Loaded Lunchtime Oatmeal

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 10, 2009

I am a changed woman.

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I have embraced my love of oatmeal and there is no turning back!!

I was chomping at the bit today to try out the Lunchtime Oats I was dreaming up all morning. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but I was willing to throw caution to the wind!

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Loaded Lunchtime Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1.75 cups water
  • 1/2 cup frozen veggies
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly minced garlic

Toppings:

  • Organic Black Beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon Parsley flakes
  • P.C. Sundried Tomato and Herb Seasoning
  • P.C. Organic Primavera Spaghetti Sauce
  • Hummus
  • More black pepper

Directions: Throw oats and water into a pot on medium heat and stir frequently for 5 mins. Add frozen veggies directly into pot, black pepper, sea salt, garlic. Cook for about 7-8 more minutes on low-medium heat, stirring often. Pour into bowl and add toppings!

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I showed the French side for those of you who get a kick out of seeing French on our labels. ;) Biologique = Organic.

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After cooking, I poured it into the bowl and it looked like pure heaven. But of course, I knew it was not complete…

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I treated the oatmeal as a baked potato and I loaded on the toppings! Spaghetti sauce, hummus, parsley, black beans…oh my!

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I used this beautiful wooden elephant spoon that I picked up in Mexico.

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I rest my case.

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To say this was pure bliss in my tummy is an understatement. I can’t remember a lunch that I have adored this much in a long time!!

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Expect to see lots of Lunchtime oats in the near future! I am currently testing this batch to see how long it keeps me full for. Will report back with results!

Do you make savoury oats? What do you put in them?

I feel like the combos are ENDLESS. I already have my next Lunchtime oats planned out- Pizza Oats.

On today’s agenda:

  • Workout (30 min treadmill hill workout, speed 4.1, incline 12%)
  • Speed Clean house
  • Bake 200 Glo Bars
  • Huge Bakery Ingredients delivery + call to pay
  • Blog
  • Packaging + Shipping
  • Pick up OSGMOM from Toronto airport (her flight was delayed from snow!!)
  • Pick up a few groceries + figure out dinner
  • Catch up on 2 weeks worth of email
  • Finish Whittle My Middle Exercises
  • Import invoices into Excel Spreadsheet
  • Take after picture for Whittle My Middle

Enjoy your day!

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Sarah December 10, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I have honestly never made savory oats before. I keep saying I’m going to try but I think I’m nervous, ha ha! Yours look pretty good though :)

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Dawn (HealthySDLiving) December 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I have yet to try savory oats but this definitely makes me want to–I love all the toppings you used!

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Christie @ Honoring Health December 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I had savory oats this morning but nothing even close to this. Amazing!!! I know what I am eating for breakfast tomorrow!

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caitlin December 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm

oh i love savory oats! try this combo http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/recipes/lunches-and-dinners but you’d have to find a sub for the cheese, i suppose… hmm.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Looks delicious!!!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 10, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I can’t believe as a new convert, you already tried savory oats! I have been so scared…

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Julie @ Wearing Mascara December 10, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Oh those look SO good! I’ve never thought of oats for lunch… let alone your future pizza lunch! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

Have a great day!

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Ashley December 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Savory oats sound so lovely!

Have you thought about doing something similar w/ flaked quinoa? They cook quickly like oatmeal but pack in a little extra protein. I enjoy them in the morning for breakfast (with sweet toppings like I would oatmeal) but I imagine they would rock the savory toppings as well.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Great idea…I will keep my eyes peeled for it!

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Joanna December 11, 2009 at 5:50 am

The local healthfood shop here does a wonderful breakfast/snack with cold cooked quinoa, baked pears (all mashed in), raisins, pumpkin seeds and honey (or agave, can’t remember). It’s available with or without yoghurt, and can be zapped in the microwave on a cold day. It’s delicious, naturally sweet, and also can keep you full for hours!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com December 10, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Pure Bliss. Looks delish Doll!

Now get back to work ;) busy bee!

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm

wow your day is so packed . . . now I’m starting to feel guilty about being so stinkin lazy all day since I have a million things to do

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Jenn December 10, 2009 at 3:04 pm

New reader, here. ::waves::

Thank you thank you thank you for sharing a recipe for savory oats. Everyone in the blogosphere seems to be entranced by oatmeal but all the recipes were sweeter and I’m just NOT a sweets-in-the-morning person. LOVE IT and CANNOT WAIT TO TRY.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Hello and welcome!

Im not a big sweets in the morning person either. I think lunch oats or even dinner oats are more my style, but I can see myself having regular oatmeal on weekends!

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Sarah W. December 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm

i’d be interested on how full this keeps you – i love oatmeal but can’t eat it anymore because it doesn’t keep me full from breakfast to lunch. in order to do that i have to add a nut butter, but I HATE nutbutters in my oatmeal. i supopse i could add plain nuts but that would get borrrrrrring.

your oatmeal combo would be great using quinoa instead! hubby does quinoa pilaf using frozen mixed veggies plus onion, mushroom – soooooooooo good! mm and with black beans?!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm

This is perfect b/c I just bought a huge 25 pound bag of quinoa! haha

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Aaron December 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Savoury oats is a great idea! I always do the sweet oats in the AM, but this just opens up a whole new world of combinations!

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Carolyn December 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I would have never thought to make oatmeal like that. Maybe I’ll try it one of these days.

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Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now December 10, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I’ve GOT to try this out!!! Thanks for the idea.

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VeggieGirl December 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Haha, hooray for such a delicious embrace! :-D

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Krista December 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I like savoury oats. When I make them I plop an egg on top….and parm cheese.

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Shelly December 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm

The minimalist had a great article on savory whole grain breakfasts a few months ago- you could totally apply that to lunch.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/dining/18mini.html

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Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries December 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Omg I think hummus + oats is one of the best flavor combos EVER!! Love that you’re getting into oats :)

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Suzanne December 10, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I was just telling my coworkers the other day that oatmeal is like a blank canvas for whatever you’re craving! I love savoury oats, too! My fav is with an over-easy egg, black beans, and hot sauce (not so vegan friendly, but still delicious!).

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Corinne December 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Another variation to try is oats with pesto and spinach/kale. I’ve done it loads of times with buckwheat as well and it is divine!

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Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I really LOVE that spoon.

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Courtney December 10, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Yes!This looks awesome and I can’t believe I have never thought to put hummus on oatmeal. I put it on everything else. Thanks for the ideas!
Courtney
adventures in tri-ing

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rungirlrunn December 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm

The only savory oats I’ve tried is oatbran with a runny egg & cheese on top. I’ll have to branch out a little…

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Janna December 10, 2009 at 3:50 pm

You are a brave woman. Not only have you hopped on the Oatmeal train but you’ve also entered ‘Savory Oats” territory in record time.
I’ve been eating oatmeal for over a year now and I STILL haven’t gotten up the nerve to try savory oats! And I don’t think I will be brave enough to try it anytime soon :) I’m sticking with my whipped banana oats for now.

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Bridget December 10, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Holy YUM! Those oats look fantastic :) I tend to only eat oats at breakfast and have never made savoury oats…..that might have to change now!

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 10, 2009 at 4:05 pm

I have never made savory oats before – but yours look totally delish! I guess I always think of oats as sweet, but since they are so plain on their own they’re pretty much the perfect base for anything. I will be trying some frozen veggies in mine soon!

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Ameena December 10, 2009 at 4:08 pm

What a great idea!! I am definitely going to try this.

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Annie December 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Hi, Angela – I’m sorry, I’m a notorious lurker, but I was just wondering if the holidays could bring some healthy gingerbread recipes to OSG? I’ve got a mega craving for some adorable little gingerbread men!

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Nikki T December 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Oooo…This is a grand idea!

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Nikki T December 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I would’ve never thought to have Lunchtime Oats, but…I may have to give it a shot after seeing yours!

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Cate December 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I love the Biologique! I moved to the US last year from Canada and realize I miss the bilingual everything :)

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Kelly December 10, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Wow I definitely never thought of Lunchtime oats…yuck.

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Tania @ Moment Anew December 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Hmmmm….I think I’ll have to give this a try!

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Liz December 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

ZOMG! I’ve never had savoury oats. I’ve been wanting to try an egg on my oats though. I’m pretty confident it’ll be amazing…I guess you don’t eat those though!! :-0…vegan eggs anyone?

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Jackie @ TriToLose December 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I’ve never thought of savory oats. They look delicious. I think I see them in my future…. :)

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Lizzie December 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I am SO excited about this post – I am needing some new lunch ideas that are portable and nutritious and this definitely looks like it fits! Can’t wait to try it out – thanks for the idea!!

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Michelle @ Eatingjourney December 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I Love savoury oats…they are the BEST!

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Karla December 10, 2009 at 5:03 pm

I’ve never tried savory oats but after seeing all your delicious pictures I want to try!!

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Christy December 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Wow, what awesome oats! That might just be my dinner tonight! :D

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liane December 10, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Ok, I LOVE oats. LOVE THEM. but i’ve never thought of oats with veggies, topped off like a baked potato before.
I’m oddly repulsed and inspired by the thought, so I will be trying this!

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Kristie Lynn December 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Those oats look absolutely amazing! I’ve done something similar involving oat bran, frozen veggies, beans and hot sauce but I think the hummus and spices would kick it up another notch!

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Stasa December 10, 2009 at 5:36 pm

What a creative way to eat oats! I never thought to make oats with savory ingredients but they look so good. Thank you for thinking of this and sharing :) I can’t wait to try!

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Leah December 10, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I prefer my oats savory. My favorite way to eat them is just with cheese and lots of fresh ground black pepper. They are SO good like that!

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amy December 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm

This looks delis I can’t wait to make it. This is perfect right now being I’m sick as can be and all I want on my sore throat is hot meals like oatmeal.
Love from Florida
Amy

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Amanda December 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

How cool! I never thought of oats that way!!!! Is is snowing like crazy up there? Because it’s a white out down here in Buffalo!!

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Lola December 10, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I’m ALL about the savory oats. My favorites concoctions are:
peas, cheese, hot sauce, spices, flax, and topped with a sunny-side-up egg.
Or Tex-Mex style:
refried beans, sautéed bell pepper and onion, cheese, topped with egg.

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Jewel December 10, 2009 at 6:38 pm

I can’t believe it has never even occurred to me to make oatmeal with savory toppings! I feel a but DUH hovering over my head right now!

I have at least thought of making quinoa for breakfast although I haven’t managed to actually do it yet!

Another brilliant post…

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Katrina M December 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

WOW those look really yummy!! i really need to start eating healthy again… just found out this morning that i’m pregnant!! :) so no more excuses! you will be great inspiration for me, hehehe.

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Mo December 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Yeah! Congratulations!!!

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Caroline December 10, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I LOVE oatmeal! I tried it for the first time about a year and a half ago and I seriously think I’ve had it for breakfast almost every day since!

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Erika December 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I would never have thought to put those toppings or pair oatmeal with veggies before…but why not!?! Looks yummy….

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Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I like to think of oats as a blank canvas too. So many topping possibilities. I have never tried savory oats though. It doesn’t appeal to me. Glad you rediscovered your liking for oatmeal =)

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Cynthia (It All Changes) December 10, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Oats are such a blank canvas and savory oats sound interesting. I think that is next on my lunch menu once I finish up leftovers.

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Jolene December 10, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I am soooo scurrred to try savoury oats!!! I know I shouldn’t be – but I am!! Yours look SO good. I usually prefer all things savoury to sweet, so I am sure I would like them – I just have to get over my silly fear!

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skinnyrunner December 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

you almost make me want to try those! but im still a little nervous….

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Tracy December 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of savory oats. I’ve only been reading food blogs for, oh I don’t know, 5 months! LOL Yours look awesome..def something I need to do with the massive amount of oats I have in the cabinet. Thanks for the idea! :)

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Chelsea December 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Part of me thinks this is a fabulous idea since I don’t really like sweet, but the other part of me is scared. Perhaps, I’ll have to try….

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Pure2Raw Twins December 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Your savory oatmeal looked delicious, glad you are having better luck with oats!! We love Bob Red Mills, great products.

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Booga December 10, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Seriously? Frozen veggies and canned pasta sauce? Looks nasty. Might be better with fresh ingredients.

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lena December 10, 2009 at 9:51 pm

cool! my family usually does it savory but i usually have mine the norm, they normally put egg, anchovies (the white kind) or corn. I once experimented it with fish ;P it’s nice like fish congee… :) glad you like savory ones too and yours look delish!

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Kasey (Fit For Wellness) December 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm

I have never had savory oatmeal before but now I definitely want to try some!!! Your oats look delicious :)

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*Andrea* December 10, 2009 at 10:12 pm

never had savory oats but they look great!!! i’ve been trying to transition over into veganism for weeks now – but i’ve been having a hard time – anyways, your recipes and meals make me keep trying! they always look so good :)

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mountain girl December 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Ange,

I LOVE savory oats! Nutritional yeast is so good on them, because it’s full of protein and B12. Actually, I put it on everything I eat…almost! It tastes so cheesy, too- and I can’t eat real cheese.

Tip on the serving size: cook it on low a loooong time and keep adding water…it’ll double, triple, yea quadruple in size, and it’s so good and soft! A half-cup dry is a standard serving.

P.S. Like all grains (except rice), oats should be soaked in warm water with a little vinegar (some people use whey) before you cook them to break down the natural phytic acid bound up in the grains. The phytic acid keeps the nutrients in the grain from being assimilated fully by your body. Sorry so scientific-sounding! Knowing this has changed the way I eat grains, tho.

Lovin’ your blog!

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dragonfly180 December 10, 2009 at 10:41 pm

those savory oats look SOOO good! i’m an instant oats girl, myself, but maybe i need to give the old-fashioned ones a try.

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Annalisa December 10, 2009 at 11:02 pm

thanks for the french side of the bottle ;-)

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maria December 10, 2009 at 11:07 pm

You are a brave soul. I don’t like savory oatmeal. I always expect sweetness, but obviously end up disappointed! I’m interested in seeing the pizza oatmeal, though!

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Katie December 10, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I find it so funny that people are scared of savory oats! People eat grits with butter and cheese all time, and that’s just another kind of grain. I ate mine this am with butternut squash, salsa, and brocolli. And nutritional yeast. I posted a photo of one of my “creations” on my blog: http://makingfoodandotherstuff.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/more-snow-and-food/

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Nora December 10, 2009 at 11:23 pm

nutritional yeast and homemade seitan sausage are great in savory oats!

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Susan December 11, 2009 at 12:02 am

That looks delicious!!! I’ve been wanting to experiment with lunch or supper savoury oats, but I usually have sweet oats for breakfast and don’t want to overdo it ;) When I DO have savoury oats in the a.m, I mix in a chopped breakfast sausage and top with a soft fried egg and salsa. Very non-vegan but ohsooogooood.

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Jess December 11, 2009 at 12:39 am

I made savory oats once – it was really good! Here’s the link: http://blackcatkitchen.wordpress.com/2009/08/14/savory-oatmeal-hell-yes/

I make steel cut oats and add a little raw sugar if my banana isn’t sweet enough. And always chia seeds!! I even used some coconut oil to toast the oats before cooking – gave it a tropical feel … LOVE oatmeal!

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Alexia December 11, 2009 at 12:55 am

Here is my favorite savory oats recipe:

1 cup GrassRoots Organics multi flake cereal
(Oats, kamut flakes, spelt flakes, barley flakes)
1/2 cup tempeh diced into small cubes
Small handful chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped
Salt and pepper
drizzle of olive oil on top!
Fresh cilantro

I randomly came up with this one day by throwing a bunch of leftovers together and I was pleasantly surprised! It’s delicious with the olive oil and the cilantro which gives it some color! Try it out!

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Annelies December 11, 2009 at 4:50 am

waw this is the first time I see oats appear in a real lunch. Great idea! It’s also amazing to see how many to do’s you can fit in one day!

Annelies

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The Voracious Vegan December 11, 2009 at 4:55 am

I have never made savory oats before, what a brilliant idea! I always go the ho hum route and fill them with cinnamon, agave and maybe some peanut butter. I like this way much better! Thanks for the great inspiration!

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sb December 11, 2009 at 7:24 am

I don’t see any of her before or after pictures on the whittle my middle page…. Where are they?

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Courtney's Concoctions December 11, 2009 at 8:14 am

My favorite is pear and blue cheese savory oats. Seriously good, and if you cook the pear for awhile, they kind of melt into the oats. Also good with a few crunchy walnuts on top. You can get a strong vegan cheese for the same effect!

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

WOW!! that looks amazing! I like adding egg and cheese to make savory oats ;)

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lz December 11, 2009 at 11:03 am

Angela, your savory oats look so hearty and soothing. Thank you for sharing the recipe; I’ll have to try it sometime! I love savory oats too–sometimes, I mix oatmeal with some form of vegetable stirfry. :)

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Anne Marie @ New Weigh of Life December 11, 2009 at 11:38 am

I really want to try savory oats, but something always holds me back. I will try it one of these days!

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Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 11, 2009 at 11:59 am

Okay, I am starting to like morning sweet oats but the savory oats scare me!! I don’t know why, I don’t know if I could do it. I know that’s silly but it’s taken me so long to start to like sweet oats(I think it’s the thick texture?)

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Christine @ hot mama December 11, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Quite creative!! Oats are easy for me, gotta try this. I love your photos too. What camera do you use?

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Small Town Runner December 11, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Savory oats never occurred to me. I always think of oatmeal as something to make sweet, not savory. I think fruit, honey, brown sugar, etc. Hmmm, I’m not sure I can wrap my brain around hummus or veggies in my oatmeal. (:

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Emily December 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I was mad at Kyle yesterday, so he went out and bought all the ingredients and replicated your recipe for my dinner :) I swear Angela, considering he’s Mr. Macho he spends a lot of time on your blog haha

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Devon December 11, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Interesting way to eat oatmeal.. I think I’ll have to try that!

Congratulations on your new found love!

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Mo December 11, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Oatmeal is one of my five favorite foods in the whole wide world. And I basically drool over every meal that you make and post. But savory oatmeal seems SO bizarre to me! I actually said ewwww! when I saw them… and then I quickly apologized to you. Sorry! And then I realized how good they look! Perhaps you are just a photography genuis???

Given how amazing the Glo Bars and your other recipes are though, you clearly know what you are doing. I will be brave and will try this recipe soon!

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Jil December 12, 2009 at 3:36 am

I never think of savory oats…but the idea definitely appeals to me….hmmm. So many possible combos!

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Bella Lena December 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm

OMG i was the same way…i use to hate oatmeal and now i cant get enough of it! ive never had a dinner of oats but it seems to be very popular nowadays! You’ve inspired me and i think im gonna try it out tonight for dinner with some awesome dinner toppings…i cant wait!

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Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 13, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Glad to have found your blog! Those oats look yummy! I look forward to reading more!

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Jasmine Franklin October 25, 2012 at 8:34 am

I was totally skeptical about adding hummus, but man! This was awesome. I’ve never had savory oats before, and I LOVE them. This is my new go-to. And I had them for breakfast!

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Kristel August 3, 2014 at 11:52 am

Was looking for something gluten-free, vegan, quick & easy but not lacking in flavour and this is it! Thanks!!! :D

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gkb October 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Yum.I love savory oats and often add cooked lentils to them and season them with cumin,pepper ,salt and fried cashews..I have evenntried oats with veggies and ramen noodle seasoning,a nice meal for a cold day!
Keep the recipes coming!

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Alex June 12, 2015 at 12:55 pm

It was a great idea. thanks a lot.

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Norah June 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

This is the best vegan meals i´ve seen.

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Shawna September 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

I just made this dish and it was surprisingly good! I’ve never had oatmeal this way before. I might add vegetable bullion to the oatmeal for a little more of a savory flavor. I’m just so impressed with this recipe. Thank you!

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Katie March 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Wow! I just made this and used your red pepper hummus recipe and quick oats (accidentally). It was like a great sub for the Shepherd’s Pie I grew up with! I look forward to my husband coming home and having this. I had never even thought of savory oatmeal, but a delight! I am sending this to my mom right now. :)

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Angela Liddon March 17, 2016 at 4:38 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the savory oats, Katie! I agree completely: they’re so unexpected, but soooo good. :)

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