Breakfast of poor new homeowners

Well, this morning my husband and I passed papers on our very first home: an adorable 4-bedroom, bungalow-style house next to public transit AND a state park reservation. For the first time in over a decade (and in some cases, ever), I will have:

  • More than 1 bedroom
  • More than 1 closet (!)
  • My own laundry
  • A yard (gardening, anyone?)
  • A porch
  • A WATER BILL (no better reason to conserve, right?)

In light of my newfound house-poor status, I thought I’d post my favorite wintertime/cheapo breakfast. No more early-morning pit stops at Dunkin’ Donuts for THIS gal!

“It’s all about the Benjamins” Oatmeal

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  • 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (do not use quick-cooking or instant)
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 banana, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter

Directions: Combine oatmeal, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring, over medium-high heat,  then reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for five minutes, until thickened & creamy. Add the peanut butter, banana, milk and butter; mix gently to combine. Cook for one minute. Serve hot. To reheat, add a little extra milk. (It tastes even better the next day, and has just over 200 calories per serving, so go ahead and double it!)

This makes 2 to 3 servings, and has 4g fiber per serving, plus 7g protein. Carb count is 30g per serving for any diabetics out there.

(Adapted from French Women Don’t Get Fat).

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