Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Savory Oats with a Poached Egg

I, for one, am rather disapointed that it never occured to me to make oats savory, rather than sweet, before now.  This is not only good food fast, it's nutritional label reflects that it's good for you too.

The oat part was made in the microwave for the purposes of showing that lunch can be made in the same amount of time one might wait in line at the drive thru but in all reality, it would have only taken a minute longer to cook these stove top.

I do not use "quick oats" as a rule because the pre-cooking that makes them "quick" also rapes them of their micronutrients. 


1/2 cup oats, not quick cooking variety
1 pinch of kosher salt
1 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2-3 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, shredded
1 poached egg (I cheated here and "poached" mine in an omelet pan with ice chips)

1 - Combine oats (I used a multi-grain variety that also had rye, barley & wheat), salt, water, thyme and about 2/3 of the chives in a microwave-safe bowl.  Reserve remaining chives for garnish.

2 - Heat in microwave, on high heat for 2 minutes. 

3 - While oats cook, poach egg.

4 - After 2 minutes, stir in parmesan cheese and cook for 30-45 seconds longer to thicken.

5 - Top with poached egg and reserved chives.

This is damn fine fast food folks!  Filling lunch that's on the lower calorie side.  How will I keep my cholesterol intake low?   We are eating some sort of Rice & Beans for dinner here tonight!

Don't sweat eating the occasional entire egg. Unlike egg replacement products, eggs do not contain chemicals or food fillers and dyes. Plus, there are very few natural food sources of vitamin D and the yolk happens to be one of them. When we think of FOOD as FUEL, we open up worlds of flavor and improve our quality of life. It's win-win.

nutrition facts


  1. how do you poach an egg with ice? I'm intrigued

  2. I have a well-seasoned cast iron skillet that the egg doesn't stick too as long as the skillet is good and hot...I throw in the egg and then toss in some cracked ice cubes and sometimes a splash of water. Cover until "steamed." It would work with a nonstick pan too. :)

  3. Strange you would find a way to use the word "raped" in a recipe.

  4. Rape as defined as " to seize and take away by force," so it doesn't necessarily have to be used only when we are talking about people. I can't think of a more fitting term to describe what the commercial food industry does to the nutrient content in food with mass-production practices!