Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cranberry-Pear Sauce

Pass Up: Canned Cranberry SaucePer 1/3-cup serving: 225 cal, <1 g fat (0 g sat), 57 g carbs, 2 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, <1 g protein 

Pass the Cranberry-Pear Sauce
Cranberries are weight-loss superstars. Studies have found that they contain organic acids that may help dissolve fat deposits, plus enzymes that may boost metabolism. Too bad we tend to dump sugar over them to temper their tartness. The pears in this dish add sweetness, which means you can use half the sugar found in most canned sauces.

1/2 cup sugar
12 oz fresh cranberries
3 Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and chopped 
1/4 inch piece of ginger - grated
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves

1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 cup water, sugar, ginger and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Stir well.

2. Add cranberries, pears, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; stir well to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until cranberries burst.

3. Remove from heat. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Makes 8 servings
Per 1/3-cup serving: 112 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 29 g carbs, 62 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 0 g protein

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