By Gordon Have young children? Check. Running out the door for work – late some days, okay, maybe a lot? Check. Want to eat well and get that first meal of the day right? Check. Want to get your New Year 2014 diet sorted and on track? Check. Sick of crap cereals? Check, check & CHECK, again!! Right then, this is the solution!!
Aside from all of the health benefits, great taste, ease of prep and all that stuff… the thing that I love about Bircher is that it is so efficient in the morning.. all you do is pull it out the fridge, spoon into the bowl, cut some fresh fruit (or sprinkle berries) and serve. No prep, no time wasted… and let’s face it it, when you need to get a toddler dressed and ready for pre-school and out the door before the morning peak hour….EVERY. SECOND. COUNTS!!
Now, you can find a million really cool recipes for Bircher muesli out there. Ultra healthy ones with quinoa, etc. And a million other fancy ingredients… We’re going to keep this pretty simple. Something that takes about 10 minutes to prepare, can be thrown into the fridge and spooned out in the mornings.
(Oh, and I promise I’ll follow this up with a couple more fun variations..and one or two of my favourite ones from some awesome chefs…)
All you need is a bowl and a large jar for set up. Oh, and please use traditional rolled oats, not ‘minute’ or instant oats. You want some texture here, people, not a bowl of mush. Also, this will do you for a couple of breakfasts at least.
Ingredients 2 ½ cups rolled oats, organic is even better 2 ½ cups apple juice or orange juice ( try each one, or combine together) 1 cup good yoghurt, homemade is even better ¾ cup shredded coconut ½ cup sultanas ½ cup currants ½ cup cranberries ¼ cup flaked almonds 3 pinches cinnamon 1 pinch nutmeg 1 grated medium apple 1 grated pear
Combine all of the above and mix together, thoroughly. Ensure all of the ingredients are covered and look ‘wet’. Spoon into a large glass jar or air tight container and place in the fridge overnight and it’ll be ready to serve in the morning.
Garnish in the morning with…
Sprinkle of blueberries Sprinkle of rasberries Sprinkle of sliced strawberries 1 tablespoon yoghurt
So, once your bircher muesli has done it’s magic overnight, simply spoon out at least 3 tablespoons into your favourite brekkie bowl, sprinkle with berry goodness and top with a healthy dollop of yoghurt…and enjoy quickly…as you chase that toddler out the door to preschool!! GIDDY UP!!!
Gordon Eckel, a foodie and (rock) wall climber extraordinaire. He worked in some of Sydney’s top restaurants, but decided that he liked cooking for his friends more, so ran away and joined the circus (aka managing Sydney nightclubs). Six years ago and after a few too many creamy pastas he weighed 105 kg with a ridiculously high cholesterol. He changed his eating ways, wore out a treadmill and dropped 25 kilos in three months. Now he is renown for cooking deceptively healthy food and for proselytizing about the marvels of the great Australian red.