I have never been a big fan of oatmeal. I’m not sure if it’s the texture; it just seems so bland to me. Plus, it takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to boil the water in the morning (my toddler is very impatient when it comes to food).
Yet, I continued to pull it out from time to time. Each time I was left disappointed.
So, my poor oatmeal collected dust on the shelf (except for the times I needed it to bake cookies)… until recently.
It may have been an article I read that raved about the benefits of oatmeal or the fact that I just grew plain ole’ sick of scrambled eggs, but I decided to give oatmeal another try.
Well, I still wasn’t thrilled with it. I ate it. I ate it, but it still felt too bland and blah to me. To my surprise, someone else did like it- W. He liked it so much he eventually abandoned his spoon and began shoveling handfuls into his mouth.
In order to encourage my toddler to continue eating this healthy food, I decided I needed to do something to make oatmeal more appealing. Then, it hit me. Why is fruit the only acceptable add-in to oatmeal? Why can’t I try something else, something more savory?
After just a few minutes of research, I discovered tons of savory oatmeal recipes out there. I guess I wasn’t crazy for thinking oatmeal could be a savory dish.
After playing around in the kitchen, I came up with a savory oatmeal recipe that your toddler and you will enjoy!
Savory Oatmeal Recipe
Oatmeal is so versatile. You really can play around with it. I threw in whatever I had on hand, but really you could add in whatever vegetables you prefer. If you want to make it a vegetarian dish, just leave out the sausage.
Since W loves oatmeal, I thought this would be the perfect way to sneak in a few more veggies!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 3/4 cup water
- about 8 oz. sausage *I used two sausage links
- 1/4 chopped onions
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped asparagus
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt, pepper, and dried thyme to taste
- Take sausage out of casing and sauté over medium heat until no longer pink. Remove sausage.
- Bring 1 3/4 cup of water to a boil.
- While waiting for water to boil, add olive oil to pan over medium-low heat. Add onions and sauté for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
- Add asparagus and sauté for about 5 minutes.
- When water is boiling, add oatmeal, bring heat down to medium while stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms to vegetables and continue to sauté for another 5 minutes until the oatmeal is finished.
- Once oatmeal is finished, stir in cheese.
- Combine oatmeal with sausage and vegetables. Season with a little salt, pepper and thyme.
Have you ever tried savory oatmeal? Let me know what you think of this recipe idea in the comment section below!