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Oatmeal: It's Not Just for Breakfast

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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.

Today: How to change up your oatmeal game. 

Oatmeal from FOod52

I think that you should put cheese on your oatmeal, and then eat it for lunch. Salt and pepper, too. Maybe some hot sauce.

Yes, this sounds crazy. Yes, this sounds revolutionary. Yes, this sounds like something that people will give you weird looks for, like if you brought pungent Indian food into your cubicle, or a drippy, messy burrito.

But you should do it anyway, because it is not nearly as weird or boundary-pushing as it seems. Risotto, polenta, and grits all get the savory treatment; why should oats always be syruped and dried-cranberried? Why not put more salt, more cheese, and more spice onto that steaming bowl of front of you -- one that reheated beautifully in the microwave, mind you -- and feel daring, original?

All the more reason to have that pastry for breakfast.

What breakfast foods do you like to eat for lunch? Let us know in the comments!

Tags: oatmeal, not sad desk lunch, oats, lunch

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about 1 year ago Knightcraft

A dash of salt and a pat of butter is how I always eat my oatmeal. THIS idea of cheese and hot sauce is so freakin awesome that I'm at a loss for words right now. I feel tears coming to my eyes. Give me a minute please....

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over 1 year ago Redski23

Bartevelle, a little cafe in Berkeley has a range of savory porridges done with sesame oil, fantastic

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over 1 year ago deanna

even if you eat it for breakfast you can zap it up. I like cinnamon, cayenne and pepper on mine...with honey of course!

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over 1 year ago Kanitta Laothai

oatmeal lam showder~~ wohoooooooo..i luv it!!!

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over 1 year ago Kanitta Laothai

*clam showder

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over 1 year ago flowercityfoodie

I made something similar to this on my blog. I called it "risoatmeal."

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over 1 year ago gingerlove

I like my porridge with dried dill and parsley, some pepitas and sunflower seeds, and tbs of strong in flavor unrefined oil (like sunflower or corn).

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over 1 year ago mikaela

Oh so good, savory brunch oatmeal with cracked pepper, garlic, some shaved parmesan & a healthy drizzle of quality olive oil.

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over 1 year ago Sarah B

I've done some crazy things with my oatmeal - added a fried egg, mixed in spinach and egg whites, I even added some hot sauce on some really poor college days. I prefer savory to sweet oatmeal any day!

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over 1 year ago Natalie

savory waffles! mix some herbs into the batter and top with whatever you please!

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over 1 year ago apayne17

I learned from my mom that my favorite way to eat cream of wheat is with (good!) butter, a wee bit of salt, and some parmesan on top. One of my most favorite savory ways to start my day.

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over 1 year ago monica_m

I'm a huge fan of steel cut oatmeal with caramelized onions and a dollop of ricotta. A tiny sprinkle of red chili flakes for a little heat is nice too.

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over 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

Caramelized onions! Great idea.

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over 1 year ago jbban

I usually add miso and tahini to my morning porridge.

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over 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

YUM.

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over 1 year ago Colleen

My partner eats oatmeal with garlic and soy sauce and olive oil all the time.

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over 1 year ago claire miller

My mom made it with butter, salt & pepper, and brewer's yeast. Everyone's thought I'm crazy my whole life for eating it this way.

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over 1 year ago AAFoodie

Great ideas here! Making all kinds of lunch plans now. I eat eggs for dinner all the time in all different ways but this is different and oatmeal is such a nice, portable lunch.

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over 1 year ago whatshername

Crumbled bacon, cheese and an egg over easy!

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over 1 year ago Shuchi

I can't agree more! I cook savory oatmeal all the time, this being my all-time favorite!
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over 1 year ago AAFoodie

Love this idea, thanks!

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over 1 year ago Shuchi

@AAFoodie - you're most welcome! You can try it with any kind of curry really, even those lingering Indian takeout leftovers :)

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over 1 year ago Andrew

My wife and I eat a pumpkin version of savory pumpkin:
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 cup water (a little less for more dense oatmeal)
1/4 teaspoon sage
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
grated parmesan
Mix all but the pumpkin and parmesan for about 2.5 minutes in the microwave. When it's to a consistency you like, mix in the pumpkin and parmesan.

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over 1 year ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

Great question. One thought... ground oatmeal can work in lieu of bread crumbs but it helps to process them first in a blender or coffee grinder to get a smaller crumb like a bread crumb.
I can imagine using it, cooked (microwave fine) and pureed with a stick-blender, to thicken a sauce that has a lot of acid and needs a little thickening and sweetness.

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over 1 year ago Toneweaver

Steel cut oats with:
1) natural peanut butter and hot sauce
2) olive oil, mediterranean seasoning and a hard-cooked egg