Cameron Diaz's Savory Oatmeal with Ponzu Sauce

Cameron Diaz was on Oprah this past May with Tom Cruise promoting their summer movie “Knight and Day”. On the Oprah show  Diaz talked about how her mom is a great cook and how she loves to cook and eat. On the show, she went on to say that she cooks a great breakfast, a breakfast she calls “savory oatmeal” that is served with a side of egg whites and drizzled with a ponzu sauce (a citrus-based soy sauce). Click Here to see a clip from the Oprah show.

I made this “savory oatmeal” recipe the other day for breakfast, it was actually delicious! I’ll definitely make this again, I think it’s a great meal to eat as a post workout meal because it is high in nutrients, such as B vitamins, calcium, fiber, and protein. My husband enjoyed the meal as well, but he said he has to get used to eating steel cut oats because it has a chewier texture compared to old fashioned oats. One drawback with using steel cut oats is that it takes longer to cook, like 20 to 30 minutes on the stove top, but that’s not going to stop me from eating this nourishing food!
Prep Time: 15 minutes / Cook Time: 30 minutes

1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cup of water
1 1/2 cup of Organic Chicken Broth
1 leek, trimmed halved and rinsed
1 shallot, minced
2 Tbsp butter
2 cups of spinach or your choice of greens

1. Add water and chicken broth in a small saucepan, bring it to a boil.
2. Stir in steel cut oats, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stir occasionally for 20-25 minutes or until oats are of desired consistency.
3. Melt butter in a saute pan, add leeks and shallots, cook until caramelized.
4. Add spinach, sauteed for about 2 minutes or until limp, set aside.
5. Scoop oatmeal into a bowl, top it off with sauteed mixed greens and drizzle with ponzu sauce.

Cameron Diaz’s serving suggestions: serve it with a side of scrambled egg whites

Photo taken by me with my inexpensive camera! I tried to make this as appealing as possible, really it tastes better than it looks! :)

Nutrition Analysis with 2 Tbsp of Ponzu Sauce:
Calories: 298/ Protein: 12.6 g/ Carbs: 35.5 g/ Fiber: 5 g/ Sugars: 1 g/ Total Fat: 15 g/ Saturated fat: 8 g/ Monounsaturated fat: 3.5 g/ Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7 g/ Cholesterol: 30 mg/ Sodium: 675 mg

Excellent source of (20% + of Daily Value):
Vitamin A (67%): 3348 IU/ Vitamin K (174%) 140 mg/

Good source of (10-19% Daily Value):
Calcium (19%): 73 mg/ Iron (19%): 3.5 mg/ vitamin C (17%) 10 mg/ Folate (16%): 64 mcg/ Niacin (13%): 2.5 mg

Note: if you are watching your sodium intake you could use low sodium soy sauce. To lower the fat content you could use less butter.

4 Responses to Cameron Diaz's Savory Oatmeal with Ponzu Sauce

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