Nutritious Poached Pears & Cottage Cheese

Nutritious Poached Pears & Cottage Cheese

Nutritious Poached Pears & Cottage Cheese

Poaching pears is an easy process that leaves them sweet and tender, like canned pears, but without the added sugars. Serving with low fat cottage cheese adds protein and makes a filling and nutritious snack that will appeal to your sweet tooth.  

Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 177 kcal


  • 8 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon stick
  • zest from an orange
  • 12 pears
  • 6 cups low fat cottage cheese


  1. Place all ingredients, except pears in a large saucepan over low heat.

  2. Wash, peel and core the pears. Use a small melon baller to scoop out the core from the bottom of the pear.

  3. Place all the pears in the saucepan, making sure that all the pears are fully covered with liquid.

  4. Bring the pot to a simmer for 30 minutes. When the pears are soft, but not mushy, remove from liquid.

  5. Serve each pear over 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

  6. Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 177 calories, 1 fat, 452mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, and 15g protein.