I’m a Towny

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I have been so MIA for the past few weeks. I have a good excuse, if you let me explain.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you would have seen that I recently moved into a townhouse with my roommate/best friend/twin (no she’s not my actual twin, but we are pretty much the same person with a few exceptions). Not going to lie when I tell ya’ll that living off campus is SO much better than a dorm. I really enjoyed the whole decorating/moving in process. It is also nice to be cooking every night. Naturally, to kick off my junior year I made a beautiful bowl of oat bran, which I haven’t done since high school. Enter an epic creation:

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bran

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of oat bran
  • 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup of Water
  • Sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 mini sized Clif Dipped Chocolate Peanut Bar (or 1/2 of full size bar)

Instructions:

  1. Turn on stove to medium heat
  2. Combine water, oat bran, cocoa powder and sweetener in a small sauce pan
  3. Place on stove top until the oat bran begins to swell – cook to your desired consistency. Longer for thicker/dryer oats and shorter for runnier oats
  4. Remove from stove top and pour oat bran into a bowl
  5. Top with sliced banana, peanut butter and Clif bar
  6. Enjoy!

I know what you all are thinking – why couldn’t you just make your oat bran in the dorm via microwave? Well, I am picky. I love my oat bran on the stove because I find the taste/consistency is SO much better – super thick, dense and almost cake batter like. Trust me, once you have ‘em stove top you never go back.

What was your first meal in your new pad?

Italiano!

Did you guys honestly think I could not go a few post without a new sandwich creation? Because, I can’t. I just enjoy them way too much. Lately the theme has been Italian inspired and I’m certainly not one to complain considering Italian food is one of my favorite cuisines.

Roasted Red Pepper Eggplant Grilled Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of breadΒ  (I used Whole Wheat Oatmeal)
  • 2 slices of Muenster cheese
  • 2 Tbsp of Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Spread
  • 1 baby eggplant, sliced
  • Season to taste (I loved basil, garlic powder, salt & pepper)

How To:

  1. Heat a small pan to medium heat
  2. Drizzle the pan with olive oil and add sliced eggplant with seasonings; while eggplant cooks heat another pan/skillet to medium heat
  3. Stir fry until the eggplant cooked and remove from pan
  4. Assemble the sandwich, spreading the red pepper spread on both slices of bread, 2 slices of cheese and the eggplant in the middle.
  5. Head sandwich until golden brown on both sides
  6. Enjoy :)

You know this baby is good when cheese is oozing from the center. Just sayin’