Once little one is in school and by the time I reach home, a good 10 minute walk from his school, I am hungry and this quick meal ( trust me on this , its actually quite easy) , turned out to be a healthy and filling little bowl for me to enjoy my " me time" ,before I start on prepping lunch. I love dried Shitake mushrooms, although fresh button mushrooms also go well in this.
I used Kelloggs Oats, which is a kind of quick cooking kind, which takes just 5 minutes to cook. The mushrooms need only 10 minutes to soak in hot water , sometimes I use fresh spinach if I have any or its usually thawed cube of frozen spinach.
Give it a go and let me know what you think.
Recipe : Savory Spinach And Shitake Mushroom Oatmeal inspired by Game Changing Savory Oatmeal recipe
1/3 cup Kellogs oats
3/4 cup water
2 cubes ( about 50g) of frozen spinach , thawed and water squeezed out or handful of baby spinach
1 clove garlic, chopped
4 -5 dried shitake mushrooms ( or fresh button mushrooms),
1 red chilli, sliced
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsp oil
Heat some water in your kettle and then pour it over the mushrooms ( place the mushrooms in a bowl) and let them soak for 10 minutes. Once the mushrooms plump up and soften , drain the water. Cut off the woody stems and slice into slices.
In a small sauce pan, add the oats and water with a pinch of salt and bring to boil and let it cook over a medium heat. you might need a little more water, maybe another 1/4 cup.
While the oats cook, prepare the mushrooms. In a small frying pan , heat the oil with the garlic. Dont let the garlic burn. Once the garlic starts to sizzle and release their aroma, add the mushrooms and saute' for a few minutes, and a tablespoon of water , cover and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then remove the lid, add the spinach , soy sauce , chillies and a little pepper. Have a taste add salt if needed.
Spoon the oats into a bowl, top with the mushroom mix and enjoy. Hope you like it!