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Healthy & Delicious: Cider-Poached Pears with Yogurt and Toasted Almonds

Editor's note: On Mondays, Kristen Swensson Sturt of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share healthy and delicious recipes with us. Take it away, Kristen!

[Photograph: Kristen Swensson Sturt]

There was a year or two during which I watched The Biggest Loser pretty regularly. The before-and-after pictures reeled me in, and the manufactured drama made sure that channel never changed. I didn't try any recipes, though. They didn't look particularly appealing. And honestly, with all the exercising and emoting going on in that show, the food always seemed kind of superfluous.

That changed this week, after seeing an episode that (*gasp*) focused on healthy eating, rather than Jillian yelling at teenagers with perilously low self-esteem. Cider-Poached Pears with Yogurt and Toasted Almonds was made for two middle-aged moms by occasional guest chef Curtis Stone, who is mainly notable for his cute Australian accent, though he was recently named host for the next season of Top Chef Masters. The dish looked elegant and fairly easy, so I decided to try it at home.

Also? It's elegant and fairly easy. Also: extravagantly spiced, just barely sweet enough, and filled with fruit flavor (the non-Froot Loop kind). It's the kind of dessert you'd serve to guests after a hearty dinner, and they'd never know it was low-calorie, with pretty decent doses of protein and fiber.

Looking forward, I still won't watch Biggest Loser for recipe tips, but it's comforting to know producers have turned their attention just a tad toward sustained, healthy eating. Because now I can concentrate on Jillian yelling.

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