I had a plan for lunch today. I had all of yesterday’s pizza topping leftovers (tomatoes, olives, goat cheese – oh my!) that I was hoping could be mixed with some chickpeas and a good grain. Unfortunately I was out of quinoa, rice, and most other “salad” grains.
Plan B? Rolled oats.
Why not? I’ve made savory oats before, and have found they’re an excellent replacement grain when it comes to things like soup or risotto. Surely they could work here.
I made the oats per usual (1/2 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk, chia seeds, salt) and when they were just about done I added chopped cherry tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, and goat cheese.
The oats were served on a bed of arugula and topped with walnuts.
Not bad. Not an exact replica of a grain salad dish, but also not a bad alternative. The dish was creamy and very comforting, the way the goat cheese melted and blended with the oats was what really made it work.
Also, I love the peppery flavor of arugula on the bottom. I really need to buy this green more often.
What’s the most creative thing you’ve made with oats?