One of the most common new year resolutions people make is to eat more healthfully and lose weight. I think eating healthfully is something we should always strive to do. Clean eating shouldn’t be a chore. It should not require resolute self-discipline. It should be just as enjoyable as a warm chocolate chip cookie, but with the added bonus of helping us look our best when we put on our skinny jeans!
A few days ago I posted a photo of my ancient grain oatmeal with microgreens. I received numerous emails from people asking about the recipe. Many were intrigued by the fact that something green might actually taste good in oatmeal. Is that possible??? The answer is yes! Greens in oatmeal can actually taste quite delicious. So with that in mind, I decided to help you start the year out on the right foot. Here is the recipe for my ancient grain oatmeal with microgreens, as well as a delicious recipe for bircher muesli.
Ancient Grain Oatmeal with Microgreens
½ cup oats
1 ¼ cup almond or coconut milk
¼ cup farro or quinoa, precooked
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup organic raspberries
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
½ cup micro greens
1 tablespoon ground toasted walnuts or almonds
Cook the oats with the milk and a pinch of salt. Once the mixture begins to thicken and is almost cooked, add in the cooked farro or quinoa. Continue to cook for about 2 minutes, just until the mixture is thick and warm. Divide the oatmeal between two bowls. Top with the raspberries, pomegranate seeds and microgreens. Be sure to use microgreens, as they will be rich in nutrients but will lack the distinct flavor of mature greens. Sprinkle the ground nuts on top and serve.
Bircher muesli is a dish I first tasted last Christmas when visiting Copenhagen. It’s a combination of raw oats, fresh fruit, and yogurt. Since I happen to have an obsession with Fage Greek yogurt, I have been making loads of bircher muesli for breakfast, and as a snack for the gym. The great thing about bircher muesli is that it improves in flavor as the mixture sits. So you can make this recipe in bulk, and it will keep nicely for several days. Here is my favorite combination so far.
1 ½ cups Fage 2% Greek yogurt
1/3 cup raw oats
½ Fuji apple, grated
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon rosewater
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nut butter or ground nuts
1 teaspoon quince or persimmon puree
In a bowl, whisk together the yogurt, oats, apple, honey, rosewater and spices. Divide the mixture evenly between several serving ramekins. Right before serving top with nut butter, fruit puree and/or fresh fruit.