Kale and Mushroom Ris-oat-o

savory oatmeal

Lately I’ve been eating oats – lots and lots of oats. Usually I’ll make a humongous batch of steel cut oatmeal in the rice cooker made with coconut milk, nuts and dried fruit so I can pop it in the micro for a quick, hot breakfast each morning. For this meal, I made something savory for us to enjoy for dinner. It is stick-to-your-ribs satisfying and packed with nutritious foods – oats! kale! mushrooms! And it’s kind of like risotto, without the rice, or the standing-over-the-stove-stirring-for-way-too-long.




Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil (2 Tbsp for onions/garlic, 2 Tbsp for kale/mushrooms)

1 medium sweet onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 sprigs fresh thyme

2 cups Old Fashioned Oats

4 cups vegetable broth

½ teaspoon coarse salt

10 ounces sliced baby bella mushrooms or any variety you like

4 cups packed curly kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite size pieces

1/4 cup shredded cheese optional (I used a shredded soy cheese)

Directions:

1. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add onions and two garlic cloves and sauté until onions are browned and translucent, about 7 minutes.

2. Add oats, 4 cups vegetable broth, and thyme sprigs to saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring often until the oats are cooked, about 7 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet. Sautee two garlic cloves until they begin to brown, about 30 seconds. Add fresh mushrooms and kale and sauté until mushrooms have softened and kale wilted, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

4. When oats are cooked, remove thyme and stir in mushrooms and kale. Add salt to taste. Serve hot. Garnish with fresh thyme and shredded cheese.

3 Comments

  1. Posted December 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    So glad to see a mushroom post. It’s like you live in my fridge! I have a few that need a good recipe and this looks perfect.

  2. Posted December 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Ooh! This looks interesting….even with the mushrooms. I might like shitake.

  3. Posted December 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    i need to get on the steel cut oat train again, it’s been too long! I recently made a risotto with farro, but I bet this would be another winner. With kale and mushrooms, too, yummmm 🙂

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