I've done a couple posts lately about longer topics that I felt were interesting to write about and that I care about but I wanted to get back to what I know many of you love... tips for eating delicious meals that are also, fast, low-cost, and easy for the 20-somethings out there who are often on the go and/or cooking for one.
What I wanted to share today is actually what I have been eating almost every day for the past week for lunch. I actually got the idea of combining these things for a lunch from Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life's oatmeal/peanut butter breakfast. I like a lighter breakfast but thought it could make for a great, easy lunch! I make this at my desk at work and it is warm, delicious, sweet, and keeps me full throughout the afternoon. I probably shouldn't even call this a "recipe" but rather a "combination" however, let me indulge, will you? Here is my latest recipe for a super delicious, quick, and filling lunch:
|I call this my Lunch of Deliciousness!|
Oatmeal, Peanut Butter & Banana [aka Lunch of Deliciousness]
Makes: 1 serving
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 6
- 1 packet instant oatmeal
- Hot water
- Peanut Butter
- 1 Splenda packet (optional)
Step 1: Prepare instant oatmeal as instructions state. The water cooler near my desk has a hot water option, so I've learned that just by counting to 3 as I open the hot water faucet, is the perfect amount for oatmeal. My current favorite oatmeal is Quaker Instant Oatmeal in the Chocolate Chip flavor, this is 3 Points Plus. Another favorite is Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon Swirl, which usually comes in at 4 Points Plus. I add one Splenda packet at this point and mix it in.
Step 2: Cut up a banana into small slices and mix in to warm oatmeal.
|Can you spot the extra little treat I added yesterday? Hey, it's the holidays! :)|
Step 4: Enjoy!!
I think one of the things that makes this meal work for me so well is that I love to have something sweet after I finish eating. When I have this for lunch I actually feel like I am having a dessert-like meal for lunch. I have an incredible sweet tooth so any way I can satisfy those cravings while eating healthy foods and staying within my Points Plus range for the day, I love!
Side note: you may have noticed that there is a Hershey's Kiss atop my oatmeal in the picture. I was eating a Chocolate Chip oatmeal yesterday and the Kisses have been floating around my office for the holidays, so I figured I'd add one to make my meal a little extra chocolate-y as a holiday treat. Hey, why not, right? Happy eating!