Chef Wendell: Roasted pears and chai cashew cream

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It is scientific fact: nearly every edible fruit, vegetable, herb, nut and seed on earth can help prevent, treat, and even cure disease. That’s what food is: vitamins, energy and information absolutely vital for our cells to continue our lives. It is widespread vitamin deficiency that carries the blame for the majority of today’s diseases. Soft and sweet, pears, packed with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, make a delicious, healthy snack or dessert.

1st segment: Nutritional benefits of eating fresh pears. Prepping pears for oven roasting and blending cashew cream. What is chai?

2nd Segment: Assembling dessert and finishing cashew cream.

  • We were created / evolved to express perfect health: being sick isn’t natural.
  • Sickness and disease are mostly caused by vitamin deficiencies.
  • It’s like trying to build a house without tools.
  • Your trillions of cells work constantly keeping you alive.
  • When cells are starved, they cannot keep you healthy and alive.

Pears: (anti-cancer & heart disease)

  • High in vitamins C and K, and copper—antioxidants protecting our cells from free radical damage.
  • An excellent source of dietary fiber good for your heart.
  • The fiber in pears can bind to and help remove cancer-causing chemicals in the colon, thus reducing risk of colon cancer.  Studies show eating fiber-rich fruits such as pears can reduce risk of break cancer by 34 percent in post-menopausal women.

Cranberry: (anti-cancer)

  • Vitamin C, E, dietary fiber, and manganese, K, copper and pantothenic acid

For roasted pears and cranberries with Chai cashew cream:

  • Preheat oven to 250°
  • 1 cup fresh raw cranberries.
  • Wash and slice 2 pears lengthwise into halves.
  • Remove core and seeds with melon baller or small knife.
  • Place pears on baking sheet.
  • Top with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Pears should still be slightly firm in the middle.
  • Note: Halfway through, add cranberries.

 Chai Cashew Cream

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup stout, brewed chai tea
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Dash or ground or freshly grated ginger
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Dash ground cloves
  • Pinch Himalayan salt

If you want to avoid sweetener it’s still delightful, especially over ripe, sweet fruit.