Thursday, March 23, 2017

30 Days of Oatmeal: Vegan Red Bean

It's time for a savory oatmeal recipe! This one is reminiscent of vegan red beans and rice. (Shameless plug: I'm a big fan of the Budget Bytes recipe blog. Beth Moncel's recipes are savory, scrumptious, and low cost.)

Anyway, back to the oats. In this recipe, I incorporated the creaminess of oats with the traditional spices of red beans. (I used pinto beans in lieu of red beans, however, as that is all we had in the house.) I added salsa to emulate the onion and peppers usually added to red beans.

Try this recipe and tell me what you think!


1/2 c quick cooking oats
1 c water
1/4 t garlic
1/4 t thyme
1/4 t oregano
1/4 t smoked paprika
Dash cayenne
1/2 c pinto beans (or red beans if you have them)
2 T medium salsa


1. In a small saucepan, bring oats and water in a boil. Lower to a simmer.
2. When oats reach desired consistency, stir in the spices. Then add the salsa.
3. Fold in the beans and allow them to warm.
4. Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl and enjoy!

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