This can be a meal in itself with a good whole grain bread. The recipe is simple yet elegant. Pears are high in fiber and Vitamin C. There is some evidence also that they may help decrease phlegm production.
Walnuts are high in Omega 3 fatty acids and have some melatonin which may help with sleep.
Though this recipe has cheese, which is very high in saturated fat, it is modest in the amount at only a half an ounce per serving.
Honey might help to aid the growth of healthy gut bacteria. It is still a sugar though, so it should be used sparingly.
Roasted Pears with Goat Cheese
- 4 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 Tbs. honey
- 4 red-skinned pears, washed, halved and cored
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 4 cups salad greens
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Coat a large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil and honey.
- Brush pears with vinegar mixture, then set cut side down in baking dish.
- Pour remaining mixture over pears.
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until tender.
- On a separate plate, roll goat cheese into a log and then in the chopped walnuts. Cut each log into 8 slices.
- Increase heat of the oven to broil. Turn pears over. Set slices of goat cheese in the hollow of pears and broil for 5 minutes.
- Place pear on a plate, drizzle with remaining juice and surround with ½ cup of salad greens, if desired.
Nutrition Per Serving:
186 calories, 4 gm. Protein, 10 gm. Fat (3 gm. Sat. fat), 24 gm. Carbohydrate, 13 mg. chol, 77 gm. Sodium, 6 gm. Fiber