What’s your favorite way to enjoy a ripe and juicy pear?  Sliced and added to a sandwich, diced as a unique pizza topping, thinly sliced on your favorite salad or baked with spices as a simple dessert – there are so many ways to enjoy pears.

Peanut Noodles with Chicken and Pears

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 12.5 oz can of chunk chicken breast, drained (or about 2 cups of cooked, shredded chicken)
  • 1 pear, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 5 scallions or green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse under cool water.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the peanut butter and vinegar with 1 cup water until smooth.
  3. Toss the dressing with the pasta, chicken, pear, scallions and peanuts (if using).
  4. Serve with hot sauce or Sriracha if you want to add a little kick.

Nutrition Nugget

Do keep in mind that pears ripen off the tree, which means that most of the fruit you’ll find at the store will need a few days to soften at home. Let pears ripen at room temperature.  When they’re ready to eat, the flesh on the neck of the fruit will give a little when pressed.  You can then refrigerate ripe pears for up to 5 days.