Oatmeal has long been a breakfast favorite for its sweet taste and satisfying nutritive qualities — in fact, just a half–cup of oats contains 13.2 grams of protein and 8.3 grams of fiber, reports the USDA. However, with a little culinary creativity, you can enjoy a savory oatmeal dish at any time of day, giving your body the fuel it needs to keep you energized for hours.
Cook up any of these seven savory oatmeals to indulge in a warm, satiating meal — whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
1. Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Pancetta
Women’s Health shares this oat-based recipe, which gains its unique flavor through corn, tomato, and piquant pancetta. The recipe was actually developed by Quaker Oats’ Chief Oatmeal Officer (yes, that’s a real position), Samantha Stephens, who owns a restaurant called OatMeals in New York City. Now this is a woman who knows her oatmeal! Stephens’s recipe yields 4 servings and takes 40 minutes to complete.
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
- 2 cups fresh corn or frozen, thawed
- ½ cup pancetta, diced (bacon, prosciutto, or ham can be substituted if desired)
- 2 small shallots, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Grated Pecorino cheese
Check out the full recipe directions at Woman’s Day.