Pear-fect !

Today I made a pear-fect breakfast.  Inspired once again by Kath Eats I had a go at searing some fresh pears.  It is very easy and tastes wonderful.  Somehow, searing the pears makes them taste more intense.  More pearey.  It is also lovely to have something warm to eat on such a cold morning.

Seared Pears.
To sear pears all you do is cut them in to quarters, cut out the core and then cut each quarter in half (for the mathematically astute amongst you, that will be 8 pieces of pear).  While you are doing this, warm a frying pan on the hob and then add a small amount of oil – about half a tbsp should be plenty.  I used coconut but use any oil you want to.  They took about 5 – 10 minutes to brown.

My breakfast today was 100 g Greek Yogurt, 1 pear, seared in coconut oil, 21 g chopped almonds and 13 g honey which came to 10 WW points.  It tasted amazing.

I think seared pears would go very nicely with muesli or granola too.

Harvey can not eat dairy so he had his with Alpro’s Vanilla Soya Yogurt (which is delicious even on its own) and I also added some raisins to his yogurt before piling on the pears, nuts and honey.  Today’s breakfast got a big thumbs up from both of us.

Having had a good night’s sleep and feeling inspired and perky following such a lovely breakfast, I decided to get outside and do some gardening.  Some of the veggies are past their prime and needed to go.  The radishes had become too large and tasted “woody” plus I had some newer ones so the old ones were hauled out and thrown in the wheelbarrow.  I also pulled up the overgrown rocket and the slug infested spinach.  The stalks of the latter were beginning to go slimy so they were definitely past it.  I needed to clear some space to make room for the onions and garlic I want to plant.  It didn’t take too long to fill the wheelbarrow!

There is still lots of good eating in those beds and they look much tidier now.  Unfortunately my hands were then too cold to plant the onions and garlic so they get to live on in their carrier bag another day.

I am feeling uber healthy today and want to have a vegetable based lunch.  I have a punnett of tasteless cherry tomatoes.  I can’t bring myself to eat them in a salad so I decided to roast them with a red pepper.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Pesto


  • 1/2 a punnett of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 10 g Walnuts (or other nut of your choice)
  • 70 ml olive oil
  • salt and pepper

 I cut them in half, sliced the red pepper and brushed on 1 tsp of olive oil, then added salt and pepper.  I roasted them for half an hour.  After about 10 minutes I decided garlic would go well with it too so I added 2 cloves of garlic for the last 15 minutes.

When the vegetables were roasted and cooled, I blitzed them in a small blender with fresh basil, walnuts, olive oil and salt and pepper.

Wow it was good.  Nice and thick, like a good humus.  And the taste!  Sweet and full-flavoured, it was good enough to eat by the spoonful.

I chopped up some celery, broccoli and white cabbage.  My initial thought was to dip the raw vegetables in to the pesto, use it like a dip.

But I then decided I wanted it all warm so I treated the vegetables as pasta.  I steamed them quickly in a wide pan and then added the pesto to the cooked vegetables.  It was really delicious.  One of the best lunches I have had for ages.

Unfortunately it had 25 WW points in it !!!!  I couldn’t believe it.  That was a lesson learnt the hard way and in future I need to calculate the points in a meal before I eat it.  I used 1/4 of a cup of olive oil to make the pesto which looked like a tiny amount.  But that is 70 ml which is where most of the points came from.  At least they were healthy points and I am quite sure that healthy calories do not pile on the fat like unhealthy calories do.

I did a lovely hour long walk in the forest with Lucy this afternoon.  We managed to get out despite the cold and grey and murky weather.  It was good to get a walk in but when I came home I had a ham sandwich as I was so peckish.

Then off to my cousin Fiona’s for dinner.  Technically her husband is my cousin but I always think of her as my cousin too.  Judy joined us and we three had a lovely evening.  We had a delicious Morroccan chicken dish with rice and salad.  Inevitably wine was drunk and surprisingly we found things to chat about for hours :-).

Fresh sweet and juicy pineapple for dessert with some wicked and irresistible GU chocolate naughties, of which I had at least 5 !!  EEK – WW points galore.  Oh well, stuff happens.  Good night all.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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