3 cups instant/rolled oats
1 cup shredded/desiccated coconut
1/2 cup mixed seeds
1 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup syrup (honey, agave, maple)
1/2 cup liquid (milk, or fruit juice)
1/4 cup butter or oil
Other optional extras
Sultanas, currents or craisins (I say optional because I don’t like chewy bits in my muesli, but it’s probably the way most people have it)
Diced dried fruit
Mix all the dry ingredients, chia and sesame seeds were my choice for the seed mix as you can see in the picture below. This was taken before I added the nuts, I used almonds, macadamias and cashews.
Add in syrup , liquid and oil/butter, I prefer butter, I rub it in and it creates chunky crunchy bits. Give the muesli a good mix. Spread the muesli evenly in a tray and put it in the oven. Bake until golden, usually around 20 minutes on 180°C, or until golden. If adding dried fruits, add them in after you’ve toasted the muesli. Stores in airtight container for a 2-3 weeks.
Try it with blue berries and yogurt!
Tandoori it is… This had to be my first recipe, it’s the easiest, yummiest thing I like to make. Normally I use chicken, but in this case I decided to use chicken and paneer for a vegetarian option. I was surprised, it actually turned out quite well with the paneer. What is paneer? It’s an Indian cheese, that is basically a hardened cottage cheese.
1 kg boneless chicken (I used 750 g chicken and 200 g paneer)
115 ml tomato paste (about 4 tablespoons)
2 tblsp yogurt
1 tblsp lemon juice
2 tblsp oil
1 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
2 tsp ground red chillies (chilli flakes are a good alternative)
Mix all the ingredients together and marinate chicken and paneer. You can use it straight away, but if you have the time, leave to marinate for a few hours. You can use this recipe for a roast marinade, you can fry the pieces or with cut up vegetables on skewers. I used red onion, red and green capsicum. A tandoori meal needs a cooling accompaniment such as a raita (cucumber yogurt) but my beetroot version is an absolute hit… It goes well with almost anything, and works wonderfully as a dip with bread and crackers.
2 medium beetroot (or half a can of beetroot)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
If using fresh beetroot, boil them until cooked (about 30-60 minutes). If using whole beetroot, grate them. If using sliced beetroot, chop finely and mix in with yogurt. I know it seems too simple, but trust me, it doesn’t need anything else.
Tandoori skewers and beetroot yogurt… flavoursome, healthy… Yum!