Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms

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Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday

[I made this cozy Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms for Earth Fare!]

How do you guys feel about vegetables for breakfast? 

Up until about 6 years ago, I ate something sweet for breakfast about 95% of the time.

In the younger years, it was pop-tarts, cereal, eggo waffles, or muffins. When I got a little more health conscious, it was oatmeal with brown sugar, yogurt with fruit and honey, or (a more grown up, but still sweet) cereal. 

When I started having health issues, I made a connection between the sweet foods I was eating and the symptoms I was dealing with.

(Basically all of my symptoms got worse when I ate sugar or even high sugar fruits.)  

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday

That really required that I forget the idea of what breakfast was supposed to look like, which was hard because I craved sweet things in the morning. But I made it a point to start eating a lot more savory breakfasts. 

It definitely took some getting used to, but now I eat a savory breakfast most days (and love it!) It’s usually leftovers from the night before, soup, and sometimes—a savory oatmeal bowl. 

A lot of sugar first thing in the morning can really throw off our blood sugar levels, and leave us cranky and hungry. Which isn’t something a good breakfast should do! 

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday

Savory oatmeal is a great way to transition to the other side and add more vegetables to breakfast. 

In my mind, oats are like the savory breakfast gateway. 

Since oatmeal has a pretty neutral flavor, it can easily swing both ways. For a savory version, oats get cooked in broth and seasoned (in this case) with parmesan. 

And because spinach and mushrooms are one of my favorite veggie combinations, that’s what I went with here. But really this kind of breakfast is ideal for using up leftover veggies, so anything you have on hand will work. 

If you really want to be a veggie over-achiever, you can grate some zucchini right into your oats. ๐Ÿ˜‹

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday

For a punch of protein (and just to convince us we’re eating breakfast) this savory oatmeal bowl gets topped off with a luscious soft boiled egg. 

You can easily boil the eggs ahead of time so that you have one on hand just when you need it. I boil a dozen or so on Sunday and use them throughout the week. 

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday

To get a soft yolk, you’ll want to boil the eggs for 6-8 minutes and then quickly cool them down by dumping into an ice bath or running under cold water for a few minutes. (this one was a 7 minute egg) 

The yolk mixes up with the oats and makes for the most amazing texture and rich flavor. 

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday

It’s simple, but seriously delicious. And you know you’ll be doing your body a favor by starting your day off with a few extra veggies. 

Trust me, this savory oatmeal bowl is something you’ll definitely look forward to waking up to! 

Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms | Reclaiming Yesterday



4 responses to “Savory Oatmeal with Spinach and Mushrooms”

  1. I tried this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! I didn’t have spinach so I used some fresh arugula I had on hand and fresh thyme and chives. Yummy! I couldn’t imagine what “savory” oatmeal would taste like, but I’m a huge fan now. Thank you Allyson!
    Pam

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