Here’s the basic 3-step formula:
1. Soak one part oatmeal to two parts warm water overnight. Add 1 teaspoon whey, yogurt or a squeeze of lemon juice. This will make the oatmeal more digestible and it will also cook up very quickly.
2. Drain water and add chicken or beef bone broth and a chopped clove of garlic and simmer for about five minutes.
3. Season to taste with salt or soy sauce and any type of hot sauce you like.
You can liven things up by adding all sorts of veggies, herbs, spices, and even nuts and different meats. And eggs ALWAYS work well. Add a hard-boiled egg, top with a fried egg or poach an egg in the broth while simmering.
Here are two ridiculously simple savory oatmeal recipes:
Savory Oatmeal with a Fried Egg and Sriracha
Once oatmeal is done simmering, add a dollop of worcestershire sauce and top with a fried egg (or two) and sriracha.
Add some chopped chilies for some extra spiciness. Alternatively, exclude the sriracha if you’re not a fan of spiciness.
Savory Oatmeal with Peas and Peanuts
Another common Burmese breakfast is a simple plate of boiled rice with peas and peanuts. Sounds a bit dull, I know, but for whatever reason, peas and peanuts complement each other beautifully.
Add frozen peas to simmering oatmeal or fresh peas towards end. Top with peanuts. Season to taste with salt or soy sauce.
Note: A drizzle of sesame oil and salt rounds this out into pea-nutty perfection.
5. It’s cold outside
What sounds like a better way to start out your day on a bone-chillingly cold winter morning? Cold breakfast cereal or a steaming bowl of nourishing broth?
I rest my case.