Healthy “Peachy” Appetizers

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Healthy "Peachy" AppetizersSummer is in full swing and you know what that means??? PEACHES!! Yes my fellow nutritious lovers it is peach season and boy are they good! I have had the privledge to work with the Georgia Peach Council again representing their delicious peaches and sharing a few of their “peachy keen” appetizers. As seen on Nashville’s News Channel 5 Talk of the Town, both of the peach recipes are super nutritious, delicious, and EASY PEASY to make. I truly looks like you fussed in the kitchen a while but really it takes a handful of minutes to throw together. Peaches are a summer super fruit offering great nutritious love packing a whopping 20 different macro and micronutrients in one medium peach and are just darn good! Here is a fun fact for you, did you know that the peach is actually a member of the rose family?? Say what??? Isn’t that really neat! So not only is the peach related to one of the most beautiful flowers but is offers a punch of nutrition! Peaches are filled with 88% water making them only 60 calories per serving  and helps provide a full feeling. They also offer 15% of our daily vitamin C and 10% of our daily vitamin A. Peaches are also a good source of potassium, , vitamin E, zinc,  and fiber. Naturally free of sodium, cholesterol, and trans fats this lovely fruit deserves some serious nutritious love! To view the entire News Channel 5 ” peachy’ segment, please visit under the media section on my website. Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a peachy day.

 Grilled Procuitto Peach Appetizer

4 firm ripe Georgia peaches, peeled and quartered
16 slices prosciutto
toothpicks
 preparation

Wrap each peach quarter with prosciutto so that it goes around twice.
Secure with toothpick.
Grill until prosciutto has browned a bit.
Cool slightly before eating add rosemary sprig for visual appeal (optional)

 Grilled Peaches with balsalmic drizzle and blue cheese

3 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons freshly ground black peppercorns
2 large fresh peaches with peel, halved and pitted
2 1/2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

 Preparation

In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the white sugar, balsamic vinegar, and pepper. Simmer until liquid has reduced by one half. It should become slightly thicker. Remove from heat, and set aside.
Preheat grill on medium-high heat.
Lightly oil the grill grate. Place peaches on the prepared grill, cut side down. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the flesh is caramelized. Turn peaches over. Brush the top sides with the balsamic glaze, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer the peach halves to individual serving dishes , and drizzle with remaining glaze. Sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese.

Jenny Beth Kroplin

 

 

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