Have you ever heard of oat groats? No - no one has heard of oat groats. I hadn't either until we were given some and they kept staring at me from the pantry. Well - Martha Stewart has heard of them (of course). This is a spin on her recipe and it is topped with an Italian tofu. Amazing. Time to move oatmeal type dishes to dinner! The recipe below serves 4.
For the oat groats:
1 cup oat groats
1 cup oat groats
1 large onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
half head or bushel of kale
3-4 tablespoons EVOO
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1/3 shredded Parmesan cheese
For the tofu:
1 package tofu, drained/pressed well
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons EVOO
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
big squeeze of lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest from half a lemon
To prepare tofu, whisk all ingredients together (except tofu). Slice tofu and place in a shallow dish, cover with marinade for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 25 minutes. If you like a little more color or crisp on your tofu (we do), I crank up the heat to 400 degrees (after 25 minutes) and move to the tofu to the top rack. Give it about 5 or so minutes then remove.
While tofu bakes, prepare oat groats. In a Dutch oven, add 2 tablespoons EVOO and saute the chopped onion until translucent, add garlic and chopped carrot. Saute vegetables for about 5 more minutes, then add oat groats, toast lightly, add stock. Bring to a slight boil, then put a lid on the pot and lower the heat. Cook for about 25 minutes.
In the last few minutes of the oat groat cooking, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO in a large saute pan. Saute torn kale, add in 2 cloves garlic. Saute until just tender and add to Dutch oven - incorporate. Remove from heat and mix in Parmesan cheese - season with S&P.
Assemble hot oat groats and vegetables with tofu slices on top.
From the Whole Grains Council, a groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often find these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook.
Below is chart to help you distinguish the best grains for you!