Bonus post today and we’re talking peaches! I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve made it no secret how much I’ve been in love with Colorado Peaches this year. As we still have another week (maybe two) of getting farm-fresh peaches at the Farmer’s Market, I figured I’d give you some recipe inspiration for using up those fuzzy, juicy fruits!
Feel free to skip down to the recipes, but for any of you who are like me and want to know what’s in the food we eat, here’s some of the nutritional benefits that peaches bring to the table. One medium-sized peach is about 60 calories, 1 serving of carbohydrate (15 grams), and contain 13 grams of natural sugar. But macronutrients aren’t everything! Peaches are a great source of disease-protecting antioxidants, particularly vitamin C. They also have fiber (as long as you eat the skin) and also contain beta-carotene, which our bodies turn into vitamin A to support normal vision and immune health.
How to choose a peach: peaches should have a pretty, yellow or yell-orange color and smell sweet. Avoid any that are green, as that means they were picked a bit too early. Unless you plan on using peaches to make a dessert or a jam immediately, you don’t want them to be overly soft. Instead, go for once that are mostly firm, but still give a bit when you press in with your thumb.
Storing peaches: peaches should be kept at room temp until they are fully ripened. Once they’re ripe, you can store them in the fridge. Since the skin is so porous, make sure not to rinse peaches until you are ready to use them otherwise they’ll get mushy fast. Bought too many peaches? Simply slice and store in a freezer-friendly bag.
Eating peaches: As much as I love just snacking on peaches, there are so many ways to incorporate them into every meal! For breakfast, they go great in smoothies (especially frozen peach slices), warmed on top of oatmeal, baked into a French toast casserole, cooked into pancakes, or diced and mixed into yogurt parfaits or overnight oats. For lunch and dinner, peaches can be simply chopped up and added to a salad or grain bowl or heated and broken down to place on top of meat. For dessert, my favorite option is to simply grill a peach that’s been cut in half and serve with ice cream or sweetened ricotta cheese. But the classics shouldn’t be missed either: peach crisp and cobbler, pie, bars, and tarts. Oh and don’t forget snacks and appetizers: pair peaches with cheese and balsamic vinegar, skewer with prosciutto, or place on top of toast with ricotta, cream cheese, or almond butter.
Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy peaches all day long:
Breakfast: Peach Crisp Overnight Oats
Brighten up breakfast with this dessert-inspired overnight oats recipe.
Jazz up the traditional PBJ with this almond butter and peach sandwich. To make things a little sweeter, I like to add a drizzle of organic local honey.
Snack or Appetizer: Simple Peach Caprese Salad
Another recipe that proves simple is better. Since there’s only three main ingredients, make sure to use top quality cheese, peaches, and balsamic!
Dinner: Cheesy Peach Quesadillas
Quesadillas are an easy, family-friendly dinner and this peach recipe is no exception. To really make these quesadillas pop, invest in an infused peach, orange, or pineapple olive oil.