If chocolate is your heart’s desire, pair it with pears. This healthy dessert for your sweetheart provides fiber, piquant lemon (what relationship doesn’t need a little tang?) and a version of chocolate that is low in fat . It’s quick and easy, too!
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving:122 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 32 g carbohydrates,
<1 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 7 mg sodium.
- 4 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Grated rind and juice of ½ lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 fresh, ripe pears
- 2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
- 2 Tbsp. dried cherries or dried cranberries (optional)
- In large saucepan, combine water, sugar, lemon rind, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
- Peel, halve and core pears. Add pears to boiling syrup. (Pears should be covered in liquid; if not, double the amount of poaching liquid or poach in batches.) Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer gently 15-20 minutes until pears almost tender.
- Remove from heat and let cool in liquid. Drain pears thoroughly and pat dry on paper towels. Place halves on individual plates.
- Drizzle with chocolate syrup and sprinkle with dried cherries or cranberries. Serve at room temperature.
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Source: AICR Health E-Recipe 12-14-2010 Issue 327