Greek yoghurt

IMG_5175I’m not the biggest yoghurt eater but I was enjoying Chobani Greek yoghurt mixed with a scoop of protein powder for breakfast once a week. Last month I was hit by a virus that took me weeks to recover. Part of my naturopath treatment plan was a liver detox and since completing that I decided to take a break from protein powders.

So how was I going to enjoy me Greek yoghurt now? I wasn’t a fan of the fruit flavours because I am really fussy about fruit ‘bits’. So I decided to make Bircher muesli from the Basic Cookbook and as I was flicking through the cookbook I saw the recipe for plain yoghurt which made me think now is the time to finally make Greek yoghurt 🙂

I searched the Recipe Community and found this recipe for thick and creamy Greek style yoghurt. I don’t have any cheesecloth for the traditional method of straining yoghurt so I felt like this recipe was perfect and gave it a go.

This method for strained yoghurt is like many types of yoghurt and is made from milk that has been enriched by boiling off some of its water content and adding powdered milk. The next step involved cooling the mix to 37 degrees and stated it was vital to the success of the yoghurt. The recipe said it may take 40-60 minutes but for me it took 90 minutes. This is only a problem if you need your TM bowl because you are cooling the mix while it is still in the bowl.

The end result was definitely thick and creamy and I have been enjoying it with my Bircher muesli. I’d love to know how you go with this recipe or if you have your tried and tested go-to recipe for Greek yoghurt please comment below xx

Bircher muesli

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Bircher Muesli was developed around 1900 by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Brenner for his patients and is basically rolled oats that are soaked overnight, mixed with cinnamon, dried fruits and nuts, toasted coconut, berries, grated apples and an optional dollop of yogurt.

I had always wanted to try Bircher muesli before I got my Thermomix but for some reason never got around to it. So when I saw the recipe for Bircher muesli in the Basic Cookbook I just had to give it a go.

What I love the most about it is the fact that you can make it the night before and just add the chopped apple and Greek yoghurt in the morning – which is perfect for those rushed mornings! In my case I woke up early to workout which meant I didn’t have time to eat breakfast at home. So I just packed my breakfast to eat at my desk when I got to work 🙂

What’s your favourite go-to breakfast?

Whole steamed chicken

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Did you know you can fit a whole chicken in the Varoma?

Steaming a whole chicken is not only healthier than roasting but also tastier! Steam your chicken for really tender chicken that will be perfect for dinner or shred the chicken to use in a salad or sandwiches.

There are heaps of great recipes you can try. This simple one just uses garlic and lemon thyme for the chicken rub. Get the recipe here

Breakfast bars

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 These breakfast bars from the Cooking for me and you cookbook are a great option to grab for a breakfast on-the-go or even as a pre-prepared snack.

Mixed within 10min, baked in 30min these bars are not only easy to make but also provide a great energy boost with essential fatty acids, complex carbs, protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre. And did I add how yummy they are!

Cooking for me and you is available as a cookbook only or in a bundle with the recipe chip and can be purchased here.

Pumpkin soup

IMG_4963Pumpkin soup is one of those of those healthy and satisfying meals that is great all year round but even better on these cold winter nights! It’s even easier to make when you use the Basic Cookbook recipe chip for guided cooking.

When I make pumpkin soup I love to use a combination of half pumpkin and half sweet potato to add more flavour but pumpkin soup is also a great opportunity to sneak some hidden veggies into those fussy eaters 🙂

What’s your favourite pumpkin soup?

 

 

First Thermomix meal

I was that keen to get my Thermomix that when my consultant contacted me to let me know it had arrived I organised to get it that day. Dinner had already been organised for that night but the asparagus still needed steaming.

So the first thing I cooked in my Thermomix was asparagus!

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Nothing glamorous and definately not the Nutella that I had said was going to be the first thing I made when asked at the demo.

What was the first thing you made when you got your Thermomix? What is the first thing you want to make when you get your Thermomix? Please comment below xx