Seafood Chefs Say Pears Sweeten The Deal

It's no fish tale that Americans should eat more fruits and vegetables. Adding fruit to a main dish can be a great place to start. Have fun, try unique combinations and get creative as you help your family meet its nutritional needs.

Seafood chefs have done just that with the following easy-to-prepare recipe that is made with nutritious fresh fish, traditional Latin seasonings and juicy, ripe pears.

The pears add a boost of fiber and vitamin C to the meal and, at just 100 calories per serving, they're also a low-cal way to include more potassium in your diet. And since they're bursting with sweetness, adding pears is a smart way to serve fish to even the most finicky of eaters.

Spicy Fish Tacos with Pear Mango Salsa

Prep time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup lime juice

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 teaspoon cumin, ground

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ground

6 (4-oz.) fish fillets, fresh or frozen, thawed

2/3 cup USA pears, cored, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

1/2 cup mango, peeled, pitted, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

1/2 cup red grapes, sliced

1 tablespoon red onion, minced

1 tablespoon jalapeño pepper, seeded, minced

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 (6-inch) flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Whisk oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne pepper in small bowl; set aside.

Place fish in single layer in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Pour oil and lime juice mixture over fish and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes until fish is opaque, flakes with fork.

Mix pear, mango, grapes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro and salt in bowl.

Serve fish and salsa on warm tortillas.

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