Green Oatmeal

You probably think of oatmeal as a hot breakfast cereal topped with cinnamon, raisins, apples, or other fruit. Our twist on oats makes it a savory meal that can be eaten at other times of the day too. Try it — if you’re like us, it just might become your new favorite way to eat oatmeal! 

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Hands-on time: 10   |    Total time: 10   |    Makes: 2 Servings


Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Large heavy-bottomed pot
Measuring cups
Box grater (optional)
Measuring spoons
Wooden spoon or heatproof spatula
Pot holder 


2 1⁄2 cups water
2⁄3 cup 3-minute steel cut oats (available at grocery stores)
1⁄2 cup packed spinach or arugula leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. Put the pot on the stove, add the water, and turn the heat up to high. Bring the water to a boil. (You’ll know the water is boiling when you see bubbles breaking all over its surface.)
  2. Add the oats and cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and cheese, mix well, and serve right away. 


No 3-minute steel-cut oats? No problem. Use 1 cup rolled oats and 2 cups water, and follow the instructions above, cooking the oats until tender, about 5 minutes. Or use regular steel-cut oats, and follow the package directions.