Whip up Something Special and Healthy for Dad this Father’s Day

PoachedPears670wFather’s Day is fast approaching, and you’re probably wondering what to get him. He already has a wallet, and flowers aren’t really his thing.

It’s quite well-known that the path to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not feed him with something you’ve made yourself? He will not only appreciate the effort, but his stomach will thank you as well.

There are a variety of tasty options for your health-conscious dad that won’t cost you much. All you need is a key ingredient from your local Tofutti outlet – Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese –and the recipe below!

Dads may not always admit it, but they still have a sweet tooth. And here’s a recipe from Betsy DiJulio, of The Blooming Platter www.TheBloomingPlatter.com that we’re betting will make dad smile, along with his taste buds.

Recipe: Red Wine Poached Pears, with Cream Cheese-Orange Filling and Red Wine Reduction

Ingredients for poached pears and red wine reduction:

6 large pears (about 8 ounces each), halved lengthwise, stemmed and cored using a melon-baller or small spoon

2 cups Burgundy wine

1/4 cup sugar

1 large orange, zested (reserve zest), halved, and then sliced into 1/2-inch slices

3 cinnamon sticks

Optional garnish: additional orange zest, cinnamon sticks, star anise, etc.


Combine wine and sugar in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears, cut side down, and then tuck orange slices and cinnamon sticks between them. Bring to a simmer and poach for 10 minutes on one side; gently flip, and poach 10 minutes on the other side. Arrange in a serving dish or on individual plates or bowls, cut side up. Place a dollop of filling in the hollow left when the core was removed, drizzle with red wine reduction, and serve. Garnish as desired.

Ingredients for vegan cream cheese-orange filling:

8 ounces Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar (or more to taste)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Reserved orange zest


In small bowl using a fork, mash together cream cheese and sugar. When almost smooth, incorporate vanilla extract and zest. Scoop on top of pear.