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Enjoy your oats? Enjoy cheese (who doesn’t)? How about oatmeal WITH cheese? Here are 3 creative ways with this delicious combination.
Savoury Oatmeal (with Cheese or without) Is Awesome
In this post:
- Why Savoury Oats are AWESOME!
- The Best Way to Eat Oatmeal (Proper Preparation Is Important).
- Savoury Oatmeal with Cheese and Mushrooms Recipe.
- Mexican-inspired Spicy Oatmeal with Cheese Recipe.
- Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Oatmeal Recipe.
So, I’ve spoken about this a little before (such as in my 5 best oatmeal recipes for breakfast post).
A lot of people view oats as “plain” or “boring”, or maybe don’t like it plain but also get bored of adding fruit.
It’s not their fault. In a way, it’s like saying broccoli is boring when we have dishes like classic roasts, Mediterranean salads, Chinese fried rice, vegetable curries, and so many more that wouldn’t be the same without it.
You can be as creative as you want with oats! Really, just like bread and rice (when made / prepared traditionally), it is an amazing staple for any meal of the day.
If across Asia people eat rice for breakfast and dinner, the Italians their pasta, and the French their croissants, we are entitled to our oats! Okay, I am being a little silly, but oats are overlooked.
Much like their staple counterparts, oats are an excellent option for savoury dishes. That means any time of day, and an endless selection of ingredients.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed oatmeal with cheese, vegetables, tuna, sardines, potatoes, herbs, spices, salt, pepper, and more!
I’m not against the simple “fruit and nut”-style pairings on occasion, but there are just so many ways to get more nutrients and higher protein than a banana and some chia seeds.
The Best Way to Eat Oatmeal (Important)
If there’s one thing I want you take away from this article apart from the recipes, it’s this. Even if you change the recipes, learn how to prepare your oats properly.
Properly? Well, I mean how we used to prepare all grains.
Traditionally, our ancestors knew to harness the power of nature, and depended on it! All seeds (including grains) have been soaked, fermented, or sprouted for thousands of years across the globe.
This maximises nutrition and removes harmful compounds designed to protect the seed from digestion!
Also, fermentation – the method we’ll focus on – preserves foods. It’s another reason why fermenting has been a vital skill for our species’ success!
You’ll thank me later. Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Complex flavour
- Improved digestion
- Boosted gut health and immunity
- Increased nutrition (B-vitamins, minerals, protein)
- Fun (plus an awesome new skill)
Discover how you can easily benefit from the best way to eat oatmeal using our article ‘How to Ferment Oats’* by clicking the link* or button below!
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1. Savoury Oatmeal with Cheese and Mushrooms Recipe
This one is my favourite oatmeal with cheese recipe (hence number 1)!
I honestly look forward to making any sort of oatmeal, but they work so well with mushrooms that I had to experiment and try this when I wanted cheese, too!
It’s savoury and works perfectly for an easy, even hearty breakfast. For the best texture, make sure you chop the mushrooms into smaller pieces.
You can use any kind, but classic white button mushrooms never go wrong.
A Few Health Benefits – Mushrooms and Herbs:
This is a great recipe for the immune system (for those who tolerate dairy and grains).
Oatmeal is packed full of immunity-boosting minerals like zinc, magnesium, and selenium, as well as beta-glucans.
What’s even more impressive is that mushrooms contain yet another kind with other benefits.
Add to that the vitamin C and other antioxidants provided by plenty of herbs, garlic, mushrooms, and the tomato, and this recipe becomes a great way to help fight and prevent infection, inflammation, free radicals, and support a healthy metabolism, digestive system, and bodily functions.
By the way, mushrooms are literally one of the healthiest foods on the planet! The ancients knew it, we know it, and science proves it.
My favourite way to enjoy this recipe is like a classic breakfast: complimented with a hot, black coffee!
… But that’s only a recent thing. In fact, the past week has been the first time I’ve had coffee for over two years!
Not because coffee is “bad”, but it’s not always for everyone (more on that another time, but Chris Kresser offers a couple of reasons why, for example). However, as I now have less personal worry about the caffeine and antinutrients, I decided to reintroduce it into my diet and I feel fine.
Some people prefer not to, others don’t worry and don’t have to.
Anyway, enough about coffee! Let’s speak oats! There are two main ways to seriously boost this recipe.
What My Recommendation Comes down to:
- Any Simple, Classic Breakfast Beverage (green / black tea, coffee, etc.).
- Protein of Choice.
- Diced chicken breast
- Diced red meat or even pork
Definitely don’t be afraid to add in any protein you might if this were pasta, for example. I chose tuna, but you go for what you like, maybe a couple of eggs, etc.
This will provide all-important long-lasting energy and a balanced nutrient profile.
2. Mexican-inspired Spicy Oatmeal with Cheese Recipe
- Spicy Oatmeal
- Oatmeal with Cheese
- and Mexican food!
You may look at that and see a mismatched fusion of great ideas that come to create one of those not-so-great ideas after a few drinks…
BUT, that’s what this post is about! Oats are amazing. They’re versatile. And yes, they work just as well as other starchy staples (and often with more nutrition)!
If you don’t believe me, only you can try it for yourself. Fun and new ideas make healthy eating exciting, so what are you waiting for?
Here’s the next oatmeal with cheese recipe, turned into a spicy oatmeal recipe. The pro point: Mixing in delicious cheese balances the spice perfectly, so you can enjoy this for any meal (but we’ll call it breakfast)!
A Few Health Benefits – Chillies:
Understandably, this recipe will also have the same benefits of oatmeal as the first recipe (see above). But that’s not all.
In general, spice is a good sign when it comes to food! Chillies contain a beneficial compound called capsaicin. This is actually what gives them their flavour, and it has been shown to have potent medicinal effects:
- Aid weight loss (^)(*)
- Reduce inflammation (^)(*)
- Protect heart health (^)(*)
- Improve metabolism (*)
- And more (^)*
In fact, the link study above on inflammation compared the the anti-inflammatory properties of capsaicin to that of the NSAID diclofenac (often sold under the brand name Voltaren), but without any adverse effects.
Basically, don’t shy away from chillies!
If you still want all the health benefits and can’t handle spice very well, you could even use dairy milk or a slightly sweet tasting, unprocessed alternative milk like coconut milk (avoid those with additives).
Either way, I’d highly recommend anyone up their spice tolerance so they can include more in their diet – it’s worth it.
As I said above, there’s an option those who don’t tolerate spice well but still want to experience the health benefits of chillies and capsaicin!
You could replace the water with a healthy milk in the recipe, but that might not work if you’re going to add in extras like vegetables.
In that case, simply enjoy it with a glass of milk!
Other than that, it’s always great to combine spicy food with something slightly sweet, as the flavours naturally balance each other. In India, this is a well-known practice, where something slightly sweet (maybe something with dairy, coconut, or a small amount of jaggery) often follows a spicy meal!
Sticking to the Mexican theme, a traditional ‘Café con leche’ (coffee made with warm milk) can be the perfect way to accompany a nice, warm breakfast. Sprinkle over a small dash of cinammon and you’ll be in for a treat.
To get some more protein into the meal, a couple of 4-5 minute soft-boiled eggs complement the flavours wonderfully.
What My Recommendation Comes down to:
- Spicy Oatmeal with Mixed Veg of Choice.
- 2-3 Soft-Boiled Eggs.
- A Glass of Milk (Or a coffee made with warm milk ‘Café con Leche’).
Feel free to enjoy this as you like, experiment, and maybe have a siesta!
3. Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Oatmeal Recipe
Satisfying. Satiating. But not heavy and filling. That doesn’t just sound good, it is, and this recipe is perfect if your looking for a guilt-free, feel-good meal.
This is a recipe that nourishes the body and mind – especially with the serving suggestions below!
A Few Health Benefits – Cauliflower:
Again, this recipe will have the same benefits of oatmeal as any oatmeal recipe (see recipe one for more info).
The second main ingredient is cauliflower. This cruciferous vegetable is sometimes overlooked, so let’s learn about some of its most impressive health benefits.
Number one is nutrient density. Despite being very low in calories, cauliflowers are packed full of vitamins, antioxidants (like glucosinolates and isothiocyanates), and minerals!
They’re a particularly good source of vitamins B6, B9, C, and K1. These support natural and healthy growth, immunity, metabolism, and blood clotting, whilst also preventing chronic illness and degeneration.
Regarding minerals, cauliflower is a considerable source mostly of manganese and potassium.
Here are just a few more reasons to eat this veggie more:
- Cancer Prevention (^)(^)(^)
- Improved Digestion due to Fibre Content
- Weight Loss Potential (Fibre is filling, and cauliflower is low in calories)
- Brain Development and Protection (^) (Cauliflower is a good source of choline, which many people are deficient in)
Grilled chicken! “Seriously, chicken with oatmeal…?”.
Yep! It’s an excellent combo here because of how well this white meat goes with cauliflower (and pretty much any cheese)!
It’s not the only choice, though. Fish is a classic for cheesy dishes like this! Just take a look at the recipe image – that’s a delicious flaky pollock fillet right there.
Now I know chicken won’t make your oatmeal won’t look all that colourful and exciting… But, nor do cauliflower cheese, chicken soup, or oatmeal in general!
Usually, the more colour the better when you’re looking at nutrition, but this time we can skip that because we already know the foods are well-diversified.
Although, you can always season with some spices if it suits your fancy!
So what kind of chicken is best? Any chicken cut will work well with this recipe. To make the most of it, grill gently with a dash of olive oil and shred into pieces before stirring through.
As for a drink, this one’s down to you… I can’t think of any one hot or cold beverage to compliment this as a breakfast or other meal in particular.
However, if you’re one of the many who enjoy sipping on bone broth (it’s easy to make or buy, uniquely tasty, and seriously good for you), it’s perhaps the best choice I’d recommend!
The abundance of collagen-building proteins in bone broth will be boosted by the cauliflower’s vitamin C and vitamin B6! It’s savoury (umami-rich), makes you feel good, and is certainly a great way to relax.
What My Recommendation Comes down to:
- Cauliflower Cheese Oatmeal.
- Shredded Grilled Chicken (Chicken breast, leg, wings, etc. – they’re all good pairings with cauliflower).
- Steamed or Raw Cauliflower Leaves (Don’t throw them!).
- Beverage of Choice, but Bone Broth Is Best!
The Verdict on Oatmeal with Cheese Recipes
If you’re not convinced by now that oatmeal with cheese, and in fact any savoury oatmeal, is an amazing idea, I’m lost!
In this post we covered just 3 recipes, but they’re purposely quite different. Taking inspiration from different cuisines, incorporating distinct flavours, using bold and mild ingredients, there are countless possibilities.
I encourage you to try this, and don’t be afraid to enjoy your oatmeal like any other grain or starchy food!
Please rate your favourite recipe, comment below, and share with friends or family!
Oh, and if you like these healthy oatmeal recipes, why not look at 5 more of our best oatmeal recipes for breakfast (sweet, savoury, and fun)!
Until next time, stay healthy
Frequently Asked Questions:
Compared to most grains, oats are a great source of protein at around 6g protein per 50g raw oats (on average). However, oatmeal is best served with an extra protein source for a more balanced meal, higher energy, longer-lasting satisfaction, and for delicious recipes.
After seeing just how versatile oats are, it’s easy to enjoy oats for a healthy dinner, substituting recipes like pasta, noodles, rice, and other starches. They’re perfect for all sorts of savoury combinations, including with meat, fish, vegetables, herbs, spices, and beyond. So yes, oats can be great for dinner!