Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes, flavors and textures — from round and oblong, to sweet, crisp, soft or creamy, making them a great “pear-ing” for a variety of foods. Pears are low in calories, high in vitamin C and dietary fiber. Whether eaten raw, poached or baked, they are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and more. Here are nine ways to add these juicy, sweet fruits to your diet.
1. PEAR & CHIA WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES | IFOODREAL
Mix up your usual breakfast routine with these healthy pear pancakes made with whole wheat flour and low in fat and sugar. Grated pears are the secret to fluffy, moist pancakes, while chia seeds add a nutty crunch. Recipe makes 12 servings at 1 pancake each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 83; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 16mg; Sodium: 36mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 2g
2. PEAR & ALMOND STEEL CUT BAKED OATMEAL | RECIPE RUNNER
Looking for new ways to spice up your usual breakfast oatmeal? Baked oatmeal is a great alternative to stove-top cooked oats. This baked oatmeal is studded with sweet pears, crunchy almonds and chewy oats. Make a batch on the weekend, and you will have breakfast all week long. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 224; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 31mg; Sodium: 145mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 6g
3. PEAR & WALNUT SANDWICHES | A COUPLE COOKS
Tickle your tastebuds with this scrumptious pear walnut sandwich. This sandwich mixes savory cheese, juicy pears and lightly sweet cinnamon-raisin bread. Toasted walnuts add crunch for a sandwich filled with textures and flavors. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 sandwich each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 254; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Sodium: 341mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 8g
4. REFRESHING KALE & PEAR SMOOTHIE | EATING BIRD FOOD
Get a serious boost of vitamins A and C with a thirst-quenching smoothie made with juicy pears and superfood kale. Lemon juice adds tang for a refreshing and energizing green smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 228; Total Fat: 0g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 67mg; Total Carbohydrate: 56; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugars: 26g; Protein: 6g
5. ONE-PAN ROASTED CHICKEN & PEARS | USA PEARS
Craving delicious fall flavors? This beautiful meal marries bright Bosc pears, hearty veggies and tender chicken thighs in just 30 minutes — and all in a single pan. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 chicken thigh, 1 pear half and 1 cup vegetables each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 465; Total Fat: 25g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 119mg; Sodium: 345mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 27g
6. WARM BRUSSELS SPROUTS & PEAR SALAD | BUDGET BYTES
This simple yet filling salad features sautéed Brussels sprouts and crunchy pears, tossed with a homemade Dijon vinaigrette. Dress it up with grilled chicken, feta or walnuts. Tip: Save time by buying pre-shredded Brussels sprouts. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 167; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 182mg; Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 3g
7. SLOW COOKER PEAR & RAISIN PORK LOIN ROAST | THE HEALTHY FOODIE
For a succulent, juicy pork roast, all you need is a slow-cooker. This pork is cooked in a medley of herbs, spices, pears and raisins for a sweet, tangy, melt-in-your mouth tender roast. Serve as is, or with a side of veggies. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 362; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 162mg; Sodium: 480mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 53g
8. BAKED PEARS WITH CINNAMON HONEY | THE WHEATLESS KITCHEN
Soft, tender baked pears are coated with cinnamon, honey and buttery goodness. Sprinkle on some nuts for added crunch and you’ll have a satisfying dessert you can feel good about. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1/2 pear each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 117; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 1mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 17g; Protein: 1g
9. CHOCOLATE CHIP & PEAR BLONDIE BITES | HUMMUSAPIEN
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these vegan blondie bites. They are made with whole wheat flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil instead of the usual white flour, sugar and butter. Each bite is a mouthful of wonderfully gooey chocolate and sweet pears. Recipe makes 10 servings at 2 blondie bites each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 145; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 117mg; Carbohydrate: 24g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 1g