Thursday, March 31, 2011

Savory Oats - Version 2.0

This morning I decided that it was time to share my revamped version of an old favorite. In this version, I stir nutritional yeast into my cooked oats (instead of shredded cheese which I still use on top) to give it a slightly cheesy, salty flavor. I know what you’re thinking… ‘Nutritional yeast sounds GROSS!’ or ‘I’m not eating yeast!’. I agree, the name is slightly off putting, but the flavor and health benefits are pretty darn good. For one rounded tablespoon, you get a boatload of B vitamins like B1 - thiamine (273%), B2 - riboflavin (240%), B3 - niacin (123%), B6 (190%) and B12 (50%). There’s also a wide range of minerals and 18 different amino acids. So what is nutritional yeast…? At the most basic level it is a yeast similar to brewer’s yeast that is grown on molasses and then fortified with some additional B vitamins. It is unsweetened and is naturally low in fat and sodium. If you like cheese, you will probably like nutritional yeast in your morning oats. …and who doesn’t like cheese?? My new and improved savory oats include my beloved chia seeds, garlic and a whole egg. If you’re in a hurry, feel free to use the quick cooking or instant oats. Top with hot sauce and get ready to enjoy the best ‘stick to your ribs’ breakfast you’ve had in a long time.

What You Need:

½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup milk, plus ½ cup water
1 egg
1 rounded Tbs nutritional yeast (or shredded cheese of your choice)
1 Tbs sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbs chia seeds (optional)
¼ tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
1/8 tsp salt and black pepper, plus a pinch for the egg (or to taste)

What To Do:

Combine oats, milk, water, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper and garlic powder in a small sauce pan over medium high heat until the mixture reaches a slow boil.

Once bubbling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until desired thickness, stirring occasionally. 

When the oats begin to bubble, begin heating a small skillet over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot, spray with non-stick cooking spray and carefully add the egg. Reduce heat to low and allow the white to cook slowly, while keeping the yolk runny. This will also take about 5-8 minutes. Season the egg with remaining pinch of salt and pepper. If you’re not a fan of runny yolks, flip and cook completely.

After your oats are done, combine the nutritional yeast, chia seeds and oat mixture in a small bowl.

Stir to combine.

Top your oats with the over easy egg and shredded cheese. Serve with hot sauce.

Serves 1

Bon App├ętit!


Cassie said...

I've seen chia seeds at the store but have never known what to do with them. Savory oatmeal sounds amazing!

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Cassie: You can also add chia seeds to your smoothies & protein shakes... You won't even know they're there.

Stephen said...

I am a daily oats fanatic but I am still on the sweet side with a touch of brown sugar and unsweetened vanilla almond milk atop steel cut oats. However this savory twist might be a nice change.

Pam said...

What a fantastic looking breakfast!

Mary said...

I'm all about oats!! Sounds great!

Great blog; happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I have just never been able to wrap my head around savory oats but these look so wonderful...I might just have to try it!

Natalia - a side of simple said...

Now THOSE are some savory oats!

Katie Mar said...

i need to buy some chia seeds!!
savory oats?? great idea!!!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Wow, this is the first time I have ever thought nutritional yeast and savory oats sound good!

In my lentil recipe I used green lentils and I really think any kind would work.

A Busy Nest said...

I never thought about making savory oats...might have to try it. Thanks for the idea.

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Meg: the 'nooch' is so yummy in these !

@ Mary: Me too! They're great for mornings when you really need your breakfast to 'stick'. This holds me over for 4-6 hours. Love those chia seeds!! (Even if they do look a little odd in there.)

@ Katie: It's really the only way I can eat oats. I love the savory protein break packed breakfast.

@ A Busy Nest: If you like a savory, dense breakfast... you will love this! said...

This is a great twist to standard oatmeal! said...

This is a great twist to standard oatmeal!

What's Cookin' with Mary? said... Thank you! I really enjoy a savory breakfast over sweet, so these oats fit the bill to a T.