Breakfast of Champions, or All Your Macronutrients in One Convenient Pot

Yes, this is really a post about what I had for breakfast. But this is not just any breakfast. This is the best breakfast ever.

Inspired by Fitocracy’s gamification of exercise tracking, I’ve taken up weightlifting again. I take most of my weightlifting advice from Stumptuous, a site about exercise started by a feminist female weightlifter that has expanded into many areas of fitness and health over the years. As far as I can tell, Stumptuous is the best body-positive resource for women weightlifters on the whole internet.

I’m lifting weights again and the direct effect of that is that I get ravenous at meal times. Hunger is the best spice, which explains why gymrats often eat such bland crap, but this breakfast is not bland. It is delicious.

I invented it one day when I couldn’t be bothered to poach my egg separate from my oatmeal and inspired by the concept of huevos rancheros I just plonked it directly onto the oatmeal. Resounding success, I tell you.

Oatmeal with Poached Egg on Top

1 cup water

1/3 cup plain oatmeal (not instant!)

pinch of salt

1 egg

Optional Garnishes: soy sauce or tamari (this thing is gluten free soy sauce, basically), minced green onions

Bring the water to a boil. Toss in salt and oatmeal. Stir. When the oatmeal is about to boil over (it will do that) take the pot off the heat for a moment, reduce the heat, and put it back on. Cook uncovered until the oatmeal is just a little bit wetter than your preferred level of mushy.

Break the egg into a little bowl. Gently pour the egg on top of the oatmeal. Reduce the heat to a very low simmer, and cover the pot. Let it sit for 1 to 3 minutes. The oatmeal fumes are going to steam the egg and it will be amazing. When the white has fully set, scrape the oatmeal and the egg into a bowl and mush it all up together so the egg flavors the oatmeal.

Add the soy sacue or tamari to taste and garnish with green onions if you feel like it.