Baked Cardamom Pears
Pears don’t need a lot of help to make a delicious dessert. With just a few raisins to provide contrasting sweetness and cardamom to give the pears an intense, aromatic quality, this dish is a potent crowd-pleaser.
1 pear, halved and cored
2 tablespoons raisins
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
2 small sprigs mint
Cut the pear in half and remove the core, creating a small pocket. Place the raisins in the pocket. Place the pear halves in a baking dish, sprinkling cardamom over the fleshy part. Cover the baking dish. Bake the pears at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Place a fresh sprig of mint (just a cutting with two to four leaves) on each pear and serve.
Per serving: Calories: 80; Fat: 0.2 g; Saturated Fat: 0 g; Calories from Fat: 1.9; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Protein: 0.7 g; Carbohydrates: 21.3 g; Sugar: 14 g; Fiber: 3.3 g; Sodium: 2 mg; Calcium: 15 mg; Iron: 0.4 mg; Vitamin C: 4.1 mg; Beta Carotene: 13 mcg; Vitamin E: 0.2 mg
Source: 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Neal Barnard, M.D.; recipe by Jason Wyrick of the Vegan Culinary Experience.
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