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Thursday, May 31 2018

From to to sandwiches, these uber-affordable lunches are perfect for meals on the go and will keep you satisfied until dinnertime. Even better news? You'll save about $8,000 a year by packing one of these each workday instead of snagging a $10 takeout sandwich or salad.

1 - cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or water*
1/2 - cup steel-cut oats
2 - teaspoons toasted sesame oil
1 - cup assorted mushrooms, chopped or sliced
1 - teaspoon minced fresh ginger
2 - green onions, cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces
1 - teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
Crushed red pepper
In a small saucepan bring broth to boiling. Stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes or until oats are tender and mixture is thickened and creamy, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in an 8-inch skillet, heat 1 tsp. of the oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and ginger. Cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Transfer to a bowl. Add remaining oil to skillet. Increase heat to medium-high. Add green onions. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until charred. Remove from heat.

Stir mushrooms into oats. Top with soy sauce, green onions, and crushed red pepper.

Prepare oats as above and omit remaining ingredients. In a small saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add 8 small sage leaves. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until butter is browned; set aside. Cook 4 ounces bulk pork sausage in a small skillet; drain fat. Stir in 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Bring to boiling; add 4 fresh or dried figs, cut into wedges. Boil gently, uncovered, for 5 to 8 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone. Serve over oats topped with sage leaves and browned butter.

For a more creamy consistency, add up to 1 cup more broth or water.

NUTRITION FACTS (Ginger-Sesame Oats with Mushrooms and Charred Green Onions)
Per serving: 474 kcal , 15 g fat (2 g sat. fat , 4 g polyunsaturated fat , 4 g monounsaturated fat ), 0 mg chol. , 748 mg sodium , 65 g carb. , 12 g fiber , 4 g sugar , 21 g pro.

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