If only I could love every meal as much as I love breakfast. As you all know from my rants about oatmeal, I seem to get stuck in a rut where I just make sweet versions of the traditional standby: green tea oatmeal, oatmeal cookie breakfast smoothies, and crockpot steel-cut oatmeal with apples.
Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Oats and dairy are a powerful combination- not only are they inexpensive items, but the calcium, protein and fiber that they deliver keep me full until lunchtime. Not until now had I experimented with taking my favorite breakfast savory!
- 2 cups fat free milk
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup dry steel-cut oats
- 4 cups fresh spinach
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt or Herbamere
- 4 eggs
- ½ pint grape tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts
- In a pot on the stove, bring milk and water to a boil over high heat. Add steel-cut oats and return to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir ever couple of minutes- it should barely bubble. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, until the oats are tender and creamy but still have a bit of a bite.
- Chop the spinach a bit and add it to the pot along with the sea salt or Herbamere. Give everything a stir and let the spinach wilt for a few minutes while you prepare the eggs.
- Fry your eggs to your liking and slice up the grape tomatoes.
- Assemble bowls by portioning ¼ of the oat mixture into a bowl, topping it with a fried egg, sliced tomatoes, and a sprinkle of hemp hearts.
To no surprise, I loved this combination just as much (dare I say more?) than my normal boring bowl of oats. The toppings took the savory bowl over the top – wilted spinach, juicy tomato, and a perfectly salted fried egg with a sprinkle of hemp seeds for more texture.
I always refer to this tutorial from The Kitchn when cooking steel cut oats to get them to a perfect balance between creamy and chewy – the milk in this recipe ensures that you still get the oats to coat your spoon!
So what you do you say? Are you up for taking that boring oatmeal to the next level?
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