I can’t believe we are half way through July already!
We spent the weekend installing tile in the kitchen of our bungalow. It’s a decent sized kitchen and we used really small tile, so it was quite the undertaking! I had a bunch of time to think about things while cleaning grout lines and such. I thought a lot about summers over the years of my life. From summers spent at the community pool growing up, a summer in a motorhome with my cousin and her family at Disney World and other points across the country, a summer working at the mall in high school and so on.
The thing that all of these memories have in common is the food that I can recall being part of each one of these memories. From a particular strawberry jell-o pie I had frequently one summer, my usual lunch when I worked on Sunday’s at the mall, to the junk I used to buy at the pool snack bar, I don’t know why I can recall it all. Maybe I have a good memory, or maybe it was the comfort of food that I always wrapped myself in? I should ask Doug Lisle when I see him next month at Plant-Stock! One summer my mom had decided to can some peaches, pickles and tomato sauce. I still remember the peaches today, almost 30 years ago.
Building new comfort food memories that are more plant-strong than my summer food memories of old is something I thought about yesterday while tiling the kitchen. Finding go-to items or recipes that can be great for you and hit that comfort spot can be a challenge. I think that the longer you are plant-strong, the easier it gets though, so hang int here and keep trying new things if you are new to this way of eating. Work on re-creating recipes that you love in a plant-strong version if you can as well.
Some of my new favorites include my most favorite – quinoa, black beans, shredded kale and hot sauce. Jicama sliced into sticks and used for dipping is another new favorite! This recipe for Peach Basil Salad is a take off on the peaches my mom used to can and the peach vanilla jam I used to make. This is the essence of the stuff I used to love without all the sugar. This salad is perfect for a picnic, a potluck, a meal or a snack. You can even serve it over oatmeal for a phenomenal sweet/savory breakfast!
Peach Basil Salad
This salad is so easy and delicious – try it today while the peaches are fresh!
4 peaches sliced or diced – your choice
3 stems of fresh basil (approximately 12 leaves) chopped
3 slices of red onion diced
1/4 cup balsamic dressing
cracked black pepper to taste
serve over spinach or chilled quinoa
makes 4 servings