Yeah, I know.
Wouldn't touch the stuff, even 6 months ago.
But then one morning I had fixed my granddaughter an instant packet of the Publix brand Organic/nothing added oatmeal into which I'd stirred some strawberry yogurt, and she wasn't interested in eating so I was trying to entice her by remarking about its utter deliciousness which, of course, meant I had to actually put some of it in my mouth -- and lo! and behold....
It wasn't godawful.
It wasn't great, either. Just not horrible.
As the weather has begun to cool, and I've been trying to retool my daily food routines a bit, I decided I'd fiddle around with oatmeal again, especially since fresh pineapple was so cheap at the grocery these last couple weeks, and really, with enough fresh pineapple the world is a better place. I discovered that as quick and easy as the instant might be, it just didn't hold up to the wonderfulness that is pineapple.
So I bought myself an actual box of regular ol' oatmeal, and 1/2 cup of grains, a cup of water, a dash of salt, 5 minutes in the microwave at half power, and some cut up pineapple later.....
....I'm still not exactly loving it, but as I eat it I realize that the health benefits and the fact that it really does stick to my ribs a little better than my usual breakfast of cold cereal did makes it a reasonable and not unwelcome addition to the morning food rotation.
So, maybe not love, but I have got a pretty healthy crush going here.