This Tex-Mex grain bowl is special because it is not only healthy but also delicious. Oatmeal is one of those dishes often eaten sweetened. People rarely think about using it in a savory dish—but they really should! —Athena Russell, Greenville, South Carolina
2 cups old-fashioned oats or multigrain hot cereal
1 cup black beans, rinsed, drained and warmed
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and cubed
Optional: Pitted ripe olives, sour cream and chopped cilantro
In a large saucepan, bring water and taco seasoning to a boil. Stir in oats; cook 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Divide oatmeal among 4 bowls. Top with beans, salsa, cheese, avocado, and optional toppings as desired. Serve immediately.