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Savory Breakfast Oatmeal

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal (tex-mex style)

Savory breakfast oatmeal. Have you tried it yet? Everyone I’ve talked to about it says savory oatmeal sounds weird and that when they think of oatmeal, they think of fruits and all things sweet. If you think like that, that’s okay. But today I’m going to change your mind and make you fall in love with savory breakfast oatmeal.

I didn’t invent savory oatmeal. I actually came across it while browsing Pinterest. The recipe I saw came from a website by a lady named Martha whose last name is Stewert. It was a simple savory breakfast oatmeal recipe – oatmeal, egg, cheddar and green onion. Mmm, sounds good but I want to do more with it, maybe something Tex-Mexy. A quick scan of my pantry let me know I had black beans, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, red onion, peppers, lime, eggs and cheese. Ah yeeeaaaahhhh. I’m making savory oatmeal with all of those things.

Speaking of pantries, can I be honest with you? I feel like a gigantic food waster and excessive food spender. I feel like I need to buy excessive amounts of food for things I “might” make. It’s okay if it’s non perishable items but often, I buy a lot of fresh veggies and yogurt and other things that tend to spoil quickly which means they end up in the trash. And those non perishable items, they start to add up and take so much room in my teeny tiny pantry. SO, I’ve set some goals for myself – use up items that I already have in my pantry instead of buying more. GET CREATIVE! Freeze fruits and veggies that are starting to go bad and use them in smoothies, soups and broths. Stop the food waste. That’s going to be my new motto.

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal (tex-mex style)

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal

This oatmeal has happened every day this week. On Sunday I ate it at home. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I ate it at work. It takes right around 10 minutes to make so it’s a quick enough recipe for me to make before work and then pack and take along. If I weren’t such a procrastinator, I could prep the homemade salsa in the evening and reduce the morning work to 5 minutes. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow.

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 C old fashioned oats
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp smart balance or butter
  • 1 large egg
  • Green onion
  • Cilantro
  • 1/4 C halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp finely chopped jalapeño
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/3 C Black bean
  • 1 tbsp shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 tbsp crumbled Queso fresco


  1. Bring 1 C of water and a pinch of salt to a boil. Add the oats reduce heat to medium. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in smart balance.
  2. While the oats are cooking, prepare the salsa. Mix together the tomato, onion, jalapeño, lime juice, 1 1/2 tsp fresh cilantro and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook the egg over easy (or your desired style)
  4. Place oatmeal in a bowl. Top with the black bean, shredded cheddar and egg. Sprinkle the egg with fresh ground pepper. Then top with the salsa and Queso fresco. Garnish with cilantro and green onion, if desired.


You may substitute the jalapeno pepper for chopped sweet peppers.

Nutrition information is presented using Smart Balance rather than butter.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 387 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 146mg Sodium: 731mg Carbohydrates: 46g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 4g Protein: 20g

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal (tex-mex style)

Savory Oatmeal with Fresh Salsa and Fried Eggs. This hearty oatmeal will fill you up and satisfy your belly!


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23 comments on “Savory Breakfast Oatmeal”

  1. I eat oatmeal at LEAST 3 times a day, sometimes 5 when I have it for lunch and dinner….yes, I am OBSESSED with it. BUT, it always has fruit and is super sweet…I would have NEVER thought to savor-ize it, but I’m totally intrigued! Pinned!

    • I have had oatmeal for lunch and dinner, too, Taylor! We must live in the same universe or something. ;) Thank you so much for your always lovely comment and the pin, too. :)

  2. I LOVE savory oatmeal! My mornings start off better eating savory so this is perfect for me.

    • I am the same way about my mornings. Yeah, pancakes and waffles are good but give me something savory and I’ll have a much better day!

  3. I have never tried a savoury oatmeal before.. thanks for the delicious idea!

  4. Uuuuumm, loved this savory meal. I love oatmeals and savory ones are even better! I would love to have this savory oatmeal everyday for breakfast! Happy Friday! :)

  5. This is such a great idea! Never had savory oatmeal, but would love to try it! Pinned! Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks Mira! I think you will enjoy savory oatmeal. Hope you have a great weekend, too!

  6. how have I never had savory oatmeal – looks awesome, and I am horrible when it come to food waste – but trying to get better

  7. I’ve never thought of making savory oatmeal! This sounds like a great way to switch up my normal oatmeal routine!

  8. Very interesting, I have never thought of oatmeal as a savory! Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!


  9. My husband would love this oatmeal dish! Thank you for linking up to Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I have pinned your recipe to our Tasty Tuesday’s Pinterest Board.

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