Zeus Zoats with Balsamic Tomatoes and Epic Meal

If I was to imagine what it would take to satiate the appetite of a Greek god, it would guess hearty whole grains and heaps of veggies to fuel all those super powers. Even us mere mortals need healthy, wholesome foods to help us seize the day and make the most of it. My Zeus “Zoats” Zucchini Oats with Balsamic Roasted Grape Tomatoes is just what Mount Olympus (and all of us) ordered, a powerful plant-based meal that supports health, wellness and longevity. 

The “thick” of this meal is a combination of steel-cut oats and shredded zucchini. Hence, the unusual yet epic name, Zoats. Oats have long been stereotyped as a breakfast food, but it’s time to break that myth - oats are just as amazing for lunch and dinner! Steel cut oats have a great texture and by adding shredded zucchini, you’re adding bulk to your bowl along with lots of great vitamins and nutrients. I’ve also mixed in Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend (I’ve found that Italian herbs and Greek herbs are surprisingly similar) and a bit of Greek yogurt to boost the creaminess and protein.

Balsamic Roasted Grape Tomatoes

These savory Zoats would be flavorful and filling served “as is,” but topping with balsamic roasted grape tomatoes and a sprinkling of feta cheese and pine nuts will make you a hero amongst the fiercest of foodies. The complexly sweet tomatoes paired with a punch of salty feta and distinctive nuttiness of pine nuts is memorable atop a bowl full of Zoats.

It’s extremely easy to oven roast grape tomatoes and these little beauties will become the stuff of legends in your home. Roasted grape tomatoes can also be used on salads, in omelets, and atop lean meats. Using Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade from Litehouse makes this epicurean treat even easier.

Each generous-sized serving of my Zeus “Zoats” Zucchini Oats with Balsamic Roasted Grape Tomatoes has 382 calories, 13 grams of fat, 17 grams of protein and 7 grams of dietary fiber and no added sugar, only that which comes naturally from the tomatoes. You’ll stay light and lean for all that lightening bolt throwing!

Zeus “Zoats” Zucchini Oats with Balsamic Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Serves 2 | Finish in 30 minutes
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Turn ordinary oats into a legendary anytime meal by mixing in shredded zucchini and topping with Greek-inspired ingredients including Balsamic tomatoes, feta and pine nuts.

Ingredients

6 ounces grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade from Lighthouse
Salt & pepper to season
2/3 cups steel cut oats
2 cups water
1 cup grated zucchini (approx. 1 medium)
1 tablespoon Instantly Fresh Italian Herbs
½ teaspoon garlic salt
½ cup fat-free plain Greek Yogurt
1-ounce Feta Cheese Crumbles from Simply Artisan Reserve
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
Additional Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade, if desired

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
Place halved tomatoes in small bowl and gently toss with dressing. Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on rimmed baking sheet, drizzling with any leftover dressing in bowl.
Roast tomatoes for 20 minutes, or until beginning to shrivel and caramelize. Remove from heat and loosen with spatula. Set aside.
While tomatoes roast, start oats on stovetop by adding oats and water to pot and brining to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until becoming tender and thickened.
While oats cooking, shred zucchini with a box grater and wring out any excess liquid in a clean dish cloth.
Stir zucchini, salt and Italian Herb Blend into pot a continue to cook for 2 more minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in Greek yogurt.
Divide among two bowls and top with equal portion of roasted tomatoes, feta cheese crumbles, pine nuts and additional balsamic vinaigrette (if desired).


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