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Each month, we give you a new fruit and veggie to try with your family. You may have tried these items in the past, but we encourage you to try them again. Read on to see this month’s suggested fruit and veggie as well as serving suggestions.

Pears

Pears are wonderful in a fruit salad or even on a green salad. They can also be sliced and put on a peanut butter sandwich in place of a jam or jelly. For a yummy dessert that kids and parents will both love, try baked pears.

Slice pears in half and place cut side up in a baking dish. Top with a little butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 15–20 minutes.  

Asparagus

Think your kids hate asparagus? Give it another try!

Asparagus can be steamed, grilled, or baked. It can be served cold in a salad or warm as a side dish. You can throw some in with a stir fry or casserole or make it the main show.

Asparagus cooked and topped with lemon juice or a cheese sauce is an easy side item. Adventurous moms might try roasting asparagus spears with garlic or balsamic vinegar. Also, try this easy Parmesan Asparagus recipe:

Arrange asparagus spears in a baking dish and top with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Delicious!

Bonus points for combining both of this month’s items into one dish:

Asparagus and Pear Salad

Steam asparagus for 3–4 minutes to bring out their bright color but not lose crunch. Immediately plunge them in ice water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

Slice pear and toss with balsamic vinegar. Put pear in a warm skillet with a little butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Toss pear in the heat for 3–5 minutes to release juices.

Serve asparagus and pear over spinach leaves and top with goat or feta cheese. Add grilled or roasted chicken for protein.

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