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!


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


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)




  • 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!


I had my oatmeal with some cherries:


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



  • 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. 🙂

  • 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 🙂

  • tfh June 15, 2009, 10:14 am

    Sweet…although the cheese aspect could definitely make me consider converting. 🙂 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!


  • 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 🙂

  • havefaith4ever June 15, 2009, 11:21 am

    I've never tried savory. I LOVE sweet though. Yum!
    <3 jess

  • 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 🙂

    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!


  • 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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