I typically make my oatmeal sweet, but savory oats tastes amazing for lunch or even dinner!  This delicious bowl of Savory Cheese and Bean Oatmeal served as a perfect one-dish lunch for a busy Monday.

 

Savory Cheese and Bean Oatmeal contains roasted dark red kidney beans, carrots, broccoli, and cheddar cheese.  And, of course, OATS!

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The secret to savory oatmeal is CHEESE, whether it be cottage cheese or regular shredded cheese.  Cheese rules!

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Savory Cheese and Bean Oatmeal

 

Ingredients (1 serving)

 

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canned dark red kidney beans, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup broc, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 carrot, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese, plus extra for topping
  • EVOO
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

 

Directions:

 

  • Mix kidney beans, carrots, and broc in EVOO and roast for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • When kidney beans and veggies are done, put the oatmeal, water, and salt and pepper into a pot and cook on the stovetop on Medium High until the water evaporates.
  • Add kidney beans and veggies to cooked oatmeal.
  • Stir in cheese.
  • Pour into a pretty dish and top with more cheese.
  • Enjoy!

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I had my oatmeal with some cherries:

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What’s your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal — SWEET or SAVORY?

{ 50 comments }

 

  • Anna June 15, 2009, 9:49 am

    I don't think I've ever had savory oatmeal, but this makes me want to try it!

  • itsawrapteacher June 15, 2009, 9:52 am

    I am a sweet girl all the way. This morning though I was contemplating adding some leftover black beans from yesterday to my oats. Maybe I should give it a try after all.

  • runnerskitchen June 15, 2009, 9:53 am

    I've seen savory oatmeal prepared with eggs, veggie sausage, and hot sauce. I really want to try that… So far I've only ever had sweet oatmeal. I'm glad your eye held up for the 60K bike ride!!

  • Coco June 15, 2009, 9:53 am

    That savory bowl of oats sounds awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rachel June 15, 2009, 9:53 am

    I'm a wee bit scared of savory oats! I think it's because I ALWAYS have sweet, I just think the oats themselves must be sweet, even though I know better. Someday I'll be adventurous.

  • Sara June 15, 2009, 9:54 am

    I'm definately a sweet oatmeal girl, but I must say…your savory oats look delish! I might have to try them. šŸ™‚

  • Victoria June 15, 2009, 9:54 am

    Ooo. Looks likea delicious oatmeal risotto to me!

  • Moran June 15, 2009, 9:55 am

    I love sweet buy have tried savory a couple of times and it was great! Try adding spinach puree and some grated cheese, topped with pepper and salt! YUM!

  • inmytummy June 15, 2009, 9:56 am

    Sometimes I put a piece of laughing cow cheese in plain oats. It's pretty tasty.

  • Danielle June 15, 2009, 10:09 am

    I've got to be hangry for savory in the morning… I'll save this recipe for that day šŸ™‚

  • tfh June 15, 2009, 10:14 am

    Sweet…although the cheese aspect could definitely make me consider converting. šŸ™‚ Awesome job on your ride this weekend– I loved reading the recap!

  • Erica June 15, 2009, 10:17 am

    WOW- this looks so yummy! I have never had savory oats before but I have been wanting to try the Green Dog Wine buffalo oats! Yours look awesome too. I am going to put this in our dinner plan in the next couple weeks!

  • Matt June 15, 2009, 10:21 am

    Sweet all the way!

  • MarathonVal June 15, 2009, 10:27 am

    That breakfast looks yummy – I've never tried savory oatmeal before but I have thrown the same stuff in (CHEESE of course, veggies, etc.) into quinoa which is an awesome base for a sweet or savory breakfast!

  • Brandi June 15, 2009, 10:28 am

    mm…my favorite way is sweet, but I do like my oats with some runny eggs on top!

  • Holly Noelle June 15, 2009, 10:29 am

    Ingenious! I so wish I could have some! But I'm nursing and oats make me sooooo over productive. TMI?

  • Susan June 15, 2009, 10:30 am

    I've been meaning to try savory oats forever, but when I go to make them I just automatically go for sweet. I gotta try this out!!

  • Oh She Glows June 15, 2009, 10:31 am

    Wow awesome looking savoury oats…you are creative girlfriend!!

    PS- What are your best tips for stretching the next day. I am STIFF!

  • recipesforcreativity June 15, 2009, 10:33 am

    Hmmm…I'm not sure about this savory oats idea. I do remember at some point a couple of years ago I made my oats savory a couple of times, but for the life of me I can't figure out what I put in them. I'm going to have to say I'm a sweet oats person, but your meal does look like it'd be pretty good.

  • Ada June 15, 2009, 10:37 am

    I'm a sweet oatmeal kinda girl, but you might just convert me after seeing that bowl of deliciousness!

  • healthyfitmama June 15, 2009, 10:39 am

    I definitely like mine sweet, whether I have oats for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • Marissa June 15, 2009, 10:44 am

    Yum! I seriously debated adding green beans to my oatmeal last week

  • mayapamela525 June 15, 2009, 10:46 am

    What a great idea! I'll definitely try this soon!

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  • sloank June 15, 2009, 10:47 am

    That looks amazinggggg! I am drooling right now! Must try savory oats!

  • Bec June 15, 2009, 10:54 am

    I am a sweet oats girl for sure!

  • seesaraheat June 15, 2009, 11:06 am

    I definitely like mine sweet but honestly, I haven't really tried it savory so I'd have to give it a fair shot šŸ™‚

  • havefaith4ever June 15, 2009, 11:21 am

    I've never tried savory. I LOVE sweet though. Yum!
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  • Island Girl Eats June 15, 2009, 11:27 am

    I must have tunnel vision! I would never think to have savoury oats. I was kinda shocked when I saw that was what you had! I think that I would prefer sweet though. Sorry, I am boring!

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) June 15, 2009, 12:16 pm

    I've never had savory oatmeal, but I loooove sweet. Mmmmm.

  • Niki June 15, 2009, 12:23 pm

    I've never had savory oats before. Looks good though!! I think I might feel kinda weird eating oats that aren't sweet!!

  • Priyanka loves food June 15, 2009, 12:48 pm

    In general, I am more of a savory person than sweet. I have never ever tried savory oatmeal, but you have got me all excited to try!!

  • Diana June 15, 2009, 1:28 pm

    I do like savory oats – I just never think to make them! I don't know why, just force of habit I guess. Looks like a great meal!

  • Nhuy June 15, 2009, 2:14 pm

    Very creative combo!

    I can't image eating non-sweet oatmeal:)

  • Lolita June 15, 2009, 2:17 pm

    Nice combo! I love savory oats. My go-to combo is PEAS, cheese (laughing cow, cheddar, whatevs), sometimes a sausage patty, and topped off with a sunny-side-up egg. The yolk makes everything sooo much better. Ohh and I season heavily with pepper, hot sauce, garlic powder, and of course, salt.

  • K from ksgoodeats June 15, 2009, 2:42 pm

    Mmmm cheese!! Everything is better with cheese šŸ™‚

    I'm not really an oat girl but maybe savory (with CHEESE) will convert me!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 15, 2009, 2:46 pm

    That is suck a cool idea! I'll have to try it some time.

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 15, 2009, 3:43 pm

    I would have never thought of doing this….great idea!

  • Lauryn June 15, 2009, 4:02 pm

    i love savory oats! i've tried oatmeal, egg whites and laughing cow — pretty "blah" looking and not nearly as exciting as your concotion, but tasty too! love all your creative ideas!

  • Emily June 15, 2009, 4:47 pm

    What an interesting concept! I don't think I've ever had savory oats!

  • jane June 15, 2009, 5:33 pm

    awesome idea, i've never tried savory oatmeal. but i don't eat cheese, so i don't know how i'd make it come together cause like you said the cheese is the key ingredient here.

  • Holly June 15, 2009, 5:34 pm

    That sounds delicious!

    I've never tried savory oatmeal, I am totally a sweet oatmeal kind of girl. I usually eat it with banana or strawberries and honey or brown sugar. Yum! But not I want to try savory oatmeal!

  • Julie June 15, 2009, 6:02 pm

    what a great combination. I would have never of thought to make savory oats like that! .. Plus its a great source of protein. Oats for breakfast, lunch, and dinnner!

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  • The Actors Diet June 15, 2009, 6:30 pm

    Sweet! But bean and cheese oatmeal looks really really good.

  • Christina June 15, 2009, 7:31 pm

    I've never even thought of making savory oats. Can't wait to try it! Would you put cottage cheese in while it's on the stove or afterward?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 16, 2009, 3:10 am

    christina – once all the water has cooked off and you've added the other ingredients, i would add the CC to the pot on the stovetop and let it sit on low for another minute or so just to reheat.

  • Becky June 16, 2009, 3:26 am

    I love it sweet, but have never had it savory. I mix egg whites in sometimes with it and fruit but that's it. Yours looks so good I'm going to have to try it!

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out June 16, 2009, 6:41 am

    I've never had savory oats… I'm really hesitant but it may be time to bite the bullet- since I love cheese!

  • heyitstay June 16, 2009, 10:40 am

    I definitely like my oatmeal more sweet than savory. I used to mix cottage cheese into my pumpkin oats, but haven't done that for a while. I'll need to try out this savory oatmeal version!

    I also read a recipe for savory pasta like oatmeal. Just add sauce & parmesan cheese to it! Interesting…

  • Lexie June 16, 2009, 6:13 pm

    I have only had sweet oatmeal, but that little concoction looks so good! I will have to try it out soon!

  • Erica June 21, 2009, 6:23 pm

    I'm making this for dinner tomorrow night and I can't wait!

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