Friday, July 19, 2013

Peaches and Pistachios

This grilled chicken recipe will help to beat the heat while using some of the summer's fresh produce. Grilled peaches and chicken topped with chopped pistachios... Who could beat it? Just to draw out the peach and pistachio combo, today's pancake uses both of them to make a delicious breakfast treat.

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Grilled Peaches and Pistachio Chicken
serves 1
1 chicken breast (about 6-7 ounces)
3 tbsp shelled pistachios, chopped
2 peaches
2 tbsp peach puree
oil, as needed
salt and pepper, to taste

Clean and heat up your grill. Cut the peaches in half and remove the seeds. Brush the peaches and chicken with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken. Place the peaches face down on the grill along with the chicken. Cook for 4-6 minutes. Brush the top of the chicken with the peach puree. Flip it and brush the other side. Turn the peaches. After another 4-6 minutes, flip the peaches over so that the skin faces down. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, and check the chicken to make sure it is 165 degrees. Slice the peach halves in half and sprinkle the peaches and chicken with the chopped pistachios.

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Peach and Pistachio Oatmeal Pancakes
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peach puree
6 tbsp milk
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
3 tbsp shelled pistachios

Mix all the ingredients together. Preheat a nonstick pancake pan to medium heat. Scoop a few tablespoons of batter onto the pan at a time. Wait until the bottom is fully cooked before flipping the pancake over and cooking the other side. (If you try to flip it before the bottom is done, it will break apart.) Once both sides are golden brown, remove the pancakes from the pan and serve immediately.
 
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Here are the rest of the crafts that I made for the American Girl Doll party. The paper hats were made on patterned paper by using a standard paper hat pattern scales down to doll size. The cake is just a piece of foam cut into a circle and painted. Because it is foam, it actually has the texture and look of cake. If only I could cut out a perfect circle...
 

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