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Baked Sweet Pears

2 Jan

Baked Sweet Pears

This dessert is so flavorful and easy to prepare. Great for finishing off a dinner party! your guests will be asking for more! I used organic Bosc pears.

4 pears washed, cut in half and cored (cut longwise)

vanilla extract

a couple of spoons of walnuts

1/4 to 1/2 spoon of cinnamon

a spoon of grated ginger

a couple of spoons of maple syrup

a dollop of vanilla ice cream (cow, soy or rice)

Cut pears lengthwise and core out the centers and place into a baking pan filled with 1/4 inch or so of water. In a bowl mix nuts, grated ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup together. Spoon mixture into the cored out pears. Drizzle a little bit more of the maple syrup onto the pears. Cover the pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 min or until pears are soft but not mushy.  Serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Tip: for a sweeter treat, you can grate some chocolate onto the pears just before serving. Either dairy or vegan chocolate can be used.



photo by QuintanaRoo on flickr.com

Strawberry Spinach Salad

2 Jan

Strawberry Spinach Salad

This salad is so quick and tasty! You can prepare it in less than 15 minutes. It’s packed with vitamin C and lots of love. All ingredients are organic.

one bunch of spinach washed thoroughly

a small carton of fresh strawberries washed and sliced

1/4 to 1/2 of a red onion very thinly sliced (or diced)

a small handful of walnuts (optional)


2 spoons of extra virgin olive oil

a spoon of balsamic vinegar

a dash of maple syrup

salt and pepper to taste

Wash the spinach thoroughly and then pat dry in paper towel to remove excess moisture.  Add spinach in a large salad bowl with the red onion. In a small bowl combine vinegar, oil, spices and maple syrup. Stir well until salt is completely dissolved. Add the dressing to the spinach and toss well to coat all the leaves. Sprinkle the sliced strawberries and walnuts on the top of the salad for a nice presentation.

Tip: try adding some fresh blueberries as well or thinly sliced apple for a tasty variation. I even like fresh Parmesan cheese grated on top!



photo by greenlagirl on flickr.com