Healthy Holiday Recipe Countdown – Day 20

Spiced Cranberry Pears


Give canned pears gourmet appeal by gently simmering them with dried cranberries and spices. The result is so good people will think the recipe came from a celebrity chef.





3 cups cranberry-raspberry juice

1/2 cup dried cranberries

2 strips orange zest, 2-inches x 1-inch

1/2 tsp. ground allspice

Pinch of ground cloves (or more, if desired)

Two cans (15 oz. each) pear halves in concentrated juice


Place cranberry-raspberry juice, cranberries, zest and spices in a deep saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture is reduced to about 2 cups, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, drain pears, reserving liquid for another use. (The juice makes a refreshing beverage mixed equally with club soda.) Place pears in a serving bowl. Pour hot liquid over pears. Set aside to cool and let sit 20 minutes at room temperature before serving. (Pears keep 3 to 4 days, refrigerated.)

Makes 5 to 6 servings.

Per serving: 183 calories, less than 1 g. total fat (0 g. saturated fat), 46 g. carbohydrate, less than 1 g. protein, 3 g. dietary fiber, 8 mg. sodium.