by, Robin Plotkin, RD
We’re entering the season of Fruit Fatigue.
Heard of it? It’s the time of year where we gravitate toward the same few fruits: oranges, bananas, apples. Repeat. Fewer fruits are seasonal in the winter months and we tend to lean toward those we know are available and those we know our kids will eat.
I get it. Totally.
It’s also the season where chocolate, candy, chocolate covered candy and other not so healthy things are abundant. Sometimes, it’s tough to fit in that fruit serving when the holiday cheer is begging to to be eaten.
Again, I get it. Totally.
No reason not to enjoy the season, but it’s also not a reason to blow off fruit.
For those two reasons, I created this simple, seasonal pear sauce. Could be the texture, the flavor or the shape of the fruit-who knows-but we aren’t huge pear fans at our house. Now pear sauce? That’s another story. We’ve stirred it into oatmeal, thrown it into a blender as part of a smoothie, eaten it right out of the container and poured it over yogurt and ice cream. Do what you want—it’s versatile. And it certainly fights fruit fatigue.
Cinnamon Spiked Pear Sauce
4 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (Bartlett or other soft pears are best)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. ground cinnamon (or more)
Combine pears, water, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until the pears are soft. Stir occasionally.
Using a stick or immersion blender, puree the sauce until desired consistency is achieved. Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups.