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Savory Oatmeal

By Melissa Denchak, associate editor

November 15th, 2010

Oatmeal is my repentance food. Eating it for dinner makes me feel better about eating left-over pumpkin cake for lunch. I mix in a bit of salt, top with a good splash of milk, and revel in how virtuous an eater I am--until I reach for brownies come dessert.

I prefer savory oatmeal to sweet and thus thought my mix-in options were close to nil--no honey, molasses, or cinnamon-sugar for me! And apart from some guy in line ahead of me at Chase bank once who told me he prefers melted butter in his oatmeal, I had no inkling that anyone else was embracing sweet-free oats, too.

Well, that is until I spotted a recipe on Healthy Green Kitchen for oatmeal adorned with pine nuts and feta. That's right, feta. And black pepper, too. It sounds delicious, even with the sweet addition of figs. I'm so taken with this dish I'm now looking for all sorts of ways to jazz up my oatmeal. I see a lot more lunchtime pumpkin cake in my future...

If you have any great savory oatmeal ideas, please share!

posted in: Blogs, Oatmeal
Comments (5)

ebarbour writes: I like to add grated cheddar to savory oats and top the bowl with two over-easy fried eggs. Then, I sprinkle some thinly sliced scallions or chives over the top. Such (virtuous) comfort food. Especially after a 3:30 tasting full of Christmas cookies. Posted: 2:40 pm on November 17th

NicoleCelli writes: I never even thought to use oatmeal as a side dish for dinner, what a great idea! Posted: 11:58 am on November 17th

MelissaDenchak writes: Thanks! I think coming at my oatmeal as if it was regular rice/risotto will definitely help me generate some delicious ideas. I love the sauteed mushroom, soy sauce, and scallion suggestion! Posted: 12:56 pm on November 16th

ThatCompostGuy writes: If you use whole oat groats or steel cut like John McCann's Irish Oats instead of rolled, it works nicely as a substitute for rice in any dish. Then, you have all kinds of savory options! They steam well in a rice steamer. Or you can cook them on a stove top. Posted: 10:22 am on November 16th

LisaWaddle writes: Savory oatmeal definitely works when you think of it like pilaf or risotto. I've done soy sauce and scallions, but I think sauteed mushrooms would be delish as well. Posted: 4:57 pm on November 15th

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