I like quick oats because I can cook them by pouring boiling water on top and stirring--no pot to wash!
Here's what I typically put in my bowl while the kettle's coming to a boil:
just a little cinnamon
Add boiling water until slightly flooded. Stir thoroughly. Keep adding a little water and stirring until oatmeal reaches appealing consistency. (I like mine not too gluey.) Yummy! I get everything but the sugar in bulk at my co-op, so it's cheap and environmental. And Mirlee's right--it's perfect for this weather! Cold cereals (other than Grapenuts) usually leave me hungry by mid-morning.
I first discovered quick oats when I was in college and didn't have a refrigerator, so I ate "instant oatmeal" from those little packets. One day as I was about to buy another box of the relatively expensive little packets, I noticed a sale on quick oats, and they were SO cheap by comparison! I already had powdered milk (nonfat cow's milk--I used to use it for coffee creamer, which I find hard to believe now!
) and sugar and raisins, so I bought some cinnamon and never looked back!
So much healthier than flavored instant oatmeal, which is full of additives--not to mention the excessive packaging.