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savory spinach & goat cheese oatmeal

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 12, 2014  |  3 Comments

spinach & goat cheese oatmeal

There’s no need to head to a quick-service chain for a breakfast bite on the go. Homemade oatmeal can be nearly as quick and simple. Pre-prep the ingredients the night before, if you like. Then skip the snooze alarm and whip up this great-tasting, good-for-you, comforting take on oatmeal. By going savory instead of sweet, it’ll be more satisfying than a few extra minutes of disrupted sleep anyway!

Calories saved: 50

Why it’s better for you? Lots less sugar, lots more fiber and protein, and lots of veggie goodness

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savory spinach & goat cheese oatmeal

  • Yield: 1 1x


Units Scale
  • 3 large sun-dried tomato halves, not oil-packed, finely chopped (do not rehydrate)
  • 1 scallion, green and white parts, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned whole grain rolled oats
  • 3 cups packed fresh baby spinach (3 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest + additional for garnish
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled soft goat cheese*


  1. Bring 1 1/4 cups water, the sun-dried tomatoes, scallion, and pepper to a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, add the oats, and stir until fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and stir until fully wilted, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon zest and salt to taste.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with the goat cheese, garnish with additional lemon zest, and serve. Enjoy alongside a cup of green tea and, if you wish, a serving of fresh seasonal fruit.


Per serving: 240 calories, 4.5g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 5mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 41g total carbohydrate, 9g dietary fiber, 4g sugars, 12g protein

*If you prefer to go vegan, simply skip the goat cheese. The oatmeal will still be tasty while providing 20 fewer calories.


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

The “Before” Version

Inspired by: fruit & maple oatmeal

Per serving: 290 calories, 4g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 5mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 58g total carbohydrate, 5g dietary fiber, 32g sugars, 5g protein


Tasteover Tips

  • Try transforming sweet dishes into savory dishes for an exciting new twist on classics
  • If adding spinach to a recipe, create extra freshness, flavor, and balance with lemon zest
  • Consider adding a luxurious ingredient, such as goat cheese, just on top for an appearance of extra richness

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