When I was strict Paleo, I went through a phase where I didn't eat oatmeal for several years. After I got pregnant, my food values shifted a bit as I was open to eating anything that didn't make me feel even more nauseated. Now that I'm nursing, I try to eat oatmeal every day because it's easy, filling, and supposedly good for milk production. Usually I just throw it in the microwave and eat it plain with a little sprinkle of salt, but if I have a few extra minutes I like to make one of these savory oatmeal breakfast bowls.
I've shared a few pictures on Instagram Stories and every time I get a handful of messages from people asking for the recipe or just expressing their surprise that you can put cheese and onions in oatmeal. I'm not a big sweet breakfast person, so I prefer this over more traditional cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal. It's also a great way to clean out your fridge, and it makes a delicious lunch as well as a hearty breakfast.
You can customize your bowl however you like, but this is my go-to recipe:
- 1/2 cup of oats
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 of an onion, sliced or diced
- 3-4 mushrooms, sliced
- 1 egg
- A splash of olive oil or a little butter, for cooking
- 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
- A big handful of spinach (you could chop this to make it a little easier to eat but I usually just throw it in)
- About 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (or a fresh clove of garlic if you have it, chopped)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hot sauce (optional)
- In a large pan, heat olive oil or melt butter. Add onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add the mushrooms and sauté until browned and a little crispy--another 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan or push to the side to make room for your egg.
- Crack egg into pan and cook over medium-high heat. Cook to your liking--I'm a big fan of over medium but you could totally scramble it instead. I've also used hard and soft-boiled eggs I had in the fridge.
- While your egg is cooking, combine oats and water in a bowl. Microwave according to instructions (usually 2 minutes) and carefully remove from microwave (the bowl is always hot as hell). Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the cheese and stir to combine.
- Add your spinach, mushrooms, and onion. Top with fried egg and a little hot sauce.
I've made these with bacon and broccoli and every other meat or veggie that I have in the fridge. I love coming up with new combinations based on whatever leftovers I have. If you come up with a fun one, let me know! Enjoy!