Sweet Pea Crunch Salad
A crunchy green salad to celebrate the arrival of spring! Serve it with protein if you like, but it's a fresh meal all on its own!
So… muesli. There’s a Simpsons clip that perfectly illustrates its reputation. But APPARENTLY someone has been minding their copyright infringements and I can’t find a photo or video to share with you.
If you have it handy, it’s S12, Ep 18, “Trilogy of Error.” Homer, Bart and Lisa’s day beings poorly when Marge has decided that they will all have “mueslix” for breakfast, which is apparently some type of rubber cement. No one is able to ingest it. Maggie’s “juicelix” is not actually liquid, either. Homer and Lisa escape the horrific breakfast on the pretense of seeing Lisa’s science experiment, Linguo. I think that’s the last we see of the dreaded health cereal.
Now, maybe it’s the unusual name, but it seems pretty common that muesli has a reputation for being cardboardish and so healthy that it’s not actually enjoyable. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Muesli is the healthiest cereal I think I’ve ever had, and it tastes bright and fresh. The coconut is the sleeper hit.
But it is healthy. You think granola is healthy? This has way less sugar and almost no fat. Nothing against granola – I am all for eating healthy portions of sugar and fat. I’m just trying to illustrate that muesli is about as good as it gets in terms of a high-fiber, whole grain, low sugar breakfast cereal. It’s not far from being an un-syruped, un-baked granola. That also means that it takes about five minutes to make. It’s a great food for athletes and people who are training for races.
Here’s what you need:
3/4 cup rolled oats (be sure to use gluten free oats if you want it to be gluten free)
1/3 cup shredded coconut
2 Tbsp chopped almonds
2 Tbsp chopped apricots
1 Tbsp. Sunflower seed kernels
1 Tbsp raisins
1/2 tsp. Demerara sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk or nondairy milk
Stir together all ingredients… That was easy. Serve with milk.