Paleo In Minutes: Pear Cranberry Topping

by danielle on December 7, 2012

Before I get to today’s recipe I just wanted to thank everyone who read or commented on my post yesterday! The support I received was amazing and let me tell you, I was so scared to post such a personal piece but I really wanted to get my thoughts out there. I can’t thank you enough for being so supportive, accepting, and thoughtful! You are all amazing. Onto the recipe…

I always find it contradictory that I have a website with all these baking and cooking recipes and in reality my meals are never fancy or elaborate! I am very happy with simple meals like eggs and coconut oil, lean protein, veggies, and a carb and if I want dessert it usually means a piece of dark chocolate. Sometimes I find these meals can get boring to share on my blog so I am always looking for ways to make simple meals look just a little fancier. This recipe is a great example. This literally takes all of 10 minutes to make and you have a fancy topping for a protein of choice. Little confession for you: I hate cooking meat. It grosses me out! Especially chicken and turkey so a lot of times I buy the precooked kind from trader joe’s and it’s perfect. I do like to make it seem somewhat homemade though so I might throw something like this topping on top. This would also be really great mixed into a bowl with quinoa if you’re vegan or vegetarian. So many options…

pear cranberry topping

Ingredients: 

  • 2 pears (I used organic bosc but any will work)
  • 1/4 cup apple juice sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup apple juice (Just apple juice, no added sugar)
  • Make it Sweet: 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Make it Savory: 1/2 tsp. rosemary

Directions: 

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat combine your diced pears, apple juice, spice of choice, and cranberries.
  2. When the juice starts to come to a slow boil lower your heat and let simmer.
  3. Serve on top of a protein of your choice (chicken, pork, turkey, or quinoa all work well) and enjoy!

Makes around 4 servings

pear cranberry topping

Served on top of my precooked turkey and it was perfect.

Anyone else have cooking shortcuts you like to make??? Mine is definitely precooked meat. Saves me time and cuts down on the grossness factor!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance December 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

I need to give per cooked meat a try. They just seem to be loaded with sodium. And I’m picky about the quality of the meat. Any recommendations of what brands you use?

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I buy mine at trader joe’s or I really like Applegate farms from Whole Foods! You definitely have to read the labels but there are some good brands out there!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

This looks like it would taste awesome with pork!

I’ve never tried pre-cooked meats before – raw meat has never really bothered me!

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I bet it would be awesome with pork!

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Lucie@fitswisschick December 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Love that! Great idea to top meat with it. I always buy pumpkin precooked! :-)

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Me too! I don’t have the patience to roast it!

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Kristen@Change of Pace December 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I normally buy precut green beans in the produce section. It’s too time consuming to chop them all!

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Such a great idea Kristen! I hate chopping them too!

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Cara December 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Not grossed out by raw meats, but I do love the convenience of a pre cooked rotisserie chicken. In fact I picked one up last night!

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I love to get them at Whole Foods! So easy!

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Linz @ Itz Linz December 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I never make sauces but this looks good! (like all your recipes!)

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Thanks so much Linz!

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Kierston December 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Broccoli in a bag from Costco :) That saves me time, a mess and lost finger tips! lol

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Hahaha agreed! I always buy my broccoli frozen!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots December 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

this looks soo good, I would probably eat it straight up!

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Me too! It was great on its own!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Oh I’m right up there with you about being grossed out with raw meat. Cooking chicken skeeves me out so bad (especially because I’m afraid of food poisoning), but I haven’t really been able to find a healthy cooked version in the stores. We don’t have TJ’s or WF up here, so I may just be out of luck.

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Me too! That’s such a fear of mine! I go crazy with the bleach in my kitchen after I cook raw chicken!

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Lisa December 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Oh this sounds like it would be so amazing on basically anything! Ha ha, I totally feel you on the raw meet. Ick. And my meals aren’t ever fancy too, I can’t ever see myself being in the kitchen baking for more than an hour. Happy Friday!!

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Yay for gross meat and simple meals! Great minds think alike ;)

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Chelsa December 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I’m the same way about cooking chicken. It really grosses me out because it’s all slimy. I do cook it sometimes, but a lot of times I’ll buy a rotisserie chicken because they’re always so good and easy. This topping looks so good and seasonal.

Thanks for all the great recipes and healthy inspiration!

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danielle December 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Me too! I do suck it up and cook it sometimes but always grosses me out!

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