Quick Baked Pears

Amy Kalyn Sims
Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 6 minutes; Standing time: 5 minutes.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 pear half with 1 tablespoon vanilla frozen yogurt and about 1 1/2 tablespoons juice)

Nutritional Information

Calories 176
Fat 2 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 40 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 32 mg
Calcium 78 mg

Ingredients

2 large Bosc pears
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried mixed fruit (such as Sun-Maid Fruit Bits)
1/4 cup low-fat granola
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt, divided into 4 small scoops

Preparation

1. Peel pears; cut in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to remove core and seeds, creating a hollow.

2. Place pear halves, with cut sides up, in a glass pie plate. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over pears.

3. Combine cranberries and granola; mound into hollows of the pear halves. Pour the apple juice in and around pear halves. Cover dish loosely with wax paper.

4. Cook in microwave on HIGH 6-8 minutes or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife. Let stand in the dish 5 minutes. Use a large slotted spoon to transfer the pears to serving plates.

5. Drizzle juices from pie plate over pears and serve with frozen yogurt.

Note:

Karen Levin,

October 2006