Fresh Peach Pecan Crisp

Peach Pecan Crisp

If you’re looking for a super easy summer dessert, try this Peach Pecan Crisp recipe. In 45 minutes, you’ll have an a scrumptious mouth watering dessert for friends and family to enjoy. I love using two of my favorite ingredients—peaches and pecans. I typically purchase mine from Pearson Farms in Georgia. They’ve been in business since 1885 and are a wonderful, friendly family-owned business. At our house we go through peaches and pecans so quickly, so I try to always have them on hand, especially while peaches are in their peak season. If you want to prepare this recipe when peaches go out of season, feel free to use frozen peaches (be sure to thaw them slightly before serving). Peaches are so healthy for you. One fresh peach (about 21/2 inches) is only 68 calories and has zero fat. Peaches contain 10 different vitamins. A large peach provides Vitamin A, which is important to healthy vision, Vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and more.

I’ve been using my cast-iron skillet often for desserts lately, but if you don’t have one, you can substitute a 10-inch or 2 quart baking dish. Be sure to slightly grease it before adding the peaches and brown sugar. If you don not have a 10-inch, you can also use an 8-inch as well as a 61/2-inch if you have these smaller sizes. Have a great week and cheers to summer!

Healthy Peach Crisp

Individual Peach Crisp

Alabama peaches are the best right now: so sweet and juicy! If you’re looking for a healthy dessert (under 200 calories) with fresh peaches, read on. I quickly created this individual Healthy Peach Crisp recipe with these fresh jewels which came out spectacular! All you will need is whole wheat flour, flaxseed meal, raw sugar and oats for the topping. I used as little butter as possible. You can prepare these ahead of time and warm them up in the microwave when you’re ready to serve them. Enjoy this summertime recipe during the week or for weekend get togethers.

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Peach Tea Fizz Cocktail

Peach Tea Fizz Cocktail

Looking for the easiest three ingredient cocktail ever? Try this Peach Tea Fizz Cocktail this weekend while the weather is hot and peaches are in season. This makes a great after-work drink, lake or beach cocktail. I used Sparkling Ice as my peach tea starter. It works great in this recipe and is so refreshing. Happy weekend!

Sparkling Ice Teas launched nationally in 2015 and include Raspberry Tea, Lemon Tea, and Peach Tea flavors. SPARKLING ICE combines sparkling water, natural flavors, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants to offer a great tasting lightly carbonated beverage all without the calories. To locate SPARKLING ICE visit www.sparklingice.com.

Easy Peach Crisp

Easy Peach Crisp

Over the weekend, my kids and I bought some amazing peaches and they begged for me to make a Peach Crisp. My son wanted to know the difference between a cobbler and a crisp, and found this recipe on Allrecipes.com. A crisp is typically a crumble topping similar to a streusel or granola that is sprinkled over the top. A cobbler is more of a biscuit-type crust which is typically spooned over the top. My son prepared the entire recipe on his own, so we called it “easy”. Also, my daughter styled and took the photo (pretty great for her first try). Enjoy this peach dessert while peaches are still at their peak. It’s perfect for Labor Day too!

Peach Cobbler Protein Smoothie

Peach Cobbler Protein Smoothie

Southern Peaches are amazing right now (especially Chilton County Peaches), and they as tasty as they are huge! My 3 kids and I are on a smoothie kick, and I made this Peach Cobbler Protein Smoothie this morning which was a huge home run! I used fresh peaches, granola, protein powder, nonfat Greek yogurt and frozen peaches or ice. Don’t forget. If you don’t have fabulous fresh peaches, frozen peaches are just as healthy as fresh. They are picked at the peak and flash frozen. You can see more information on this at Easy Home Meals. One fresh peach (about 21/2 inches) is only 68 calories and has zero fat. Peaches contain 10 different vitamins. A large peach provides Vitamin A, which is important to healthy vision, Vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and more.

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Peach Watercress Salad

watercress peach salad

Peppery and tangy, watercress is a storehouse of many natural phytonutrients that have health and disease prevention properties. Try it in this Peach Watercress Salad with fresh peaches, toasted pine nuts, avocado and blue cheese. Enjoy it for a side dish or lunch with grilled chicken or shrimp. Here are some of my favorite health benefits of watercress:

  • Watercress is a super low-calorie green leafy vegetables (only 11 calories). It is antioxidant rich, and it is often recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs
  • It is also high in B-complex group of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid that are essential for optimum cellular metabolic functions.
  • Watercress is an abundant source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that are said to be beneficial for the eyes and the heart.

Berry Peach Smoothie

Easy Peach and Berry Smoothie
Easy Peach and Berry Smoothie

Just in time for Passover, this healthy Berry Peach Smoothie recipe is perfect for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack. Feel free to use fresh or frozen fruit, but don’t forget frozen fruit is just as healthy as fresh. Frozen fruits are picked at their peak and then flash frozen. This smoothie is a great way to kick off the week. It’s filled with natural antioxidants and protein!

Easy Peach Muffins

Summer is almost over, but we are still enjoying fabulous peaches here in the south. I had some fresh peaches that were starting to go bad so I made this recipe for Easy Peach Muffins which was really too simple for words. I adapted this recipe from Taste of Home using Greek yogurt and a few other kitchen staples, and they came out fabulous. These are perfect for a summer breakfast, after workout or afternoon snack, or dessert. If you can’t find fresh, be sure to use frozen. Frozen foods are picked at their peak and flash frozen so they are just as sweet and good for you. Happy Friday and have a super weekend!

Easy Peach Pie: Summerfest

My daughter, Leigh, has been begging me to make a Peach Pie with her, so we used store-bought pie crusts to make this Easy Peach Pie. She even made this lattice crust for the pie by herself, and I was impressed what a great job she did. We are so fortunate to live in Alabama where we get to savor Chilton County Peaches. These are some of the best southern peaches you can buy, and and they have been sold and grown since 1976. I grew up eating these fabulous summer fruits, a true summer southern tradition. This Easy Peach Pie is as good as it is simple so enjoy while peaches are at their peak. For more fabulous peach recipes see the following wonderful blogs for this week’s Summerfest via The Food Network.

Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Peach Blackberry Arugula Salad
Cooking With Elise: Streusel Topped Peach Muffins With Peach Butter
Heather Christo Cooks: Peach Coconut Pancakes
Ingredients, Inc: Easy Peach Pie
From My Corner of Saratoga: Grilled Peaches With Caramel-Ginger Sauce and Pound Cake
Dishin & Dishes: Peach Lacquered Chicken Salad
Big Girls Small Kitchen: Easy Peach Limeade
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Fresh Peach and Coconut Cake
Daily*Dishin: Caramelized Grilled Peaches
Delicious Lean: Smokey Peach Chipotle Grilled Chicken
Thursday Night Dinner: Peach Shortbread
Sweet Life Bake: Jicama Tortilla Salad With Peach Dressing
I Am Baker: Cilantro Peach Salsa
Zaika Zabardast: Donut Peach Quesadilla
And Love It Too: Peachy Coconut Streusel Muffins
Daydreamer Desserts: White Peach Margaritas
Cooking Channel: 4 Savory Uses for Peaches
Healthy Eats: What to do With Overripe Peaches
FN Dish: Peaches Move to the Big Kids’ Table

 

Fresh Peach-Pecan Muffins

I have been on a huge peach kick lately with the juiciest, ripest peaches to choose from in Alabama. I made these Peach-Pecan Muffins this weekend for my kids, and they were quite popular. This recipe can be made with whole wheat or all-purpose flour, and I used medium fresh peaches. Our medium peaches are huge, so you may want to add more if yours aren’t that large (see my picture below from instagram on the iphone). Also, feel free to omit the pecans if you wish, but they do make them pretty and add an additional touch of southern flavor.