Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crockpot Paleo Poached Pears

I put 1 1/2 cups organic orange juice, 1 1/2 cups water, 1 package of Reduced Sugar Craisins, 1 TBSP cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp valencia orange peel (buy it with the spices) into my crockpot.  I turned it on low.

I washed, and quartered 5 pears. I cut the core part from each piece. I didn't peel the pears - a lot of the nutrients are found in the peel. I put them into the crockpot and let it cook on low for several hours.

When a fork would go into the pears easily, I turned it down to "keep warm."

When I was ready to serve them, I put them on a plate and put a big spoonful of the orange juice stuff on top. I added toasted pecan pieces and a few raspberries for garnish. I also sprinkled just a bit of the valencia orange peel on top, too.

These can be made if your pears are ripe or not so ripe, but very ripe pears will not take as long to cook.  Remember, you don't want your crockpot on high; you just want to simmer them.

They are so pretty!