Oatmeal is easy and easily changed up. I cover the bottom of a microwaveable bowl with uncooked regular raw oats, add just enough water to moisten all the flakes, then microwave for 90 seconds; those who prefer their oats creamy rather than chewy are welcome to add more water and microwave for more time. Finish the oatmeal with something dairy, broadly construed (cream, half and half, milk, yogurt, soy or nut milk, etc.) plus something for flavor and sweetness (maple or agave syrup, white or cane or brown sugar, jam or preserves, fresh fruit, even pomegranate molasses or Torani syrup). Or go Scottish and season with butter and salt and/or pepper: it's better than it sounds. Alternatively, add spices to the raw oat flakes before microwaving: a dusting of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, commercial pumpkin-pie spice, even dried or fresh herbs.