Friday, April 19, 2013

Savory Greek Oatmeal

I've said it once (or twice) and I'll say it again: I'll take my oats sweet, thank you. Still, I'm eager to keep experimenting with savory oatmeal, and I'm especially eager to bring you new, exciting recipes!

As much as I would love to say Greek food is my favorite, I have to admit that my definition of Greek food is embarassingly shallow. I love Greek salad, and basically any menu item that claims to be "Greek" due to the inclusion of black olives and feta. I even used to think falafel was Greek, but I've since learned better (ahem, it's Middle Eastern. whatever...).


I had plans to make a different (sweet) oatmeal yesterday, but I had some hummus I needed to use up, as well as a jar of black olives that I was eager to open. I was missing some of the "classic Greek ingredients," but I felt like I had enough to make it work. I listed optional ingredients so that you can choose which to include!
Savory Greek Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1/8 cup of diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened milk (preferably soy)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • handful of spinach, cut/ripped in strips
  • handful sliced kalamati olives (optional)
  • handful tomatoes, cherry or sun-dried (optional)
  • diced cucumber (optional, for topping)
  • crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  • salt and black pepper
Instructions
  1. Saute onion in a bit of oil until translucent.
  2. Add water and milk and bring to a boil. Add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add hummus, some freshly ground black pepper, and two heavy pinches of salt (less if you're using a salty vegetable broth). Stir.
  4. Add spinach. It will not need to "boil" or anything, so don't worry about not having enough liquid. The heat from the oatmeal will wilt it enough.
  5. Add olives, tomatoes, and/or feta as desired. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with more black pepper, optional cucumber, and any other toppings you'd prefer (I used sunflower seeds). Feta would also be logical.
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