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bigstock-Fresh-raw-spinach-salad-with-f-47149759by Angela Aladjem RD, LD

During the Christmas season, plenty of traditional foods come to mind: cranberries, sweet potatoes, turkey, pumpkin, peppermint, you get the drift. The winters are not terribly known for awesome produce, but there are some little gems that are in season, one of them being pears. Pears can be used in any recipe that calls for apples. They are naturally high in fiber and potassium, as well as vitamin C. Like most fruits, they are cholesterol and sodium free. For the holidays, when everyone is looking for something new to add to a family breakfast or brunch, or just to have a festive snack, i have included some healthier pear recipes for you to try this holiday season.

Pear Crisp

This is a delightful substitute for apple crisp. This recipe is high in fiber and lower in sugar and fat than most other crisp or crumble recipes. Another bonus is that it is super easy to prepare!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oat flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 3 medium pears, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix the oats, sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until you have a coarse meal. Coat a 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine the pears with lemon juice. Put the oat mixture on top of the pears and bake for about 20 minutes, until golden.

Leafy Green, Walnut and Pear Salad

Another easy to throw together side for a meal. Rather than croutons, the nuts add crunch and additional health benefits.

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. capers, chopped
  • 4 cups torn green leaf lettuce
  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 4 cups chopped radicchio
  • 1 ripe red Anjou pear, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt 

I hope your holiday season is filled with many blessings, love and happiness! Enjoy the season and stay healthy.

Happy Holidays, Angela

 

 


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