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Slow Cooked Pears with Lemon and Thyme
Simple to make, the soft warm pears will melt in your mouth. A perfect desert for any night, they are naturally sweet and full of flavor without any concentrated sweetener. The thyme adds just a hint of complexity, and boosts the immune enhancing quality of this dish. Cinnamon is warming and promotes circulation. It also helps to relieve cold from the outer layer of the body. Pears themselves nourish the lungs and moisten the body, enhancing skin quality and large intestine function. To dress them up, simply serve along side vanilla ice cream or top with homemade whipped cream.
All of this in a delicious dessert? Sign me up! Plus, with the slow cooker, they are so easy to make it’s just ridiculous. Like all good desserts (in my humble opinion), these pears make an awesome breakfast too. Slow-cooked pears with some warm homemade pumpkin bread, anyone? Or how about with a big side of bacon? Yes yes yes, please for me!
Added bonus: These pears are an adaptation of a traditional Korean cold remedy. Cooking them fills the house with a rich soothing aroma that stokes your appetite. With no concentrated sweeteners, they are naturally flavorful and full of health benefits. Ready to dive in to Autumn? Here we go…
Ingredients for Slow Cooked Pears:
- 6 pears, medium ripe and firm
- 1 TBS butter
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 TBS raisins
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ lemon
How to prepare:
- Wash and peel pears. Then quarter them and remove the cores.
- Place in a slow cooker.
- Mix juice of ½ lemon with vanilla extract and cinnamon.
- Pour over pears.
- Sprinkle in raisins.
- Add butter.
- Place thyme sprigs on top.
- Cook on low for 3 ½ or 4 hours.
- Serve warm. Drizzle with juice at bottom of the slow cooker.
Julie de Lagarde, Real Fit Mama
Conceived in the belly of my integrative wellness practice, Real Fit Mama was born in early April 2013 as the next generation in my wellness family. I recently started writing and blogging, ready to share what I’ve learned through decades of living and nearly a decade of clinical acupuncture practice. Real Fit Mama has opened doors to allow me a more personal and intimate connection with a broad base of people, based on my experiences as a mom, Real Food eater, athlete, and acupuncturist. My mission is to inspire and empower people to find connection, joy, and optimal wellbeing.
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