This nutritious savory oatmeal is best made with bone broth, but can also be made with chicken stock or vegetable broth. It’s packed full of nutrients. Stay warm and healthy with a bowl of this Savory Oatmeal with Shiitake, Egg and Spinach.
We were all sick again last week. This time it was food poisoning on top of a cold – not a good combination. After the food poisoning passed, I woke up the next morning with a voracious appetite. My body was telling me it needed nourishment, but a sore throat was still in the way.
On these types of days, my go-to is usually Chicken and Ginger Congee because it’s easy to make, easy to eat, and satisfying. But as we’ve also been having a lot of rice with chicken soup in the evenings, I wanted variety, and I ended up making us this Savory Oatmeal with Shiitake, Egg, and Spinach.
Savory Oatmeal is nutritious
I’m not sure whether I could’ve added any more nutrients in one bowl. Spinach and shiitake mushrooms are two very healthy vegetables packed with all different types of vitamins, as well as folate, iron, and other nutrients. Eggs provide healthy proteins and fats, and depending on what broth you use to cook your oatmeal, you could be getting another boost of proteins and nutrients as well.
Use a high-quality broth
I cooked my oatmeal in a rich bone broth that I had simmering overnight, but you can use chicken stock, chicken broth, or vegetable broth as well for this Savory Oatmeal recipe. (In case you are wondering, the difference is that chicken stock is made by simmering mostly bones, while chicken broth is made by simmering pieces of chicken with meat.)
The bone broth I used was made out of chicken bones, beef bones and pig trotters. I recommend making your own bone broth for this Savory Oatmeal, but you can always use a store-bought bone broth, chicken stock or vegetable broth for a quick bowl of this Savory Oatmeal. If you use a store-bought version, try to use the highest quality stock that you can find. The broth is a main ingredient in this Savory Oatmeal recipe, so you want the rich flavor and the nutrients that it can impart.
This Savory Oatmeal is so much a staple in our household that I regularly make bone broth and freeze the broth in individual portions. In the mornings, I simply defrost a portion of the bone broth and this Savory Oatmeal is served up in 10 minutes.
This is a particularly good recipe for those with a sore throat because it is very easy to eat, but I also like it because it’s filling and hearty, which makes for a warm start now that winter is here. So have a bowl of this Savory Oatmeal with Shiitake, Egg and Spinach to stay warm and stay healthy!
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- 2 cups bone broth chicken stock or vegetable broth
- 3/4 cups rolled oats (also called jumbo rolled oats, old fashioned oats)
- 1-2 eggs
- 1 handful spinach - washed
- 1 handful shiitake mushrooms - sliced into thin strips
- 2 scallions - thinly sliced
- Japanese mixed chili pepper powder (Shichimi Togarashi) (for topping)
In a small saucepan on high heat, bring the broth to a boil. Add in the oats and turn down the heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In the meantime, add a teaspoon of oil in a small fry pan and cook the shiitake mushrooms until softened. Set aside.
Add the spinach in the oatmeal and stir until wilted. Make a slight well in the middle of the oatmeal with a wooden spoon, and crack an egg (or two) in the well. Cover the saucepan and simmer for another 5-7 minutes, depending on how cooked like your egg.
Serve the oatmeal into a bowl and top with the shiitake mushrooms, scallions and a dash of Japanese mixed chili pepper powder.