The Story Behind Samantha Stephens's Favorite Creations

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Read on to learn how New York City's OatMeals founder Sam Stephens came up with her favorite oatmeal creations!

Truffle RisOATto

This savory oatmeal dish has shaved parmesan cheese, truffle oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper. "If you want to take it up a notch, you can add bacon," Sam suggests. "I like it because it really highlights oatmeal being the vehicle. It tastes like an Italian risotto. I was just inspired by going out and having truffle pastas."

"I remembered when I used to cook a lot for myself, [and] I would buy truffle oil because buying truffles is too expensive, but truffle oil can be really [effective] if you get a good one. You can put it on anything, and if you're putting it on French fries, why can't you put it on oatmeal?"

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Truffle RisOATto

"You've got to be careful about not putting too much [truffle oil] on," Sam explains. "But for the most part it's an easy one. And everybody loves cheese, so the more the better really!"

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Antioxidant-Awakening Bowl

"When I used to eat oatmeal in college, originally I would just eat it with skim milk and some kind of artificial sweetener, but then I just thought of different ways to jazz it up and started using fun dried fruits and nuts," Sam explains of this oatmeal with dried pomegranate seeds. She also really likes Greek yogurt in her oatmeal.

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Antioxidant-Awakening Bowl

"I know that pomegranates and dark chocolate have antioxidants, and I wanted to turn that into something fun and delicious," says Sam. "I get inspired by dining out [at] restaurants, and I probably had a salad or something that had fresh pomegranate and maybe some chia seeds sprinkled on it. It's really beautiful. It's really visually appealing."

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Chinese Porridge

One of Sam's most unique concepts hasn't made it to the menu yet. "I’ve experimented with Chinese dried pork. I still want to have an item on the menu that’s a Chinese porridge. It would have scallions, sesame oil and soy sauce, sriracha and maybe even a fried egg on top. I just haven’t mastered it enough to get it on the menu just yet, but I know that some people will think that that’s a little bit out there."

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What's Next

"At all of these mixologist bars here in NYC, you see these bartenders putting a little drop of something like an oil or an infusion into [a drink]. So I was thinking it would be really fun if I started offering just [little drops] of almond extract or vanilla extract or some really interesting things like rose water, lavender or orange extract. I think people could get really creative with it," explains Sam.

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Sam Stephens, Quaker's Creative Oatmeal Officer and founder of the world's first oatmeal bar, has experimented with all kinds of ingredients to create oatmeal recipes that are perfect for any meal.

At her restaurant OatMeals in New York City, she's made it sweet, savory and everything in between! Sam reveals the inspiration behind some of her favorite creations on the menu, from the hearty Truffle RisOATto to the punchy Antioxidant-Awakening Bowl, plus find out what surprising recipe is in the works.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how Sam created some of her favorite dishes on the OatMeals menu.

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