Asian-Style Savory Dinner Oatmeal Recipe (Yes, Oatmeal)

Asian Style Savory Dinner Oatmeal

This may be the strangest oatmeal recipe you have ever seen–but it may also be the most delicious, and a great way to introduce your kids to some sophisticated cuisine!  The secret trick is sweet oatmeal. It’s also a very healthy and very quick meal. There’s also the option of using a fried egg on top for some added protein. There’s lots of tofu involved, too, and a lot of room to add your own variations. The following recipe is strictly for one, so multiply as needed to feed your family a surprising treat…  [photo via flickr]
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats (or regular oats)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
  • 2 ½ teaspoons soy sauce, plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ teaspoon Sriracha, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon scallions, plus 1 teaspoon for garnish
  • 1/3 cup shiitake mushrooms (or other mushrooms, optional)
  • 1 slice extra firm tofu marinated in soy sauce (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Bring 2 cups vegetable broth to a boil in a medium sized saucepan.  Then stir in oats and cook over medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring frequently.  When the oats are thick and creamy, cover the pot and remove it from the heat.
  2. Spray a small frying pan with cooking spray.  Sauté the shiitake mushrooms in this pan until soft.  This should take about 2-3 minutes. Also sauté the tofu until both sides are brown (if using).
  3. Add the soy sauce, salt, and Sriracha to the oatmeal and stir until it’s all well combined.
  4. Add the tablespoon of chopped scallions and stir until all mixed in.
  5. Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl and top with the sautéed shiitake mushrooms and tofu (if using).  Then drizzle the toasted sesame oil on top.  You can also top this with more soy sauce and Sriracha if desired.  Top this with the remainder of the chopped scallions.