10 healthy ways to cook with pears

Pears are packed with nutrients and loaded with taste. Here's how to incorporate them into your meals

By Margaret Nearing

10 healthy ways to cook with pears

Three-pear salad: Slice a Red Anjou, a yellow Bartlett, the most widely grown variety in Canada‚ and a brown Bosc. Arrange slices on top of mixed greens. Crumble on a little blue cheese, and drizzle with olive oil and vinegar.

Side dish: Place thick pear wedges in the pan around a pork roast or pork tenderloin. Sprinkle a little chopped fresh rosemary over all, then cook in oven. Serve pork with pears spooned on the side.

Feel like Thai?
Stir-fry cubed chicken breast until cooked through. Add minced fresh ginger, and slices of pear and red pepper. Cook for a few minutes more. Serve with rice noodles, and sprinkle with chopped peanuts and cilantro.

Warm dessert:
Halve pears, remove core and place cut sides down in a baking dish. Bake until slightly soft, about 15 minutes. Turn over fruit, drizzle with chocolate sauce and bake five minutes more. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Delicious brunch:
Grate a little ripe pear into your favourite pancake, muffin or loaf batter.

Need an easy appetizer?
Cut a firm pear into rounds, and top with a thin slice of Brie cheese. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Broil until cheese starts to melt.

Pear-fectly stuffed: Bake squash halves until tender. Fill with a mixture of chopped pear, feta, parsley and cooked couscous. Return to oven and bake until heated through.

Spice it up: Add chopped pears to chicken and vegetable curries, or stir grated pear and cucumber into yogurt as a raita on the side.

Yummy crisp:
Mix sliced pears with cranberries and a drizzle of maple syrup. Top with rolled oats mixed with a little brown sugar, flour and melted butter. Bake until the fruit is soft and the topping is browned.

Versatile salsa: Combine chopped pear, jalapeno and cilantro. Squeeze in a little lime juice. Serve with salmon, white fish or chicken.

Best Health Magazine, October 2010

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