This fruit–based recipe is best enjoyed with protein and fat, so eat it as part of your meal rather than as a snack between meals or before bed. To make these pears even more decadent and to increase the healthy fats, drizzle each serving with 1 or 2 tablespoons of warm coconut milk.

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Almonds not shown; mint leaves used as garnish only.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

2 tablespoons blanched, sliced almonds

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 large, ripe pears, cored and sliced (about 2 cups)

1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Generous pinch of salt

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sliced almonds and stir with a wooden spoon until toasted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from pan.

  2. In the same skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the pear slices and sauté until the pears begin to soften, about 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl, mix the ginger, lemon zest, and salt with a fork, and then add to the pears. Continue cooking until the pears are golden and fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  4. To serve, spoon the pears into dessert dishes and sprinkle with the sliced almonds.

Per serving: Calories 109 (From Fat 48); Fat 5g (Saturated 3g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 72mg; Carbohydrate 17g; Dietary Fiber 3g; Protein 1g.