Recipe: Savory Oatmeal

Rolled oats, pesto, fresh tomatoes, and an egg come together for a warm and nourishing breakfast.

Photo by Asia Bradlee

Photo by Asia Bradlee

For most people, oatmeal goes hand in hand with fruit, brown sugar, and cinnamon. But next time you need an energizing start to the day, shake up your breakfast with this savory oatmeal recipe. Whole grain oats, fiber-filled tomatoes, and a fried egg will keep you satisfied until lunch.

This recipe can be made with any vegetables of your choosing and topped with whatever healthy protein options work for you. And don’t limit yourself to breakfast—it’d make an equally delicious light lunch.

Serves two

1 cup rolled oats
1 tomato
1/2 onion
2 tbs pesto
1 tbs olive oil
2 eggs
1 tsp minced garlic


In a medium pot, boil two cups of water. While waiting for the water to boil, chop the tomato and dice the onion. Once the water is boiling, add in the oats. Just before the oats have absorbed all of the water, after about eight minutes, stir in the pesto and turn off the heat. Let the oats sit for for a couple of minutes to absorb the pesto.

While the oats are resting, heat the olive oil and garlic in a pan over medium heat. When the garlic is browned, add in the onions and sauté until slightly soft. Add the tomatoes to the pan and let simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft and some juices have been released. In another pan, fry the eggs. Once the tomatoes are done, combine the oats and tomatoes in bowls and top each portion with a fried egg.