Quick & Kosher Lite: Delicate Shabbos Dessert

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As promised in the previous post, Adopting a Healthy Kosher Lifestyle, we’re launching this new category with a delicious – yet delicate - dessert recipe. No, really, it is still possible to have great desserts even when you are committed to a healthier lifestyle (at least that’s what I am told). I am not a nutritionist; I don’t even play one on TV and I’m not going to profess to have all the answers. But I do know a tantalizing, lite dessert when I see one. I can assure you that these Orange Ginger Poached Pears satisfy a sweet tooth.

This recipe is perfect since pears are in season.  Try swapping coconut milk ice cream for the soy ice cream – or you can forget the “ice cream”, if you wish (why you would do that, I’ll never understand, but to each their own).

The pears are simmered in a broth of orange juice, water, sugar (not too much), salt (a pinch) and ginger.  Ginger is aromatic, pungent and spicy- great in Asian stir fries and fruit and veggie dishes. Cook with ginger, and everyone will think you’re a gourmet (love shortcuts to success).  Fresh ginger root is available year round, just to make your life a bit easier.  After all isn’t that what we are all going for here?

A few nights ago, I dreamt I was eating a cupcake (my favorite, fluffy, fresh baked, vanilla cake, vanilla glaze, rainbow sprinkled Zomick’s cupcake) and Shira, my friend and content manager of this blog, actually dreamt she was a cinnamon bun (we didn’t dream this up on the same night in case you were wondering). Let’s leave Freud out of this.  The point is that no matter what we eat, our subconscious will indulge anyway. So let’s save the calories for our dreams and make something lite this Shabbos!

QUICK & KOSHER PEAR FACTS AND RECIPES

The pear is said to be related to the apple. The apple denies it. They both have several seeds in the core, but unlike the apple, the pear’s skin is paper-thin. Kind of like the thin-skinned relatives you want to avoid.

The Chinese pear is known to have the most medicinal value, or else it just has the best PR. Other varieties are also healthful, but don’t talk about it as much.

We usually think pears are bell-shaped, but some varieties are shaped like a rounded apple. They are not trying to confuse you; they just come that way.

P.S. A pear a day will keep the doctor away! No really - with vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid and niacin - that’s good news!