Oct 11

Strange But Good: Beefy Oatmeal with Blackberry Salsa

Where’s the Beef?


It’s a legit breakfast food.

This sounds strange… but it isn’t SO odd.  Many people have eaten savory oats.  Oats are just another carb.  We make lots of savory carb-y things.  Why not add beef?  And while we’re at it, eat it for breakfast!  This is what happens when you’re out of eggs.

Side note: This recipe could VERY easily be made vegan by using TVP in place of the beef.

Beefy Oats


The salsa is the most awesome, lazy recipe ever.  Mash up blackberries and stir in jarred salsa (extra hot).  Done.*

*That’s not totally true.  I added a drop of lemon stevia because my berries sucked and weren’t sweet at all.


So hear me out.  Yummy beef.  Chewy oats laced with rich flavors of cumin and smoky paprika.  A little sweet ‘n spicy to top it off.  That sounds more good than strange!


Warning: It will look like you slayed something when you stir it up to eat.


Beefy Oatmeal with Blackberry Salsa

Beefy Oatmeal with Blackberry Salsa

  • 1/2 oatmeal, cooked
  • 3 oz lean ground beef, cooked
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • 1/4 C blackberries (or other berries)
  • 2 T salsa


Cook oatmeal, stirring in precooked ground beef* and spices just before done.

Meanwhile, mash up berries in a small bowl and stir in salsa.

Pour oats into a bowl and top with salsa.  Be amazed.

*My beef was pre-cooked with a Mexican spice blend.  If yours is plain, you may want to add more spices on this recipe.


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


I’m posting a cookie recipe next week… my co-worker who isn’t a healthy food person said “these are actually good!”  I’m calling it a win. 

Have you had savory oats?  Do you like them?  Do you think I’m nuts?

What is your favorite oatmeal add-in?  Don’t say nut butter.  We all know that’s good. ;)



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I feel you are reading my mind. Because I know you take care of me, I clicked over anyway in spite of the title. Just when I think, um not for me, I read..this can easily be made vegan…

    I <3 you :-)

    1. Heather @ Better With Veggies

      I think savory spiced TVP would work great!

      1. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

        I’m pretty sure I’ve made this with TVP ‘sausage’ before. :)

        Once again, Laura…totally NOT weird. [Or maybe I'm just crazy?]

        1. Laura

          I love you veggie people. ;)

          Sarah… I’m banning you from judging SBG. I don’t think I could ever shock you.

  2. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    I’m totally intrigued by this. It actually reminds me of a Chinese congee rice dish that we sometimes have for breakfast. It’s all about the savory ingredients!

    1. Laura

      Interesting! I have to google the congee. Sounds good!

  3. Jody - Fit at 55

    Am I really the first?? Hubby is not home & not a gym morn tomorrow so I can be here.. I am not a beef person but guessing you can sub chicken.. always come up with the strangest stuff Laura – inside that head of yours scares me! ;)

    1. Laura

      It scares me too. ;)

  4. Jody - Fit at 55

    Dang – I type too slow! ;)

  5. Lisa

    Definitely a strange but good here! Actually, I’m not even sure if I could do this one…however, I like blackberries, beef not so much. Chicken may be a good switcheroo for me though. And blueberries instead of blackberries on that note.
    Otherwise I’d be in!
    Because now that I think about it blueberries stuffed in chicken is amazing!!

    1. Laura

      LOL! Awwwww… ;) I think chicken would be great. I actually eat oats with my flax baked chicken close to competition time. So, like now. ;)

  6. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    This is absolutely insane- Once again, our #strangebutgood offerings utilize the same theme- love it. #scarybutgood?

    Blackberries are the most uncommon berry here, so I will no doubt give that a go, although with the frozen kind ;)

    1. Laura

      Strange minds think alike! :)

  7. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    You KNOW I love all your creations … but this one … I just don’t think I could do it!!! Beef kind of makes me squirm already (I’m not sure why, as I do eat red meat occasionally) … and then add breakfast foods? And berries? And salsa? Your creativity is amazing!

    1. Laura

      Waiiiiit… didn’t you just say you want to make something and say you hate it? I dare you to make this. ;)

      1. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

        Oh no, the gauntlet has been thrown! OK, it took me a week or two to build up to the tomato brownie cakes, so maybe I can work towards this too … in due time – ha!

  8. Khushboo

    LOVE savory oats but rarely make them in the above form. I usually flatbread from oats & water- it’s a recipe I’ve been meaning to post forever but it’s SO good and a great alternative to bread! Love the idea of cooking oats with beef & salsa…the only thing I’d add is some avocado!

    1. Laura

      I was wishing for an avocado! The grocery store’s were all mushy.

  9. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Yup, that definitely is strange. Not sure if I can go there with the beef since I’m really not a fan anyway. But TVP – I’m there! Gotta try your tip about blackberries and salsa. Now that sounds really good!

  10. lindsay

    i actually thought.. wait, is she adding beef? For a person who craves meat (me me me), i love this! maybe lamb is next?

    1. Laura

      Mmmmm… I love lamb! With rosemary jam?

  11. Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    the minute you posted this recipe i knew i would have to make it :) guess what i am having for breakfast today? :) your cinnamon rolls will have to wait until tomorrow? ;)

    1. Laura

      I am sooooo glad you liked it! <3

  12. Kierston @candyfit

    Strange…but I’m sure it’s more than good!

  13. Miz

    right now sausage and cheese!

  14. Linz @ Itz Linz

    girl, i don’t know if i can get down with your beefy oatmeal! however, when my mom was competing in bodybuilding she actually would have steak and oatmeal most mornings!

    1. Laura

      People eat steak and eggs… and maybe with oats on the side. It’s really not THAT strange… is it? ;)

  15. Lee

    I don’t know if I could do beefy oatmeal (if I ate beef). Though I have made it savory before so I guess it’s the same thing.

  16. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    Strange…but it definitely works! I have another strange savoury oat recipe on my mind.Hopefully I have time next week to whip it up!

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… I can’t wait!

  17. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Savory oats – now that’s how I read this one. With a median twist, of course. :) And how are you making cookies right now? Your self control during the baking process is obviously much better than mine! ;)

    1. Laura

      Heather, Heather… it’s like you don’t know me! They were so healthy I bet you could find room for them in your diet too. ;)

  18. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I’ve never made savoury oats before, but your version totally intrigues me!

    1. Laura

      Really?! I feel like you would like savory oats a lot!

  19. CourtStar@ Star Systemz

    Throw together leftover breakfast sounds like my kind of breakfast! One time I made it a goal while the hubs was out of town to clear out the freezer and fridge and not go out and buy anything it was a crazy challenge and I should have blogged it but I did use my leftover beef mixed with oats for a type of beef patty meatloaf concoction that was ok but if I added some berries..might have been a different story! Lots of Love C P.S I hope to make it to a blogger conference one of these days when I am back in the USA so hopefully we meet then!

    1. Laura

      I hope you do!!! Come to Blend – it’s the best!

  20. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Well, since I don’t eat meat, this is one I probably won’t be making. HOWEVER, you did post enough of your TVP oats that I finally started doing that each morning. I love the added texture AND protein. Good call. Very good call ;-)

    1. Laura

      Did you see the note about the TVP sub here? I think it would be really good! Or maybe tempeh?

  21. Amanda Fraijo-Tobin (@FraijoManda)

    Fun! Meals where it looked like you murdered someone are a bonus!

  22. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    I love oatmeal, will sometimes eat beef for dinner but haven’t thought about combining the two. This for sure sounds strange.

  23. Hayley

    This is friggin genius!!!

  24. Hannah

    Next time give it the English breakfast treatment and use blood pudding instead of beef. Extra iron-y goodness.

    1. Laura

      I tired blood sausage once… I just can’t do it. *shudder*

  25. Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    I’ve had savoury oats and I love em, although I have to admit that my version didn’t involve any beef and was dinner rather than breakfast. As for favourite oat add-in — salt. Not only does it amp up the flavour, but it keeps my low blood pressure from making me too loopy.

    1. Laura

      I used to add salt… before I cut it out. My mom used to let us put a giant piece of slated butter on top to slowly melt into the oats and brown sugar. That was perfection.

  26. Purelytwins

    love cinnamon and cumin together, so this sound yummy

  27. She Rocks Fitness

    I have been craving savory oats lately. I like to make savory Mexican oats with a fried egg, black beans, salsa, avocado, cilantro, and whatever else Mexican I can throw in. Now I just need to make it…LOL!

    1. Laura

      Mexican oats have always been my go-to! Any excuse for a fried egg. ;)

  28. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I do think you’re nuts, although it is part of your charm.

    I’m sorry. I can’t handle the word Beefy. I do think adding salsa to some ground beef would make a pretty fantastic burger or meatball though. :)

    I don’t eat oats, at least not in the typical HLB fashion, so I can’t give you an add on. Instead, I bake mine and call it granola.

    1. Laura

      Yes. Crazy is the new black.

      You should make beefy granola. ;)

  29. Debra

    Steak and eggs? Throw a soft fried eggs on top.

    1. Laura

      From your lips to my macros…

  30. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Awww…wwwwww! I just realized I never got my post linked up! Boo!! :(

    I have to say you’ve taken the cake…er, oats? with this one girlie! I love me a bowl of savory oats (add a perfect sunny-side up egg and I’m in absolute Heaven!). I thought I’d done just about every combination out there, but I never thought to add beef! And for someone who’s eaten a peanut butter and bacon-topped burger for breakfast, you know I’ve totally got your #strangebutgood back on this one! Oh and by the way, I love the little thumbs up icon on the pic…#strangebutgood APPROVED! ;)

    1. Laura

      Awwww! I forgot to link you too!

      I feel so justified right now. Sarah said this wasn’t so strange! I’m going to harass her and use you as proof that it IS strange. And yes, I needed an egg on it. After this competition.

  31. calee

    beef + oatmeal = meatloaf, so not at all weird. I need to try eating some meat or something for bfast. Maybe 93 lean or some ground turkey … that’s a smart idea. I can digest and am not allergic to meat.

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