Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sips + Bites | Savory Oatmeal Bowls


By Jess. I lurve me my breakfast. You can give me breakfast all day, erryday. I'll never turn down a good breakfast any time of day. I'm nursing again with Madeline, so I've refreshed myself on my galactagogue 101. (In case you're not too familiar with galactagogues read all about it here.)  My go-to's right now are spinach, flax seeds, almond milk/coconut milk and oatmeal. Oh oatmeal, you make me the milkmaid. I'm not talking the sugar loaded instant stuff (though it may work for some mamas) but rather just old fashioned oats. When I cook them I try not to add sugar (this postpartum pooch gots to go!) but I'll sweeten it with fresh fruit, honey or organic agave (sold in fabulous big bottles at both Sam's Club and Costco). And my trick is adding finely ground flax seed to it. Now, while eating oatmeal this way is delicious, I can only take so much of it with fruit and honey, especially when I'm eating it erryday. I was even adding oatmeal, spinach and flax seeds to my daily lactation smoothies. And sometimes a girl just wants something savory. Lemme get some salt! Haha! After spending some time on Pinterest, I came across savory breakfast bowls. GAME CHANGER. I honestly haven't gone back to eating oatmeal with fruit anymore! My version I like to add protein, and I've added nitrate-free breakfast sausage/bacon, and even rotisserie chicken and nitrate-free deli turkey. Top it off with a fried egg, some sour cream and Sriracha, and voila! And trust me, you don't have to be nursing a babe to enjoy this recipe. However if you are, prepare for it to help boost your supply. :)


Ingredients 
Quick cooking oats, or any kind of oats that you prefer (try not to use the instant stuff)
Water or milk for cooking oats (I prefer to cook my oats in water)
Salt & pepper
1 tablespoon shredded cheese (I used shredded Colby Jack)
1 egg
Cooked protein* (breakfast sausage, bacon, rotisserie chicken, deli meats, etc.)
*My favorites are by Jones Dairy Farm, Applegate and Never Any! brand found at Aldi
- Optional Ingredients -
Mrs. Dash Table Blend
Sour cream
Sriracha
Green onions (finely chopped)
Avocado (sliced)
Flax seeds (whole or finely ground)

Directions
You'll want to cook your oats according to the package. Cook enough oats for 1 serving/bowl, generally that is about 1/2 cup of dry oats to 1 cup of water/milk, but check your packaging as different brands may vary in cooking instructions. Because I am generally short on time with two kiddos, I end up cooking my oats in the microwave, right in the bowl. No pot to wash! Cook with salt and/or pepper to taste. If you're adding flax seeds to your oats, you can add them before cooking your oats or after they've cooked.

Once your oats have been cooked, add in your protein. I have used Jones Dairy Farm sausage links (cut up in small pieces), crumbled bacon, rotisserie chicken and even shredded deli turkey.

Cook your egg how you like, and top it on your oatmeal. I love frying my eggs and having my yolk a little on the runny side.

Add the shredded cheese! Feel free to season with Mrs. Dash Table Blend if you want a little more seasoning. Top with a dollop of sour cream if you want a little creaminess, and add some Sriracha if you like a little heat! I also enjoy adding some chopped green onions and avocados for extra flavor. Enjoy! Just remember to wash your bowl right after eating, or at least soak that mother effer. We all know scraping hardened oatmeal is a bish! ;)

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