You’re So Cheezy

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Greetings! :)

I had so many hiccups with work today. It was just one. of. those. days. I won’t bore you with the details though…!!

If there is one thing having my own bakery has taught me, it is that my own personal meals need to be QUICK, easy, yet still nutritious.

After a slight set back during clean up (I spilled a huge bag of GF rice crisp all over the kitchen! DOH!!!!!!!!), I dove into dinner mode.

I am on a huge savoury oats kick. I am really smitten over something when you see it on the blog more than once or twice. [See here and here for my first two successful attempts.]

Tonight my goal was to make the creamiest and cheesiest bowl of savoury oats yet. Did I just say cheesy? Why yes I did, and its’ name is nutritional yeast! Nooch for short. ;)

Sneaky Peaky…

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Chia seeds were my best food find in 2009. My best food find in 2010 is nutritional yeast (so far anyways!). Although I started to use nutritional yeast in 2009, I didn’t really appreciate it until recently!

What is nutritional yeast?

“Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods. Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast can be found in the bulk foods or supplement section of your health food store. [Source]

“It is a source of protein and vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins and is a complete protein. It is also naturally low in fat and sodium. Some brands of nutritional yeast, though not all, are fortified with vitamin B12.’ [Source]

Nutritional yeast is a great way to reduce your cheese consumption, yet still create fabulously cheesy and decadent dishes! It is basically a vegan’s dream, but anyone with any diet can incorporate this into their meal plans.

This was by far my favourite bowl of savoury oats…

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‘You’re So Cheezy’ Savoury Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (the cheeze factor!)
  • 1/6 block vegetable bouillon cube (or to taste!)
  • Dash or two of turmeric
  • Dash or two of the little black dress of seasonings (see below)
  • Salt, if necessary

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Best Buds:

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Creamy goodness. You will not be disappointed when you try this.

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I couldn’t find the new Mary’s twists in Whole Foods the other week! Hope they arrive soon. Anyone tried them?

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Toppings:

  • Mary’s Crackers, crunched up
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Salsa
  • Veggie burger flop from last night (it tasted BAD today! blech!!) 

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Steam coming off the spoon!

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Thanks to those of you who suggested adding nutritional yeast to my oats!

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There are really no words for this. But I’ll try. :mrgreen:

It was the most beautiful and decadent tasting dish I have had in a long time. Yet healthy, vegan, and packed with superfoods! You could even add a tablespoon of chia seeds to the oats for an extra kick if you are feeling down right crazy.

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BOOM:

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Eric and I have this inside joke between us involving the word BOOM. If you have seen the movie Couples Retreat you will know what I’m talking about. In one scene the yoga instructor teaches a class to the couples. He twists and bends the women’s bodies all over the place and as he moves their body, he says BOOOOOOOOOOM in this really creepy voice. It is just hilarious and we were dying laughing as we watched it.

Anyways, now Eric and I always say BOOOOOOM at random things and we laugh our heads off. Eric saw that I wrote boom in Sunday’s post and he said, ‘No one is going to know why you say that you weirdo!’ lol. So…FYI!

Dessert- dried organic apricots. Booooooom.

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Nature’s iron supplement, I call these!

What is your best food discovery (or favourite meal) so far in 2010?

Updates:

  • A Glo Bar giveaway over at Fit This Girl
  • This morning’s Peppermint Pudding was featured on FitSugar today
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I’m off to workout. I wasn’t going to, but after the stress of the day I really think my body will thank me for releasing some endorphins! Need to focus on how good I will feel afterwards…think happy thoughts…

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Jenn @ Livewellfit March 3, 2010

Favorite discovery so far? Well…let’s talk!

Green monsters of course. :) Plus my own secret ingredients.

Homemade veggie burgers

Maca powder

Oats in a PB jar!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2010

I STILL haven’t tried Oats in a jar!!

What r your secret ingredients?? :)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 3, 2010

NO way!!! Girl, you MUST try OIAJ.. they will amaze you.

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ErikA March 3, 2010

What are oats in a jar?

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 4, 2010

Oats in a jar is when you take an almost empty jar of nut butter and add a serving of cooked oats (like whippped banana oats) to the jar. The hot oats melt the nut butter and you get a bite of nut butter with each bite of oats.. to die for!

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Chloe (Naturally Frugal) March 3, 2010

That looks amazing, for anyone vegan or non-vegan! What a great idea to make oats your meal for dinner, it’s quick and easy, plus obviously delicious. Must try this one night when the boyfriend is gone. Not quite sure he’s at this stage…yet ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 3, 2010

Yea I made it tonight b/c Eric was working late and I know he hates oats!

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Nicole @ Making Good Choices March 3, 2010

I definitely never would have thought to add nutritional yeast to oats! they look so good – to be honest I haven’t even tried that yet – I guess I have to get to the store! :)

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 3, 2010

Oh my gooooosh foodgasm. I need to make these, ASAP!

xo
K

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Elle @ Acquired Tastes March 3, 2010

I just tried nutritional yeast in 2010 – however, when I bought it I only got a tiny bit because I thought it might be weird, and now I’m having trouble finding it anywhere!

I really liked it on top of spelt pasta with spices, olive oil, and pine nuts – yum!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2010

Did you try a bulk food store? Thats where I found mine.

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Amy March 3, 2010

I just tried nutritional yeast and i am hooked.Mary’s crackers too,their the best. I made a parfait today with yogurt, marys crackers and blueberries. yummy

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Jil March 3, 2010

Ahh that looks sooo good! It reminds me of cheese grits – but way healthier. haha

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Daniel March 3, 2010

I have tons of great food finds just this year (as I started reading blogs only recently at the beginning of this year). Green monsters (most recent- I LOVE them!), overnight oats, nutritional yeast, chia seeds, nectarines, Bosc pears. So many new things that I’ve found I enjoy and so many more to try! (Like the nutr. yeast with oats, I still haven’t tried savory oats or pancakes!)

Is there any concern that one would get an overdose of B-vitamins or other nutrients found in nutritional yeast or would you need to consume an awful large amount to do that?

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bev March 5, 2010

Almost no danger of B-vitamins overdose, since they are water-soluble. Any extra your body gets would be eliminated in the urine. The overdose-prone vitamins are the fat-soluble ones: A, D, E and K, because our bodies have no way of getting rid of them. Even those, however, usually need pretty high doses of supplements to give you enough to see overdose symptoms.

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama March 3, 2010

LMFAO!!! I love couples retreat!!! AND I am so going to try those oats! YUMMY YUMMY!!

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Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) March 3, 2010

I don’t usually like savory oats, but I’m really liking the idea of something ‘cheezy’ and avocado. interesting!

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Kim March 3, 2010

Haha, my husband and I have the same “BOOM” joke between us. That movie was just OK, but that one scene lives on…

I’m a bit intimidated by nutritional yeast (same with chia seeds). My favorite food find this year was goat cheese. I don’t know why it took me until 2010 to try it. I didn’t really know it existed, to be honest. Oops!

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Ashley March 3, 2010

Apricots are also nature’s “keep you regular” supplement. That bowl has me drooling..and I want your SPOON…gimme! ;) I still have yet to try savory oats! I am definitely up for it. I also LOVE nut. yeast but hate what it’s called…I’m not sure I like “nooch” either, lol. Maybe “Neast?” Yes, I think that’s it! I’m also still dreaming about the avocado pudding…ohhhh there just aren’t enough hours during my unemployed daaaay! haha

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Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) March 5, 2010

I agree Ashley. Anything with the word yeast reminds me of an infection…. yuck.

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Anne March 3, 2010

Definitely green monsters. I had green smoothies before, but in January I started trading my regular protein shakes for green monsters, and I haven’t looked back.

More of a storage discovery – I buy nutritional yeast, chia, hemp seeds, sea salt in bulk and keep them in shakers for easy addition to salads, soups, etc. anytime!

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Eliza March 3, 2010

great savory oat recipe! i always make savory oats, never thought of adding nutritional yeast, that is such a great idea!

xx
Eliza

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 3, 2010

I’m with you with nutritional yeast! I LOVE it. It has changed my life!

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christina cadden March 3, 2010

MMM, looks so good!

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Melissa March 3, 2010

OMG that’s beyond cool that you were linked on FitSugar!!!! That was the FIRST blog I ever read (well, PopSugar was). haha it seems like forever ago that I discovered that site. SO SO cool you were linked! I always look at those…cant believe I missed it today.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2010

The Sugar websites were some of the first ones I ever read too…I love them!

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Estela @ Weekly Bite March 3, 2010

Dried apricots are my favorite dried fruit!! YUM!

I have yet to find new food discovery for 2010…

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Tay March 3, 2010

Oh delicious!! I have yet to try savory oats, but I think this one will be my first. Too bad I forgot to pick up nutritional yeast at the store today! I’ll be patient thought, and wait ;-)

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cara March 3, 2010

hi angela

are rolled oates the same as oates? i have some rolled oates i would like to cook up i’d like to try this!

cara

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2010

I think as long as they don’t say instant they are the same…?

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ March 3, 2010

After seeing your apricots
I’m reminded that I haven’t had any in a while and they are so delicious.

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Nora March 3, 2010

Angela, this is so funny, I made oats almost EXACTLY like that last week! Except I made them even weirder by having them in an almost empty PB jar and stirring in some hummus. I know, I know.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2010

PB + hummus now that is one thing I have NOT tried! lol

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Nicole Y. March 3, 2010

Oh my word!! This looks brilliant! I am trying this tomorrow!!! :)I love your creative eats! :)

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Allison @ Food For Healing March 3, 2010

hmm best food discovery this year? I started loving Chia seeds last year, but i guess Chia pudding and almond milk is this years new thing.
I have yet to try nutritional yeast though

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Heather (Heather's Dish) March 3, 2010

i’ve gotta admit, my rediscovering oatmeal has been the best one yet this year! although i’m a little scared of the savory kind (YIKES) but yours looks really good regardless :)

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Angela March 3, 2010

I just bought some “nooch” today!! That’s so ironic that I’m reading this now and I’m so excited to use it on my popcorn tonight!
I would have to say that aside from that, my other good discovery has been baby carrots. Although I know they’re high in sugar…I snack on them when I’m having a sugar craving and at least this way I’m getting some good old vitamin A

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Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl March 3, 2010

your savory oats look DIVINE! I’m too sheepish to try them in fear of not liking ‘em!

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MarathonVal March 3, 2010

Nutritional yeast is quite possibly my favorite ingredient to cook with, and has been a STAPLE in my diet since going vegan last summer!

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Carolyn March 3, 2010

LOVE Mary’s Crackers!

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad March 3, 2010

Wow, those savory oats look like cheese grits (a classic southern breakfast)!

I’ve tried the Sticks N Twigs. I reviewed them here: http://www.lilyshealthpad.com/2010/02/22/marys-gone-crackers-giveaway/

They’re good, but they don’t hold a candle to the crackers.

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Jamie @ Tearaveler March 3, 2010

Mmm! Nutritional yeast on top of ‘over the stove’ popcorn is good too! Never thought to put it in oats though, I’ll have to try it! =)

Food find o’ the year thus far: Kale and tomatillos! I might have to give chia seeds a try too since they’ve been getting great reviews across the food-blogging world =)

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Tracey March 3, 2010

My favorite meal that I have discovered this year is the Runza’s I made. They are so good and remind me of being back home!

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Elle March 3, 2010

Thank you, Lady Glow! I’ve wanted to like oatmeal *forever* since it’s so good for you, but I’ve never really been able to get into it… until your genius idea of adding nutritional yeast! I just made a little test portion using your recipe but using a tablespoon of oats and 1/4 cup of brown rice (hey, starting slow). I stirred in the salsa, so it tasted like queso dip. It was so, so yummy!

My best of 2009: Green Monsters!
My best of 2010: nutritional yeast!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 3, 2010

I have never had nutritional yeast – I will have to check my local health food store for it.

I still haven’t had savoury oats … I need to just DO IT!!

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 3, 2010

Nooch is awesome!! I was afraid to try it, the yeast part kinda freaked me out, but so glad I did. It really is cheesey!!!!! I have also been afraid of savoury oats.. but these look awesome. I need to take the plunge!!

And best food find this year so far – Chia seeds, xanthan gum, and nooch.

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 3, 2010

Great look oats Angela!!
My best discovery has probably been black beans. They are pretty hard to find in Australia – but I now found a small shop nearby that sells them yay!

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EaterNotARunner March 3, 2010

I just bought some nutritional yeast and didn’t know how to use it, I’ll have to try this!

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Audrey March 3, 2010

I saw your link (and photo!) in FitSugar today and was all excited! Hehe.

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Miss (@MediterraneanMiss) March 3, 2010

This looks DELICIOUS! Everybody seems to be posting about nutritional yeast. Why-am-I-so-behind??

My food discoveries for this year so far have been:
Coconut Milk
Kale (mmm!!)
& Chia seeds!
Looking forward to adding to the list. Nooch next, perhaps?

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Mary March 3, 2010

Your veggie burger looks like it’s on the way to being a yummy recipe… I’d try eliminating the water and grating the onion. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2010

The avocado also went bad I think :( Booooo

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