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Pear-fect Ideas to Fill MyPlate

 

 

MyPlateMake half your plate fruits and veggies - it's easy to follow MyPlate guidelines when you include USA Pears in your meals! The USDA’s new MyPlate logo suggests that Americans fill half the plate with fruits and veggies at every meal. It’s easy to eat more produce whether you’re sitting down to a family dinner or taking your meal on the go. Pears can be added to quesadillas, smoothies, lunchboxes, and soups – think outside the plate!

With 24% of the recommended daily value (DV) of fiber and 10% DV of vitamin C, pears are a smart choice. They're also versatile and available nearly year-round, which makes them a great addition to any meal.

Here are some fresh ideas to get you started:

Casablanca Chicken and Pear Sandwich Casablanca Pear and Chicken Sandwich: Filled with crisp greens, grilled chicken, sweet pears, and tangy goat cheese, this sandwich packs a lot of flavor in a pita pocket.

 

 

 

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Pear Wild Rice Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Pears, Cranberries, and Walnuts: This hearty recipe includes lots of seasonal produce and wild rice for a nutrient-filled lunch or dinner. Serve with a glass of milk or top with cheese to make your meal complete!

 

 

Pear Parsnip Soup with Gluten-Free Crackers Pear Parsnip Soup with Gluten-Free Pecan Blue Cheese Crackers: This gluten-free meal option pairs creamy soup with flavorful homemade crackers - a spread perfect for any chilly night. Top the crackers with pear butter for a sweet finish.

 

 

Fresh Pear and Pork Tostadas Fresh Pear and Pork Tostadas: Start your next gathering off right with these tasty tostadas. Filled with veggies, herbs, and USA Pears, these healthy starters are sure to keep your guests coming back for more!

 

 

 

Pears in a Pod Pears in a Pod: Served with a tall glass of milk, these kid-friendly snacks will keep you family energized throughout the busy week. Pack them in lunchboxes or bring them to sporting events to share with the team post-game!

 

 

 

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Try these quick tips to make it pearfectly easy to follow the MyPlate recommendations of making half your plate fruits and vegetables:

  • Mix diced pears into oatmeal or a bowl of cereal
  • Glaze pear slices in butter and maple syrup and serve over whole-grain pancakes or waffles
  • Slide pear pieces onto skewers with other fresh fruits for a fun snack
  • Top grilled pork or chicken with pear puree
  • Slide pear slices into sandwiches, quesadillas, or paninis
  • Sprinkle pear pieces into homemade salsas and chutneys
  • Combine (or replace) apples with pears in a pie filling or sauce
  • Poach pears with vanilla bean and cinnamon for dessert
  • Eat fresh pear slices with yogurt or nut butters for dipping

 

For more information on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and the MyPlate logo, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

For more information on fruits and vegetable nutrition, visit www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com