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Roasted Pears with Couscous and Winter Fruits

Serves: 4

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You'll find a fantastic selection of mega-vitamin-packed dried fruits individually packaged in the bulk department at PCC. These little gems add a spark of color and chewy texture to so many wintery dishes. I love them in this Mediterranean-inspired couscous with the quintessential juicy accompaniment of roasted pears.


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Preheat oven to 400° F.

Cut the pears in half lengthwise and with a melon baller, spoon or small ice cream scoop, remove the core. Place the pear halves face down in a parchment paper-lined roasting pan and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are fork tender. They will caramelize in their own juices. While the pears are cooking, prepare the couscous.

In a heavy pot, heat the oil over medium high heat and cook the cumin, onions and celery for about 3 to 4 minutes until crisp tender. Stir in the dried fruit, the saffron and the couscous. Pour in the broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Season with the salt and pepper. Cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Let the couscous steam for about 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff it with a fork.

To serve: You have a choice! Cut the pear halves into thin slices and fan one on each of 4 plates or just serve them uncut, tilted at a flirtatious angle. Mound with the couscous and garnish with lemon wedges, toasted almonds and feta cheese if you so desire. Great all on its own or as a side dish for a special meal.

Recipe by Lynne Vea, PCC Chef

Source: PCC Fresh February 2009

drief fruit

A wealth of nutrients

High in fiber, dried fruit is also filled with complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

While a handful of dried apricots or mango slices is great when traveling, dried fruit easily can be incorporated into dishes to add a healthy burst of sweet, and added texture.

At PCC, you'll find cherries to cranberries, mission figs to papaya slices. We have several different kinds of raisins including Flame, Thompson, Monukka and Sultana. Visit your local PCC to see all it has to offer.

Dried fruit, along with whole grains, nuts, seeds, and honey, make up the this homemade granola. It serves as a great energy-boosting snack and also is a nice way to jump-start your day.

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