Ham and Maple Steel Cut Oats (Recipe)

So I may have mentioned that since starting a new job this past Decemeber I had to start packing lunches and breakfasts. Farewell sweet meal benefit plan. This has been hard.  Despite all of my posts about nutrition and trying to give ideas – it’s struggles like this is why I gave my blog the moniker I did.

I know EXACTLY what I should do – I should prep all of my foods, and get them ready to go, but sometimes – when I’m hungover really tired on Saturday or Sunday – it’s REALLY REALLY hard to do this.

BUT.  At my new job there is way too much temptation – a few days a week I work downtown – restaurants everywhere, and on main campus – there is a Qdoba a mere 5 minutes away.  AND it’s expensive!!!!!

So basically I spend more money on crappy choices.

So I am always on the lookout for easy things to have ready in advance.

Then along comes this months Runner’s World.

And their recipe feature is “Bowled Over” – basically snazzing up Steel Cut Oats.  Um. Yes.

So I picked out 2-3 I knew I wanted to try from the get go.  made sure I had the ingredients I needed and went for it.  Both came out amazing – so thank you for the idea runners world.

Today I’ll be featuring my ham, maple & cheddar oats.



Basically start by boiling 1 cup of steel cut oats in 4 cups of water – since this is a savory bowl – I added like 1/4 of a tsp of chicken soup broth starter – for just a bit of added flavor.

While I had that going – I started slicing some Jennie-O Turkey ham – I also had bought some pancetta – to use instead of bacon.

In a saute pan I used a like 1/3-1/2 cup of Apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp maple syrup, and sauteed/browned the pancetta and turkey in that.  I ulimately evenly dispersed that over the oatmeal, and topped each with 1 oz cheddar.  I inteded to make four servings of this – but I wound up being really hungry that night – so I kind of ended up with three servings – the macros for three servings are as follows:

Calories: 320

Fat: 10 g (don’t use pancetta – and this will go down)

Total carb: 45 g

Protein: 10 g

Sodium: 477 mg

Fiber: 4 g

Monounsaturated fat: 4 g

Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7

Saturated fat: 3 g

Definitely not the most protein rich – however this is filling – and it’s perfect for me to eat for breakfast, or after a long run – as it’s gentle on my stomach.



So steel cut oats versus regular oats – they are pretty equal – their protein contents are similiar – steel cut has like 1 g less of sugar, and like 20 less calories for serving.  Steel cut oats do have a lower glycemic index – so I do tend to go with them for that reason.

In the future I’ll definitely be using more of the lean turkey ham versus the pancetta – I just could not resist some nice crispy pancetta.

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