Contributed by: NAPSA
Pears Are The Pick Of The Season Maria Walls, R.D., Senior Nutritionist, Weight Watchers International, Inc.
(NAPSA) - With the prevalence of obesity and weight issues a major health concern, people are encouraged to eat healthier meals. Low-carb and other restricted diets don't give the balance of fiber, vitamins and minerals found in food plans that encourage healthy fruits and vegetables.
In addition to its health benefits, pears are a great-tasting food that can be baked, sauteed, poached or eaten fresh out of hand. Here's an Acorn Squash and Pear Soup that reflects the food values inherent to the Weight Watchers philosophy that eating should be satisfying as well as healthful.
Scoop squash pulp into bowl; discard skin.
In a 2-quart saucepan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, cook onion and garlic over medium heat, stirring constantly, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add broth, pear, and squash pulp; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until pear is soft, 5-10 minutes.
Cool soup slightly.* Transfer in small batches to blender; process until smooth. Return to saucepan; reheat. Serve hot.
* Soup should be cooled slightly and blended in small batches to avoid overflowing.
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
Nutritional Information: Per serving: 97 calories; 0 g fat; 4 g fiber. Points value per serving: 1.
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