I was at a friend's house last week and he made the most awesome oatmeal ever! His secret: don't stir it. I tried it today and voila' - YUM!
Using old fashioned oatmeal (we're talking plain 'ole Quaker Oats") and following the package directions for measurements, boil the water, add the oats, give it a stir and stop stirring. Stir once later and then leave it alone until the water boils off. Take the temperature down a little bit if it threatens to boil over. And that's it.
Chunky, textured, fully cooked oatmeal that is hearty, beautiful to look at and really something to eat.
You'll never go back to instant.