Homemade Muesli and Lean Green Smoothie!

After a fun weekend of food, drinks and repeat I decided to come home and make something light for dinner.

My mom taped a Bill Granger episode where he made muesli.. so after watching it I was inspired to give it a try. Bill was saying he lives by the philosophy that

Breakfast should be wholesome, lunch should be light and dinner should be prepared in 20 minutes.

I so agree!

So here is the muesli. I made a few modifications to his ingredients as I just worked with what I had in my pantry. The quantities are approximate, and very easy to just tailor it to your preferences.

1) In a baking tray, add 3 cups of oats, and a handful of almonds, sesame seeds, linseed and pumpkin kernels.

2) Add 2 tablespoons of oil and about 1/2 cup of apple juice.

3) Bake in 180 degree Celsius oven for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

4) When ready, add dome dried fruit. I went with blueberries.

So good! What I love about homemade muesli is there are no preservatives, additives or funny ingredients.  You are in full control of what goes in and you know that the ingredients are all good for you.

I transferred the muesli into smaller containers and put some in zip lock bags – perfect paired with yoghurt for a quick and easy packed lunch.

Tonight I went with a Chobani blueberry yoghurt, and added some banana, orange and a big scoop of muesli 🙂

I then made a nice green smoothie to go with it.  Kept it very simple with spinach leaves, apple and ice.  Clean, lean and green.

Dinner is now served 🙂

What is on your plate this Sunday evening?
 

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What’s on my shopping list?

I am a creature of habit.  In my home out shopping list doesn’t change too often. The bulk of what we buy is fresh and seasonal. Our number one priority is Eating Well and Feeling Satisfied!  Here is a list of what we always have in our fridge, freezer and pantry and most the recipes I post on my blog contain these items.

Check out my Food for Fuel page for some more recipe ideas and healthy eating tips. 

Fresh Fruit (usually go by what is in season)
-Pink Lady apples
-Mandarins/oranges
-Bananas
-Strawberries
-Lemons
-Berries (Check out Antioxidant Booster Smoothie)

Vegetables
-Baby spinach leaves
-Mixed lettuce leaves (usually pre washed pack for convenience factor)
-Peppers/capsicums – red, green, yellow
-Tomatoes (I like the baby tomatoes)
-Basil leaves
-Celery
-Carrots
-Red onions
-Avocado
-Beetroot (tinned is easier, if you are patient fresh is SO much better!)
-Sweet potato
-Red chillies
-Mushrooms
-Corn on the cob (Easy to just pop in the microwave for dinner)

Dairy Items
-Milk
-Cottage cheese
-Chobani yoghurt (Check out what Chobani Yoghurt sent me!)
-Feta cheese
-Ricotta (See delicious Breakfast Brushcetta!!)

Protein
-Salmon fillets (can buy in frozen section of supermarket or fresh! I like keeping the frozen ones in my freezer for a quick dinner option)
-Chicken – Breast or Thigh fillets
-Eggs
-Lean steak
 Grains
-Oats (Health Benefits of Oats)
-Bills organic bread (multigrain or sourdough)
-Quinoa
-Mountain bread (Perfect for wraps, check out Chicken and Avocado wrap)
-Brown rice (I like to keep the small single serve, ready made brown rice packs on hand)

Pantry Items
-Black Tea (My dedication to tea..!)
-Peppermint tea
-Peanut butter
-Honey
-Almonds / pecans / walnuts (Perfect for making my healthy nut and seed loaf)
-Mixed nut packs (See my snacking tips)
-Olive oil
-Balsamic vinegar / white vinegar
-Fun size chocolates (perfect size for dipping in tea)
-Wholemeal flour
-Quinoa
-Tomato paste
-Tuna tins (I love it in olive oil)
Happy shopping and cooking!

What are the top 3 ingredients you always have on hand??

Sunday PR and Baking

Sunday morning is usually my Bondi beach run day… however due to the miserable weather this morning Josh and I ended up running around the shopping centre instead.

Whilst Josh was checking out IPads, I used the opportunity to (sneakily) publicise my blog

Lol. I only managed to upload it onto 2 computers… before shame got the better of me.

I then headed home and decided to do a bit of baking.  A seeded-nut loaf seemed like the perfect idea. I called my mom for a rough ingredient list and she enlisted the help of her baking-guru-friend, Ilana.  Thanks Lanz 🙂

It is a pretty simple recipe and a slice of this loaf is the perfect way to fuel a workout.  It is loaded with nuts, seeds and wholegrains; making it high in fibre and protein.

To begin, turn the oven onto around 180 degrees.  Grease a loaf tin and set out all the ingredients, 2 large bowls, measuring utensils and a mixing spoon.

You can choose to use whatever nuts and seeds you like; I went with pecans, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas and linseeds.

To begin you add all the dry ingredients together in 1 bowl.

  • 2.5 cups wholewheat self raising flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • large pinch of salt

In another bowl, add the wet ingredients.

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk

Wet mixture and dry mixture

Combine wet and dry mixtures. Add nuts and seeds to mixture.This is what I added to mine (however you can be flexible in quantities and nut/seed selection here).

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup linseed
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds

Pour into loaf tin.

Pre-decorating

Combine 1 egg and a dash of water, and brush the loaf. Then sprinkle nuts and seeds to decorate!

Post-decorating, ready for the oven!

Place in pre-heated oven for about 1 hour (keep an eye on it!)

And then my friends… just wait patiently.  An aroma of deliciousness will fill your home and tease your taste buds.

Take out the oven and allow to cool, before enjoying with a cup of tea and your favourite spread.

Ready to be eaten

Happy Dad

Tea time is over and well enjoyed by all. I am off to squeeze in a body attack class @ the gym now. Happy Sunday everyone!

Whats’s on the menu for tea at your place?