Food & Drink

Pear foster

2 teaspoons Smart Balance

3 pears (Anjou or Bartlett recommended), peeled, halved, seeded and diced

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

2 tablespoons fat-free caramel sauce

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup rum or Grand Marnier, optional

1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Makes 4 servings.

Heat Smart Balance in a nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat.

Add pears, sugar, caramel sauce, cinnamon, lemon juice, vanilla and rum or liqueur. Bring to a simmer and cook 4 minutes until sauce melts and pears soften and combine with sauce. If using walnuts, add to the sauce now.

Chef Steve's tip: Serve over ice cream.

Nutrition per serving (with walnuts and rum): 187 calories, 32 percent calories from fat, 7 g total fat, .85 g saturated fat, .85 mg cholesterol, 32 g carbohydrates, 4 g total fiber, 22 g total sugars, 27 g net carbs, 3 g protein, 29 mg sodium.

Per serving (without walnuts and rum): 135 calories, 13 percent calories from fat, 2 g total fat, .59 g saturated fat, .85 mg cholesterol, 31 g carbohydrates, 4 g total fiber, 21 g total sugars, 27 g net carbs, .62 g protein, 29 mg sodium.

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