Seasonal eating helps us keep a balance with what's happening with our weather and our earth and can put us a step closer to resetting our circadian clocks (if you have trouble sleeping or are low energy, try eating seasonal foods). It's an inexpensive and completely conservative way of self-care. It doesn't have to be confusing or time consuming. If you can slice a pear and turn on an oven, you've got this.
Heat oven to 375 F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Slice 3-4 pears in half (Anjou, Asian and Bosc are excellent for cooking). Scoop out the seeds. Place sliced side up in pan. Drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with ground cinnamon, cardamom and place star anise in the center. If you consume dairy or are ghee-gan (totally a made up name for me and a friend who are vegan but sometimes eat ghee medicinally), you can add a 1/2 tsp of ghee to the center before placing the star anise on top. Baked until tender which will be about 40 minutes.