Get your day off to a good start with savory oatmeal. Topped with bacon, eggs and chives, it’ll show you a whole new way to enjoy your breakfast!
If you’re anything like me, sometimes you get into food ruts.
The same thing for breakfast, the same thing for lunch, the same 6 meals over and over for dinner… a lot of times it’s just easier. It’s easier at the grocery store, and at the table, especially once you find something that EVERYONE in your house likes!
I’ll be honest, breaking out of that rut can be hard. 6 A.M. getting ready for work? Morning Cristina’s idea of “switching it up” is eating a Different Cereal. She walks on the wild side.
I think we can get into food ruts the way we think about food too. When someone says ‘oatmeal!’ I automatically think of brown sugar, and milk and a little cinnamon or maple syrup, some fruit on top. Oatmeal in this house is sweet!
Well not anymore! I present my latest kitchen experiment: Savory Oatmeal!
The oatmeal is a nice, solid base for the salty bacon, fried egg and chives. It adds a heartiness to the plain old ‘eggs and bacon’ breakfast. I was FULL when I finished my little bowl, and let me tell you, when you break that egg yolk…
…it just soaks into the rest and makes it creamy smooth. It’s definitely not the same old thing!
Break out of your rut! What food would you like to experiment with?
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup water
- 2 slices bacon , chopped into about 1/2" slices (more crispy edges!)
- 1-2 eggs
- 1 sprig chives , chopped
- dash black pepper (or to taste)
Add you rolled oats and water into a large bowl, and stir a couple times with a fork. (Trust me, a large bowl - this will expand while you're microwaving and will make a mess if the bowl is too small!)
Cook in the microwave for 1 minute, then stir, then 1 more minute, then stir. If necessary, another minute. There should not be any water in the bowl, and the oats should be cooked all the way through. (If doubling or tripling this recipe, it may take anywhere from 4-6 minutes of microwaving!)
Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Add the oats, and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and cover for about five minutes, until cooked.
In a pan on the stove, cook bacon according to instructions on the package. I like my bacon CRISPY, so it usually takes about 5-7 minutes.
Pour out the fat from the pan into a heat-safe container to cool (I like to use an old can), and add the egg(s) to the pan. It will cook in the leftover fat from the bacon, so no extra butter needed! Cover the whole pan with a pot lid so the top will cook, as well as the bottom. This should take about 2-3 minutes. An over-easy egg is my favourite way to eat this, but if you like your yolk cooked all the way through, cook for 3-4 minutes.
Carefully transfer the egg to the top of your oatmeal, add the bacon, chives and black pepper.
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