This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield and Kitchen IQ. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
Let’s start the week out on a healthy note, shall we? Not because we ate way too much rich, decadent food for
Italian Foodpalooza Christmas dinner or anything. Nope.
But perhaps we should lighten things up a bit. Which is where my first foray into muesli began.
To make this particular muesli, you mix oats, milk, apple juice and lemon juice together and stash it away in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning, you stir in grated apple, yogurt, honey and cinnamon and top with an assortment of fresh and dried fruit and nuts.
The results are delicious! You can use whatever combination you like on top. I served ours up on a big cutting board with dried cranberries, coconut flakes, chopped hazelnuts, fresh strawberries and raisins. My family really enjoyed it – my toddler especially liked picking and choosing what he was going to add on top (and how much of each item).
I was pleasantly surprised with how much brightness the lemon juice added to the dish. I wasn’t expecting to love that, but it was very nice. For the apple, I used a ginger crisp (a new favorite!) and grated is using Kitchen IQ’s V-etched Container Grater.
This is a new addition to my kitchen, and I’m really digging it! It’s a nice alternative to the standard box grater – it has 3 different grater blades and one slicer blade that you can attach to the container to grate and slice ingredients easily. I particularly like that it’s horizontal (versus the standard upright box grater), because I feel like I have a little more control with items while I’m grating them. It has a non-slip base, so it stays in place on the counter/cutting board, and there are measurements along the edges of the container.
I’ve used it a few times now, and it was awesome for grating loads of cheeses and slicing potatoes. One word of warning when using the slicing blade though – be careful! It’s similar to a mandoline but it doesn’t have a hand guard, so you have to proceed with caution to prevent any potential injuries. Those blades are sharp!
All in all, this was a great breakfast. I think that it would be great to do this for a weekday morning breakfast, but do all of the ingredient prep the night before (chop up all the fruits/nuts and go ahead and add the grated apple in with the oats, milk and juices) to make the hands-on time a lot shorter the following morning. I’ll definitely be making this one again!
Want to win your very own Kitchen IQ V-etched Container Grater plus an assortment of Stonyfield coupons? To enter to win, leave a comment below telling me what item you grate most frequently in your kitchen. The contest will close on Friday, January 9, 2014 at 12 noon (Eastern Standard Time). One winner will be chosen via random.org and will be contacted via email to get mailing information. U.S. residents only. Good luck, everyone!
UPDATE – The winner has been selected via random.org – CONGRATS to Rana!