11/24/2016 01:11 EST | Updated 11/24/2016 01:11 EST

Savour Your Mornings: Quick Oats 3 Ways

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know by now that I have a little obsession with savoury oatmeal. Especially over the winter, I love a hot breakfast and I just always seem to gravitate to more savoury combos like avocado toast or anything involving poached eggs and prosciutto.

Oats are such a great way to start the day and these combos will have you energized and ready to take the morning! A couple of quick tips about these specific combos:

  • Black pepper enhances the absorption of turmeric. Pairing these two spices will help you get the most nutritional they are delicious together! Turmeric is a super potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich so you want to soak up as much of it as you can get!
  • Pumpkin seeds have three times as much Iron as most other nuts and seeds (about 15 per cent of your daily requirements per 2 Tbsp), paired with oats this make a great Iron rich breakfast! Plant-based Iron is harder to absorb than animal sources of Iron, but pairing it with Vitamin C makes it easier for your body to access. The tomato sauce in the Pizza Oats makes the perfect pair to boost those Iron stores!
  • Despite previous fears about eggs and their cholesterol content, more recent research is showing that it's the trans-fats and even refined sugars that have a bigger impact on increasing the cholesterol in our bodies. So go ahead and enjoy this delicious and nutritious protein source to fuel your mornings!

Try them out and let me know which if your favourite! Show me your creations with #inthekitchenwithLJ and let me know if you have any amazing combos of your own!


Savoury Oatmeal Three Ways

Golden Oats with Apple and White Cheddar

1 Serving


- ⅓ cup rolled oats

- ⅔ cup chicken stock or water

- ½ tsp Turmeric, ground

- Pinch of coarse salt and a generous sprinkle of freshly-cracked black pepper

- 1 medium apple, cut into bite sized chunks

- 1 oz (28g) sharp white cheddar, grated


1. In a small saucepan, combine oats, chicken stock or water, turmeric and black pepper and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently to prevent sticking to the pan.

2. Once oats have thickened and most of the water has evaporated, remove from heat and dish into a bowl.

3. Top with apple, cheese and more salt or pepper to taste.



Pizza Oats

1 Serving


- ⅓ cup quick oats

- ⅔ cup water

- 2-3 Tbsp marinara or pizza sauce

- ½ cup 1% cottage cheese

- 2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

- Coarse salt and freshly-cracked pepper to taste


1. In a small saucepan, combine oats and water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently to prevent sticking to the pan.

2. Once most of the water has evaporated but are still a bit wet, add the marinara sauce and cottage cheese, stirring as you cook, just until all ingredients are heated through, approximately 1 minute. Remove from heat and dish into a bowl.

3. Top with pumpkin seeds, salt and pepper.



Savoury Vegetable Oat Risotto with Poached Eggs

1 Serving


- 1 tsp avocado oil

- 1 cup vegetables of your choice (suggest mushrooms, peppers, onions, spinach)

- Coarse salt and freshly-cracked pepper to taste

- ⅓ cup quick oats

- Chicken stock (approx. 1 cup, depending on your particular oats)

- Pinch each of garlic and onion powder (approx ⅛ -¼ tsp)

- 1 Tbsp white vinegar

- 2 eggs

- Optional: 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese, grated


1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil.

2. Heat oil in a medium-sized frying pan over medium high heat. Add vegetables and saute 3-4 minutes, until soft. Salt and pepper to taste.

3. Cook Oatmeal according to package directions, substituting equal parts stock to replace water. Stir in garlic and onion powder.

4. Add vinegar to the boiling water (this will help keep the eggs together). Crack the eggs right into the water and cook until desired yolk consistency is achieved, approximately 2-3 minutes for soft poached, 4 minutes for a more firm egg that is still soft and 5-6 minutes for hard poached.

5. Finish with parmesan cheese if desired.


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