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Smart and Final is having a SUPER AWESOME sale August 14-20, 2013.  When you buy any FOUR participating First Street Products, you will save $2.0o instantly (and there are NO LIMITS!).  I recently took a little shopping trip to Smart and Final and picked up a few of these products to come up with a few fun and easy recipes to share with you.  You guys know that I’m NOT the best cook…so, all these recipes are SUPER easy and great for family meals. Let’s talk about oatmeal for a minute.  First…it’s ONE of the participating items.  Second, it’s a SUPER easy way to start the day.  If your kids are anything like mine…it’s a RACE in the mornings to get everything ready for school.  Why not make it a little easier on yourself?

Smart & Final oatmeal

Just add fresh fruit…and you’re done!

Once you have the kids off to school…how about making a little treat just for you??

You want something sweet, yet healthy?  (sometimes)

oatmeal cookies

Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

You’ll need the following:

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  • First Street Oatmeal (plain instant oats–my Eli loves peaches, so we used this one)
  • bananas
  • First Street Creamy Peanut Butter (or not if you’re allergic)

That’s it!

Preheat oven to 350.

Mash the bananas (I ended up using two).

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Add the oatmeal.  (about 1 cup total)

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Add peanut butter. (1/4 cup)

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Stir and Stir…

Spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet.

Plop them on the cookie sheet and back at 350 for about 15-20 mins.  (they’ll start to brown a little)

**These are a healthy treat.  If you want to add more flavor…add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips!

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Now…if you didn’t have time to make yourself lunch before you run out the door for a few errands…

How about trying this yummy smoothie!

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For this super easy and filling smoothie, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of frozen fruit
  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk (or regular if that’s your choice)
  • 1/2 cup of oatmeal
  • (2 tsp. of peanut butter) optional

I just poured them all in my Magic Bullet…and mixed it up!

I know…I know.  You can’t believe what’s going on in my kitchen!

But…I’m NOT done yet!

Let me show you one more thing that you can do with oatmeal.

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Oatmeal Coated Chicken

(recipe modified from food.com)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • chicken breast halves (or tenders)
  • 1/2 cup instant original oatmeal
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil

Preheat oven to 375.

Dip your chicken in eggs.

Then, mix all the dry ingredients and the butter/oil together and dip that egg soaked chicken in the oats.

Place them on a sprayed pan (or line it with aluminum foil) and bake away.

Depending on how thick your chicken is…bake it 30-45 mins. (or until chicken is done)

*Your kiddos may NOT like the spices…just add a season all salt to the butter and dry mixture and coat the kids’ chicken with a less spicy option.


if your kids are like mine.

They just want breakfast for dinner (and NOT the chicken that I so lovingly prepared)…

so, just pop another instant oatmeal in the microwave and sprinkle it up!

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