The other side of oats (Meatless Monday)

It’s no secret that I love oatmeal- you can easily gather that from the name of my blog. And I’ve been a lover of all things oats since way back- long before oatmeal was trendy and cool (seriously, when did that happen??). But last night I discovered a whole new side of oats: the savory side.

Just when I thought I couldn’t love oatmeal anymore, this happened:

Oh yes I did.

As I was preparing dinner last night, Greg came in the kitchen and asked “what’s that you’re cooking?” I said “it’s oatmeal!” I think his heart sank a little. Greg is not a lover of the oats. I know, I don’t get it, but he says he’s not (even though I’ve seen him scarf down quite a few bowls of oatmeal over the years). I told him to just be open-minded and he might be surprised.

Honestly, I was a little hesitant myself. I don’t know why, but the thought of savory oats just does not appeal to me. I never would have even thought about it if Amanda had not suggested that I check out Angela’s recipe for them.
I looked over her recipe, and I was intrigued. And Angela knows good food- and she stated that these oats were amazing… she wouldn’t lie, right?

I followed her recipe pretty closely, but doubled it for two people and made a few minor substitutions/additions.


1 c multigrain oats

1.5 c water

1 c unsweetened almond milk

2 T nutritional yeast

3 sun-dried tomatoes, ground in the food processor

3 large white mushrooms, chopped

1 T butter (the only thing that keeps this recipe from being vegan)

a few dashes of tumeric

1/3 salt-free vegetable bullion cube

dash of cayenne pepper

salt + pepper to taste

I combined all of the ingredients in a pot and brought it to a boil, then reduced the heat to low and let it cook for about 10 more minutes, stirring often.

After dividing the oats into two bowls, I added the following toppings:

sliced avocado

black beans


a few Guiltless Gourmet tortilla chips, crumbled overtop

Greg and I both really enjoyed this meal. It was one of those dinners that just kept getting better with eat bite! I can think of a ton of variations of this dish and will be trying those out in the future. Thanks, Amanda for introducing me to this recipe- and Angela for creating it!


The fairly also arrived yesterday with an early Christmas gift for me:

Yay! I can’t wait to read it. Just the image and caption on the back cover had me cracking up! I’ve seen this book on many blog wishlists, so if you’ve read it- you’ll have to let me know what you think!

And completely random, but keeping in spirit of the holidays, these were are a few of my seasonal finds last week:

I’m a sucker for any holiday flavor of chocolate, but, I never ever buy milk chocolate. I just don’t really like it- dark all the way for me!! But, I could not resist. It’s pretty good- very gingerbread. It would taste a lot better though if it was dark.

I also spotted these on sale 4 for $5 at Wegmans, and couldn’t resist.

The eggnog is awesome. I cracked open the cinnamon and it’s okay…. haven’t tried the pumpkin yet.


Have you ever tried savory oats? If not, does the thought of them appeal to you?

22 Comments on “The other side of oats (Meatless Monday)”

  1. lizrunsdc1 says:

    I’ve never tried savory oats but have always wanted to. It seems like a pretty easy dinner to cook! I hope you post any other variations you try!

  2. I have had savory oats before, but not in a long time! I actually love them with a poached egg on top… yum!

    And I actually ordered the same book and it’s arriving TODAY!!! I’m so excited!

  3. Gil says:

    Who would have thought…I sometimes put parmesan and pepper on my steel cut oats (somehow, that still even sounds weird with rolled oats) but it has never occurred to me that there’s a whole world of savory possibilities.

  4. Oh my gosh…I haven’t had savory oats in forever. I really enjoyed them once and I love the idea of adding in mushrooms. It looks just like risotto!

    So glad you ordered the book. Let us know how you like it!

    • Lauren says:

      It tasted a lot like risotto- but much easier to make!
      I can’t wait to read the book, I’m hoping that i can make a dent in it on the train to New York tomorrow! (That is, if I can put my iPad down and resist the urge to just read blogs instead) 🙂

  5. Nope. I’ve never tried savory oats, but after seeing this post, I am definitely interested in doing so. My hubs says he dislikes oats too. They’re so bland yet versatile, how can anyone not like them?

  6. Whoa—I want those seltzer waters!!! WHere did you find that?!!

    Never had savory oats. And I gotta admit, I am a tad bit scared to try them…..heh.

  7. Kath says:

    Oooo your mushrooms sure do look good!

  8. Interesting. I have never thought to make oats savory style, but it makes sense. I’m definitely intrigued though…

  9. Lee says:

    Sometimes I’ll mix oats with laughing cow cheese and top it with a fried egg and a fake sausage patty and some hot sauce. I should make this more often!

  10. I have never even thought to make savory oats before. Thanks for a great suggestion.

  11. Thanks for the shout-out! Just a heads up – the link to my blog appears to be broken. It should be 🙂

    Eggnog seltzer?! I HAVE to find that.

  12. Michelle says:

    Ooo. . .I don’t know if I could do savory oats, but I think if they were prepared right I would give them a chance.

    I agree, dark chocolate all the way. I used to only eat milk chocolate but now it doesn’t even compare to dark now!

  13. I wish I could love dark chocolate like you do, I am milk or white chocolate all the way! I am not a huge oats fan but am trying to incorporate them back into my breakfast since they are so warm and its sooooo cold out right now. Never done the savory kind though!

  14. I really need to try savory oats! And I’m beginning to think I’m one of the only blogger who doesn’t love dark chocolate!

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