"Savory" oatmeal makes for a hearty, nutritious, and delicious meal.
There are a lot of reasons to eat oatmeal. Because oats are a whole grain, they're filled with fiber, a whopping four grains for half a cup. This helps you feel full for hours, making oatmeal a great addition to a meal plan for anyone seeking to drop a few pounds.
But oatmeal can get boring if eaten the same way all the time, meaning with fruit, brown sugar, and the like. You know the drill.
That said, here's a way to enjoy a whole new spin on your oatmeal: Prepare it so that your bowl of oats is savory, rather than sweet. It's a revelation!
If that sounds a little weird, consider grits. Savory cheese grits to be specific. And, like grits, rice, and barley, oatmeal is just another grain. So have your way with it, or my way, whatever you prefer.
Start with a bowl of plain, oatmeal. Any brand will do. In fact, save a couple of bucks and purchase store-brand oats. Instant, too, is fine as long as it’s unsweetened. Then, add a good drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, some shredded cheese (any type), garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and finish it with a squirt of hot sauce or a spoon of giardiniera.
So good and so satisfying.
You can also top it with an over-easy egg. Like me, if you enjoy tickling your tastebuds with new flavors and textures, please give this bowl of ooey-gooey goodness a try.
And, let me know how you like it.
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Sherry McGuinn is a longtime Chicago-area writer and award-winning screenwriter. She is currently pitching her newest screenplay, “The Month We Fell Apart,” a drama with dark, comedic overtones inspired by a true story, as well as “DEAD TIRED,” a female-driven, erotic thriller.