Want to Have Your Cake & Eat It Too?
Nov 18, 2016
One of the best ways to “have your cake and eat it too” so to speak is by incorporating as many fruits and veggies into your main dishes, side dishes, & desserts as possible!
This helps to cut down on the amount of calories, fat, & added sugars in your dishes (especially in desserts) because Fruits are naturally sweet, loaded with fiber, water & are already low in calories.
Here is a yummy dessert recipe that uses sweet, ripe pears with just a touch of added sweetness from the apple cider.
As always you can adjust your sweetness level to your preference with a little drizzle of honey on top. Enjoy!
Apple Cider Poached Pears
Cook/Prep Time: 40 minutes Number of Servings: 4
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 Bosc pears, peeled, halved, and cored
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
- Honey to drizzle (optional)
- In a medium pan over medium-high heat, bring cider, orange juice, vanilla and cinnamon stick to a boil.
- Place pears cut side facing down in the pan. Lower heat and simmer gently until a knife inserted into the pears meets no resistance, about 10-20 minutes.
- Once they are tender, remove from heat and let them cool in the pan.
- Place pears on dessert plates once cooled.
- Turn heat back up to medium and reduce the remaining poaching liquid until it becomes a glaze then pour over the top of the pears.
- In a small bowl, combine the orange zest with the Greek yogurt and place a heaping sized tablespoon on top of the pears.
- Finally sprinkle the almonds over the top of the yogurt and drizzle with a little honey (if using) just before serving.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Calories: 148 Protein: 6.5gm Total Carbohydrates: 25.5gm Fiber: 2.5gm
Total Fat: 2.5gm Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 34mg
Melanie Kluzek, Registered Dietitian for County Market