Spring has sprung, and summer is well and truly on its way. The lighter weight duvet is on the bed and the electric blanket has been packed away. Most of my winter clothes are washed or dry cleaned and vacuum packed to keep the moth out. The coming of the warmer weather brings changes in the kitchen too; the morning porridge has been replaced with bircher muesli. Hopefully all these changes will not tempt a freak May snowstorm.
I am fairly sceptical of National this-that-and-the-other weeks and days, there are many more than there are days and weeks in the year, which can lead to some interesting combinations, sipping cocktails and eating curry whilst wearing your pyjamas week perhaps? However I am happy to support Tefel’s Fresh Week where the aim is to encourage you to get more fresh fruit & vegetables and unprocessed ingredients into your meals and to ditch convenience and ready made food.
I find one way to easily eat more fresh (and raw) fruit and vegetables is to finely chop it; somehow a grated carrot is easier to consume than a whole one, and slicing, chopping or grating turns many a vegetable you would usually cook such as butter nut squash or parsnip into a salad ingredient.
The Tefel Fresh Express is designed to help with all that hard chopping, grating and slicing, and for someone like me who has had RSI in the past which makes grating really quite painful it is the perfect kitchen gadget.
The machine grates, slices and dices both raw and lightly cooked vegetables in seconds, assembly is swift and importantly clean is up is super fast with a brush and rinse under a running tap. Really no more washing up than a grater.
I could use my food processor, but it is not ideal for small quantities and takes longer to clean. With the Fresh Express there is very little wastage, a very thin disc of whatever you are grating gets left on the drum, certainly far less than with the food processor. I am very impressed indeed and it has become a kitchen essential for me.
I regularly eat vegetables for breakfast, and adding some grated carrot into my bircher muesli seems an easy step to take towards putting more fresh fruit and vegetables into my diet.
Overnight oats or Bircher Muesli is a perfect make ahead breakfast. Leave in the fridge overnight and grab and go in the morning. This one contains grated carrot to help you on your way to your daily portions of fruit and veg.
- 125 g muesli
- 2 oranges – freshly juiced
- 1 apple – grated
- 1 carrot – grated
- 1/2 cup Fresh berries for serving
- 1/2 Natural Yoghurt for serving
Last thing at night grate the apple and stir into the muesli. Pour the orange juice over, there should be some juice at the bottom of the bowl. Give a good stir, cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
Serve with fresh berries and yoghurt.
For more breakfast recipes using vegetables I highly recommend my friend Monica’s Healthy Vegan Breakfast e-book.
Some more ideas using the Fresh Express for Fresh Week could include
- Sunset Salad – a mix of grated carrot, parsnip & butternut squash
- Coriander & Chilli Coleslaw – lots of taste and no mayo
- Kale, carrot and butternut salad – with a seaweed and miso dressing
Many thanks to Tefel for sending me the Fresh Express to review and to save my sore wrists.