4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 Bosc or Anjou pears, unpeeled, halved, and cored
2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp (15 mL) pure maple syrup
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh squeezed lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) chicken stock
1/2 lb (250 g) broccolini spears or Chinese broccoli
2 cups (500 mL) radicchio leaves
1/4 cup (60 mL) natural sliced almonds, toasted
1/4 cup (60 mL) crumbled blue cheese
Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C).
Lightly oil a baking dish just large enough to hold 4 chicken breasts and 4 pear halves.
Combine olive oil, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, and lemon juice in small bowl and whisk to blend.
Place pear halves in baking dish cut side up. Brush Dijon mixture over pears, reserving remaining for chicken. Bake pears in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes.
Gently move to the side of the dish and add chicken breasts to baking pan in a single layer. Brush remaining Dijon mixture over pears and chicken breasts and sprinkle with a little salt and fresh pepper. Continue to bake for 20 more minutes until juices run clear when chicken is pierced. Remove chicken and pears to a heated platter and cover to keep warm.
Transfer pan juices to small saucepan and whisk in chicken stock. Bring to a boil and boil until reduced to 1/4 cup (60 mL). Meanwhile, steam broccolini just until tender crisp. Drain.
To serve, place chicken on a bed of radicchio alongside a couple of steamed broccolini spears. Drizzle with reduced pan juices and sprinkle with almonds and crumbled cheese.
Each serving contains: 393 calories; 34 g protein; 16 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 30 g carbohydrates; 6 g fibre; 309 mg sodium
source: "Pear-Fection", alive #336, October 2010
Pears and chocolate make for a very natural friendship and play together beautifully in this plant-based, dairy-free cake. This cake is dense and rich, with a medley of spices, and enhanced by just a hint of espresso powder, which allows that chocolate flavour to shine through. In addition to slices of pears being laid on top, this cake employs some pear purée to add moisture and sweetness to the slightly nutty texture provided by the whole wheat flour. Pear primer A firm pear such as Bosc, recognizable by its distinctive dusty brown skin, is perfect for this dish. When eaten raw, Bosc pears are crisp and not too sweet. When baked, this variety softens up and its flavours are enhanced, but it maintains its characteristic long-necked, graceful shape. Unlike a Bartlett pear, which turns from green to bright yellow when ripe, Bosc pears don’t change much in colour when ripe. Give it a little nudge with your thumb near the neck of the pear and it will give slightly—that’s how you know you’ve got a ripe one. Compared to other pears, Bosc will still be quite firm.
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