Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fiesta Oats

Pesonally, I think this is delicious, but my husband thinks its gross and a complete disgrace to oatmeal.

I love it. I think its fun, its colorful, its got veggies and whole grains. How could you go wrong. Well, decide for yourself, but I present you with one of my most favorite meals, that I probably have at least 3 times a week:

Fiesta Oats!
The consistently ugly pictures are what has kept me from posting about this...bear with me.

The ingredients are as simple as you'd think:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups frozen broccoli
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup salsa
1/3 cup frozen corn.

Its the method though, that makes it perfect:
First, cook the broccoli (I just use the "frozen veg" option on my microwave)
Add the oatmeal, salsa, and water, stir until combined.
Cook at 50% power for 5 minutes.
(You should cover with a paper towel or something, it splatters)
Remove, stir in corn, cook an additional 30 seconds on 100% power.

Then, enjoy!
Keep in mind that it just finished being in the microwave for well over 5 minutes. That sucker is HOT. Sometimes I use oven mitts, but since I never eat in close proximity to my microwave, I always put the bowl onto a hot plate for transport

Today, I am eating in front of my computer, love Mac's Photo Booth.

I highly suggest you try it, the salsa makes the oats even more creamy, plus it gives them a little bit of a kick. Some pep. Something totally yummy and awesome. Oh, plus it is versatile; I've usually have it for breakfast but it is now also my default for lunch or dinner. I have added some black beans for a more substantial meal, Trader Joe's soy nuggets or tofu scramble for an extra boost of protein, and yesterday when I was out of frozen broccoli, I used frozen peppers and onions instead (for something I like to call, Fajita Oats). Any of those things get added in with the corn.

So there you have it. Weird but amazing and satisfying. Yummy way to start the day!


  1. Ok- yep that is weird. We eat raw oats every day! Some people would think that is weird.

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who throws together crazy combinations! Obviously I didn't really think I was the only one, but you know...
    I LOVE your fiesta oats idea, I really do. I have heard of savory oats, with eggs and red hot, but I had never thought about adding veggies to my oats! I'm gonna try it...you just wait!

  3. No offense.... that is weird! ;-) But I still love you!

  4. I have the same thing every now and again, the onlu difference is that i will add im some black/kidney beans (whatever is in the pantry) and then a little chopped avocado for the 'cherry' on top. The avo keeps it creamy along with the salsa.

    Im so glad we can share the love of, what i like to call... Chip-oat-le. awesome much?

  5. Ha ha Gina, I don't think your Fiesta or fajita oats for that matter sound weird at all. Next time I get some salsa, I am so making these. It's just like subbing one grain for another in your Mexican dish. People would think it's perfectly normal if you ate that with rice. I think you're brilliant.
    P.S. Took a yoga class in the studio behind Ben Fold's old house. Apparently, he got a divorce and moved a few streets over, but his ex-wife still lives there and let's yoga teachers use the space. Cool house. Thought of you. :)

  6. Not my style, though, I might like it with Bulgar wheat or Quinoa instead. When it comes to oatmeal, I want it sweet, sweet, sweet.

  7. weird, but i'd eat it! i like putting earth balance, nooch, and homemade seitan sausages in my oats sometimes!

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  9. OK.... I must admit when I first saw it I didn't think it sounded so great but after reading more it actually sounds GOOD!! I love the idea of the spicy salsa in it. Oh and black beans.... you're right.... it sounds like a great quick dinner idea!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!

  10. That's interesting....and your brother thought I was weird when I mentioned that I added leftover barley or brown rice to my oatmeal.

  11. I have my first "savory" oats not too long ago and I was very pleasantly surprised! I must admit at first it sounded nasty but I ended up loving them!!

  12. ive never seen savory oatmeal dish! but it sounds healthy!

  13. hahaha...I enjoyed this...can't wait to see what's in store next!

  14. I love savory oats too! I can't wait to try your Mexican version.

  15. Oh I would never think to make oatmeal this way, but I will now!

  16. fiesta oats - that sounds so fun and festive! maybe ill give it a go :)