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Serve your special Valentine this very attractive and easy dessert. The uniqueness of a pear, including the stem, drizzled with chocolate sauce appeals to all ages. Use pears that are ripe but not too soft.

4 small pears with stem intact
2 tablespoons orange juice
4 teaspoons fat-free dark chocolate syrup (such as Hershey’s)

Peel pears. Partially core from bottom, leaving the stem intact. If necessary, take a small slice off the bottom to make it flat, so the pear can stand without tipping.

Pour orange juice onto a plate, and roll pears in the juice to coat. This will prevent browning.

Arrange pears in a 2-quart microwave-safe casserole. Cover, venting the lid, and cook on high for 3 minutes, rotating 1/4 turn halfway through cooking time. Let sit 5 minutes.

Cool in refrigerator until chilled.

To serve, place a pear on a plate with the stem up, and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

Note: One serving is an excellent source of fiber.

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4 servings
Each Serving
1 pear
Carb Servings

1 fruit
1 carbohydrate
Nutrient Analysis
calories 133
total fat 1g
saturated fat 0g
cholesterol 0mg
sodium 6mg
total carbohydrate 33g
dietary fiber 5g
sugars 20g
protein 1g

Source: Quick & Healthy Recipes Volume II, 2nd Edition, © Brenda J. Ponichtera, R.D, Published by Small Steps Press, publishing health conscious books for the general population, a division of the American Diabetes Association; retail $18.95; to order call 1-800-232-6733 Or ORDER NOW

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Recipe updated February 1, 2016

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