This is one of my “go to” breakfasts. I love that I can make it once and it lasts for two or three days in the fridge. It means I don’t have to think in the morning, and it’s easy to pop in a jar and take with me if I’m short of time. (I’ve even taken it to the airport with me when I had a super early flight, and didn’t want to pay $10 for an airport brekkie!) If you want to save even more time, chop up a big batch of fruit and nuts of your choice and keep them in a jar for another time. And you might think that adding extra virgin olive oil to your morning oats is just too weird, but I love the flavour, and that it keeps me feeling full for longer by slowing digestion and helping keep my blood sugar levels steady.
If you’re looking for other healthy breakfast ideas (or you’re not an oatmeal kind of person), then check out this easy banana bread recipe – it’s perfect with a piece of fruit in the morning!
Id love to hear your favourite fruit / nut / milk combos for this recipe in the comments. And whether you’ve had a go with the added extra virgin olive oil! Alternatively drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find me on Facebook @freshfieldgrove
Overnight Oatmeal… with olive oil
A healthy make ahead breakfast, to get your day off to a good start and help you feel full for longer, using oats, dried fruit, nuts, and olive oil.
Add milk, vanilla, and lemon zest.
Mix together and leave in the fridge overnight in a sealed container.
- I generally use whole milk, but low fat milk, or almond milk are also great.
- Use any other dried fruits you like, or have hidden in the back of the cupboard.
- Fresh fruit is also lovely, but better added at the time of eating, try grated apple, chopped nectarine, sliced pear…
- Walnuts are great in this too, or try seeds, such as sunflower seed kernels.
- If you don’t have vanilla essence or lemon zest, add a little honey, maple syrup, sugar, or salt to taste.
- This makes 2-3 portions, and keeps in the fridge for three days.
- I usually make it and keep it in a single large container in the fridge, but if you put it into individual jars it’s a great breakfast to grab and go if you’re short of time in the morning!
- I use rolled oats.
- Lemon zest can be frozen, so the next time you’ve got a lemon that’s getting past its best, zest it onto a piece of baking paper, fold to secure, and put it in an airtight bag in the freezer.
I’ve collected all the recipes I posted on Facebook throughout December in this one place, both so they’re ready for next Christmas (!), but also because there are some great ideas here for any time of year. These recipes weren’t just for Christmas Day, but also to help out with food inspiration at a time of year when we’re often short of time, cooking for extra people, or wanting a bit of a health boost amidst the excess! They’re sorted into categories, with short descriptions and links where they exist.
Entrée’s, Snacks, and Nibbles
- Black Bean Dip – this Mexican style dip has plenty of bold flavours, and with the black bean base has far more fibre and fewer calories than most creamy types
- Avocado and Prawn Cocktail – retro, but still so good, with avocado adding some healthy fats to the mix
- Christmas Pate – My mum always makes Christmas pate with all the leftovers, although it’s more of a terrine really. Use a recipe like this as a guide, and chuck in anything you’ve got. This year I used chicken, ham, ham fat, chestnuts, cranberries, stuffing, sausage meat and added seasoning and a few herbs. It’s one of those things that I always think will be difficult, and it’s really not! So I should make it all year round… Cut into slices and freeze after cooking.
- Cream Cheese and Olive “Tree” – fabulous upgrade to a Cream Cheese Ball.
- Colourful Veggie Tray – at Christmas it’s fun to arrange these into a tree shape to serve with dips, but at other times of year you may want to make a different pattern.
- Caper, Olive, and Basil Bruschetta – a lovely tangy topping for crusty bread
- Carrot and Ginger Dip – a bright and vitamin packed dip, full of flavor
Breakfast or Brunch
- Ham and Eggs – a variation on bacon and eggs that’s easy to do for lots of people. Slice up leftover baked ham and serve with hard boiled eggs and mustard.
- Porridge – easy to do for one in the microwave – half a cup each of rolled oats, milk, and water. Salt and / or sugar as desired. Microwave in a large bowl or measuring jug on medium for 5 minutes. Add fruit, nuts, seeds to taste.
- Avocado and Haloumi Fritters – use up some excess zucchini in these veggie loaded fritters
- “Green Thing” – great way to use up whatever “green things” you’ve got in the garden (or the back of the fridge!) And to give your festive eating a massive healthy, nutrient-laden boost!
- Cauliflower Wellington – spectacular veggie centrepiece of a whole cauli in a pastry crust! (Looks a bit like a brain though…)
- One Pot Vodka Pasta – just what it says – delicious, easy, creamy… And you can add bacon to it, if you wish!
- Chicken Alfredo Lasagne – tasty alternative to “red” lasagne
- Easy Baked Ham – add a bit of sweetness to your ham, and don’t just leave it for Christmas!
- Tourtière (French-Canadian meat pie) – traditionally served at Christmas or other special occasions
- Healthy Roast Chicken – use extra virgin olive oil for your next roast, and serve it up with some mixed roasted veggies
- Raclette – not the healthiest option on the list, but a fun way to eat with a few friends! Best accompanied by cold meats, pickles, and salads to cut through all that cheese!
Sides and Salads
Cakes, Sweet Things, and Desserts
- Rainbow Fruit Skewers – these take a little more effort than just having a bowl of fruit on the table, but the pretty result is totally worth it
- Chocolate Fruit Cake – delicious cake with lots of dried fruit which reduces the amount of flour and sugar needed. As a bonus it keeps well, if you can stop eating it! Great if you like to have something on hand to offer visitors
- Rebellious Raspberry Tart – beautiful tart with a custard filling topped with lots of raspberries (also works well with frozen fruit). Stunning finale for a dinner party.
- Cranberry Spiced Muffins – yummy for morning or afternoon tea, but also pretty tasty for breakfast, with some fresh fruit on the side. Try substituting wholemeal flour and brown sugar in this recipe. These freeze well too.
- Fruit Mince Pies – I only make these at Christmas, but the pastry is just divine and would be great for making fruit tarts at any time of year
- Coconut Lime Biscuits – the coconut gives these biscuits a gorgeous texture, and these are delicious with a chilled Tasmanian Sauv Blanc. They also make a lovely gift.
I’ve continued to search for the perfect chocolate brownie recipe, and this is the one that’s in first place at the moment!
I wanted one that used cocoa powder instead of chocolate. Partly because good chocolate is generally more expensive than good cocoa, and partly because if there’s good chocolate in the pantry it might have been eaten when I want to use it for making brownies… (more…)
This is the quickest banana bread recipe I know – the ingredients are really easy to mix together and you can have it in the oven in under 15 minutes. The tricky bit is not eating it as soon as it’s baked, because the aroma is amazing! I eat it as it is, but you may like to toast and / or butter it. It’s a great snack or breakfast on the go – try a piece of fresh fruit to go with it. (more…)
If you hate waste then take a look at what a talented craftsman can make out of my wonky olive prunings!
I didn’t want to use my olive prunings for firewood (although it burns really well!) so I’ve found someone to turn them into something functional AND beautiful instead. I met David from Phoenix Creations on Instagram,and when I visited him in his studio I was blown away by his work. Each spoon is different, because David carves them depending on the individual characteristics of each branch I take him. (more…)