With the holidays behind us, and the light of Spring Break shining (dimly) in our future, many students are beginning to shed the winter pounds in wishful thinking for the warm weather destinations that the March break will hold.
On that note, no matter the time of year, it is always difficult to kick a nagging sweet tooth. Finding desserts that cater to health conscious eaters can be a definite challenge that leaves many students stuck in a tug-of-war between satisfying their cravings and wanting to eat consciously.
Red Wine Poached Pears, a dessert with little fat, contains natural sugar, and is as easy to whip up as a batch of cookies. Whether serving them for a dinner with friends or just for a weeknight treat, these will satisfy both your cravings and your health conscious mind.
Pears are great seasonal fruits that are full of the vitamin C you need to boost a wintertime immune system. Combined with the antioxidants in red wine and extra vitamin C from the added orange juice, this dessert comes packed with all sorts of healthy aspects to keep you well and motivated!
Red Wine Poached Pears inspired by the Food Network website Active time: 10 min, Total time: 35 min, Makes 4 servings
4 bosc pears, peeled 1 orange 2 cups of red wine ¼ cup of sugar ½ teaspoon of cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves
In a medium sized pot, bring the red wine to medium heat. Peel a portion of the orange and add to the red wine. Next, slice the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the red wine mixture. Stir in the cloves and cinnamon and let sit for five minutes while peeling the pears.
Once done, place the pears in the mixture for 15 minutes, turning them over halfway through. Remove the pears from the pot (using a soup spoon is easiest) and set aside. Next, cook down the wine mixture for another 20 minutes until slightly thickened.
Pour the mixture over the standing pears and serve. If your sweet tooth is really nagging, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate.