Loaded Lunchtime Oatmeal

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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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1 Katie March 13, 2016

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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2 Angela Liddon March 17, 2016

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

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3 Shawna September 19, 2015

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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4 Norah June 12, 2015

This is the best vegan meals i´ve seen.

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5 Alex June 12, 2015

It was a great idea. thanks a lot.

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6 gkb October 15, 2014

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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7 Kristel August 3, 2014

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

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8 Jasmine Franklin October 25, 2012

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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9 Nicole, MS, RD, LD December 13, 2009

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

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10 Bella Lena December 12, 2009

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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11 Jil December 12, 2009

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

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12 Mo December 11, 2009

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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13 Devon December 11, 2009

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

Congratulations on your new found love!

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14 Emily December 11, 2009

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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15 Small Town Runner December 11, 2009

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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16 Christine @ hot mama December 11, 2009

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

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17 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 11, 2009

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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18 Anne Marie @ New Weigh of Life December 11, 2009

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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19 lz December 11, 2009

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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20 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 11, 2009

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

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21 Courtney's Concoctions December 11, 2009

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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22 sb December 11, 2009

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

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23 The Voracious Vegan December 11, 2009

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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24 Annelies December 11, 2009

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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25 Alexia December 11, 2009

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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26 Jess December 11, 2009

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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27 Susan December 11, 2009

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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28 Nora December 10, 2009

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

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29 Katie December 10, 2009

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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30 maria December 10, 2009

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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31 Annalisa December 10, 2009

thanks for the french side of the bottle ;-)

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32 dragonfly180 December 10, 2009

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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33 mountain girl December 10, 2009

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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34 *Andrea* December 10, 2009

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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35 Kasey (Fit For Wellness) December 10, 2009

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

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36 lena December 10, 2009

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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37 Booga December 10, 2009

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

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38 Pure2Raw Twins December 10, 2009

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

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39 Chelsea December 10, 2009

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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40 Tracy December 10, 2009

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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41 skinnyrunner December 10, 2009

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

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42 Jolene December 10, 2009

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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43 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 10, 2009

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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44 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 10, 2009

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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45 Erika December 10, 2009

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

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46 Caroline December 10, 2009

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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47 Katrina M December 10, 2009

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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48 Mo December 11, 2009

Yeah! Congratulations!!!

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49 Jewel December 10, 2009

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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50 Lola December 10, 2009

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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51 Amanda December 10, 2009

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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52 amy December 10, 2009

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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53 Leah December 10, 2009

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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54 Stasa December 10, 2009

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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55 Kristie Lynn December 10, 2009

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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56 liane December 10, 2009

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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57 Christy December 10, 2009

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

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58 Karla December 10, 2009

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

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59 Michelle @ Eatingjourney December 10, 2009

I Love savoury oats…they are the BEST!

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60 Lizzie December 10, 2009

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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61 Jackie @ TriToLose December 10, 2009

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

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62 Liz December 10, 2009

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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63 Tania @ Moment Anew December 10, 2009

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

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64 Kelly December 10, 2009

Wow I definitely never thought of Lunchtime oats…yuck.

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65 Cate December 10, 2009

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

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66 Nikki T December 10, 2009

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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67 Annie December 10, 2009

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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68 Nikki T December 10, 2009

Oooo…This is a grand idea!

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69 Ameena December 10, 2009

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

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70 Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 10, 2009

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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71 Bridget December 10, 2009

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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72 Janna December 10, 2009

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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73 rungirlrunn December 10, 2009

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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74 Courtney December 10, 2009

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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75 Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 10, 2009

I really LOVE that spoon.

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76 Corinne December 10, 2009

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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77 Suzanne December 10, 2009

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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78 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries December 10, 2009

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

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79 Shelly December 10, 2009

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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80 Krista December 10, 2009

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

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81 VeggieGirl December 10, 2009

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

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82 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now December 10, 2009

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

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83 Carolyn December 10, 2009

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

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84 Aaron December 10, 2009

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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85 Sarah W. December 10, 2009

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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86 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009

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

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87 Jenn December 10, 2009

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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88 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009

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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89 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 10, 2009

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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90 Kris | iheartwellness.com December 10, 2009

Pure Bliss. Looks delish Doll!

Now get back to work ;) busy bee!

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91 Ashley December 10, 2009

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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92 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009

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

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93 Joanna December 11, 2009

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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94 Julie @ Wearing Mascara December 10, 2009

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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95 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 10, 2009

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

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96 caitlin December 10, 2009

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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97 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2009

Looks delicious!!!

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98 Christie @ Honoring Health December 10, 2009

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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99 Dawn (HealthySDLiving) December 10, 2009

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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100 Sarah December 10, 2009

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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