I do not like oatmeal. I think it is bland and tasteless. I am diabetic, however, and oatmeal helps regulate my blood sugar as well as help me feel full longer. I had to come up with a way I could eat it while retaining oatmeal’s healthy properties. Thus, the recipe for this savory oatmeal bowl.
Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes
1 3/4 cups unsalted or low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup rolled oats
1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), divided into two
1/2 cup frozen pepper & onion blend
1/2 cup low-sodium black beans
1-2 good-sized handfuls of baby spinach
1/3 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend
1-2 tsp Penzey’s fajita seasoning
1/8 tsp sea salt
optional toppings: cherry or grape tomatoes, salsa, sour cream
- Put chicken broth in a pan and bring to a boil. Put in oatmeal and salt and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- While oatmeal cooks, place 1/2 TBSP EVOO in a small skillet and heat for a minute over medium-high heat. (If you have a cooking spray bottle, you may also use the bottle to spray olive oil in the skillet.) After the EVOO has warmed, heat the pepper & onion blend for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle 1 tsp of fajita seasoning over the blend. Once warmed through, add the black beans and heat for an additional 2 minutes. Place the spinach in the skillet and saute until wilted, adding the last tsp of fajita seasoning. Remove mixture from skillet.
- While the veggie and bean mixture cooks, take the oatmeal off the heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes until it reaches your desired consistency. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
- While the oatmeal stands, wipe out the skillet and add the remaining 1/2 TBSP EVOO. Crack eggs and add to skillet. Fry eggs until whites form up (become more solid). Flip eggs and turn off the heat. The heat of the skillet will cook the other side.
To assemble: Place 3/4 cup oatmeal & cheese mixture in a bowl. Place 3/4 veggie & bean mixture over top of 1/2 the oatmeal & cheese mixture. Place 1 fried egg over another half. Repeat for 2nd serving. Add any optional toppings.