Tempeh Savory Oats

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Ugh. I was hit by the third trimester train this morning.  Technically the third trimester doesn’t start until tomorrow (or in 8 days, depending on how you’re counting), but I definitely feel like I’m in it.  I kind of knew the third tri would suck because the first two were so ridiculously easy!  Hah. 


I had grand plans to wake up, swim 1,000 meters, and attend a meeting, but ended up canceling all my plans to roll around bed clutching my head (and alternatively, my stomach), and eating peanut butter.


Yes, we have a papier-mâché ram above our bed.  He watches over us as we sleep. <3  His name is Al.


Anyway – now I feel totally normal, which is a good thing because I’m so behind on work!


The other day, the Husband remarked that he was ‘so over’ oatmeal (blasphemy!).  I thought I’d try to bring him back to the oaty side with this savory recipe – he gave it two thumbs up.


Tempeh Savory Oats


Ingredients (for one serving):


  • 1/5 block tempeh, chopped into little squares
  • A little olive oil
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup packed spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup herbed goat cheese




  • In a wok or skillet, combine the tempeh and oil olive.   Cook on high until tempeh browns.  Set aside.
  • In a pot on the stovetop, combine oats, soy milk, water, and salt and pepper.  Put spinach on top.  Do not stir yet.  Turn heat to medium.
  • Let cook for 3 – 5 minutes, until liquid absorbs, then stir in spinach.
  • Add in goat cheese and stir thoroughly.
  • Scoop into bowl and top with tempeh.
  • Serve and enjoy!


I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again – if you’re sick of sweet oatmeal, try savory!  I know it seems weird, but it is really tasty.


Thought of the Day:





  • Faith @ For the Health of It March 13, 2012, 11:09 am

    Mmm, tempeh. I’ve tried to jump on the savory oats train but have never gotten totally on board…maybe the addition of tempeh bacon would do it for me. LOVE that stuff!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 13, 2012, 11:10 am

    Your oats almost look like scrambled eggs. Dinner worthy!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 13, 2012, 11:27 am

    I can’t seem to get enough of tempeh these days, and savoury oats sounds like a good way to use it. Your photos have me ready for lunch, but it’s still half an hour away! 🙁 Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Penny March 13, 2012, 11:31 am

    I’m a couple weeks into my second tri and have weekly, horrible migraines. Are you taking anything? Normally I’ll have a little coffee and that will help. Hope it gets better!

    • CaitlinHTP March 13, 2012, 4:58 pm

      No – but you should try acupuncture! I got really bad headaches in the second tri and it really helped.

  • Ashley March 13, 2012, 11:44 am

    I hope you feel better sweetie! 🙂

  • Helene @healthyfrenchie March 13, 2012, 11:44 am

    Gosh I hope today was the exception and you’ll have a great 3rd trimester!
    Only one shop in my small town sells tempeh, and it’s not very good 🙁 It’s disappointing, because I have loved tempeh since I was a kid
    Maybe U should try ordering online? Any ideas?

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 13, 2012, 11:59 am

    Oh no!! I’m glad your feeling better now! I hope the rest of the 3rd trimester treats you better!
    I need to get back to making savory oats–it makes for such an easy, tasty, and healthy dinner!

  • Jen G. March 13, 2012, 12:01 pm

    I’ve recently been on a savory oats kick — I’ve been using Oh She Glows cheezy oats recipe with yummy nutritional yeast and turmeric. Adding tempeh and spinach sounds like a great idea!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 13, 2012, 12:13 pm

    eeek! hope your feel better soon, lady 🙂 i have yet to try savory oats — i always put them on the meal plan, but come 8 a.m. i’m craving sweet! maybe for dinner some night soon.

  • Kaitlyn March 13, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Interesting oat concoction. I may have to try! Thanks for sharing.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 13, 2012, 1:14 pm

    LOVE that last quote of the day!! SOOO true.

    I need to make tempeh. And stat!

  • Amber K March 13, 2012, 2:21 pm

    I hope you’re feeling much better now Caitlin! That doesn’t sound like fun at all.

  • Rebecca March 13, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I love that note and your ram! I am glad you are feeling better! 🙂

  • Laura March 13, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Looks wonderful! But you said you made it for Christien–I thought he was Vegan…?

    • CaitlinHTP March 13, 2012, 4:57 pm

      Nope… he just avoids cow’s dairy.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 13, 2012, 5:11 pm

    I hope you don’t keep feeling bad and that was a one-time thing! And I LOVE savory oats! Almost as much as normal, sweet breakfast oats!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 13, 2012, 6:36 pm

    I can’t imagine ever being “over” oatmeal! But this recipe looks great – I’ve fallen in love with savoury oatmeal this year!

  • Jen March 14, 2012, 2:11 am

    Heehee…at first glance, it looked like you were feeding peanut butter to the ram (err…Al)! 🙂

  • Tamara August 8, 2012, 12:54 pm

    I was just looking for some savory oats recipes and so glad I came across this one via Google! I’m loving tempeh right now, too, so this is right up my alley. 🙂

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