Hearty, Creole-spiced jambalaya is the perfect stew to serve up on Mardi Gras – and this flavorful version takes only 15 minutes to prepare – thanks to the secret ingredient: Oatmeal!
Now before the yuck-factor takes over, let me assure you, no one in my family could tell that they weren’t eating brown rice in this dish…
Oatmeal for dinner! Yup, savory oatmeal: I was totally intrigued by the idea in this recent St. Louis Post Dispatch article. I’m willing to try almost any new food – but I wasn’t sure I could get used to the idea of chicken with my oatmeal instead of blueberries. Around our house, oatmeal is standard breakfast fare.
But The Secret Savory Side of Oatmeal article got my creative juices going. Plus the dietitian mom in me is always interested in another whole grain family meal option – especially a quick one. Our go-to grain with dinner is generally brown rice, but it takes 45 minutes to cook. (Yes the ‘instant’ version is available, but it’s a bit pricier and still takes a good 10-15 minutes to cook.) Oatmeal cooks in only 1 minute for quick oats and 5 minutes for old fashioned oats.
Well, let me just say, after tasting this Creole spiced dish with thick slices of sausages, chicken, peppers and a rich tomato sauce, I’m a BIG savory oatmeal convert! Plus, because the oats are tossed in with the spices and sautéing vegetables, the bold flavors of New Orleans are infused throughout the dish from the whole grain base to veggies.
My kids (who have experienced fewer years of oatmeal for breakfast) had no trouble diving into a bowl…after I divulged the secret ingredient. Even my husband who was an extremely tentative savory oatmeal eater was blown away by the rich-tasting creaminess of the oats (my words, not his, but he did REALLY like it!)
Would you ever try savory oatmeal?