BAKED HONEY WALNUT PEARS

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Hi there!  Lately the weather has been cooler, the leaves have been changing colors and Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  I could not be more excited!  As much as I love Christmas (and boy, do I love Christmas), Thanksgiving is still my favorite holiday.  There's just something about the act of giving thanks that makes me get the warm and fuzzies.  Thankfully (no pun intended), we don't need a special day to have gratitude in our hearts, but it's still a great reminder.

While we're on the subject of Thanksgiving, I couldn't go without mentioning the food.  I loveee Thanksgiving food! Granted, I don't eat turkey, but I do love the sides.  Some are healthier than others, but it's all about balance, right? My strategy is to eat a little bit of everything, that way I get to try it all, without going too overboard.  Ha!  What's your method? Please tell me I'm not the only one!

Okay, I digress.  Today I am sharing a recipe that is great this time of year, and is a healthy option for dessert.  This could be eaten on Thanksgiving, or any other day for that matter.

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Baked Honey Walnut Pears, serves 2 or 4 (depending on how hungry you are)

2 pears (I used Bosc) 1/4 c. walnuts, chopped 1 tsp. honey 1 tsp. cinnamon

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Start by halving your pears, scooping out a small section of the middle and placing on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Add walnuts to the center, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey.  Bake in oven at 350° for about 30 minutes or until the sides of the pear start to curl.  Serve as is, or top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream as an extra treat!

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Mmm...the sweetness of the pears and honey, mixed with the crunchiness of the walnuts and the spice of the cinnamon make an excellent combo!  This would be a great Thanksgiving dessert, or just as a treat during the week. Enjoy!

xo.  Jen