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Recipe November 2017

Pear Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Remember twice-baked potatoes—yummy but, oh, so fattening? Here’s a richer and sweeter version that’s more healthy. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of antioxidants; pears are high in fiber. Next time you’re tempted to serve baked potatoes, think sweet.

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Pear Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 large pears, peeled and sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil, extra-light
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • chopped hazelnuts (optional)

Method

1. Bake whole sweet potatoes at 425° for 45 minutes, or until done. Cool slightly.
2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick skillet sauté pears in olive oil over medium heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well for about a minute until sugar dissolves.
3. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, scoop out pulp, leaving skin intact. Mash pulp.
4. Mix mashed potatoes and pears together and stir well. Stuff mixture back into shells.
5. Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through. Garnish with chopped nuts if desired.

Per serving: 170 calories, 2 gm protein, 35 gm carbohydrate, 4 gm fat, 0 gm sat fat, 3 gm mono fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 6 gm fiber, 12 mg sodium

Seasoned Cook

Extra-light olive oil has the same number of calories as regular olive oil, but has a very light flavor making it quite useful in sweet dishes. Sweet potatoes are often referred to as yams, but they’re actually two different vegetables. To save time, you can prepare ahead through step 4.

CHI St. Vincent