Review & Giveaway: Eat Clean Live Well + Roasted Maple Balsamic Pears

Roasted Maple Balsamic Pears An Unrefined Vegan

Many years ago I bought Terry Walters cookbook, Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source when I starting phasing out refined sugars and flours (read: Hostess Ho-Hos) and began phasing in healthier foods. I liked her simple approach to getting the best out of fresh, seasonal produce and her emphasis on whole foods. With EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL, Terry expands on these concepts, breaking the cookbook into sections dedicated to what is available in each of the four seasons. Just like Clean Food, ECLW is beautifully presented – with mouthwatering photos, clean, clear fonts, and colors inspired by produce from the farmer’s market. The recipes are straightforward and simple, but with interesting touches of flavor, some unique foods, and inspired combinations. Eating clean does not mean eating food that lacks taste, color, or sophistication.

You can read more about Terry and EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL at the bottom of this post. And while you’re down there, be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy of her book. Giveaway is open to those residing in the U.S.

Thanks to Terry Walters and Sterling Epicure for providing me with a review copy and for the opportunity to share EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL with one of my U.S. readers.

Roasted Maple Balsamic Pears An Unrefined Vegan



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Roasted Maple Balsamic Pears

  • Author: Terry Walters
  • Total Time: 25


THESE WARM AND CARAMELIZED PEARS are about to become your go-to fall dessert. We like them served over coconut non-dairy ice cream, and I always make extra to enjoy over steel cut oats in the morning. – Terry Walters


  • 4 ripe pears, Bosc or d’Anjou
  • 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange 1⁄4 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees.
  2. Quarter pears by cutting from stem to base. Using a melon baller, scoop out and discard core. Melt coconut oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat. Place pears flesh- side down and sauté 3 minutes on each side until lightly browned.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, orange zest and orange juice. Add almonds and drizzle mixture evenly over pears.
  4. Transfer skillet to oven and bake 10 minutes or until pears are soft and caramelized. Remove from oven and serve.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 98
  • Sugar: 16
  • Sodium: 3
  • Fat: 1
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 24
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0


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Eat Clean Live Well

About the book:

Eat Clean Live Well is more than just a cookbook. It is a complete lifestyle guide, with seasonal vegan and gluten-free recipes and year-round tips for a healthier you. Featuring more than 175 new recipes of farm-to-table dishes as well as valuable information on everything from planting and preserving to cleansing, meditation, and natural remedies, Eat Clean Live Well will empower and inspire you to make delicious, mindful, and healthful choices.  Season by season, Walters takes us on a journey to sustain good health for your body, home and environment. These are the foods we all need more of — nourishing, satisfying, easy and delicious. Walters shares her own stories, traditions and approach to clean food cooking and healthy living inspiring us once again to eat clean and live well. Join Terry in embracing the richness of the changing seasons in this guide to eating clean and living well.

Terry Walters

About the author:

Terry Walters is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement and is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and passion to eat clean and live well. She is the author of two best-selling cookbooks, CLEAN FOOD and CLEAN START.  She is a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold and Silver Book Awards. Terry is regularly featured on television and radio, in print and Internet media, and is the author of the popular blog Eat Clean Live Well. She serves as Advisor to the Board of Directors for Urban Oaks Organic Farm and as Director of Culinary Education for The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition. She works extensively as an educator, consultant, clean food chef and advocate for healthy change in the way we eat and live. To learn more about Terry’s clean eating journey, visit, “like” Terry on Facebook at Clean Food, and follow her on Twitter via @TerryWalters.

Giveaway ends January 28 and is open only to those residing in the U.S.


26 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Eat Clean Live Well + Roasted Maple Balsamic Pears

  1. Carrie D.

    I’m not sure if I truly eat seasonally, or if I just eat by what’s on sale. Of course, usually what is on sale is also in season!

  2. marissa

    I love that the photos show amazing looking food that doesn’t look overly complicated!

    I try to eat seasonally and local as I can.

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      That’s part of the philosophy of this book, Marissa – eating seasonally and simply! Thanks for entering the giveaway!

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Me, too, Amber. If I want to eat lots of fruits and veggies, I’ve got to buy what’s available – and it’s not necessarily in season. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

  3. Courtney Howard

    I do try to eat seasonally – it makes sense and I want to eat/feed my family the most nutritious and fresh food available.

  4. Nicollette D

    I try– it’s cheaper and it keeps it local. But here in the northeast, so much of our produce is flown in, you can get anything year round, for better or worse.

  5. Jenn S.

    I LOVE Terry Walters. I have both Clean Food and Clean Start. When people ask me what plant based cookbooks they would recommend, hers are always at the top of my list. I would love to add her new book to my collection!

  6. Melissa

    I do try to eat seasonally for the most part. Like right now I’m all about citrus and squash. But sometimes if berries happen to be on sale during the winter months, I just have to buy them even though they are terribly out of season.

  7. laurablack842

    I recently did a Google search for which fruits and vegetables are in season for each time of year. I live on Maui, and we really only have two seasons, so I wanted to know what to look for in stores that were seasonal…..and local. 🙂 This book looks fantastic as well as your recipe for the maple balsamic pears. I love warm fruits and compotes. Thanks for the share.

  8. Jenn

    I am fortunate to have a small grocer that lists the source of their fruits and veggies, so yup I do eat locally (but not always) because it gets a bit redundant in the winter :p


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