This delicious breakfast is quick and easy to make and provides all of the heart-healthy benefits of oats without any of the artificial ingredients or sugar found in refined cereals.
8 cups unsweetened apple juice
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
½ cup raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats (not instant)
Put the apple juice, orange zest and juice, raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the oats and stir rapidly for 30 seconds. Cover, decrease the heat to low, and cook for 5 minutes. Serve hot.
Apple-Cherry Oatmeal: Replace the orange zest and juice with 3 apples, peeled, cored, and diced, and the raisins with ½ cup of dried cherries.
Pineapple-Coconut Oatmeal: Replace the apple juice with 8 cups of unsweetened pineapple juice, and replace the raisins with 2 cups of unsweetened shredded dried coconut.
Ramses Bravo is the executive chef at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California and the author of the cookbook, Bravo! He came from working in hotel and restaurant kitchens where butter, cream, meat and pizza flowed freely; so taking the job at TrueNorth was unfamiliar territory. But after he adopted the diet himself, he quickly dropped 30 pounds without even trying, and also had a lot more energy and desire to play with his daughter, Lulu. When asked what he loves most about working at TrueNorth, he said, “That I have been able to embrace my role as a cooking teacher. I teach adults across the country about healthy food, and I also teach children at my daughter’s school how to cook.” Chef Bravo’s hobbies include photography, writing, human behavior, knitting, football, and making jewelry with his daughter.