I was not a fan of oatmeal up until a few years ago. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the first time I ate oatmeal, it was instant oatmeal. I was immediately turned off by the sweetness and texture. A couple of years ago, I took a bite out of my husband's steel cut oats and I absolutely loved it! If you haven't tried steel cut oats, it is the way to go! Over the past year, I have made steel cut oats two ways, one sweet and one savoury.
Savoury oatmeal is a good way to change things up if you are bored of the regular sweet oatmeal combinations. This savoury oatmeal recipe is so simple - you won't even have to look at the recipe the second time you make it. Use whichever types of vegetables you have on hand. Mixed frozen veggies would be the easiest, but feel free to chop up some fresh mushrooms, broccoli, or any other veggies in your fridge.
There are different types of oats you can buy at the store. My favourite are steel cut oats, which are they are the least processed, giving you the most health benefits. However, since they are not as processed as the other type of oats, they can take up to 40 minutes to cook. For me, that is way too much time to spend in the morning! Luckily, you can find quick cook steel cut oats, which only take 5-7 minutes to prepare.
Oatmeal is a whole grain packed with soluble fibre, which means eating oats can help:
Control blood sugar levels
Lower blood cholesterol levels
Help maintain a healthy weight
Whether you are an avid oatmeal eater or a oatmeal beginner, this recipe is for you! My favourite part of this oatmeal is the fried egg on top. There is nothing better than an ooey-gooey fried egg to up your breakfast (or lunch) game.
Makes: 2 servings
1 tsp Canola oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
1 cup water
1 cup mixed frozen vegetables
1 tsp Canola oil
1. In a small saucepan, heat oil on medium-high heat and add chopped onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until onions have softened. Add spices and crushed tomatoes and mix together.
2. Add steel cut oats, water, and mixed vegetables and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until oats have thickened to your preference.
3. In a separate fry pan, heat oil on medium-high heat and crack an egg directly on to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until egg white is complete cooked but egg yolk is still runny. Repeat with second egg.
4. Pour oatmeal into bowls and top with fried egg.
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