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a way to a man’s heart is through this Ethiopian-inspired veggie oats recipe

January 17, 2010 Healthy food concoctions, Other Leave a comment


I recently had a delicious side dish from an Ethiopian Vendor while visiting a local fresh food market. I can’t seem to remember the actual name of the dish, but it was a mixture of steel cut oats and cauliflower. The flavors, textures and overall taste was so comforting and yummy.

As usual, the mad scientist in me tried to recreate this dish :)

Not only did I recreate this recipe, I reinvented it! Instead of just cauliflower, I added more veggies, broth, beans and spices.. End result: AMAZING


  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped eggplant
  • 1/2 cup chopped cherry tomato
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas
  • salt n peppa
  • Italian seasoning or curry depending on your taste (I love curry!)


  • Bring your veggie broth to a boil
  • throw your oats in, lower heat and let it simmer for 5-10 min
  • In a wok, sautee your veggies and chickpeas for a few minutes until almost cooked
  • Don’t forget to season with your preferred choice of spices (italian or curry)
  • 10 minutes after oats are cooking, combine the veggies and mix in.
  • Let it simmer some more for another few minutes
  • If you need more broth, feel free to add more too depending on what consistency you like
    I’m not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy vegetarian dishes throughout my week. This dish provides a complete protein (chickpeas + grains = complete protein), complex carbs and plenty of nutritents!
    I hope you enjoy my crazy yet yummy concoction!

Oh! and if you happen to know what that Ethiopian dish is called, I would love to hear from you!

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