Green Eggs and Ham Oatmeal

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Today’s breakfast is brought to you by Dr. Suess!


I woke up this AM feeling refreshed and (most importantly) PAIN FREE.  That’s right, zero pain in my knees! Since I work out almost every day, it’s been several weeks that I haven’t woken up and crawled out of bed sloooooowly due to glued-together joints. 


But this morning was so much better! Yay, knee sleeves!


I practically skipped into the kitchen and set to work on today’s brekkie – Savory Oatmeal!


Green Eggs and Ham Oatmeal




For base:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped raw spinach
  • Pepper to taste



  • 1 slice deli meat Virginia Sweet Ham
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese (I used Italian blend)
  • Pepper to taste




  • Combined first three base ingredients in a pot on the stovetop.  Heat on Medium until liquid begins to boil and evaporate off.
  • Add cottage cheese, pepper, and raw spinach to oatmeal, stirring thoroughly.  Turn off stovetop and let stand on burner until oatmeal is finished cooking.


  • Meanwhile, spray skillet with cooking oil and fry egg and ham.  Move  ham around constantly so it doesn’t burn or stick.


  • Once egg is done cooking, scoop oatmeal into a bowl.  Add egg and ham on top.
  • Sprinkle oatmeal with pepper, shredded cheese, and green onions.
  • Enjoy!


This was SO delicious! I’ve been nervous to try Savory Oatmeal for some time, because I love the sweetness a banana gives to oatmeal.  But I didn’t miss the sweetness at all, because Green Eggs and Ham Oatmeal had a very complex taste and it was so fun to eat!


This was definitely a LARGE portion of oatmeal.  I didn’t finish it, and I ALWAYS finish my regular oatmeal.  However, there’s such a great balanced of whole grains, protein, and fat in this brekkie that I suspect it will keep me full ALL morning!


I also had a cup of coffee, of course!


Motivational Thought of the Day


Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. (Albert Schweitzer)


Have a great day! See you for lunch, and later tonight — spin class + yoga!  I’m mixing up my training program a little bit to take Meghann to the cool classes at my gym!



  • VeggieGirl October 23, 2008, 4:44 am

    Hooray for feeling refreshed and pain-free!!! Fabulous news :0)

    Now THAT is an innovative bowl of oatmeal – I would call it a “Dr. Seuss bowl of oats,” haha ;0)

    Have fun at spin class and yoga today!!

  • ttfn300 October 23, 2008, 4:46 am

    omg i want those oats!!! looks amazing 🙂 love the motivational quotes btw!

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! October 23, 2008, 4:53 am

    so glad that you’re pain free!
    those oats looks amazing! I haven’t tried to have non-sweet oats yet, have to try it soon!
    and what kind of yoga are you doing?

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 23, 2008, 4:59 am

    balance, joy, and food – it is a power yoga class. i’ve tried hot yoga before, but i find power yoga to be more relaxing.

  • Anonymous October 23, 2008, 4:59 am

    do you bring all those snacks to your work? Very prepared, I'm lucky if I leave the house with a PB&J.

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 23, 2008, 5:01 am

    anon –

    i actually work from home, which makes eating a balanced lunch WAY easier.

    but yes, when i worked in the office, i would bring three or four snacks + lunch with me to work everyday in a HUGE lunch bag. it required some preparation, but it was worth saving all that cash! i did tend to eat more pre-packaged foods, like kashi bars and stuff, when i was working in the office because i could keep a stash in my drawer.

  • Bridget October 23, 2008, 5:20 am

    So awesome that those knee sleeves worked out for you!! That oatmeal looks really good…I’ve never had savory oats but I dont see why I wouldn’t like them. I bet with steel cut oats it would almost be like risotto! YUM!

  • Kath October 23, 2008, 5:33 am

    Onions for breakfast!??!!? My worst nightmare!!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 23, 2008, 5:38 am

    I really only eat oatmeal with slices of banana and have never really tried any other combos, not even chocolate chips or berries. I would never think that I would want to try savory oats, but you know, green eggs and ham oatmeal actually sounds pretty good to me. It sounds like they would really taste good together. I might have to try it!

  • Fitnessista October 23, 2008, 5:51 am

    SO glad you work up pain-free!
    those oats look delicious!!!
    have a great time at spin and yoga 😀

  • Carolina John October 23, 2008, 5:54 am

    That looks REALLY good! i’m going to give it a try soon. Thanks.

  • RhodeyGirl/Sabrina October 23, 2008, 5:59 am

    yay for skipping out of bed! i can’t wait for that feeling 🙁

    have a fabulous day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • October 23, 2008, 6:06 am

    Super delicious breakfast! Yum! I’m so glad your morning started off just right! Hopefully the rest of your day will follow suit …

  • October 23, 2008, 6:06 am

    I know what you mean about bringing food to school! I look like I just went to the grocery store when I get to school each morning. The kids probably think I live there! 🙂 It helps to be prepared and over prepared though!

    Your oats look amazing!

  • Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 23, 2008, 6:11 am

    I’ve been hesitant to try savory oats as well, but holy cow that bowl looks yummy! I may just have to try some!

    Glad you found a solution to being pain free! Whooo!

  • B_Hlthy October 23, 2008, 6:33 am

    Amazing mantra/quote!!

    Have fun at yoga and spin! I wish I lived in Orlando with you and meghann, it would be so much fun to join you!

    I will be there in spirit!

  • Zesty Cook October 23, 2008, 6:38 am

    Glad to hear you are pain free and refreshed…I bet you feel awesome after that bowl of oats… looks amazing. I would so love a bowl-I am starving 🙂

    thanks for sharing

  • just me October 23, 2008, 6:39 am

    i’ve been nervous to try savory oats too…but your mixture looks great and i think you’re the first i’ve seen to use scrambled eggs instead of poached/sunny side up (which i don’t like).

    Must try!!!

  • lauren October 23, 2008, 6:43 am

    YUM – that looks great!

  • healthy ashley October 23, 2008, 6:49 am

    Happiness is the key to success. AMEN to that!

    The bowl of oats looks bold and yummy!

  • fodie818 October 23, 2008, 7:22 am

    hi caitlin!
    this is such a random question, but i was curious, when you work from home, do you actually shower and get ready and get dressed for the day? or do you just work in sweats all day (which is what i would do!)

  • Rose October 23, 2008, 7:26 am

    Great idea for oatmeal! I’m so stuck on sweet oatmeal all the time.. 🙂

  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 23, 2008, 7:26 am

    fodie – hahahahah! i actually shower and get dressed every morning. i never just say around in my PJs. sometimes i wear sweat pants, but generally i put on “real clothes.” it helps me function.

    i dont put on my make up though. that’s just pointless. 🙂

  • Meg October 23, 2008, 7:37 am

    So glad that your knees are better! Savory oatmeal sounds yummy!

  • *Andrea* October 23, 2008, 7:42 am

    so happy for your pain-free legs! what a relief 🙂

    have fun with Meghann tonight! you two girls sound like you’d be a lot of fun!!!

  • whatiateyesterday October 23, 2008, 7:58 am

    That oatmeals sounds so freakin good!

    Congrats on being pain free, yay for knee sleeves!

  • Girl on Top October 23, 2008, 8:21 am

    Awesome for your knees!

    That looks delicious!

  • Meghann October 23, 2008, 8:36 am

    Look at you being miss creative!

    I am so THRILLED you are pain free! I knew those would help! 🙂

    Technically Abbie tried to wake me up at 6:00 but I promptly threw her off of the bed and rolled over.

    I was just going to pick pumpkins up from publix because that’s generally cheaper. Is that bad?

  • Sharney October 23, 2008, 8:44 am

    Good morning! Your bowl of savory oats looks so good! I have never tried them before, but they look like something I would especially enjoy.

    Have fun at Yoga & Spinning tonight. I wish I had a workout buddy 🙁 Also, have fun with Meghann carving pumpkins, too! I went to the pumpkin patch on Sunday and will probably carve my pumpkins this weekend. I just love Halloween! Have a great day 🙂

  • Lee October 23, 2008, 8:53 am

    That’s such a cool idea-holy cow! I always think of a bowl of oats something nutty and sweet…not savory and hearty but it looks so good!!!!! Congrats!!!

  • BOBBI McCORMICK October 23, 2008, 8:54 am

    yummy bfast, that would be fun to do with my students!

  • tfh October 23, 2008, 8:59 am

    Your breakfast makes my stomach grumble in complaint that I am a vegetarian!

  • greendogwine October 23, 2008, 9:01 am

    That breakfast looks AMAZING! THAT IS MY KIND OF OATMEAL! 🙂 nicely done!

  • Susan October 23, 2008, 9:07 am

    wow! What a breakfast! Sorry to hear about your knees and hope you feel better soon. And, best wishes to you and your fiancee for a beautiful wedding in January. How exciting!

    From one blogger friend to another –


  • Caitlin (see bride run) October 23, 2008, 9:25 am

    meghann – naww that word! whatever you want. youre the pumpkin queen.

    sharon – awww we wish you could join us, too!

    susan – nice to meet you!

  • Jordan October 23, 2008, 9:29 am

    I’m still terrified of trying the savory oatmeal thing.

  • BeachRunner October 23, 2008, 10:42 am

    Yay for those sleeves. So glad your knees felt so great after your run.

  • Catherine October 23, 2008, 2:03 pm

    How adventurous! That sorta makes my oats look all plain Jane…

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