Gingery pears poached in green tea

4 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons green tea leaves
1 to 2 tablespoons grated ginger root
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
8 firm pears, such as Bosc, peeled, cored and cut into quarters lengthwise
Toasted sliced almonds (optional)
Vanilla-flavored yogurt (optional)

In a pot, combine boiling water and tea leaves. Cover and let steep 5 minutes, then strain.

Add ginger root, honey, almond extract and lemon zest and stir well. Add pears. Cover and cook until pears are tender.

Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and chill thoroughly. Garnish with toasted almonds and a dollop of yogurt, if desired.

Per serving: 165 calories (3 percent from fat), 1 gram total fat (trace saturated fat), no cholesterol, 43 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein, 2 milligrams sodium, 4 grams dietary fiber.

The Healthy Slow Cooker (Robert Rose) by Judith Finlayson

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