Elaine walked in to our Mind-full Motivator morning group carrying a beautiful silver platter, lined with 2 white paper doilies. A beautiful display of baked pears sat on top, decorated with a tiny flower and leaf. So pleasing to the eye... It was a perfect way to kick off our class discussion on Mindful Eating.
I definitely want to share her recipe, and a couple others from our MM Groupies. Trying new recipes can keep you excited about enjoying new, healthy foods. Nothing defeats a new eating plan faster than eating the same things over and over until you're totally bored. Experiment with new recipes and keep healthy eating fun!
Elaine's Easy & Delicious Baked Pears
Pears, as many as you'd like
Wash and cut in half
Scoop out the seeds with a spoon or melon baller, leaving a nice, small round hole.
Very lightly sprinkle on top (1/4 tsp or less per half)
Place a few in the center of each pear half
Sprinkle on top
Bake at 350
Lynn's Awesome Apple-Acorn Squash
Wash and cut in half
Scoop out seeds
Place upside down in a "sprayed" 9x13" pan
Add 2 Tbsp. water
Cook 30 minutes at 375
Remove from oven
Flip squash over
Apple, 1 of your favorite
Wash, core, and slice
Fill squash with apples
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Sprinkle on top of squash and apples
Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until apples are soft
Very Vanilla Granola
Preheat oven to 300
"Spray" jelly roll pan or large baking sheet
Combine in large bowl:
4 cups Old Fashioned Oats (Not Quick)
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
1/4 c. loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Put in a saucepan:
1/4 c. canola oil
1/4 c. honey
1 T. sugar
Bring to simmer over medium heat.
Remove from heat and add:
4 tsp. vanilla
Pour over dry mixture. Stir well, tossing to coat well. Use your hands to help with this.
Spread onto cooking sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don't overcook!! It will crisp up while it cools.
When cool, stir to break up into pieces and chunks. If you stir too early, no chunk will form.
1/4 cup is 100 wonderful, healthy calories. Try some stirred in yogurt!
Makes 32 servings.
To Your Health!