Baked Pears: Dessert with a PURPOSE!

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Today I am going to share my favorite "Dessert with a Purpose" recipe to help boost your immune system. Yep. You read that right. I'm going to give you a recipe for dessert, that is delicious, to strengthen your lungs!

(The recipe is at the bottom of this page...)

A Teaching Moment...

As you know, in Chinese Medicine each acupuncture pathway relates to a unique set of symptoms which include muscular pain, the internal organs, AND the emotions. 

The Lung is our topic of discussion today.

Grief is the emotion of the lung. Patients who have experienced grief from the loss of a loved one within the last year may recognize a weakened immune system, thus leading to more pronounced lung channel conditions this winter. 

Here are some of the symptoms related to the lung pathway.

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Asthma
  • A weakened immune system
  • Grief

We all know someone who is suffering from the the emotional and physical pain of grief. It's hard. There's nothing you can do to magically make the pain of grief go away, but I can offer one helpful suggestion.

Boost the Immune System—
especially that FIRST winter after loss. 

  1. Stay in and stay warm. It's okay to shut out the rest of the world. Taking time to reflect and feel the emotions is part of the healing process.
  2. Acupuncture. We can strengthen the lung pathway to boost the immune system and help you work through the emotions of grief.
  3. Baked Pears. Pears are a medicinal food. They help to strengthen the lungs—which will boost your immune system, and process grief. 

Even if you are not suffering from grief, you are going to love this baked pear recipe. It's become a "no guilt" wintertime favorite dessert at my house. 

Here ya go!


4 Pears—cut in half.

Butter (1/2 pat per half pear.)

Cinnamon (A sprinkle per half pear.)

Honey (A quick drizzle per half pear.)

Pecan (Top with one crumbled pecan half per pear.)


  1. Cut pears in half. 
  2. Scoop out the seed portion. 
  3. Place pears cut side up in a baking dish. 
  4. Add butter, honey, cinnamon, and crumbled pecan to each pear half.
  5. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes,


  • You can substitute 1 teaspoon of brown sugar for honey.
  • You can substitute apples for pears (apples help to strengthen the Large Intestine)
  • If you are in our six-week weight loss program—don't add butter, honey or pecans to the recipe. Add a little stevia instead. It will still be delicious!

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

~Dr. Kimberly

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Dr. Kimberly Thompson, DACM, L.Ac.
Meridian Family Acupuncture
1879 N. Lakes Place
Meridian, ID 83646 




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