News: Flip Your Breakfast Script with These Savory Oatmeal Ideas

Flip Your Breakfast Script with These Savory Oatmeal Ideas

I am officially breaking up with my daily breakfast of avocado toast and embarking on a promising new relationship with savory oatmeal. Yes, you read that right—savory oatmeal.

I've never been a "sweets for breakfast/brunch" kinda gal (though I do love getting a single silver-dollar pancake and having it for "breakfast dessert"), so this white-hot morning meal trend towards turning sugary meal staples into savory masterpieces is right up my culinary alley.

Savory oatmeal is the hottest trend in breakfast/brunch right now. Image by Andrea Bemis/Dishing Up the Dirt

Just the Basics

The basic bowl is comprised of plain, cooked oats, a drizzle of olive oil, and an over-easy, fried, or poached egg. It couldn't be simpler or faster to make, it's packed with protein and fiber, and it will fill you up and get you going as you embrace the day (or, you know, are dragged kicking and screaming out of bed).

All you need is some oatmeal, a little olive oil and an egg to make a fabulous morning meal. Image by Katy/Baking Domesticity All Things Mini

Get Your Greens In

Another popular variation involves adding greens to your breakfast bowl. Spinach, kale, and even arugula will all add color, fiber, and nutrients to this already healthy way to start your day.

If you add in some greens, you up the beauty and the fiber factor of your oatmeal. Image by Andrea Schpok/The Great Plate

Umami? Um, Yes Please!

This unctuous concoction has earthy mushrooms, smoky Gouda cheese, and onions. I might even make this savory oatmeal as a side dish with dinner.

This mushroom-filled oatmeal would also make a great side dish at supper. Image by Dave Olson/A Bachelor and His Grill

We Don't Need No Stinkin' McMuffin!

If you are a fan of the breakfast sandwich, try this oatmeal bowl that is filled with bacon, cheddar, and tomatoes. You won't even miss the muffin.

This has all of the ingredients of a breakfast sandwich--except for the bread. Image by Donna & Anne/Apronstrings Blog

Asian Persuasion

Bring a bit of Asia to your savory oatmeal with the delicious addition of mushrooms, greens, dashi, tamari, and sriracha sauce.

The umami game in this savory oatmeal is on fleek! Image via Guess Who's Cooking

Greens & Grains & Seeds—Oh My!

Food writer David Tanis of The New York Times recently came on board with the savory oatmeal trend, creating a version that has the lovely green of spinach, the crunch of savory granola (see below), and the surprising creamy touch of a dollop of tangy yogurt.

This savory oatmeal bowl has it all--greens, yogurt, and granola complement the oatmeal to perfection. Image by Karsten Moran/The New York Times

Yummy Yogurt

The "savory twist on sweet breakfast items" trend isn't limited to oatmeal, however. Savory yogurt is a thing as well. All of the aforementioned oatmeal add-ins will work well with plain yogurt (go Greek for a heartier base)—you can pretty much put in your yogurt anything that tickles your taste buds.

This creative rendition of savory yogurt from Epicurious has tomatoes, egg, and pumpkin seeds for a bowl that is as dazzling as it is satisfying.

If you like savory oatmeal, you're going to LOVE savory yogurt for breakfast. Image by Chelsea Kyle/Epicurious

Into the Strata-Sphere

If you love bread pudding, try a brunch strata. It's essentially a savory bread pudding that is perfect for company because you make it the night before, then just pop it in the oven when your friends and family arrive. This version of the savory strata has two kinds of mushrooms, three kinds of cheese, and limitless flavor.

Savory bread pudding is the ultimate company brunch staple. Image by Jessika/For the Love of Dog

Don't Waffle—Try These!

The sweet-and-savory combo of chicken and waffles has been a popular go-to meal for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. But you can also use your waffle maker to make savory waffles at home. I can't wait to try this jalapeño corn waffle with the toppings I normally reserve for tacos.

It's a waffle-taco hybrid that will definitely change up your brunch routine. Image by Kelli/Nom Appetit

Muffins Aren't Nothin'

Savory muffins are probably the best-known variation of the "usually sweet" breakfast/brunch items, but they are too often relegated to a supporting role. Easy to make ahead, easier still to carry with you, these tiny treats can pack a real punch of flavor and nutrients that really deserve to be center stage. Butternut squash, spinach, and feta make these savory muffins almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

These muffins are a delicious and portable savory weekday breakfast option. Image by Kelli/Season Simply

Savor the Flavor of a Good Breakfast

If you're looking for a way to start your day on a not-so-sweet note, savory oatmeal and its piquant partners are a great way to do it. But why stop there? You can also try savory French toast, savory granola, and breakfast burritos for other ways to bring a bit of appetizing variety to your daily routine.

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