Roasted Pears with Maple and Walnuts

For those of you who care, I watched Game of Thrones for the first time this last month.  I finished the season 6 finale yesterday.  I didn’t buy into the hype for a long long time, but now I can whole heartedly say that I am forever changed.  Emotionally damaged, and unsure if I can ever trust anything for the truth again, is where this journey has left me.  However, one thing I can trust is that good food will always make me feel better!  I decided to spend my day off making up some delicious foodstuffs.  I happened to have some Bosc Pears lying around so I went with some yummy roasted pears!

These pears are vegan and gluten free!  No nasty chemicals or preservatives either!  Basically these pears are one with nature and your body will appreciate you.  Just pears, natural maple syrup, raw walnuts, and some lemon and salt for flavor!  This recipe is incredibly easy and takes just minutes of preparation.  And with only a handful of ingredients it’s simple enough for any kitchen novice.

This is a great option for those of you with a sweet tooth (guilty), but also want to stay on the healthy side of things.  One medium sized pear has about 100 calories, and contains almost a quarter of your daily dose of dietary fiber!  I’m pretty sure this recipe will fit into any sort of calorie counter/nutrient monitor program you use!  Walnuts also pack a whole bunch of nutrients.  They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants.  They are big players in brain health, and have been shown to reduce age related memory loss and improve comprehension.  So eat em up!

Roasted Pears with Maple and Walnuts
Ingredients
2 Bosc Pears
1/3 C Walnuts
2 T + 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup
Lemon Wedge for Juice
Salt to taste (I used Pink Himalayan)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the pears in half, trim the ends where the stem is.  Use a spoon to scoop out the core.

Chop Walnuts into small pieces, and mix with two T maple syrup.

Divide walnuts between the four halves, and drizzle the remaining t of maple syrup.  Squeeze the lemon wedge over top of the pears, and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, until pears are soft and easily pierced with a knife.

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