than we could eat though (probably best for 3 adults OR 1 adult and 2-3 kids). I'll have to see how microwaved/re-heated steel cut oatmeal will taste...
oatmeal and applesauce and even though the nutrition info for steel cut versus instant oatmeal is virtually the same, for whatever reason I find I feel fuller from the steel cut oats (maybe its the chewing).
Happy and (mostly) healthy eating!