Superfood-cookbook

Super Muesli Recipe

Start your day off right with Michelle Bridges’ muesli recipe, packed with nutrition and flavour, with none of the nasties of store-bought muesli.

Store-bought muesli can often contain lots of added sugar – it’s much better to make your own. The sweetness here comes from the cranberries and mango, while the flaxseed and wheatgerm really crank this up into ‘super’ territory. 

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 5 minutes. Calories per serve: 392

Ingredients
2⁄3 cup (50 g) bran
1⁄2 cup (45 g) traditional rolled oats
1⁄4 cup (35 g) dried cranberries
20 g dried mango, chopped
2 tablespoons raw wheatgerm
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1⁄2 mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup (250 ml) low-cal milk

Method
1. Combine the bran, oats, cranberries, dried mango, wheatgerm and flaxseed in a bowl. Divide between two serving bowls. Add fresh mango and milk to serve.

Tip: You can make a big batch of this super muesli and store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to one month (346 cal per 100 g/1 cup).

Variation: Replace the mango with 1⁄2 cup drained apricot halves in natural juice and 50 g raspberries (400 cal per serve).

What’s your go-to breakfast?

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February 6, 2014

Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares on our favourite comfort food dinner ideas: classic cauliflower cheese with a healthy, low-calorie twist.

Cauliflower and cheese – what a flavourful combination. With the addition of broccoli, you get a double whammy of cruciferous goodness as well. The cheese provides protein and calcium, but use a low-calorie version to avoid too much fat.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 10 minutes. Cook: 45 minutes. Calories per serve 388

Ingredients
700 g cauliflower, trimmed and broken into large florets
1 large head broccoli (300 g), trimmed and broken into large florets
2 1⁄2 tablespoons cornflour
2 cups (500 ml) low-cal milk
1 cup (120 g) grated low-cal cheddar cheese
freshly ground black pepper
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
mixed salad leaves, to serve

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

2. Steam the cauliflower over a large saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes. Add the broccoli and steam for another 4 minutes or until just tender. Place in a 5-cup (1.25 L) capacity ovenproof dish.

3. Meanwhile, combine the cornflour and 1⁄4 cup milk in a jug. Place the remaining milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Whisk in the cornflour mixture and cook, stirring, for 2–3 minutes or until the sauce boils and thickens. Stir in half the cheese until smooth. Season with black pepper and nutmeg. Pour over the cauliflower and broccoli. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and cayenne. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

4. Serve with the salad leaves alongside.

What’s your favourite comfort food dish?

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February 4, 2014