Not so Boring Oatmeal for Breakfast

Wow, time has passed by so quickly!  It was only yesterday that I wrote a post about the start of the new year!

So far, the start of 2015 has been good for me. Changes with my job, lots of house chores. visiting people in other states, and gardening were some of the many things that have happened or I’ve done during this four month period.  I also did lots of cooking after my oven finally healed from a debilitating mishap (oven door shattered, which was replaced two months later)

While on the topic of food, let’s go onto the topic of breakfast. Now, there are many great breakfast foods like bacon, pancakes, cereals, french toast, etc (I like international breakfast foods as well), but there are some that many people tend to shy from.

One of them is oatmeal.

Oatmeal is famous for being in oatmeal related things, like cookies, muesli, granola, and a few more that I cannot think of right now…  OH! I remember! It’s also known for being high in fiber (watch out for gas) and good for the heart (says it lowers cholesterol . Eating it by itself, is another obstacle for people who either dislike mushy foods, the stickiness it has, the flavorless health food that is, and have texture issues. Oatmeal itself has a distinct flavor and can come in the original old fashioned (the one you have to cook in a pot) and quick cook (can be cooked in a minute). Different sweet flavors are available as well to consumers such as fruit and cream, cinnamon apple, and more. What if, though, you were more in the mood for something savory for breakfast? Well, never fear!  Oatmeal can be made into a savory dish!

Since oatmeal in its plain and mushy form does not seem appetizing already to some of you readers, remember, this is your blank canvas to add in many great and savory flavors! I present to you my proof of this!

savory oatmeal

A nice shot of Savory oatmeal to start the morning off!

In this bowl of Savory goodness you have goodness of the heart healthy oats, the beneficial fats from the eggs and the olive oil, some dairy with the cheese, and all the other great nutrients from this whole bowl with the red pepper (capsaicin), garlic, white pepper, salt (electrolytes). I just threw everything together into the bowl, I didn’t really measure anything, so this can be and easy and less-dishes-to-wash recipe! This is how it goes and make sure to look at my notes at the end of the recipe

  • 1 Serving of Oatmeal
  • a small glug of extra virgin olive oil
  • a fried egg
  • chopped scallions
  • cheese (I used shredded mexican blend)
  • Seasonings (anything you want, I used red pepper, salt, dried minced garlic, white pepper.)
  • Sriracha (optional

First, make a serving of oatmeal to how ever  you like it. If you use the quick cook all you need is to just add the liquid. However, if you use the old fashioned oats, you may need to soak them overnight or consult the cooking directions

* NOTE: Now, I suggest omitting the milk and just use water or any kind of broth (chicken, vegetable, beef). The milk tends to have a weird flavor when you want to make a savory oatmeal, but you can make it whatever way you want.

After cooking it, you can start putting on the toppings. Whatever spices and things you want to add in. I had the spices mentioned above on hand, but you can use whatever you want. Just make sure that YOU  are you want those flavors in your oatmeal. Also, you don’t need to put a lot if you are going to add more things there. It is important to add a bit of salt to taste.

Here comes the fun part, the bigger toppings. I chose a gently fried egg so that the yolk was nice and runny and added an extra creaminess with the melted cheese. I did use a shredded Mexican blend. You can use whatever bigger toppings you want such as

  • Meat (chicken, pork, beef, etc/ either chopped, ground, shredded)
  • Cheese (as little or as much as you want/ any kind)
  • Nuts (any variety will do)
  • Tofu or any other meatless options
  • Avocado (taste as well!)
  • Vegetables (spoon-worthy sized chunks)
  • anything else

Don’t be afraid to customize and use whatever you have in your cabinets/ cupboards. As they say “Variety is the spice of life”!

You don’t have to do this, but I added a bit of extra virgin olive oil. I just love the way EVOO tastes, it has a clean flavor and the sharpness of the olive flavor from how its processed just adds more to your oatmeal. I would suggest using a good quality EVOO, if you don’t have it, you can use sesame oil (just a little as it can be very strong in flavor) or skip it.

I also added a bit of sriracha for a spicy bite. Any hot sauce will do, or skip it for those who don’t want hot lips so early.

Breakfast should be so complicated, well this is slightly complicated, but it doesn’t have to be boring (especially when you want to do something different, but don’t know what to do). Click on the images to see the delicious details!

oatmeal angle

oatmeal closeup 1

egg and oatmeal

scallion and olive oil closeup

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