You’re So Cheezy

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on March 3, 2010

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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Heidi March 4, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I may just not be looking hard enough, but what kind/brand of “nooch” do you buy? I’ve hunted online and Bob’s Red Mill has flake yeast, but I wasn’t sure if that was the same thing.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I get mine at bulk barn :)

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Heidi March 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm

None of those in the states, unfortunately :( I’ll have to give Bob’s a try and see how it works!

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Sonia - Master of her Romaine March 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Oh Em Gee… that looks AWESOME!!! I just started getting into nooch recently. I mostly eat it with fake buttah on millet bread…but that looks amaaaazing :)
Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

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Tracey @ TropicalHappiness March 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

My best in 2009… GREEN MONSTERS! I do NOT like spinach, so it never occurred to me to add spinach to smoothies! Now I have my entire family hooked!

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Nicole Y. March 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I tried nutritional yeast today and I’m in love! I made Quinoa rather than oats and it was DELISH!

1/4 cup quinoa
1/3 cup almond milk (didn’t measure)
1/2 cup water (didn’t measure)
1 1/2 TBSP nooch
1 TBSP taco seasoning
– mix it all together in your pot and cook the way you normally heat up quinoa

I put mine over a bed of:
spinach
green pepper slices

Topped with:
1/2 an avocado
greek yogurt (rather than sour cream)
and salsa!!

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Kiersten March 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

My boyfriend always adds nutritional yeast (aka “nooch”) to his oats…along with sweet stuff. I always tell him how weird it is, lol. Maybe I’ll actually try it for myself sometime. I love nutritional yeast, it tastes awesome in tofu scrambles, soups, and on pasta.

My favorite discovery this year (so far) has been smoothies. I know, I know, everyone already knows how awesome smoothies are, but it took me a while to figure it out.

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Jess - The Domestic Vegan March 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Oh, man! To be honest, savory oats have not sounded appealing to me until now. That cheesy bowl just looks so delicious! Nutritional yeast is one of my best food friends. :) What an awesome dinner!

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Kristilyn (My 29th Year) March 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

That’s so funny! I think my favourite find of 2010 has been nutritional yeast, too! I’m going to have to try the oats … I love cheesy things!

I’ve even rekindled a friendship with a product this year – Vega’s Whole Food Vibrance bars. Last year I hated them and this year I adore them! Who knew that flip would happen?

K

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Jenna Z March 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I give nutritional yeast the big thumbs down! Ew. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about foods that are always being hyped on fitness blogs that I hate and this was one of them! Nooch is not cheese, there’s no fooling me.

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Juicing Recipes March 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I think nutritional yeast is great. Its an awesome and very bio-available way of getting B vitamins and more. If you don’t like the taste Jenna Z, then I recommend taking it with spinach, kale and broccoli green juice recipes – hehe.

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marianne March 4, 2010 at 5:21 pm

My husband is away so I just made this — much to my children’s horror — it is sooooo delicious!!!
I worry that making dinners like this means I’ve moved over to some crazy side but it seems I am in good company :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

are you saying I’m CRAZY?! haha

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Rachel @ No Preservatives Added March 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I only recently made the decision to eat healthy. I know this sounds ridiculous, but my favorite food discovery so far is tomatoes! But 2010 has just begun- I can’t wait to try a GM or something spelty, lol.

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[email protected] March 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

That recipe looks so good! Unfortunately I had a bad experience with mooch and I have not tried it since. Maybe I need to push myself to give it a whirl.
Best food to date? My rAw granola bars! Yum!

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Kelly March 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Ah, totally need to make this. I’ve been trying to think of something for dinner and I think the cheezy oats will be it!

Food finds:
Almond milk!
Avocado- I was always meh about avo. Didn’t think they were anything special. Now I’m addicted, can’t get enough avo. I eat a 1/2 of one several times a week.

Sadly, I’ve also discovered one thing I don’t like. I’m going to get tomatoes thrown at me for this. Mary’s Crackers. Do. Not. Like. The texture and taste is just so odd and not pleasant to me.

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cait March 4, 2010 at 10:02 pm

What kind of nutritional yeast brand do you use? I’ve been trying to find it everywhere and I can’t seem to get my hands on it!

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Cole March 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Cheezy oats look really amazing. I love nootch, I just need to find it!

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mountain girl March 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I know I’m a day late here, but I made your recipe with soft brown rice instead of oats and had it on a bed of kale with some sesame seeds. I also subbed curry for the turmeric and coconut milk for the almond milk. It was really delish!

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Susan March 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

Oooh, I love savoury oats too, stirring nutritional yeast into the pot is such a good idea!! I’ll have to try this next time :)

My best food find so far this year is “protein cookie dough.” Every single night for dessert I mix chocolate protein powder with a little bit of water to create a thick, yummy pudding :)

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Marianne March 7, 2010 at 12:49 am

I think this is a bowl of savoury oats I could get behind. I’ve always shied away from them, because I do love my sweet oats for breakfast (or dinner), and I couldn’t think of the perfect combination of savoury flavours that would work for me. I bet adding some corn would work well with the avocado and salsa in the cheesy oats. And I think I actually have all the ingredients for this in my house! Woot!

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Lauren M. May 5, 2010 at 12:14 am

I’ve been wanting to try these oats for so long but I’m either eating at work or eating with my boyfriend. I wanted to eat them so badly tonight that I sent boyfriend home after we weight lifted together. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t these…but I am enjoying them right now. I have some ideas for the future. Thanks for sharing your obsession!

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Nicole June 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm

These are super yummy!

I added ground cumin to the oats instead of the tomato/basil seasoning. I served them just like Ange did….with Mary’s crackers, avocado, and salsa. Also squeezed a bit of lemon onto the avocado pieces, and drizzled it all with extra virgin olive oil instead of putting oil into the oats.

D-E-L-I-S-H!

Thanks for another great recipe Ange! You rock!

:)

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Heather July 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I JUST made this an hour ago, delicious ! I used it as a topper for 1/2 cup lentils, steamed broccoli, mushroom, zucchini, onion and red bell pepper. Very, very good, filing and nutrient-packed! Thanks for the excellent recipe !

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HefiA September 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Haha!!! That’s so funny, because my husband and I use the BOOM joke all the time too!! That’s why I was laughing about the empty plate “Boom-effect” before you explained it.

You’re funny.

HefiA

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Sara September 7, 2010 at 9:00 am

Yum… I was so excited to make these oats that I actually had them for breakfast this morning! Very interesting and delicious!! Thanks!

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Heather September 29, 2010 at 1:07 am

I make these cheesy oats all the time!! I am addicted!

Last night I added a few tablespoons of pumpkin for extra color and added veggies! It was fantastic!!

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Harley August 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Hands downs you have some of the best vegan recipes!!! I was looking for a new way to cook oatmeal and no doubt in my mind OhSheGlows had it! This savory oatmeal dish will be a staple in my vegan diet!!! So good! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you blog!

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Jenna November 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I love love love this recipe. I’m a newly converted vegan and loved cheese grits, this fills that void. I added fire roasted tomatoes and some jalapeno. so good.:)

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Hannah April 19, 2013 at 3:43 am

Loved by both my four year old and I! I added butternut pumpkin puree, hummus, Dijon mustard, peas and corn. Perfect comfort food.

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Monica February 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Thanks! I’m trying this tonight with leeks and broccoli. I also wanted to tell you about my favorite savory oats: Cook oats with a little curry powder, add caramelized onions, thawed peas and 1 can diced tomatoes (cooked down w/ some garam masala until almost dry).

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Donna August 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm

These look fantastic! Can you please share your ‘little black dress of seasonings’? I searched and could not find this secret concoction mentioned on your blog. Thanks! :)

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Adrienne January 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

I have been dreaming of savory oats for some time now and OH MY, these were *divine*. Had this for breakfast this morning–savory oats make the BEST breakfast!–added onion and garlic powder, smoked paprika (my “find” for 2014) and served with baby arugula and carrots sliced into thin ribbons with a veggie peeler. So satisfying!
I’ll share another savory breakfast oats idea with you (cuz I like you ;)
Skip the nutritional yeast (I know, it’s amazing, but stay with me) and add some roasted tahini and miso paste (at the very end so you don’t kill the good stuff). Top with carrot ribbons and baby bitter greens or finely shredded kale, a generous amount of ground toasted sesame seeds and a splash of umeboshi plum vinegar. It’s like macrobiotic breakfast oats and it is so yum. Hope you try it and enjoy! :)

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Stef October 7, 2015 at 1:02 am

Made this, and it’s just what it says: creamy and cheezy! Yum.

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Alyssa February 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

Another killer recipe! This is my first time trying savory Oats, and I’ve got to say that I think I like them even more than the traditional sweet ones!

I was even able to find the same ‘little blacl dress’ seasoning, and it’s AWESOME. I topped it off with some salsa, green onions, hemp hearts, and a drizzle of Harissa infused olive oil.

This was a great way to start my day :)

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Felecia Crull April 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm

What is the”little black dress of seasoning”?

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Tracey June 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Felecia, I had the same question: I think it’s the President’s Choice Sun-dried Tomato & Herb (in the picture with the turmeric)… That’s all I could figure out.

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