I have oats for breakfast most mornings, as summer is approaching theres a lot of delicious fruit coming into season which makes porridge even more enjoyable. However there are some mornings when I don’t feel like a sweet breakfast or my usual go to sourdough bread, so I thought I would try a savoury oatmeal.

Some friends came over to cook an amazing Mexican feast and had left a huge container of black bean paste, so I thought I would use that to add some more protein, nutrients, fibre etc.

This Oatmeal recipe can serve as a breakfast of champions or as a lunch, I even had it for dinner the other day! It felt weird at first as I associate oats with porridge and breakfast time.. but really oats are a starchy carbohydrate just like rice so can be used instead.

From there I added some onions, garlic and a load of spices then topped it with my some chipotle sour cream I had leftover… the result was amazing, I was not expecting it to be so delicious.. since then I have been having it for breakfast most mornings, its to good not to share with you guys 🙂 so lets get to the recipe.

Mexican Oatmeal recipe

Serves 2

80g / 1/2 cup – cut oats
450ml / 2 cups – water
100g / 4 tbsp – black-bean puree or 100g of whole black-beans
1 onion – diced
2 cloves garlic
1 small zucchini – roughly chopped
1/2 tsp – smoked paprika
1/2 tsp – ground cumin
1/2 – ground cinnamon
1 tsp – dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp olive oil
half a juice of lemon or lime
pepper

1. Heat a pan with the olive oil, add the onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Then add the zucchini and cook for another 2 minutes.

2. Add the spices and tomato paste, then cook for 1 minute. Add the water and black-bean puree and cook until the water has been absorbed and the porridge is a nice consistency, add a big squeeze of lime and some chopped coriander on top.

3. Top with pico de gallo, your favourite chilli sauce and some toasted almonds or peanuts… even without toppings this recipe is extremely tasty but the chilli sauce puts the icing on the cake!

Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Mike