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      26.01.2010 18:23
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      Easy, and tasty.

      I have recently started trying to make myself eat breakfast again. I decided oat so simple looked like a quick easy breakfast as I am not too keen on traditional cereals or toast, so I picked up a box while I was on my Tesco food shop.

      The outer packaging is a cardboard box which is recyclable, so a bonus. The box is brightly coloured, blue and red Inside the box are paper sachets with a portion of oats in. That is really helpful as I wouldnt have a clue how to portion myself out some oastw tihout guidance, or in this case someone actually doing it for me! The sachet also acts as a measurement for how much milk to add. You pour the milk into the sachet and then add it into your bowl, stir it around and pop it in the microwave or on the hob, depending how you like to cook it. Different appliances will vary so check the instructions but mine cooked in a matter of minutes. You can make it thicker or more runniy by adding more or less milk, instructions on how to do so are also on the sachet.

      The bowl came out of the microwave looking cooked, it looked thicker and a slightly darker colour than before. I hadnt realised how much it would expand and it had made of mess of my microwave, but please beware of that so you dont have to do as much cleaning up as I did!

      The porridge took ages to cool down enough to eat, which was a major downside to me, compared to fruit or a yoghurt. I am always in such a rush in the mornings, and this could have been extra time in bed. I guess I should just organise my mornings better so I am doing another task while my porridge is cooling.

      The porridge did however taste really nice, it was creamy, thick enough and tasty enough and it kept me full up until lunch time, which was the main aim of my breakfast mission.

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      16.01.2010 22:15
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      if you like Porridge, you will like this,

      The last few weeks have rekindled my Love affair with porridge, which has lain dormant for many a year, I can tell you. The cold snap seemed to take the edge of Cereal or Muesli, I don't know why???? What we need when it's cold is "Stodge"; I think I must be getting old!

      So, down to the supermarket we go, head for the Quaker porridge oats, well I didn't know there were x million choices now.....So what a choice, you name it, I think it was there. Well the only bit that matters is that I decided to buy a pack of this Oatso simple. I bought the Apple and Blueberry variety as I like both fruits and they sounded good together. I also liked the simplicity of preparing this stuff compared to using a Saucepan and the inherent pain of cleaning it.

      How easy can it be?, tear the packet open, put the contents in a bowl, fill the empty packet up with Milk - I kid you not, they have though of everything - that way you get just the right amount of Milk for the size of portion supplied. Pop it into the Microwave, cook for a couple of minutes, ET Voila! - One bowl of delicious Porridge - Hot and steaming! Brilliant.

      Not only is it a "doddle" to cook / prepare, but It tastes pretty good as well. I have modified the time of cooking and the amount of milk slightly, but that is simply to my personal taste. I also sometimes add Raisins or chopped Dried Apricots as well. That's the beauty of Porridge though; you can do just what you like with it.

      I now have a few boxes of different varieties of Oatso simple in the Larder, so am prepared for anything.

      Thanks Quaker, I'd forgotten how good Porridge is...

      I heartily recommend it to you all.

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        16.01.2010 17:42

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        easy porridge and no pans to scrub!

        These are quite simply the easiest way to make porridge. The boxes contain up to 20 sachets of porridge which while being more expensive than buying a box of oats is just so much more convenient. The sachets are easy to tear open and then you use the empty sachet to measure out the right amount of milk to make your porridge.
        All you need to do to make the porridge is put the oats and milk into a bowl and pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Make sure you leave the bowl in the microwave for a couple of minutes after it has 'pinged' to give it time to finish cooking. If you take it out straight away, you tend to get oats swimming in warm milk!
        I take mine to work and then top it up with a variety of dried fruit and seeds and nuts to make the perfect nutritious breakfast.

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        15.12.2009 12:32
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        Wholesome and so very good for you.

        Quaker Oat So Simple, I agree that the idea is good. But I cannot convince myself that the individual sachets of porridge oats offer the same value as buying a larger packet of porridge oats and then measuring them out yourself.
        At the moment I am spending a couple of days with my niece, she is expecting her second child and she is suffering from the dreaded ante-natal depression. The milky foods seem to be slipping down well and I have managed to tempt her appetite with a small bowl full of sweet milky porridge every morning.
        I had seen the Quaker Oat so simple in the supermarket but this was the first time that I had ever tried using them.

        The large cardboard box contains 12 sachets of original Quaker oats - so the product does have a fair amount of packaging, one larger cardboard box and 12 little paper sachets that are all recyclable.
        The small paper sachets each contain 27g of Quaker oats and the oats are finely milled, far less coarse than the normal packets of oats that I usually buy.
        My niece has just said to me that once she has emptied the packet of oats into a microwaveable bowl she then uses the empty paper packet to measure out the correct amount of milk, I asked her if this process worked well and she replied that it did, I think that I would probably end up using a measuring jug.

        I have to agree that the process is a simple one, the bowl that contains the oats and the milk is popped into the microwave on full power for 2 minutes, take the porridge out and stir it and when it has cooled you have a good portion of hot porridge without any fuss or mess.
        The Quaker Oat So Simple Original has to be sweetened, you can use sugar or you could easily sweeten the oats with syrup or honey.

        Because the Oat So Simple is quite finely milled the texture is slightly different form my usual porridge, I like the coarser oats and so I miss the rougher texture but my Niece is enjoying the far smoother mixture.

        Because a box of Quaker Oat so Simple sachets costs just under £2 (unless you can pick them up on a special offer) I have been scanning the packet to see if they are enriched in any other way but the list of ingredients state that the sachets contain Quaker whole rolled oats and Soya Lecithin. The Soya Lecithin is mixed into the rolled oats to prevent the hot porridge from boiling over as it is cooking in the microwave.
        So there are no extra nutritious ingredients hidden away in the oats.

        The Quaker Oat So Simple tastes fine and I quite enjoyed my bowl full but I still find it hard to justify the high price tag. On reflection it seems as though you are paying for a lot of extra packaging and it is up to you to decide if that is for you or not.

        But the Quaker Oat So Simple are providing a good but simple breakfast for my niece and her unborn baby.
        A 27g sachet of oats and milk contains 183 calories and if you add sugar or honey then that will count as extra calories. The oats have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives added to them.
        I always find that porridge makes a substantial breakfast and the oats always seem to keep me feeling fine until lunchtime.
        If you want to you can still cook the oats in the traditional way, place the contents of the sachet into a saucepan with the milk and then cook it.

        I have noticed that Quaker have a range of Oat so Simple and that includes raspberry, apple and blueberry, sultanas, raisins and cranberry and apple.
        I would definitely prefer to buy the original oats and then add my own fruit and sweetener but I am sure those very different flavours would really appeal to the young ones.

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          27.10.2009 11:12
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          Great porridge in an instant, no more dirty saucepans either!

          Quaker have been growing oats for over 100 years, so are pretty good when it comes to you having your bowl of porridge in the morning. Years ago ( and you still can now if you wish!) you had to get up and pour your oats into the saucepan and add your milk and stir and stir watching that it doesn't catch on the bottom and burn.If you got good it turned out great , but if not you were left with either a runny milky substance or enough cement for a brickie to use!

          Now that has all changed with the Oat So Simple range, this comes in a different box to the one that Dooyoo are showing as this box is much more brighter and sunnier. Showing a blue sky with a field of oats growing it is very pleasing to look at. There are 12 sachets in this long box, they are little white square bags of oats with the Quaker Oats logo and the words GOOD Morning written across the front. On looking closer at the bag you will see that on one side ( the front) there is a red broken line that your tear across to open the bag.

          If you turn the bag around you will see another red wriggly line, now this is where you pour your oats into a bowl, then pour your milk into the bag up to were the red wiggly line is and then pour this over the oats in the bowl. Its as easy as that then all you do is pop into the microwave 800w for 2 minutes for 1 bag, 4 minutes for 2 bags or 6 minutes for 3 bags. You can still do it the old fashion way of simply just boiling 180ml of milk in a saucepan pour in a bag of oats and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

          Now I find that I put just a bit less milk in my bag as it seems to remain a bit to milky for my liking, but it does make the most delicious porridge that is creamy and tasty, also very quickly, as you can put the bowl in the microwave while you are getting ready in the morning without having to stand over it watching in case it boils over.

          When I first saw these I thought that it was a very lazy way of doing my breakfast and did actually feel a bit guilty doing my porridge this way, but really it is no different than pouring a portion of cereal into a bowl like you would do with cornflakes ect..

          It probaly works out cheaper to buy a bag(box) of oats as this box weight 324g, but I do get 12 measured portions, so for me it is great.The price on the front of this box say's "special price" £1.99, but I actually paid £1.00 in my local Farmfoods shop at the weekend. You can buy this in an assortment of different flavours with one being Golden Syrup (which I wrote a review about earlier in the year). The other flavours are;

          ~~~Raspberry~~~
          ~~~Sultana, Raisin, Apple & Cranberry~~~
          ~~~Apple & Blueberry~~~
          ~~~Nut,Seeds & Orchard Fruit~~~
          ~~~Maple Flavoured Fruit & Nut~~~
          ~~~Variety Pack~~~

          Each of these sachets contain;

          ~~~Calories 98~~~
          ~~~Sugars 0.3g~~~
          ~~~Fat 2.3g~~~
          ~~~Saturates 0.4g~~~
          ~~~Salt trace~~~

          Now Quaker Oats are claiming that if you eat a bowl of their porridge for breakfast you will stay hunger free for 4 hours and 21 minutes as when they did a survey they found that out of 146 people, 67 first felt hungry after this amount of time, so tomorrow I will have to put the stopwatch on and see if I can last longer!!!

          I'll give this product 5 stars as I cannot fault them in anyway!

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            08.10.2009 22:07
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            easy to make porridge oats

            Oatso simple is a really great breakfast porridge, its made by Quaker who are at the top of their game in terms of the porridge market and the clue to this one is in the name really, oatso simple really is so simple to make, and great to eat afterwards too.

            In each box of oatso simple are either 10 or 20 sachet if you get the bigger boxes, however I usually just go for the 10 boxes. Each sachets contain just enough oats to make one breakfast portion. You may think that it is perhaps a bit of a waste of packaging and perhaps you get more if you just buy the normal boxes full however its really easy to just pull out a sachet and pour it into a bowl, and also these are great if you want to take them anywhere with you to make other than your home too.

            Inside of the sachets the packet also tells you how much milk to put in, again very useful if your not great at making porridge as I usually always put in the wrong amount and end up with too much or too little milk.

            You then just pop your bowl in the microwave for about 2 ½ minutes and then your ready to go, put on any topping if you want one and enjoy. I like these because it tastes the same as making porridge from scratch, except its just so much easier.

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            25.09.2009 02:01
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            A Fantastic Invention!

            Oatso Simple is a shining example of making a process idiot proof. And as a result it's handy to take with you to work, it's very cleverly done.

            How it works is inside are the individual sachets of porridge. You tear the top off to open is along the tear line and empty the packet into a bowl. After that you take the milk and pour it into the now empty sachet to the line indicated and use the packet as a measuring jug. The rest is straightforward and to microwave just follow the instructions. Ingenious!

            This is wonderful because you always get exactly the same type of porridge made to the correct texture. It also makes it terrible portable. When I have an early start at work, I'll just grab one of these, knowing I have milk, sugar and Jam in the fridge at work and prepare breakfast there.

            The price is reasonable and given it makes things really easy for you, it makes it a whole lot more value for money. It tastes delicious as well and doesn't feel like something you're settling for out of laziness.

            The only issue I have is that sometimes you can tear the packet too much so that you can't measure out the milk as accurately as you'd like, and I feel that, if they made the packet a tiny bit taller and the line a little bit lower, or even put perforation marks in to make the opening easier it would solve a lot of problems. It's not a major concern though because nine time out of ten this won't happen and the benefits far outweigh this minor imperfection.

            I'd easily recommend this to anyone that has an on the go lifestyle and needs a small amount of simplicity and less hassle in their lives. It makes it a great addition.

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              17.06.2009 18:10
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              Handy hot snack

              ==Background:==

              As a child I loved Readybrek, I suppose it's the Children's equivalent of porridge. As I grew up I moved onto Porridge but couldn't be bothered with all the preparing it, ok for a family but hardly worth the time or the trouble when it just for you. So when they started making Oats So Simple I immediately wanted to try it and see what it was all about.

              ==About the Product:==

              Oat So Simple is made by Quaker Oats. They are the company that since 1899 have been successful and effectively milling oats in the UK. As well as making hot cereals such as Porridge and Oats So Simple they also make cold cereals such as a range of Muesli's and Granola. While also arguably jumping on the Health concerns bandwagon by producing Oat Bars as well.

              Oat So Simple is sold in a variety of sizes but the two most popular are the 360g boxes that contain 10 sachets and the 540g boxes that have 20 sachets within it. The price for a 10 sachet box currently at my local Tesco is £1.98. Which makes for an inexpensive breakfast.

              You can get this product in several different flavours, Original, Variety, Apple & Blackberry, Golden Syrup, Raspberry and Nuts, Seeds & Orchard Fruits to name a few. My personal favourite is Raspberry but unfortunately my local Supermarket does not stock that one any more!! So if I want that one I have to buy a variety pack which gives you two of each variety.

              ==Packaging:==

              The pack of Original Oat So Simple Oats that I purchased can in a largish cardboard box, not as tall as most other cereal boxes but much deeper, probably double the depth. The box is designed effectively on the front displaying a man walking through a field of Oats.

              While on the side of the box you have a list of ingredients, Nutrition information, and directions of how the make the dish and a Quaker quality promise.

              I found the packet easy to open and inside there are either 10 or 20 sachets containing your cereal. These are all airtight to keep in the goodness in and simply tear to release the oats. Each sachet has directions of how to make the product.

              ==Ingredients:==

              Quaker Wholegrain rolled oats, Stabilser: Lecithin (Soya)

              ==Allergy Advice:==

              This product may contain traces of wheat and barley.

              ==How to make this product:==
              The easiest and quickest way is to empty the sachet into a bowl and pour on milk on. Then to microwave it, depending on the power of that depends on how long it tastes but roughly 2.5 minutes is enough. I then stir it and add a little more milk.

              You can also if you have time available do the old fashioned method of using a saucepan in which you boil the milk then add it to the Oats and then stir.

              ==All important Taste:==

              As soon as I open the Microwave I can smell sweet tasting oats. The smell reminds me very much of my Readybrek days.

              While the taste reminded me of Porridge, a fusing together of oats and milk into a bland but warm and satisfying breakfast. I would describe mine as looking like stodge, but that is how I like it. It can take a bit of fiddling about to get the product exactly as you like it, by adding more milk. With it tasting nice rather like Rice Pudding but thicker, it was lovely the warm cereal as it warmed my body and left me satisfied.

              I think a little sugar helps with the Original Oat So Simple as without it it is a bit bland it taste and texture, but certainly very edible it is a bit tasteless. With for me the Oats not being as thick as in Porridge and being a bit lumpy and sickly. I prefer the other varieties in truth as this one is a little lacking in flavour for me.

              ==My thoughts:==

              I think this product gives you a nutritious and healthy start to any day. Ideal for the colder morning to warm you up and give you some get up and go. I found that one sachet was not enough to give me what I wanted in a Breakfast cereal so I always have two and that keeps me going till Lunchtime. That makes the product for me anyway nearly 40p per serving plus milk, which I suppose isn't too bad.

              The big advantage for me is the time this product takes to make. Traditionally it takes much longer to make a hot breakfast such as Porridge, and then you have all the mess and the washing up after. With this product you just need in total three minutes for a nutritious breakfast, with only one bowl and a spoon to tidy up.

              Another plus for this product is it contains a fibre called Beta Glucan which helps soak up cholesterol, which in turn can help to reduce your cholesterol level. The product also contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

              This is the kind of product you can change as according to your mood. For example you might want it one day with slices of banana, another day with jam or another with sugar.


              ==Nutrition information:==
              Each 27g sachet without milk contains:

              98 Calories
              0.3g Sugars
              2.3g Fat
              0.4g Saturates
              Trace Salt

              ==More information:==

              Quaker state on their very attractive, well laid out and informative site that: 'Each serving will have enough Beta Glucan to begin to help reduce blood cholesterol.

              Customer web site: www.Quaker.co.uk

              ==Conclusion:==

              I really enjoyed trying this product; it reminded me in taste to Porridge without the hassle of making it. Although the Original Oat So Simple is not my favourite flavour it is still tasty, warming and keeps me going till Lunchtime. A real must on cold winters morning when you need something good to get you moving. It's basically quick and simple and very convenient, but just a little bland in taste.

              Thank you for reading my review.

              This review is published on both Ciao and Dooyoo under my user name.

              @CPTDANIELS June 2009.

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                15.06.2009 15:49
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                Lovely porridge without all the hassle

                I have had a number of medical tests recently, including a glucose tolerance test and the results tend to suggest that I am over weight and must watch my diet in order to get a number of things like blood pressure, glucose levels and cholesterol down. I have therefore decided its time to eat more healthily. This is why when shopping I thought I would try the 'Oat So Simple' range from Quaker Oats, as it says that the oats contain a soluble fibre called Beta glucan which helps reduce cholesteral.The box contains 12 sachets for £1.98 and is easily recognisable amongst all the other products by the red rectangular box on the blue and gold coloured packet which highlights 'New Only 2 minutes to cook perfect porridge oats'. Each sachet contains 27g and contains 98 calories, 0.3g sugar, 2.3g fat, 0.4g saturates and only a trace of salt - a perfect start to my new diet regime.
                On emptying the sachet into the bowl, I thought that the portion size didn't look very big, eventhough it is supposed to contain the right amount of oats. I then filled the sachet to the appropriate level with semi skimmed milk - ( this is clever as you don't need to measure 180 ml in a measuring jug). I then added the milk to the oats in the bowl and microwaved for 2 minutes. On taking the bowl out of the microwave I then just stirred the mixture which looked very creamy. Watching my weight I decided not to add sugar but cinnamon instead. It was delicious - what more can I say if it helps me improve my general well - being I'll have porridge for breakfast everyday. The product also comes in different varieties: raspberry, apple and blueberry and sultanas,raisins,cranberry and apple so even if I get bored with the original there is plenty to chose from. Didn't feel hungry mid-morning either.
                Review also on Ciao.

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                  Super quick and handy sachets

                  I hated porridge as a child. However, I've grown up and learnt to appreciate this simple and quick morning meal. Even better that Quaker Oats, Oat So Simple, comes in handy little packets for quick dump in a microwave to cook action.

                  I got my box of 12 sachets from Tesco for just under £2.

                  Packaging:

                  The box has a photo of a wheat field with a massive label on the front saying "Now Only 2 minutes to Perfect Porridge". This is the crux of their marketing - the fact that it can cater for those who view sleep to be far more important than time eating in the morning, those that are like me!

                  The box opens from the top to reveal 12 sachets, each containing 27g of rolled oats. I usually stand my box upright, with the opening facing the front for ease of just reaching and grabbing in the morning.

                  The sachets all have instructions for cooking, although I don't bother with this. Just rip open the packet, pour it in a microwave-safe bowl, pour on some milk (just over under half of the bowl) and dump in the microwave for one minute. When that is up, stir and add more milk. Heat up for another minute and this should be it. I find this process to be best for making porridge rather than blasting the bowl for 2 minutes straight - you tend to get a rim forming at the top of the porridge and a soggy centre, with some uncooked oats - not good, especially when you're hungry and just want to get out of the house in the morning.

                  Taste:

                  I always use semi-skim milk as I find full fat too creamy and skimmed milk too watery. The porridge made from each sachet is a good amount, it's always more than I can eat although, when I'm particularly famished, I can finish a whole bowl.

                  The oats cook very well and fluff up nicely, giving them a good bit to them without tasting too soggy. The porridge itself is very creamy and of course, if you use full fat milk it would be even creamier.

                  Endurance:

                  With one bowl of porridge, I can go without eating beyond lunch time (a good 3-4 hours after breakfast).

                  Overall:

                  Although, it's not the best porridge oats I have tasted, there is nothing unpleasant about these. They've made making the porridge so simple that it's made porridge an attractive breakfast to those that can't wait to get out of the house in the morning.

                  Oat So Simple also comes in Apple & Blueberry flavour, Raspberry flavour and Golden Syrup flavour.

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                    05.04.2009 08:52
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                    Get the bag back to the drawing board!

                    A bowl of porridge sorts me out at all sorts of times of the day.......obviously it is intended to provide a good start to the morning as a healthy and filling breakfast, but I also keep a bowl and some oats at work for an occasional lunch, and have often been known to have some porridge fairly late on in the evening when I have had one of those days where I have been rushing around so much that I have "forgotten" to eat an evening meal.

                    Porridge is healthy - a slow releasing carbohydrate, releasing energy throughout the day, is low in fat, and is filling. A portion of porridge with semi skimed milk is just 180 calories and 2.2 grammes of saturated fat (less if you use skimmed milk).

                    It is also very simple to make, and is very cheap. I normally buy a bag of value oats from Tesco, which costs just a few pence. Porridge can be cooked with either water and salt, or milk, and can be done on the hob or in the microwave. My absolute favourite is cooking porridge with milk on the hob, the night before, then reheating it slowly the next morning - you get a wonderful creamy dish.......but of course that means being ever so slightly organised, and that is not so easy for me!

                    Recently, my husband did the weekly shop for a change, and came home with a box of Quaker Original Sachets of Oat So Simple. His response when I queried the lack of a bag of value oats was that not only were they 50% extra free, but they were also on offer as well.......Tesco obviously over-ordered on this one then!!

                    Anyway, I have been having this porridge for a couple of weeks now.....

                    As the name suggests, it is simple to make. Just tear off the top of the sachet and empty the porridge oats into a bowl. Then fill the same sachet with cold milk, and pour it from the sachet into the same bowl, put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and voila, hot and healthy porridge oats.

                    Simple........

                    No, not really. OK, it is easy to pour the oats into the bowl, and there is no measuring or weighing to do, because obviously one sachet = one portion.

                    The difficult bit is pouring the milk into the sachet and then back out again. The sachet is a waxy paper, so is supposed to be liquidproof and sturdy, but I find it quite difficult to keep it rigid enough to take the milk without me worrying about spilling it - I certainly wouldn't expect a child to be able to do this without spillage every time, and I am sure a fair few adults will have milk on their worktops, floors, or dressing gowns, when making their breakfast - not good. I certainly think that elderly people who are not so good at gripping things or keeping a steady hand would find this difficult.

                    Once in the bowl, it is easy from there - but then again, how difficult is it to then put a bowl in the microwave for two minutes, and then eat........?

                    The porridge tastes no different to my value version, and therefore I do not feel that it is worth the extra cost for something that is not as easy to use as it implies. I will be sticking to the cheap oats myself in future, although I will keep a couple of sachets in my desk drawer for emergency lunches at work.

                    I would, however, consider buying some of their other versions, such as raspberry, or apple and blueberry, simply for a bit of variety.

                    More information can be found at www.quakeroats.co.uk

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                      20.02.2009 21:46
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                      A great start to your day......

                      Quaker Oatso Simple, eight hot breakfasts for less than £1. where would you find great value like that....simple, treat your family to the warming breakfast they need on these cold winter mornings and and put a pack of Oatso Simple in your shopping trolley today.

                      These handy sachets are so easy and convenient, there is just the right amount of oats in each packet to give you a great start to any day, and with so many different flavours to choose from the hardest thing might just be which one . it might just be the original, but then there,s apple,and blueberry, raspberry,or fruit meusli my own personal favourite is golden syrup but fear not if you cant choose Quaker, have thought of everything with the variety pack.

                      Even the sachet is useful cos after you have put the oats into a bowl, just fill the empty sachet with milk, and pour it over the cereal, pop it into the microwave for one minute, give it a stir, and cook for a further minute and a half, let it stand a minute, and at this point I usually, add few slices of banana. and there you have it......a hot breakfast in less than four minutes ,

                      Of course, it goes without saying, that oats are full of natures goodness, they help lower cholesterol, and with its slow releasing energy you are fuller for longer.

                      Keep your heart healthy, give your family a great start in the mornings and save some pennies in the process, .....what could be better?..

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                        You'll wonder how you managed on cold cereal and burnt toast before!

                        Oatso Simple is the best breakfast I've ever had! I go through phrases of different cereals and different ways of eating toast but I always come back back to this.

                        It's everything that you'd expect it to be: hot, filling, and you can prepare it a different way every day of the week (I think I'm plagiarising a Weetabix ad campaign here, but it's true!).

                        My favourite way to eat it is to slice up a banana, tip it into a saucepan of boiling water/milk and then pour in the oats when the bananas start to break up. If it's too hot for you, add in a dollop of yoghurt (Greek with honey all the way, for me) and eat it from the middle while it cools. I've also tried it with blueberries, cherries and grapes and they all work well. This means you can try and slip a couple of portions of fruit into your diet before you've even gotten dressed.

                        Also, they're only 100-135 calories a packet and, weirdly, you can ignore the instruction to add 180ml of milk and use water with just a splash of milk. I've found that either or a combination of milk and water work fine.

                        The little sachets come in a variety of flavours including apple and blueberry (I love this one!), raspberry, apple and golden syrup so you can try every flavour before you commit to a larger packet. The plain version can feel slightly boring after trying the others, but I think this is perfectly suited to mornings where you feel worse than normal so they're worth saving if you prefer the variety packs.

                        The packaging advises you to use a microwave but personally, I think using a saucepan gives you much better results, especially compared to the lump of half set concrete you can expect if you get the timing or the milk measurement wrong. This happened to me every morning until I realised that the sachets can be used to measure out the milk! Even so, in a saucepan you can add in water or milk to get the consistency right for you.

                        It's not a breakfast that should be eaten in a cold kitchen with a newspaper. Served with a hot cup of tea and a smoothie is my favourite way to wake up, and I find it's worth getting up a bit earlier so I can climb back into bed with it!

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                          29.01.2009 02:02
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                          I simply cannot start my day without a bowl of cereal and I grew up eating porridge. Quaker's Oasto Simple are just what they say..

                          The taste:

                          Good news, they taste just like normal porridge oats. There is a small difference though, you will find these oats are more refined and more like dust rather than a whole grain. This might displease serious authentic porridge lovers, but the taste is pretty much the same and it melts in the mouth wonderfully. There is no chewing involved and it has a smooth natural flavour to it, which will suit even the most delicate of palettes.

                          Critique:

                          Once you open the box and the sachets, it is literally a case of pouring it into a bowl and adding the milk. (Oh and remember to heat it for a couple of minutes!) I do feel you don't get much in a sachet, that would be only criticism. I would suggest two sachets make a more substantial serving.

                          Packaging: Easy to spot on shelves and also available in a range of flavours including apple which is delicious!

                          Availability: Stocked in Tesco and Sainsbury.

                          Verdict: Very good and very quick to make, but lacks the earthiness of REAL porridge oats

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                          18.12.2008 13:06

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                          Ignore the flash on the carton that reads "Ready in 2 minutes". This is totally wrong and misleading, the product needs 21/2 minutes as stated on the sachet.If you only give it 2 minutes, you need to drink it from a mug, not spoon it from a bowl.I assume this was just a marketing idea.

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