In honor of today being the last day of August, I'm sharing a very summery recipe for grilled fruit. Grilling fruit seems to be a fad right now, and for good reason. When fruit is heated, its natural sugars create a juicy and sweet effect. Paired with the smokiness of a good sear, nature's favorite dessert now has a fresh face. Below is my favorite recipe for grilled fruit. It will vary depending on the type of grill you have and how hot you can get said grill, but it's also rather foolproof in that if your fruit isn't looking done, you'll just leave it be a few minutes longer. And yes, this recipe was both featured at the Nourished! dinner party and will be taking center stage in the side dishes chapter of the upcoming Nourished! cookbook.
Grilled Fruit (serves 12 as a side dish):
6 organic peaches, halved
1 lb large organic strawberries, hulled and kept whole
½ lb figs, stemmed and halved
¼ c extra virgin olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T honey
½ t large flake sea salt or kosher salt
½ t cracked black pepper
2 T chopped, fresh rosemary, plus 1-2 sprigs for garnish
Slice fruit and toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Place fruit piece by piece on a hot grill (as hot as it will go) and flip after 1-2 minutes, once grill marks appear. Figs and strawberries will be ready for a flip before peaches. Remove from grill and keep warm. In a small saucepan, reduce the fruit marinade and juices over low heat for 15-20 minutes. Drizzle over fruit and garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
What is your favorite healthy summer side dish? Share in the comments below!
A few weekends ago, I had the honor of having a few of my closest friends over for a dinner party. Our intimate gathering was made perfect primarily through fellowship, but it wouldn't have been a Nourished! dinner party without a special preparation of food too! I used the party as an opportunity to make a special announcement that I'll now share here:
An original cookbook is coming to Nourished! sometime in late 2016!
The dinner party was also a perfect opportunity for trying out some of the recipes that will be going into my cookbook. In Nourished! fashion, the entire meal was free of refined sugars and flours, and made with as many organic ingredients as possible. Our menu for the evening was as follows:
Bacon-wrapped, cheddar-stuffed dates
Charcuterie platter of whole wheat breads, antibiotic and hormone free cured meats, an assortment of cheeses, fresh fruit, dijon, sugar free jam, and raw honey
Homemade potato salad
Moroccan style grilled chicken
Vegan peach and blueberry crisp
Flourless chocolate cake
Homemade ice cream
If this menu or any of the dishes listed intrigue you, stay tuned, for the cookbook will be making appearances here on the blog in the next year as I share recipes of the month. You won't want to miss any announcements or promos as the book nears its launch.
What kinds of foods do you enjoy cooking for a summer dinner party? Share in the comments below!