Hands down, the healthiest thing about pears is their high fiber content. A medium-size Bartlett pear boasts about 4 grams of fiber, which helps block the absorption of fat and cholesterol—and it helps keep you regular, too.
So take advantage of fabulous, fresh pears that are at the farmer’s market or produce aisle this month, and whip up one or more of these delicious dishes before pear season is over:
The Waldorf Salad was created in the 1890s at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, using just apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Since then, chefs have added nuts, and now they sometimes substitute pears for the apples. This wrap sandwich gives an old favorite an even more modern twist.
1 pear, cored and sliced
1 medium stalk of celery, chopped
1 tablespoon of chopped walnuts
3 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
2 flour tortillas (8-inch diameter)
4 lean, low-sodium turkey slices
In a medium bowl, combine the pear, celery, walnuts, and mayonnaise until well blended. Top each tortilla with 2 turkey slices and half of the pear mixture. Wrap each tortilla and serve immediately. (Yield: 2 servings.)
Ginger-Mint Pear Smoothie
When you’re in a slump and feeling tired all the time, the jazzy taste of this refreshing drink will put a little extra spring in your step.
1 cup of fat-free plain yogurt
2 pieces of candied ginger (about 1-inch square each), minced
1 tablespoon of mint jelly
1 large Bartlett pear, cored and cut into eighths
In a blender, combine the yogurt, ginger, and jelly. Blend on high. Remove the feeder cap and drop in the pear slices one by one. Process until smooth and creamy. Pour into a 12-ounce glass and serve with a straw. (Yield: 1 serving.)
End your fall meal with this warm pear dessert. Don’t feel guilty—it’s fat-free!
2 pears, halved and cored
1 to 2 cups of water
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons of honey
Raspberry or chocolate sauce (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the pears in a baking dish. Fill the dish 1 to 2 inches with the water. Sprinkle the pears with the cinnamon and nutmeg, then drizzle with the honey. Cover and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the pears are tender. Put each pear half on a plate and, if desired, garnish with the raspberry or chocolate sauce. Serve warm. (Yield: 4 servings.)
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