Soaked Oats–Sweet and Savory Breakfast ideas

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I’ve said it before on this site: I don’t really like oatmeal. Why, then, do I insist on experimenting with oats? I still occasionally munch on Blueberry Breakfast Oats
for breakfast, but I was reading Heidi’s oatmeal cookie recipe, and I thought…hmm, lots of people are talking about the health benefits of soaked oats. Heidi mentions in her recipe here http://lowoxalateinfo.com/oatmeal-raisin-cookies/ that oats soaked overnight have much of the oxalate leach out into the water. Rinse them and they are ready to be used in her delicious cookie recipe…or a simple breakfast.

So, they have less oxalate, but how do soaked oats TASTE?

Folks, they taste pretty good. I soak them overnight, rinse them, throw something sweet or savory on them and heat them up for breakfast. No boiling, 30 seconds to a minute in the microwave, max. The most work I ever do for them is poach an egg ahead of time.

Here are some topping and ingredient ideas for your oats:

Poached egg, sage and olive oil with salt and white pepper to taste

Scrambled egg mixed in with the oatmeal, some salt, olive oil and garlic powder

Blueberries and a few drops of liquid stevia

Thyme, garlic powder and a pinch of salt

Sunbutter and jam (blueberry is my favorite, naturally, but use whatever you and your body like)

Cooked, chopped uncured bacon and a pinch each of garlic powder and white pepper

Pumpkin seeds and pureed, cooked pumpkin or squash (especially good with butter and herbs like sage). Add cinnamon extract and liquid stevia along with the ginger for a sweet version.

Melted coconut oil, coconut milk and shredded coconut

Melted coconut oil and some slightly sweet protein powder (I use vanilla V Core)

Here are instructions for soaking them. If you like traditional oatmeal, add another ½ cup of water to the soaked, rinsed oats and boil them gently for five minutes.

½ cup oats
½ cup water

Combine the oats and water in an airtight container; cover. Wait overnight or for eight hours. Rinse the oats and strain then. In a hurry? Rinse out and dry the container, then use that to take your oats with you. To heat the oats, microwave them for at least 30 seconds or heat them on the stovetop on medium low until warm.

What sounds good to you? I think savory AND sweet soaked oats are going to be part of my weekly meal plan for a long time.

Tortilla Espanola

Do you ever crave something simple? Something you can make with common kitchen staples…or make to use up the five-pound bag of red potatoes you bought pretty much because it was on sale?

Then this dish, my friends, is for you. Red potatoes are lower oxalate than many other kinds of potatoes. You can very easily cut the recipe in half, but it does refrigerate well and keeps for a few days. This recipe makes four servings. If you are having guests over for brunch, it would be the perfect thing to whip up (especially if everyone is sick of Thanksgiving leftovers).

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1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
About 4 small red potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch thick
1 onion, thinly sliced
Salt and white pepper (garlic powder is a nice addition)
8 large eggs
Suggested garnish: freshly cut chives

Preheat the broiler to high. Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a cast-iron skillet or non-stick pan. Add the potato and onion slices, season with salt and white pepper, and cook over moderate heat, stirring often, until the potatoes and onion are soft but not browned. This could take 10 minutes or a bit longer.

In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs and season with salt and white pepper. Scrape the potato mixture into the bowl and mix gently with the eggs.

Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the mixture of eggs, potatoes and onions, spreading it out in an even layer. Cover and cook over low heat until the egg is set around the edges, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the broiler and broil for 1-2 minutes, until the top is just beginning to brown.

Set a large plate over the skillet and carefully invert the tortilla onto the plate. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve warm or at room temperature.

Adapted from http://www.runnerskitchen.com/tag/tortilla-espanola/