Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Broccoli Cheddar Oatmeal

Any Happy Herbivore fans out there? It's the only cookbook I've spent money on (why buy cookbooks when any recipe you could dream of is online already?), so I guess you could say I'm an avid supporter.

I had already tried a few recipes and was a proud Herbie, but then I tried the mac and cheese, and that sealed the deal. To be truthful, this isn't a dead-ringer for cow's milk cheddar, but I'm so obsessed with it and confidently claim that it's better. If you're a nutritional yeast fan, you'll likely love this cheesy sauce.

Considering I already loved the cheese sauce, I knew this oatmeal would be fantastic. And yeah, it was. Creamy, cheesy, and overflowing with giant, emerald florets.

Not vegan? You could make your own cheese sauce. Just don't ask me how. It's not really my forte. :)

So, any fellow Herbies? If so, what's your favorite recipe?

Broccoli Cheddar Oatmeal (Vegan cheese sauce adapted from Happy Herbivore)

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 serving broccoli florets
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 rounded tbsp yellow miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of paprika
  • pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  1. Steam broccoli and set aside.
  2. Mix milk (I used soy), nutritional yeast, miso paste, and spices until smooth and creamy in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Once the sauce is smooth, add oats, and continue to simmer.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, stir in broccoli and add salt and pepper. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (fresh herbs, vegan parmesan, more nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes, avocado, etc.).
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  1. Woah, I literally just bought a giant bag of broccoli this weekend and the thought passed my mind of whether there was an oatmeal recipe for it... Now I guess I have to make it! I have all the ingredients except for nutritional yeast. Any substitutes?

    1. Nope--nutritional yeast is a seriously unique ingredient!

  2. What is yellow miso paste? is it expensive? Possible substitute?

    1. It's kind of expensive, yes. It's made from soybeans and has a distinctively cheesy flavor. There are really no substitutes.

  3. hi there, could you post the brand name of the yellow miso you are using and/or a picture? I'm finding hard to find yellow miso. All I find is yellow colored white miso, but I'm not sure the flavor will be cheesy. Also, Have you tried this with other types of miso (and still taste cheesy rather than soysauce-like) ?

    1. You can find it at both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. This is the brand I used: http://eatliveruncom.c.presscdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/IMG_4118-560x372.jpg

      I've used red miso before, and it still tastes great. It's just the color that's off.


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