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Turkey Pear Chowder

Contributed by: NAPSA

Canned Pears Help Turn Holiday Leftovers Into Holiday Makeovers (NAPSA) - The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but they can also be extremely stressful. One of the major ways to stress a body is by not feeding it properly. It's easy to do if you have worked a full day then gone straight to the stores for gift shopping. By the time you get home, you're likely too exhausted to think about cooking a meal.

One solution is to have something on hand that is quick to prepare and full of nutrition. A hearty soup containing healthy amounts of the major food groups is a great way to get everything you need in one meal.

A quick tour of your pantry should reveal everything you need, especially if you have a supply of canned pears from the Pacific Northwest, along with some low-salt canned chicken broth and a can of evaporated skim milk. Add a few more fresh ingredients, a crisp green salad, some nice crusty rolls and you've got just the thing a tired shopper needs after a hard day at the mall.

The following "post-shopping pick-me-up" recipe is a great way to meet your nutritional needs while using up some of those holiday leftovers.


  • 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 1/2 lb. leftover white turkey meat, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 can (16 oz.) pear halves, drained and cut into 1/2" chunks
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat.

Add onion and cook 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add flour; stir to coat onion. Stir in chicken broth and evaporated milk.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.

Reduce heat, cook and stir an additional 2 minutes. Add turkey, pears and seasonings, and cook until heated through.

Serve hot.

Serving Size: 4 servings

Nutritional Information: Nutrients per serving: Calories: 242; Protein: 17.35g; Carbohydrates: 30.09g; Dietary Fiber: 1.39g; Fat Total: 6.09g; Saturated Fat: 2.82g; Sodium: 453mg; Calories From Fat: 22 percent.


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