Turmeric oats with wilted spinach

by Farhana Rahman



If that title just made you vom in your mouth – ye of little faith – read on and be pleasantly surprised!

When it comes to breakfast, I’m much more of a savoury person than sweet. Looking across cultures around the world, it seems that the ‘norm’ of a milky, sweet breakfast is relatively uncommon on a global scale. 

Sadly, as a health blogger I’m not supposed to advocate The Great British Fry Up (aka  Breakfast of Champions) since regular consumption of this may predispose a premature death. Alas!  So, instead I try to get my savoury fix at breakfast via less risky means.


-       Oats : at least 1 cup, or more should you wish to make up a bigger batch

-       1-3 spring onions/scallions depending on how much you want to make, peeled and chopped.

-       1-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

-       1 teaspoon turmeric

-       handful of spinach

-       salt and pepper to taste




1.     Soak oats overnight.  You could make up a batch of this and keep it in the fridge for the week should you wish.  Mine were sitting in a bowl in the fridge for a week before I got around to doing anything with them, so they should be fine.

2.     Warm some oil in a pan, and when hot add the spring onion and garlic

3.     Once they have sizzled, add the turmeric powder

4.     Lower the heat, add the oats and stir to coat fully with the turmeric-y goodness

5.     Gently stir from time to time to stop it all from sticking to the pan.  A couple of minutes should do

6.     Just before you’re ready to take it off the heat, add the spinach and stir until it just wilts.

7.     Remove from the heat, dish up and serve with some lime.


Breakfast points:

Turmeric: all round wonder food with anti-inflammatory and anti oxidant properties

Garlic: can help regulate cardiovascular disease and boost immunity

Oats: filling, high fibre and can help lower cholesterol

Spinach: an excellent source of iron and vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate