Savory Oats with Asparagus and Peas

Start your morning on a nutritious note—or change up your lunch routine—with this veggie-ful savory oatmeal. The garnishes are optional, but you’ll want to use them all—especially a lemon wedge to squeeze over the top.

By Nancy Macklin, RDN,


  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 4 oz. fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh dill
  • ½ tsp. lemon zest
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: Snipped fresh chives; radish slices; lemon wedges; fresh dill; freshly ground black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan bring vegetable broth and plant milk to boiling. Stir in oats, asparagus, and peas. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in dill and lemon zest. Cover and let stand 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
  • Spoon oats into bowls. Top with desired garnishes.

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Camille H

I love savory oats for my morning oats! No turning back. And oat groats…oh, my! My favorite go-to grain. Easily subs for brown rice, but better.


Savory oats is my go to when I want something satisfying and fast. I usually cook up a batch of chewy whole groats in the Instant pot to use throughout the week, but steel cut and old fashioned oats are fine in a pinch. Right now I'm about to enjoy a bowl with spinach, grated zucchini, onion, and mushrooms, with a TBS each of flax, nutritional yeast, and some miso for added umami! Yum! I still get a lot of slack about my oatmeal that isn't sweet, nobody seems to get that oats are just another grain!


Not just for breakfast. Great for cheering up a cold and dreary day too!


This was good, plus very easy to make as a beginner. I would personally add something more flavorful to this recipe, but it was overall okay.


I haven't made it yet but it looks fantastic. Clearly needs more flavor so any no-salt seasoning blend or curry or dukkah will be a welcome addition. Or a nooch blend. I will report back!


Where can I locate nutrients i.e. sodium, protein for your recipes?


there's an app called cronometer. Enter ingredients, it will give you the nutrients for each and in total.

ian h.

YUM! I'm such a fan of savory oats—they're not just for breakfast!

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Nancy Macklin, RDN

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a Master of Science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Macklin worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals. Find her on LinkedIn.
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