Savory oatmeal exists, you guys! Just like savory yogurt. It’s actually been a “thing” for centuries but we’ve been fixated on sweetening our breakfast grains by whatever means possible. In other parts of the world, breakfast is last night’s leftovers served over grains. If you’re an eggs and bacon fan, you’ll probably enjoy these savory oatmeal variations anytime of day.
I first heard of savory oatmeal when I was listening to a Mark Bittman interview about his Vegan Before Six eating plan. He suggested making oatmeal with soy sauce and a fried egg and in his deep baritone he commented, “Don’t knock it until you try it.” Well, it took me awhile, but when I got the notification from The Recipe ReDux that we were going to wake up breakfast this month, I knew the time had finally come.
Oh my goodness…why did I wait so long? Why?
Don’t bother with the oats in the paper packets. Old fashioned or rolled oats are what we use and they’re simple to prepare on top of the stove. Start with a 2 : 1 ratio of liquid to oats plus a pinch of salt. Bring the liquid to a boil, add the oats and salt and it will be ready in about five minutes. Change the ratio to suit your personal taste. Add more water or milk for creamy oatmeal and less for oatmeal so thick you can stand your spoon up in it. My daughter still eats her oatmeal that way…I don’t know where she gets it from because the rest of us like it creamier. (Here’s a tip for you: if you take whole oats and whirl them briefly in the food processor you’ll have quick cooking oats that you can prepare by pouring boiling water over them).
Savory oatmeal will do more than wake up your breakfast. It will rock your world and open you up to the possibilities of revisiting this amazing gluten free grain. I know ancient grains are popular right now, but consider how the humble oat has been extensively researched as a means for reducing indicators of heart disease. For example the soluble fiber in oats has been shown to stabilize or reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Most important for postmenopausal women like me, eating a serving of oats and other whole grains at least 6 times a week can help slow the progression of cardiovascular disease. (Read more about oats here and here).
I made two savory oatmeals. Following the advice of my guru, Mark Bittman, I micro steamed some edamame and served them along with green onions, red chilies and tamari sauce for an Asian inspired vegan oatmeal. What a fabulous combination! Umami for breakfast! I’ve made it twice in the last week.
The other is a bacon oatmeal with sliced cherry tomatoes and caramelized onions. I made use of leftover bacon and had some caramelized onions already prepared. They, along with the tomatoes added a little sweetness. Thinly sliced lettuce would also be a great touch.
Don’t like either of those combinations? No worries! Think about things you like over rice or pasta and give them a try instead.
- 2 cups water or other liquid
- 1 cup rolled or old fashioned oats
- pinch salt
- 1 cup cooked edamame, shelled
- 2 - 3 green onions sliced on the diagonal
- 1 red chili per serving (optional)
- splash of tamari, soy or sriracha if you're so inspired
- 2 slices cooked bacon, diced
- handful of chopped cherry tomatoes
- handful of chopped onions (I used already prepared caramelized onions)
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Add the oats and salt all at once and stir.
- Reduce the heat and continue to cook the oats until they're as you like them. Experiment with the amount and type of liquid use to change the flavor and texture of the oatmeal.
- Top with your choice of savory ingredients. Mix and match.
I really had a hard time resisting the temptation to put a fried egg on top of the bacon oatmeal and have to admit an egg would be yummy over the Asian style oatmeal as well. Have you had a savory oatmeal? What would you put on yours?Wake up breakfast with a savory oatmeal! #flexitarian Click To Tweet
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