This recipe is what you need when you want to eat oatmeal for dinner but want to make it more substantial.
With a savory oatmeal base, topped with roasted vegetables, a fried egg, and bacon, this one-bowl meal is the perfect recipe for dinner.
Can Oatmeal Be Eaten for Dinner?
Oatmeal can be enjoyed at any time of the day, even at dinner! Oatmeal makes a great swap for rice and other grains when you want to build a substantial bowl of food that tastes great and is nutritious.
Unlike oatmeal for breakfast, oatmeal for dinner can be made savory and paired with proteins, roasted vegetables, sauces, and cheese.
There’s no wrong way of eating oatmeal for dinner and with this recipe, you’ll see that a change from sweet oats to savory is just the thing you need.
Related: How to Roast Vegetables
Dinner Oatmeal Ingredients
Most people prefer dinner oatmeal to be paired with savory ingredients. For this recipe you’ll need:
- Butternut squash: filling, nutritious, and easy to find fresh or frozen is the perfect veggie to roast
- Brussels sprouts: when roasted, they caramelize and taste delicious
- Olive oil: to season the veggies in the oven
- Salt and pepper: for seasoning
- Butter: a little to cook the onions and add flavor to the dinner oats
- Onion: the base to a great savory dish
- Old Fashioned oats: the star of the recipe. You can use quick-cooking but make sure to adjust the cooking time
- Water: there’s so much flavor in the recipe that water is a great base for savory oats.
- Cheddar cheese: combined with the oats, it makes a delicious savory and cheesy base that’s risotto-like.
- Eggs: the protein of this dinner oatmeal.
- Bacon: use regular or turkey, cooked crispy for tidbits of flavor.
How to Make Oatmeal for Dinner
Making this savory dinner oatmeal recipe is easy, and the oven does most of the work. Here is an overview of the kitchen to-dos:
- Prep the oven
Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Season and cook the veggies
Season the veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl or toss them to coat directly on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast them for 20 to 22 minutes until they’re tender and golden brown.
- Make the Dinner Oatmeal base
While the veggies cook, make the oatmeal base on the stove.
- Fry up the eggs
Sunny side up or over easy, cook the eggs to your liking. Even scrambled work!
- Assemble the bowls
Build a base of oats in the bowl, and top with roasted vegetables, and the cooked egg.
Watch this quick recipe video to see dinner oatmeal made from start to finish!
Is Nighttime Oatmeal Healthy?
Oatmeal is a terrific food to enjoy at night, for dinner, because it will keep you full for a long time. For this reason, it’s often recommended to eat oatmeal at night in many weight loss plans, so you can curb nighttime cravings and meet your goals.
When you’re full, you’re less likely to snack before bed; and if you’re trying to lose weight, this is always a great thing!
More Oatmeal Dinner Recipes
Love that you can build a nutritious meal with oatmeal for dinner? Here are a couple of other oatmeal recipes to consider:
- Savory Oatmeal with Egg & Bacon
- Savory Oats with Summer Vegetables
- Crockpot Oatmeal with Apples & Cinnamon
Dinner Oatmeal with Roasted Veggies
- 16 ounce bag cubed butternut squash
- 8 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ cup onion, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 eggs
- 2 strips cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
- In a large bowl, combine the butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, chopped onion, olive oil, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper, toss to combine and transfer to the baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until the veggies are tender and golden brown.
- While the veggies roast, in a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the oats and cook for 30 seconds to toast. Add the water and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat to low and allow to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until the oats reach a thick consistency, adding more water in if necessary. Stir in shredded cheese, season with remaining salt and black pepper. Keep warm.
- In a large greased non-stick pan, cook eggs sunny-side up or over easy.
- Scoop oats into a bowl, top with veggies, an egg, and sprinkle with bacon crumbles.