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We recently took a trip to South Carolina and stayed with friends. After sending them a thank you gift, a box of forty peaches arrived at our house last Friday. (Southerner manners are tough to match.) My youngest son and I dug right in: simple, delicious summer perfection. With juice dripping down our chins, we each reached for another. Only after putting away the third and fourth peaches did we think about saving a few for my husband and oldest son.

In addition to being ridiculously and lusciously delicious, peaches are also a low calorie source of fiber, and vitamins A and C. According to a study from Texas A&M, stone fruit like peaches, plums and nectarines have been shown to ward off obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So indulge or even over-indulge.

IMG_4796Montana peaches are coming soon – we are about to enter the best few weeks of the year to enjoy the local bounty. To take advantage of our abundance of peaches, I simplified and changed a recipe from License to Grill, and put peaches on skewers with chicken and red peppers. The result: a simple summer meal, perfect with a green salad. You can easily substitute fish for chicken, or use whatever veggies you like.

Here’s another idea: for a delicious side to any summer meal, grill a peach. Get a cast iron pan ridiculously hot on your grill and place some halved peaches on it (pits removed), cut side down. Add a small pat of butter immediately and try not to move until well browned and almost burned. Enjoy grilled, caramelized peaches as a side dish, on top of a salad, or as an easy dessert.

Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Red Peppers
Print Recipe
Put summer's bounty on the grill! Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Red Peppers is a delicious, easy entree that's perfect with a green salad.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 entrees 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-14 minutes 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 entrees 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-14 minutes 3 minutes
Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Red Peppers
Print Recipe
Put summer's bounty on the grill! Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Red Peppers is a delicious, easy entree that's perfect with a green salad.
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 entrees 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-14 minutes 3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 to 6 entrees 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10-14 minutes 3 minutes
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine the oil, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Alternately, whiz up all ingredients in a high speed blender like a NutriBullet. combine the marinade with the chicken and toss so the chicken becomes well coated. Alternately thread the chicken, peaches and peppers onto 4-6 skewers. Resist making them too "tight" so the peaches keep their shape and the chicken cooks evenly.
  2. Grill skewers over a medium fire, cooking for 5 to 7 minutes per side. Cut into one of the pieces of chicken and check to be sure it is opaque all the way through. Let the skewers rest for a few minutes before serving - this allows the juices time to evenly redistribute.
Recipe Notes

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/peach-10-healthy-facts

Megan Ware RDN LD, Medical News Today

License to Grill by Schlesinger and Willoughby.

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