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Marvelous Meusli June 13, 2010

Some days, a girl needs to bypass the stove, bypass the cutting board, the microwave, you name it.  Some days, a girl needs instant gratification.  A bowl, cold milk, and the crunchy/sweet satisfaction of cereal.  But the truth is, I abandoned brand cereal years ago.  It was too expensive, too sugary, and the ingredients were too hard to pronounce.

It took trial and error, but I’ve finally rested upon a combination that cuts out wheat and barley (known sources of gluten*) without giving up traditional meusli attributes.

The beauty of this is that the dried fruit and nuts may be switched out as you like.   I started with a Trader Joe’s combination of dried mango, blueberries and cranberries.    For the next batch, there was naught but dried cranberries on hand.  Both were delicious!


2 cups of thin-rolled oats (slightly lighter and more thinly cut than regular rolled oats.)

1 cup oat bran

3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 roasted slivered almonds

1 cup dried berries, raisins, or other dried fruit

Serve with milk, honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, fresh berries or bananas, or sprinkle over yogurt.  Store in an airtight container.

*I realize that oats don’t always pass as gluten free.  Please double check with your gluten-free eaters to find out if they can tolerate oats.  Some say it depends on whether the oats were processed in a gluten-free facility.  (Oats are often processed in facilities that also process wheat, which can lead to being contaminated with gluten.)


Favorite Summer Salsa June 5, 2010

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Avocados are aplenty and it’s too hot to cook.  Time to bring out my favorite salsa!  I look forward to it each year.  It’s  fast, easy and full of flavor.

Beans & Yoga’s Salsa Cruda

1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/4 onion)

3/4 – 1 cup chopped tomato (1 hothouse tomato or 1/2 beefsteak tomato)

1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Juice of one large lime or 2 small limes

Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients, tossing well.  Start with a little salt and keep adding until you get the flavor you like.  It might seem as if you’re adding a lot of salt, but remember, it’s not like you’re adding salt to alread salty processed food.  You might need up to a 1/4 teaspoon.

Serve with corn chips, re-fried beans, scrambled eggs, or with tortillas and melted cheese.  Keep refrigerated.