On Friday, January 25th, Madea Allen was back at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger for the first Chef’s Corner of 2013. She made pear raisin muesli using items from the pantry. This easy-to-prepare recipe can be eaten with yogurt as part of a well-balanced breakfast or snack. The recipe promotes heart health by integrating whole grains from oats and soluble fiber from pears, and eliminates the empty calories of sugar by using apple juice as an alternative sweetener. You can find more of Madea’s recipes and learn more about her approach to healthy cooking at http://www.organicsoulchef.com/. Enjoy!

PEAR RAISIN MUESLI
A delicious high fiber breakfast or snack option. Serves 4.

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
½ cup raisins
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch sea salt
2 cups apple juice
½ cup chopped pears
Procedure:
1. Place oats, raisins, cinnamon, sea salt, and pears in a mixing bowl. Pour apple juice over mixture and stir.

2. Cover bowl with plate and allow mixture to soften grains 6 to 8 hours or overnight.

3. Serve as is or with yogurt.

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