Saturday, May 17, 2008

Life is short. Eat dessert first.

Shelly's Roasted Pears with sweetened Ricotta and Caramel

2 Pears, crisp yet ripe (I used Red Anjous)
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/8 cup Pecans, chopped
1/8 cup Steel Cut Oats
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla)
dash Cinnamon

Topping: Ricotta Cheese, Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup, SF Caramel Sauce

Cut each pear in half and scoop out the core with a knife or melon baller. I didn't peel the pears but you certainly could. Place in a Pyrex baking dish. Mix almond butter, butter, nuts and oats together and drop a spoonful in the hollow of each pear half. Drizzle with syrup and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon. Roast in the oven, uncovered, at 350 for about 30 minutes or until tender and easily pierced with a knife. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Top with a little sweetened Ricotta. Just a capful or so of Sugar Free Torani Syrup in a dollop of Ricotta tastes like cannoli filling and is perfect topping and you get a protein bonus. Then drizzle with teaspoon of SF Caramel Sauce (I like Smucker's) nuked for 20 seconds till warm.

This dessert is orgasmic. I'm talking legs trembling and toes curling good ;) OK maybe that's going a little far but seriously you must make it. It's super easy but special enough for company. They will never realize they are eating a weight loss surgery friendly dessert. These are soooo good that despite it being 103 degrees today (yes, you read that right) I am turning on the oven to make them again. It is 85 degrees already (it's 10 AM) so think of me melting at about 3 PM PST.

I just got back from the Farmer's Market. I bought 4 red pears, a ton of baby yellow squash, strawberries (I've been mashing them in my water. I hate plain H20) and more of those killer blueberries I made the oat bars with. I thought maybe some blueberry "ricottage" pancakes would be nice this week.

We had coffee at Starbuck's and saw the cutest French Bulldog puppy. I'm not a dog person but I love those. I want one with a spiky collar. Rose would not be happy. We sat and people watched for a bit but it was already too hot in the sun so we stopped in Baron's to get a few things. The have mini picnic size wedges of cheese in the cheese section. Perfect for us post ops. I bought 4 different types so we are going to have a little cheese tasting party manana. I might splurge and have a glass of vino. It's always hard to justify 100 calories of a liquid that contains no protein but eh like I said life is short.

Highlights of the Day:

* Right now sitting in the cool (not for long) house rockin' out to my Ipod.

* I just made a yummy breakfast... leftover Sausage Stuffed Zucchini and Scrambled Egg.

* Doing as little as possible... 103!?!

Listening to: Ned's Atomic Dustbin "Grey Cell Green"


DCY said...

I live in Alabama so where do I get the likes of SF Torani syrup? They don't have a goodly selection of anything SF at my grocer's I frequent. Do I need to go to a health store, ya think?

Michelle said...

I get them at Beverages and More (Bev Mo), Smart & Final, Cost Plus World Market (BEST SELECTION), Regular Supermarket Coffee Aisle (limited to SF vanilla, caramel, hazelnut only usually), TJ Maxx and HomeGoods will have random bottles and the really hard to find ones I order on

They are awesome. Here's some of the things I do with them:

Hope this helps,

Madam Elvis said...

The pears look GREAT! 103 Degrees YOW! Here's 1 vote for the Bulldog! I will even through in a black bandana with a journey logo on it!

kristi said...

These are awesome! They look and taste like something from a fancy schmancy restaurant. Next time I'm doing them with apples and caramel syrup!

Thanks for sharing this recipe, Michelle!

Tailynn said...

My hubby asked if you had a "food-gasm"? I couldn't help but laugh. Looks yummy. Will have to try sometime. I made the strawberry bars for breakfast this week. Gonna grab one with a protein shake in the morning.

You are having extreme heat while CT is having extreme cold. Its been dropping to the forties overnight and only getting around 60 during the day. I'm sick of wearing long pants and shirts. Can't wait to strut my stuff in some clothes that fit!

Don't worry about finding the perfect guy. My experience has been you come across them when your not looking. You know how when you loose something and look all over the place for it. Once you stop looking it pops up. Thats how love is. At least in my life. I met my husband in college. He lived in the dorm room next to mine. We became the best of friends. Then one day he says well I guess you should be my girlfriend since we are always together. I tell you his words weren't that romantic but he's a keeper. I'll keep my out for ya. You never know maybe the right one just isn't in CA?

Dalton ( said...

Wow! Finally made some of the oat bars with a strawberry filling. Man this rocks!! Tried the fage yogurt with a little granola and torani s/f caramel and the italian crab bites. More winners. Keep the food porn coming Michelle. Your making weightloss after surgery a piece of cake. Thanks for all the tips!

KayCee said...

How important is it to use the same kind of almond butter and oatmeal that you used for the pears?
Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Thanks guys and thanks tailynn... keep your eye for me definitely.


I'm so glad you enjoyed them Kristi. I had them again tonight. They are addicting.



Your comment made my day! Thank you!



You can use any brand of oats if that's what you mean... I prefer McCann's Irish Quick Cooking Steel Cut ones. I think you will too after you try them but any will do.

Almond Butter is a must (any brand) other nut butters would be over kill.

Hope you enjoy them!

diehardhusky11 said...

Michelle!!! Holy guacamole!! They are soooooo GOOD!!! Worth the trip and buying the almond butter... The taste is priceless! And to my surprise, I love the ricotta cheese mixed with the SF Torani vanilla syrup. I was unsure how I would like the ricotta cheese, but wow, I'm glad I overcame that!