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Seasonal sweets: baked pear (recipe)

Oct. 20, 2016

Healthy baked pear recipe

Fall has arrived and along with the changing leaves comes a calendar packed with holiday parties, potlucks and other festivities. Looking for a simple dessert? This easy baked pear recipe can be prepared in about 30 minutes and is full of healthy ingredients to help balance rich holiday meals.

Another star in this simple dish — cinnamon — features much more than just a nostalgic seasonal scent. Studies suggest that cinnamon boasts antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and may even offer protection from cancer and cardiovascular disease, among other conditions.

Looking to do more with pears? Try a classic combination of pear, arugula and goat cheese tossed with balsamic vinaigrette for a delicious salad; barley or quinoa mixed with dried cranberries and pear as a side dish; or pear and butternut squash soup.

Baked Pears With Honey
Have leftovers? Pair that pear with Greek yogurt for a healthy and tasty breakfast.
Yields 4 servings (1/2 pear per person)

2 large ripe pears
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons honey (optional)
1/4 cup crushed walnuts (optional)
Dollop of vanilla yogurt or frozen yogurt (optional)

Heat oven to 350° F. Cut pears in half and use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out seeds. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle the cinnamon evenly across pear halves. Top with walnuts (if desired) and drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of honey over each half. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool. Serve in a bowl with frozen yogurt (if desired).

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