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.

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