The Best Of Both Worlds

August 2, 2008


The brilliant Sami submitted a recipe for the oatmeal contest that I simply could not wait to try – Sunny Side Oats! In her entry Sami wrote that she was surprised that more people didn’t enjoy the combo of oats + egg together – she’s totally right. It’s the best of both worlds: filling, voluminous oats as whole grains with the stay power you get from eggs in protein and fat. I don’t really like eggs in the morning, but only because I always want a bowl of grains – combining them gives me both! While I’ve put egg whites in oatmeal before, I never thought of playing around with a yolk. The whites just disappear so it’s kind of pointless to add them, but I liked being able to eat the egg as an egg. This combo will definitely be going into my rotations!


Sami’s recipe includes fresh basil and gruyere cheese. I used a little shredded cheddar + mozzarella under my egg. I also made a 1/2 cup portion of oats AND added wheatberries (because I was starving when I woke up) but I think it would be better with a 1/3 cup portion, as this bowl was almost over-the-top filling.

The combo:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup skim
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup wheatberries
  • 1 egg, cooked sunny side up with a soft yolk
  • About 2 tbsp fancy shredded 2% cheese
  • Fresh basil
  • Hot sauce (the husband covered his in hot sauce – that’s too much savory for me in the mornings!)


After poking the egg yolk and letting it run throughout – YUMMMMMMMMM! (Of course you could cook it completely too if you’re not a fan of yolk).


Plus tea made with skim milk



Thanks Sami for the idea!

Not sure what’s in store for my day – I have no formal plans. I think I’m going to sort through some of our bookshelves and take some stuff to GoodWill. And I’ll be hitting the gym at some point. Dinner’s up in the air too!

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1 Grounded Fitness August 2, 2008 at 8:39 am

ive had this before with grits, but never oats. my mom used to make her oatmeal savory, with salt and pepper, but i was always too big of a wuss to try it.


2 VeggieGirl August 2, 2008 at 8:41 am

That’s definitely a unique oatmeal recipe – I think Sami will be the winner of your contest!! :0)

Happy Saturday!!


3 Kath August 2, 2008 at 8:42 am

VeggieGirl ,
I’ve gotten so many awesome entries and they’re not all recipes – some are really creative! But remember the husband is choosing the 10 winners!



4 Kim August 2, 2008 at 9:13 am

WOW. Now that is a power breakfast. Actually, it might be a lot easier to get my dad to eat oatmeal for breakfast if it came with an egg and cheese on top 😉


5 haya August 2, 2008 at 9:20 am

i’m confused why you say that the whites disappear so it’s pointless to add them…
aren’t the whites the good part of the egg with all the protein? and even if they do disappear, wouldn’t you still want to have them there anyway?


6 fitnessista August 2, 2008 at 9:29 am

yum! i had never thought of putting the egg on top of the oatmeal. with some hot sauce, that might just be a perfect breakfast– i’ll be trying that combo very soon!
have a wonderful saturday!


7 Deb August 2, 2008 at 9:34 am

I think I know what Kath means when she says that egg white disappear in the oatmeal. I always make oatmeal with EWs just to get the protein, but even if I whip them up to a meringue, and cook them into the oatmeal, they just seem to flop down from what started as a huge amount of volume! I usually add cinnamon & stevia to make it sweet and yummy. I will try the savory version though as it sounds like a whole new experience!! I do WISH there was a way to make the egg whites STAY big and fluffy with the oatmeal so that they could be eaten out of a HUGE bowl with a spoonful of PB or AB—mmmm!!! ANy thoughts on how this could be accomplished? (having the eggs not flop?)


8 Tina August 2, 2008 at 9:40 am

I would have never thought of this combo! Genius! I can’t wait to try it!


9 Tina August 2, 2008 at 9:40 am

I would have never thought of this combo! Genius! I can’t wait to try it!


10 Justy2003 August 2, 2008 at 9:44 am

Hmmmm, this is an interesting combo! But seeing as how I’ve never had my eggs any way but scrambled, I’m not sure I could do the sunny side up…I may need to give it a try though 😉

Off to work on my oatmeal project :)


11 Hil August 2, 2008 at 10:06 am

Oh my goodness, why didn’t I think of this! A fried egg improves everything, and I bet it’d be great on oats.


12 runjess August 2, 2008 at 10:07 am

That looks sooo good….but often I don’t even have time to make regular oatmeal in the mornings. Good thing I love my cold cereal.


13 caitlinbo (see bride run) August 2, 2008 at 10:28 am

hmmm what a great combination. seems like excellent fuel for a long workout!


14 C August 2, 2008 at 10:39 am

I may have to try that….tomorrow! Have you ever made custard oatmeal before? Use 1 cup milk of choice, 1 egg, 1/2 cup oats and a pinch of salt. You whisk the milk and egg and add in the oats and put over medium heat. Stir constantly until thickened. This is very filling and I usually can only eat about half. Dear husband can eat it all. I like to top with with banana and honey. Yum!


15 Sarah August 2, 2008 at 10:47 am

I’m trying this out tomorrow!! Sounds strange but wonderful at the same time… I’m a huge fan of basil, eggs, and oatmeal, so why not combine them? :)


16 ModelBehavior August 2, 2008 at 10:47 am

That is freakin genius! I’m with you husband, I would be all over the hot sauce! What is an egg without hot sauce????


17 Christie August 2, 2008 at 10:51 am

I always add just a plain egg white to my oatmeal for the extra protein you can barely taste it.. This is a nice take on a savory breakfast with all the food groups but I have to sayI like sweets more for breakfast!


18 ModelBehavior August 2, 2008 at 10:51 am

Hey Kath, I just went down and read last nights post and couldn’t help but notice the picture of the fridge leftovers with plastic wrap on them…I’m not sure exactly what the reason is but I know it is pretty unsafe to store canned food in the can themselves and that you should empty them into a bowl or something. In fact I am taking food sanitation and safety right now and there is a whole chapter on how to store canned foods, just wanted to let you know you may want to rethink this method :)


19 lara August 2, 2008 at 10:55 am

that looks great. But one egg isn’t enough protein for me. would probably still have to add in some 3-4 whites for that! but love the savory idea.


20 Jo August 2, 2008 at 11:19 am

Kath – just read Model Behaviour’s comment and I hadn’t spotted that but I was always under the impression that you shouldn’t store open tinned cans as they oxidise in the air and can (apparently) cause poisoning – although it doesn’t seem to have affected you!!! That’s what my mum told me (the fountain of ALL knowledge – ha ha, i’ll never tell her that though!).

I had a look online, more because I was curious to see if the “wise one” was right! And yes, as always, unfortunately she is. So I don’t think its going to kill you but they do advise against it:

Am soooo excited to see what wins the contest!! After seeing Sami’s entry I don’t think any of my creations will stand up to it.. I don’t any are creative enough – boo. But you definitely have to post at least the top ten just to give me some new ideas!!!


21 Jo August 2, 2008 at 11:20 am

Sorry – meant to actually post this link but they both say the same thing.


22 Hil August 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

C–custard oatmeal sounds fantastic! Do you ever have problems with it curdling?


23 Katrina August 2, 2008 at 11:34 am

Interesting idea with the egg. I never do savory oatmeal either, but this makes me want to try it. Can’t wait for all the other ideas coming.


24 Jen August 2, 2008 at 11:49 am

I can’t decide what I think of that egg/oatmeal combo… I hate sweets at breakfast and find that while often oatmeal *sounds* like a yummy breakfast, about halfway through it’s making me gag. But I love the eggs and basil idea for breakfast…and know I should eat more grains like oatmeal… so I will give this a try! Thanks for the concept!


25 natalie August 2, 2008 at 12:20 pm

O no! I have open cans of pumpkin and chickpeas in my fridge right now! Thanks for the info, my mom always told me I shouldn’t, but I had no idea why. I’m gonna go put them in tupperware right now.


26 Michelle Jacobs August 2, 2008 at 12:27 pm

This sounds great to me! I love oatmeal, i love sunnyside up eggs! Breakfast for a sunday morning!!!



27 Cara August 2, 2008 at 1:38 pm

wow that is definitely an interesting combo. Might have to give that a try!


28 Kath August 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm

haya ,
What I meant was that I don’t really add the egg for protein because I want more protein, so if I add something I want to taste it. I don’t want something that’s flavor will just disappear. That’s why this morning’s combo was such a fun find – I got to taste all of the egg and all of the oats.

I haven’t done it with a whole egg, only whites. Sounds good though – is is much different from regular oatmeal?

ModelBehavior and Jo,
Thanks for the info – someone told me that last night as well. I think storing things in cans is gross so I usually do put things in tupperware but since we knew we’d be using these the next day we just kept them in. I doubt 1 day will hurt, but surely for a long period I would switch them.



29 Elizabeth S. August 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm

When I could eat oats (I’m a Celiac now and can’t), I would add cottage cheese to my oatmeal. Cook oats as usual (if adding cc, I typically didn’t use all water) than stir in 1/2 c. cottage cheese and cook for another 20-30 seconds in the microwave or a minute or so on the stove. I usually flavored my oatmeal the same whether I added the cottage cheese or not, but it’s a fantastic low-cal source of protein, gives the oats a really creamy, delicious consistency and nearly doubles the bowl – volume eater’s delight!

[Thought about submitting this to the contest, but as I can’t eat it, I thought it would be rather silly for me to buy oats just to prepare them, take a picture, and then throw away! :) ]


30 Elizabeth S. August 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Oops – meant to say that if adding cottage cheese, I typically USED all water, not milk or half water/half milk. Sorry!


31 yadi August 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Yum, yum!


32 Deb August 2, 2008 at 6:35 pm

C- the custard oatmeal sounds really yummy and rich in a good way. I can’t wait to try it both ways- sunny side up and mixed in.

Kath…A friend of mine used to cut up hard boiled egg-whites and add them to her oatmeal. I wouldn’t say it’s voluminous, but it does add the protein. and I suppose that you would be able to taste the egg whites that way. Just a thought.


33 Deb August 2, 2008 at 8:11 pm

C- egg custard oatmeal report: I HAD to try it as my late PM snack and it was really yummy…now I hope that it holds me really well til our late dinner and then it could become a favorite. My bro is visiting me and came out and asked what kind of crack cocaine concoction I was making in the kitchen (in other words it smelled amazing!). Thanks so much for that recipe.


34 Sami August 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Oh my goodness. I feel like a star! 😀


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