Contributed by Good Measure Meals Registered Dietitian, Joy Goetz
Every summer, when my family made our annual trip to North Georgia from South Florida, my mom insisted on stopping at the peach orchards and loading down the car with bushels of peaches. We all thought she was crazy, but no one complained when we were enjoying sweet, juicy peaches for weeks after we returned. My appreciation for this fruit has only deepened with time, as I become a more adventurous cook and eater. Sweet, savory, fresh or cooked…the peach is a wonderfully versatile fruit, and an easy way to jazz up just about anything. Some of my favorite quick and easy peach recipe ideas:
- Peach salsa (peaches + tomatoes + Vidalia onion + bell pepper + cilantro = a low-calorie summertime favorite)
- Peaches and cream (by cream, I mean yogurt or fro-yo). My current favorite breakfast is Atlanta Fresh ginger peach Greek yogurt, sliced fresh peaches and ginger granola. Now that’s a way to start the day!
- Grilled peach slices on arugula salad with goat cheese, pecans and white balsamic vinaigrette. (My own creation based on this recipe.)
- Peach cobbler. For a quick, easy and healthy version of this summer favorite, simply slice a few peaches, drizzle with a touch of honey, top with your favorite granola and bake at 350 until warm and bubbly. There’s really no set recipe-it comes out great whether you’re making a single serving or enough for a family reunion.)
When shopping for fresh peaches, choose peaches that are on the firmer side-they travel better- and allow them to ripen in a paper bag at room temperature. Peaches are ripe when they are fragrant and yield to gentle pressure.
I hope you’re enjoying peach season as much as I am. Check out GMM meals featuring peaches: Peaches and Cream Oatmeal topped with Walnuts, served with Turkey Sausage, and a Fresh Orange; Zucchini Frittata, with Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Peach Crisp; and Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes with Peach Sauce and a side of Scrambled Eggs and Egg Whites.