Oatmeal doesn’t always have to be sweet! This savory variation is packed with flavor, full of health-promoting foods, and is a perfect way to start your day.
I know, I know. Maybe I’m a little too obsessed with oatmeal…but you really need to trust me on this one.
Oatmeal seems to have been relegated to the realm of sweet, when in reality it has quite a neutral taste. There are fried rice recipes and rice pudding recipes, savory quinoa recipes and sweet porridge recipes. So why do we have to put oatmeal into this small, one-sided box?
Typically I’m not a very rebellious person, but I just cannot accept that.
I have seen other people make savory oatmeal in the past and was a little curious, but never curious enough to try it out myself. As you probably know, I am absolutely obsessed with oatmeal and eat it almost every day. I love with my fruity oatmeal parfaits, but one day I woke up and just…wasn’t feeling the sweet. So I figured I might as well take a walk on the wild side, and see what I could come up with.
And this creamy, hearty, and satisfying creation was born.
Honestly, I would even go so far as to argue that this savory oatmeal is even healthier that it’s normal counterpart, based on all the goodness inside it! Heck, you could probably even eat this for lunch. An added bonus: you probably already have everything you need to make this in your pantry.
- Turmeric has been all the rage recently, you so may already know that it is amazing for you. It’s packed full of anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and increases the antioxidant capacity of your body.
- Garlic not only wards away scary vampires, but also can reduce your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, and may even help prevent Dementia.
- Fresh Herbs pack are both very flavorful and highly nutritious. Dill has antibacterial properties and can soothe your stomach, while Basil has both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Have I convinced you to try this recipe out yet? I know I’ve convinced myself that I’m going to need to whip up another bowl of this deliciousness ASAP 😉 If you do happen to recreate this recipe, please tag me on Instagram using @frommybowl and #frommybowl so I can see your delicious meal…and congratulate you for challenging the strictly-sweet oatmeal paradigm.
A Few Final Notes:
- If you don’t have vegetable stock on hand, you can just as easily make this oatmeal with an unsweetened plant milk or water as well (though I would recommend a plant milk, as it will be more creamy).
- Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings! I happened to have carrots, red peppers, and dill on hand, but zucchini, basil, tomatoes, etc. would be delicious as well.
- Topping this bowl with a drizzle of tahini is not required, but strongly recommended. See below:
Savory Golden Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Vegan)
Oatmeal doesn't always have to be sweet! This savory variation is packed with flavor, full of health-promoting foods, and is a perfect way to start your day.
- 1 cup Oatmeal of choice (I prefer a 50-50 mix of rolled oats and quick oats)
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Carrot, grated
- 2 tbsp Roasted Red Peppers, diced
- 1 tbsp Vegan Cream Cheese (I use Kite Hill)
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric
- 1/2 tbsp Fresh Herbs such as Dill or Basil, plus more for garnish
- Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
- 2 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth (Low Sodium preferred)
Chop all of your vegetables and herbs. Then, add a small splash of Vegetable Broth to a medium sized pot and raise to medium heat.
Once the pot has heated, add in the minced Garlic and sautee for 2-3 minutes, until translucent.
Add in another splash of Vegetable Broth, the grated Carrot, and the herbs and spices. Let cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Stir in the Cream Cheese into the mixture until it is evenly incorporated.
Add in the Roasted Red Peppers, Oats, and Remaining Vegetable Stock. Increase the heat to high until the mixture starts to boil, then bring it back to medium heat and cook until your desired consistency is reached, stirring frequently.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and top with additional fresh herbs, vegetables, and/or a nut butter drizzle. Enjoy warm.
* If you do not have access to Vegan Cream Cheese, you may substitute it with 1 tablespoon of Tahini + 1/2 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
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