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Party Time: Guilt-Free Holiday Recipes

Dieting around the holidays? Bah, humbug! Here, 12 guilt-free, crowd-pleasing ways to enjoy the season's eatings.
Red-Wine Poached Pears With Red-Wine Drizzle Dessert: Red-Wine-Poached Pears with Red-Wine Drizzle

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Makes: 6 servings

2 cups dry red wine
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick 3 cloves
3 large, firm pears, peeled and halved, cores scooped out
1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla ice cream

1. In a large saucepan, combine the wine, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Simmer 10 minutes.

2. Add the pear halves to the pan cut sides down. Cover and simmer gently until the pears are completely tender, about 10 minutes. Gently transfer the pears to a plate.

3. Raise the heat and boil the poaching liquid until it's reduced to a syrup (you'll have about 1/2 cup), about 30 minutes.

4. Serve each pear half with a scoop of ice cream and a drizzle of the syrup.

Nutrition facts per serving: 247 calories, 1g protein, 45g carbohydrate, 1g fat (0.5g saturated), 4g fiber