Guest post graciously contributed by Liz Ritoli

Apples of all kinds are coming in and my first inclination is to put them into my oatmeal for breakfast. Sometimes I have this as a light dinner with whole grain toast and ghee.

1. In a small pan, measure:

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons of water
1 small apple, cored, peeled (optional if organic), and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
1 Tablespoon raisins
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
Pinch of salt

2. Bring to a low boil.
3. Simmer covered for about 5 minutes…

Or, until the apples are cooked and the raisins are plump.
4. Add rolled oats.

1/2 cup of rolled oats go into to the simmering water and cook on low until the oats are done. For creamier oatmeal, add the oats at the beginning and cook all together.

To enhance the nourishing effects, hang by the stove while the spices and apples are cooking. The spicy fragrance and the warm steam from the pot is a great way to wake up your senses.

It’s going to be rainy this Columbus Day weekend and I’m pretty sure I’ll be eating this more than once!