De-Sweetened, De-Licious Oatmeal

Inspired by "Savory Oatmeal" on Blue Zones


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 carrot or small beet, peeled and shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup stemmed and chopped kale or chopped spinach
  • 1/4 cup salsa or marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Smoked paprika and/or crushed red pepper, optional
  • Salt and black pepper


1. Combine the oats and carrot in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the water. (Use more or less to achieve the consistency you prefer; 1½ cups yields a fairly thick oatmeal.)

2. Heat until simmering, then cook, stirring often, until everything is tender, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in the kale, salsa, and nutritional yeast.

4. Pour into a bowl and top with the avocado and pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and crushed red pepper, if using. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.

Variation: Swap in different flavors of salsas or pasta sauces to turn this into a whole new dish.

Serves 2.

De-Sweetened, De-Licious Oatmeal

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