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The Savory Oatmeal Trend and the Best Recipes to Try Out

By Haniya Ghazi

 

We all love the classic sweetness of a warm, creamy bowl of oatmeal. However, what about some savory recipes? While it might sound strange, it is definitely worth a try! Here are some savory oatmeal recipes that will satisfy your taste buds in just the right way and give you the energy and nutrition you need for your busy day!

1. Egg and Spinach Oatmeal

Credit: Real Simple

This oatmeal is the perfect mix between an egg and oatmeal breakfast, with a healthy twist. The delicious mixture of oatmeal, spinach and egg fills you up and gives you a nutritious breakfast to keep you going all day long.

Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 3/4 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/4 tsp black pepper, divided
  • 2 cups baby spinach (about 2 oz)
  • 4 large eggs, poached or fried
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat and cook onion until tender for 3-4 minutes. Stir in oats for 1 minute.
  2. Add water and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and stir often for 8 minutes or until oats are tender. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in 3/4 cup of cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper into the mixture.
  5. Spoon 1/4 cup of oats mixture into 4 serving bowls.
  6. Top with 1/2 cup of spinach and 1 egg poached or fried.
  7. Sprinkle remaining salt, pepper, cheese and chives evenly over the top.

 

2. Mexican-Style Oatmeal

Credit: My Food Story

Who doesn’t love the spicy aromatic flavors of Mexican cuisine? This oatmeal can be a great breakfast, but who’s to say this can’t be a perfect lunch or dinner? It is a delicious and versatile twist on your classic breakfast oatmeal.

Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup corn, salsa, avocado, grated cheddar and jalapeño for topping

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a pot and add garlic.
  2. Cook for 15 seconds. Then, add oats, taco seasoning, paprika, lime juice, water and salt to taste.
  3. Mix and bring everything to a boil.
  4. Simmer for a few minutes or until oats are cooked and the mixture has thickened, which will be about 3-4 minutes. Add more water until you reach the consistency that you prefer.
  5. Serve in a bowl and top with corn, salsa, avocado, cheddar and jalapeños.

 

3. Mixed Vegetable Oatmeal

Credit: Playful Cooking

This next oatmeal is healthy and extremely flavorful with its mixture of spices and vegetables. This is a hearty meal that can be eaten at any time of day and is sure to give you energy and brighten up your taste buds as well.

Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 cup assorted bite-size cut vegetables (you can use the frozen ones too)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup plain rolled oats
  • 3 cups water
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Drizzle oil into a medium pot. When the oil is heated, add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
  2. Add vegetables, 1/2 teaspoon salt, turmeric and cumin power. Mix and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Add rolled oats and mix. Then, add water and the rest of the salt and bring to boil.
  4. Bring heat down to medium and let mixture simmer for 3-4 minutes or until oats are cooked and a creamy consistency.
  5. Add salt to taste.
  6. Serve and top with freshly ground black pepper to taste and a hard boiled egg.

 


 

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