By Dr. Janet Brill
A medium pear is a perfect 100-calorie snack with 6 g of fiber and a high content of vitamin C and vitamin K. Pears are a versatile fruit, they can be eaten raw, baked, roasted, sautéed, and grilled. If you like your pears juicy and sweet, place them in brown paper bag and check daily until the neck of the pear gives to gentle pressure. The naturally sweet pears are the perfect ingredient to candy-coat your warm breakfast oatmeal, fruit crisp, or side dish without adding sugar or honey.
Try this week’s sweet vegetable and fruit side dish, Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash and Pear. It is a low calorie recipe that is low fat and contains zero cholesterol. Hence it naturally brings cholesterol down.
Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash and Pear
Sweeten your roasted vegetables with not only a juicy fruit, but cinnamon too!
Yield: 8 servings (4 oz per serving = ½ cup)
- 2 cups of butternut squash, chopped
- 2 pears, chopped
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 350 º F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well to coat the butternut squash, onion, and pear with the olive oil and cinnamon. Spread out mixture onto the baking sheet. Roast mixture for 45 minutes (stir every 15 minutes).
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories: 65 kcal, Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 3mg