A while ago, I wrote a post about several different ways to prepare oats. Tonight, I was hungry, but didn't really feel like cooking an elaborate meal. I also had a bunch of veggies that I wanted to use, so I decided to make a savory oat recipe that combines veggies, whole grains, and a good helping of plant-based protein and healthy fats. Next time you're craving something filling yet quick, try this recipe. Oats are a great grain to use because they're rich in fiber and leave you feeling full for quite a while. They're also so easy to make and mild in flavor on their own, so think beyond breakfast when it comes to oats.
Ingredients (serves 1 hungry person, or 2 people):
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats (gluten-free oats are also an option, if you're following a gluten-free diet)
- ½ cup black beans (drained of excess water and salt)
- ¼ c. chopped onion
- 1 cup diced mushrooms, bell peppers, or whatever veggies you have available
- 1 cup spinach, or other leafy green
- guacamole (or avocado slices)
- red pepper hummus (optional), you can also use salsa if available
- non-stick spray or 1-2 tsp. olive oil
- Spray a pan with nonstick spray oil (or pour some olive oil on a pan), chop up veggies, and allow to cook on medium heat
- Measure oats and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the suggested amount of water listed on the box. Heat for about 3 minutes in the microwave (but watch the bowl, because sometimes oats like to overflow and then you'll be spending some time cleaning your microwave. Not fun!)
- When the veggies have lightly browned, add ½ cup black beans to heat them up (canned beans don't really need to be cooked) for a few minutes
- Remove the pan of veggies and beans from the stove
- Remove the oats from the microwave and combine the two
- Add hummus, guacamole, salsa, or whatever you think would complement this dish well. Get creative and enjoy!