When you think about oatmeal, what are the toppings that automatically pop into your head? Probably maple syrup, brown sugar, apples, berries, nuts and milk. Right?
What if I asked you to think of oatmeal as a vehicle for savoury toppings?
Oats are simply a blank canvass which lend themselves to sweet AND savoury flavours, equally. They are a healthy whole grain, similar to rice, quinoa or polenta — and these are all grains that easily work in sweet or savoury dishes!
Now I understand if you prefer a sweet breakfast — so many of us do. However, I'm a sucker for a good warm, savoury breakfast, so I asked myself: "Why not switch up my oatmeal?"
I think it's time that we shine the spotlight on oatmeal as a versatile nutrition powerhouse. So go ahead, adorn your bowl of oatmeal with a creative savoury option. My latest thrill is oatmeal topped with leftover roasted sweet potatoes and a soft poached egg. Great for breakfast, lunch, a light dinner or pick-me-up snack!
Ideas for Savoury Oatmeal
Cook your oatmeal in stock or lightly salted water instead of plain water.
Use leftover vegetables, legumes and protein to top plain oatmeal.
Add dry spices (cumin, curry, Italian seasoning) while cooking.
Garnish with fresh herbs, cold-pressed olive oil or balsamic vinegar.