SAVORY BLACK BEAN & SPINACH OATS

 Happy Monday!  I’ve continued my exploration of breakfast creations, and I’ve found another one to throw into my weekly roster. Has anyone ever tried savory breakfast oats? Unlike the usual sweet breakfast oats that are topped with fruit and brown sugar, these oats are creamy like risotto and savory with a hint of garlic or more than a hint if you enjoy garlic as much as I do!. First I start by making oatmeal on the stove, with a combination of plant based milk and water. When the oats are at the right tenderness I toss in frozen spinach or fresh spinach. I like using frozen spinach because I think it adds a little extra creaminess to the dish. Then I add in black beans and stir around before adding in garlic powder and a delicious tablespoon of nutritional yeast. The nutritional yeast gives the bowl a slightly “cheesy” flavor. I’ve become rather addicted to all things made with nutritional yeast. I enjoy vegan mac and cheese made with nutritional yeast far better than normal mac and cheese. If you haven’t tried vegan mac and cheese, it’s a must! Plus nooch is an excellent source of vitamin B12, which is one of the vitamins that vegans lack in their diet. Which reminds me I need to be better at taking my vitamin B12 supplement!  On a side note, I just got back from Oahu this morning! Beautiful! While I was there, Justin and I were checking out some delicious restaurants around the island! I thought it would be fun to start sharing on my blog the places that we eat that are vegan or vegetarian friendly. So keep an eye out for that! : )     Enjoy your cozy bowl of vegan oats and have a beautiful week! xx  INGREDIENTS  ½ cup gluten-free oats  ½ cup almond milk or other plant based milk  ½ cup water  ½ cup frozen spinach or 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped  ½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained  1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast  ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (I like my oats garlicky, the more garlic the better..I would use ⅛ teaspoon as a baseline and go from there!)  salt and pepper  avocado  top with cilantro (optional)  INSTRUCTIONS  Place oats, plant based milk and water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring temperature down to a simmer.  When the oats are simmering, add in spinach, if using frozen spinach cover the saucepan to wilt the spinach quicker.  Stir in black beans, garlic powder and nutritional yeast. Stirring frequently until thick and creamy. Adding in more milk and extra salt and pepper if necessary.  Top with avocado, and cilantro. Enjoy!

Happy Monday!

I’ve continued my exploration of breakfast creations, and I’ve found another one to throw into my weekly roster. Has anyone ever tried savory breakfast oats? Unlike the usual sweet breakfast oats that are topped with fruit and brown sugar, these oats are creamy like risotto and savory with a hint of garlic or more than a hint if you enjoy garlic as much as I do!. First I start by making oatmeal on the stove, with a combination of plant based milk and water. When the oats are at the right tenderness I toss in frozen spinach or fresh spinach. I like using frozen spinach because I think it adds a little extra creaminess to the dish. Then I add in black beans and stir around before adding in garlic powder and a delicious tablespoon of nutritional yeast. The nutritional yeast gives the bowl a slightly “cheesy” flavor. I’ve become rather addicted to all things made with nutritional yeast. I enjoy vegan mac and cheese made with nutritional yeast far better than normal mac and cheese. If you haven’t tried vegan mac and cheese, it’s a must! Plus nooch is an excellent source of vitamin B12, which is one of the vitamins that vegans lack in their diet. Which reminds me I need to be better at taking my vitamin B12 supplement!

On a side note, I just got back from Oahu this morning! Beautiful! While I was there, Justin and I were checking out some delicious restaurants around the island! I thought it would be fun to start sharing on my blog the places that we eat that are vegan or vegetarian friendly. So keep an eye out for that! : )

 

Enjoy your cozy bowl of vegan oats and have a beautiful week! xx

INGREDIENTS

½ cup gluten-free oats

½ cup almond milk or other plant based milk

½ cup water

½ cup frozen spinach or 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

½ cup black beans, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast

¼ teaspoon garlic powder (I like my oats garlicky, the more garlic the better..I would use ⅛ teaspoon as a baseline and go from there!)

salt and pepper

avocado

top with cilantro (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Place oats, plant based milk and water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring temperature down to a simmer.

When the oats are simmering, add in spinach, if using frozen spinach cover the saucepan to wilt the spinach quicker.

Stir in black beans, garlic powder and nutritional yeast. Stirring frequently until thick and creamy. Adding in more milk and extra salt and pepper if necessary.

Top with avocado, and cilantro. Enjoy!