(Made on Friday night makes enough for 2 weekend portions)
I like to spend my weekends cooking and baking nice things for my wife and myself to eat. I also have a plan of what meals we are going to have for the following week, so it may be that I’ve meals to pre-make, so it helps to have a healthy breakfast pre-made and in the fridge which will cover both Saturday and Sunday mornings for my early starts in order to maximise the efficiency of the time that I spend in the kitchen!
Saturday’s I tend to get up at my usual time (4.15am) so that I can bake a loaf of bread, and the rolls that go with the soup we have every lunchtime, and take with us to our work places. This morning as I write is a Sunday, so this morning I made a batch (8 portions) of one of my favourite soups, Yellow Split Pea and Ham for the freezer, and also pre-made our Sunday Curry (Beef Madras) so that it will just require a couple of hours in the oven later.
I try to be finished cooking in the kitchen by 10 am on a Saturday so that we can go out for the day. Or if we have nothing planned, I might walk into town (3 miles) for a nice coffee (Black Americano) and a bowl of one of my other favourite breakfasts, porridge. Just plain and simple porridge, nothing added and cooked with semi skimmed milk. This is where I am and what I am doing as I type this!
Anyway a favourite breakfast of mine for the weekend is Bircher Muesli. Naturally you don’t just have to have this at the weekend because it’s low in calories (about 300ish), low in fat, and high in fibre it can be great tasty start to any day!
This is my take on that classic Swiss recipe Bircher Muesli.
So, quite simply, all these ingredients go into a medium sized bowl / casserole dish, on a Friday night, so that it can marinate its flavours and awaken my taste buds and put me in a fantastic mood for the weekend on Saturday morning!
[recipe title=”Neil’s Bircher Muesli” servings=”2″ time=”10 mins prep then overnight refrigeration”]
50g Porridge Oats
1 medium apple, ½ thinly sliced and ½ grated
100ml skimmed milk
150ml no fat Greek yogurt
75ml unsweetened, sugar and additive free apple juice
10g flaked almonds
1 tsp. Natural Honey
¼ tsp. ground all spice (or cinnamon)
Mix together in a medium sized bowl / casserole dish; cover and put in the fridge overnight.
When ready to serve, spoon half of the mixture into your cereal bowl and top with your favourite fresh berries, or slices of banana.