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In Season: Peaches

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Peaches are one of the highlights of summer and peaches freshly picked from the tree (by your own two hands!) are a special treat. We went to Dubois Farm a little early this year and picked some of their delicious peaches. While slightly hard when just picked, a day on the counter worked wonders to create ultra juicy, sweet fruit.

Peaches are packed with vitamin A to help keep your eyesight sharp and vitamin C to act as an antioxidant, keep your immune system strong, repair tissue damage and help absorb iron, especially from plant based sources. Peaches are also packed with fiber to help keep your gut bacteria healthy, which in turn, also helps keep your immune system functioning at its peak. You don’t want a cold to knock you out of these gorgeous summer days or worse yet, a vacation.

Peaches can be stored on the counter for a few days, but if not eaten right away I recommend refrigerating them.

We made plenty of peach dishes, here are a few examples:

-peach muffins

-chopped and cooked as a topping for yogurt, pancakes or waffles

-highlighted as a fruit salad with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries

They are perfect by themselves and as a snack in the park. My kids ate more peaches in two days than I can count. It’s true that involving kids in the kitchen and/ or in meal prep (or in this case, gathering) is a great way to get them to try new foods.

Recipe of the Week: Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower with Arugula and Almonds

This pasta recipe* has been on my list for a while, and I have to admit, I expected a bit more. But, instead of writing it off, I’m writing about how to make it better. It was quick enough for a weeknight, which is always a plus, and the roasted cauliflower can be made the day before.

I followed the recipe exactly and I think the key ingredient is the lemon juice or lemon zest at the end- it really brightened the flavors. A little more salt, more peppery arugula and olive oil would also help give it depth. It would be good with fresh ricotta and (more) lemon zest or as the base for a flaky white fish. This dish can easily be made with chickpea pasta to add protein, reduce carbs and add extra fiber.

*scroll down the website to see the recipe in English

Recipe of the Week: Walnut Parsley Pesto

parsley walnut pestoDid you buy the wrong herb? Do you have most of a big bunch left over from a recipe? Don’t worry, there’s a pesto for that. This recipe from Simply Recipes is a good, cold weather pesto – heavy enough to have on steak (or steak sandwiches) and light enough to pair with roasted vegetables or with veggies and pasta. All in all it’s a good way to get in your greens from the herbs and healthy fats from the walnuts.