This adapts the famous Thai noodle dish with oats and common western ingredients. Total cooktime is about five minutes.

cost calories net carbs fat fiber protein sugar
~$0.721 489 32 34 7 14 5


  • microwave-safe bowl
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper (adjust to your heat preference)
  • 2 tsp erythritol (or your preferred sweetener)
  • 2 tsp chicken or vegetable broth base (low sodium, ideally, since fish sauce is salty)
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp dried shallots/scallions/chives
  • 1 tsp sriracha


  • combine all ingredients except peanut butter, chives, and sriracha in bowl
  • cook on high until oats are nearly done, about 2 minutes
  • stir in peanut butter and cook until oats are tender, about another 2 minutes
  • top with shallots and sriracha


Frozen vegetables like peas+carrots, peppers, and onions are good additions. To reduce carbs, use them in place of half the oats.

Replacing the water with coconut milk adds a lot of flavor. I don’t find it worthwhile to keep on hand, though. The same goes for replacing the lime juice with tamarind paste.

Consider topping with an egg for a more conventional flavor and added protein. I crack it onto the oats after stirring in the peanut butter.

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Garlic Oatmeal is another savory oatmeal. It’s a bit quicker to prep since it has fewer ingredients.

  1. rolled oats $2.50/42oz (store brand, local grocery), garlic powder $8.94/26oz (McCormick, Amazon), ground red pepper $11.14/16oz (Chef’s Quality, Amazon), erythritol $11.25/2.5lbs (NOW Foods, Amazon), broth base $3.00/12oz (Orrington Farms, Walmart), peanut oil $11.98/128oz (Great Value, Walmart), fish sauce $2.42/6.76oz (Thai Kitchen, Walmart), lime juice $10.10/64oz (Lucy’s, Amazon), peanut butter $19.35/78oz (Teddie All Natural, Amazon), sriracha $8.73/56oz (Huy Fong, Walmart)