I have a thaaaaaaaaaang for pears, eating right out of hand and using them as the star ingredient in healthy desserts. If I was a partridge, I’d never fly out of my pear tree –the fruit is just so dang delicious and nutritious. Pomegranate Roasted Pears with Pine Nuts & Blue Cheese is a super simple yet sorta fancy-schmancy dessert or side dish that can be made in 30 minutes!
You know what they say, “A Pear a Day!” Okay, I made that up, but for good reason. Pears are one of the lower-calorie picks in the produce department, with a medium, 6-ounce pear topping out a tad over 100 calories. Pears pack an impressive amount of fiber (almost ¼ of the daily requirement) and this fiber creates a feeling of fullness that can help with weight management. In addition to low calories and high fiber, athletes will love this juicy fruit in their training diets for a bushel of other reasons. Thank you, pears, for your complex carbs that create energy to fuel my athletic performance, everyday baseline functioning and even keep me thinking straight. The abundance of potassium in pears helps maintain balance with the essential fluids in the cells and organs in our bodies. And, this was news to me, pears are also a good source of copper. Adequate copper helps optimize the uptake of minerals, and iron, which improves the synthesis of red blood cells.
So, enough of this healthy talk, let’s talk about delicious. How about a comforting, home-style pear cobbler, crisp or crumble (like the Cranberry Pear Ginger Crumble I made after a cooking class where I prepped way too many pear slices)?! Or, for an super-easy, yet sophisticated dessert, poached pears always impress – I like to either simmer in strong, bottled ginger ale or make a seasonal sauce like in my recipe for Poached Pears with Pomegranate Mascarpone Sauce (this one a video demo for Austin Fit Magazine).
Baked pears are also another beautiful, no-brainer fruit dessert to prepare for family and friends (or just yourself). Today, I’m sharing my recipe for Pomegranate Roasted Pears with Pine Nuts & Blue Cheese -it’s a sweet-savory showstopper! I made it for my friends at Litehouse Foods using their Simply Artisan Reserve Blue Cheese Crumbles, a rich, creamy and bold bleu that has brought home the gold from the American Cheese Society.
The bold attitude of blue cheese is the perfect complement to the winter season sweetness of pears and pomegranate – toasted pine nuts add a buttery, slightly crispy topping that can’t be beat! Only 5 minutes to prep and 25 to 30 minutes to bake, this is a fast and fabulously fit dessert worthy of a place in your life
Serve straight out of the oven, with cheese bubbling . . .or use cooled leftovers to perk up bare lettuce leaves!