February is American Heart Month and one of my favorite ways to celebrate is with heart healthy foods like oatmeal! Let’s be real though, oatmeal is one of my favorite weekly breakfasts all year long for so many reasons. Oh, oatmeal, let me count the ways I love thee…
Oats contain beta-glucans, which are a unique form of soluble fiber that helps reduce your LDL, the “bad”, cholesterol. This fiber helps reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, ya’ll!
Oats are a complex carbohydrate, meaning they break down and are absorbed more slowly than other refined cereals. This helps prevent blood sugar spikes and energy crashes.
Gut health is all the rage, and including oats in your diet helps feed the beneficial bugs in your colon which has far-reaching effects for our larger digestive and immune systems.
Oats are versatile and can be cooked up with sweet ingredients, or taken a savory route, which is what I’m showing off today!
If you haven’t given savory oats a go, I highly suggest starting with this pesto-packed bowl.
Savory Pesto Cauliflower Oats- serves 1
1/2 cup dried rolled oats
1 cup water
1/2 cup steamed riced cauliflower
2 tbsp of your favorite pesto (I’m using a spinach walnut one)
Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
1-2 cooked Good Food Made Simple egg white patties cut into strips (or 1 whole boiled egg with the yolk)
Everything But The Bagel Seasoning or just some salt and pepper
Combine oats, water, and cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 2 minutes, add pesto and give it a stir, then cook for another 30-60 seconds or until desired consistency achieved. Carefully remove and top with tomatoes, egg patties or whole egg, and seasoning.