3 HEARTY HOT BREAKFASTS TO GET THROUGH THE COLD

(that also double as dinner)
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Porridge is one of the all time treasures of breakfast - it’s warm, filling, comforting and super healthy. While oats are a fantastic source of nutrition (did you know that gram for gram, oats have more protein than eggs?), they’re also pretty low calorie - except when they’re loaded with irresistibly sweet toppings.

Enter your new breakfast bestie - savoury porridge. Savoury porridge (sometimes called Oatsotto) is the perfect breakfast to combat the cold. Think greens, eggs, miso, turmeric - so many combinations work. And the best part? This breakfast beauty is also an amazingly quick, super satisfying dinner.

Steel cut oats have the same starchy quality as arborio (risotto) rice, which makes them a great, budget friendly base for pretty much any savoury flavour. The consistency is up to you, but make sure you use steel cut oats for their texture and nutritional value.

Read on for our favourite variations!


For All
  • Start with 1 cup steel cut oats to 2 parts liquid. This will give you a thicker, starchy version, but it’s important to add liquid as you go to ensure you get to your desired consistency.
  • Use steel cut oats - instant oats won’t work and they aren’t as nutritious.
  • Uou can use veggie stock, non dairy (unsweetened) milk, water or a combination. I like using stock with a little milk for creaminess.
Mushroom, Kale & Miso Savoury Porridge

Miso is a breakfast staple in many Eastern cultures and is one of the super heroes of TCM. It’s great for digestion, full of B Vitamins and contributes good to the balance of good bacteria in the gut.

  • 1 handful kale
  • A few brown mushrooms, sliced
  • A few spring onions
  • 1 tbsp white miso
  • Black pepper
  • Black sesame seeds & pumpkin seeds to top
  1. Sauté mushrooms, greens and kale in a little coconut oil, about 5 mins
  2. Remove from pot and make your porridge using veggie stock or water. Stir in the white miso and add toppings to serve.

Golden Porridge

Yes, you can also make turmeric porridge. This incredibly anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, anti-oxidant root will supercharge your breakfast (or dinner) and adds a beautiful colour to your bowl.

  • 1/2 tsp - 1 tsp turmeric, depending on your taste
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/2 clove garlic, grated (optional)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • A few cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful rocket
  • Veggie stock
  1. Saute the tomato and spices in coconut oil for about 4 minutes.
  2. Remove from pan and cook your oats. With about 1 minute left stir back in, adding the rocket.
  3. Add a splash of fresh lemon and more salt if needed.

Garlicky Greens & Soft Boil Egg

This one gives you at least 2 servings of greens before you even leave the house. High in protein, B vitamins, anti-oxidants and B12, it’s the perfect energy boost and will balance blood sugar like a charm.

  • 1 handful spinach
  • A few sprigs asparagus
  • Some broccoli, chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 soft boiled egg
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh lemon
  1. While you’re making your egg, sauté greens in oil & garlic for about 4 mins. Remove from pan and cook your oats.
  2. Top with greens, egg, pine nuts and a splash of fresh lemon.
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