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Savory Ham and Cheese Oatmeal

Today’s recipe just won’t be for everyone. That’s OK. But if you like oatmeal or have the faintest curiosity, I recommend giving it a try because it just may sneak up and surprise you. I was shocked in a good way. Lately I have been seeing some savory oatmeal recipes popping up, one in this cookbook, and my interest was sparked. There are lots of different routes you could go, Asian inspired with soy sauce is the most common, but I wanted to go in a different direction with ham and cheese. Seemed pretty safe for the first go round and I loved it. Next time I will definitely add some more veggies, probably spinach or zucchini, and the mustard is completely optional. I personally am a mustard fanatic (I probably have 15+ kinds in the fridge) so I think its great, but it isn’t necessary at all.

Savory Ham and Cheese
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 bowl
Nutritional Info: 222 calories, 6.2g of fat, 28.6g of carbohydrates, 4.2g of fiber, 13.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *


  • 1/2 cup rolled or steel cut oats
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped ham
  • 1/2 tbsp green onions
  • 1/2-1 tsp whole grain mustard
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Bring the water, oats, and salt to a boil. Turn to low and cook for about 5 minutes stirring often until oats are cooked to your liking.
  2. Stir in the cheese, ham, and mustard. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve with green onions. Consider adding a poached or fried egg.
  3. * PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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6 Response to Savory Ham and Cheese Oatmeal

  1. Isaac on January 16, 2013

    Great idea! Very filling with low points! Have you tried it with other cheeses?

    • Kristen on January 17, 2013

      I haven’t but I am sure it would work with any cheese :)

  2. Jenny on January 16, 2013

    This looks amazing, I just printed it out, I am going to give it a try this weekend. It looks filling!

  3. Melanie on January 16, 2013

    I’m definitely a savory breakfast kind of girl, so this looks great! I just made another savory oats dish (Mexican steel cut oats) in the slow cooker and I’m excited for another oats dish to try.

  4. Laura B. on January 16, 2013

    That sounds absolutely delicious! I love oatmeal pretty much any way you can make it. When I was recovering from gum surgery and unable to chew, I wanted something more substantial than soup, but savory–not ice cream. I ended up making savory oatmeal with beef broth instead of water or milk, and it was great!

  5. JaneG on June 26, 2013

    I mostly cook with steel cut oatmeal, except for baking, though I may try regular oatmeal for this recipe as it is creamier than the steel cut. One of my favorite soups that is always in my freezer is Oatmeal Leek Soup made with chicken broth, so another savory oatmeal recipe is great! I often eat oatmeal as a light supper if I’ve had a heavy lunch, so this would be a good, quick and easy alternative to oatmeal with fruit. I really appreciate another savory oatmeal recipe :-)


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