There isn’t anything better than a meal that’s prepared with fresh, in-season produce! I love going to the local farmer’s market, scoping out the selection, and then planning my meals for the week based on what’s available.
Each month has a variety of different fruits and vegetables that are at their prime and I have to say, I think February’s offerings are some of my favorites!
Tangelos, oranges, brussel sprouts, arugula, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and the list goes on and on! I could think of a thousand recipes to make with this list of nutritious and delicious produce!
However, with all of the fruits and veggies that are at their best this month, the winner has to be the pear! Pears are not only delicious, but this all-natural fruit is packed with tons of healthy nutrients too! They’re high in vitamin B2, vitamin C, and copper! They’re also loaded with potassium and high in fiber as well!
The pear is super versatile and can be used in desserts, salads, and even just eaten alone! They’re just pear perfection!! This divine fruit can be enjoyed with each course! Pears with Brie cheese for an appetizer, roasted pear salad as a starter salad, roasted chicken or pork with pear compote, roasted pears with honey for dessert!! There are seriously so many uses for the almighty pear!
Short on ideas? Check out these two easy and tasty recipes that are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next dinner party!
Roasted Pear Salad:
- 4 Cups Baby Lettuce (or mixed greens)
- 1 Pear, sliced thin
- 2 TBS Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbled
- 2 TBS Walnuts, crushed
- Balsamic Glaze, drizzled to taste
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
In a small pan, roast sliced pears over medium heat, until pear looks caramelized and set aside until cool. In a large salad-mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and toss. Serve on small salad plates, enjoy!
Roasted Pears with Honey:
- 3 Anjou Pears, halved
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- 1 TBS Honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut three Anjou pears in half. Cut a small sliver off of back of each half, so that each pear can sit on back without teeter-tottering. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle pears with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Place baking sheet in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes before serving. Serve on small dessert plates and enjoy!
There’s no competition when it comes to the pear for me! The pear is really an “all-purpose” fruit! You can bake it, roast it, grill it, poach it, and even eat it raw! It has the perfect amount of sweetness combined with just the right amount of citrus to activate all of the taste buds in your mouth!
So this February, make sure to go to your local farmers market, pick up a basket full of pears and start cooking! With all of the different uses and the awesome health benefits the pear rocks, you just can’t beat it!