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Monday: Sweet Heat Hot Dogs with Peach Ginger Slaw
Celebrate National Peach Month with a week’s worth of recipes featuring the sweet, summer fruit. Fire up the grill and cook these sweet and spicy dogs in just 30 minutes. Top them off with pre-shredded cabbage as a garnish and finish the bag by making an Asian-inspired slaw. Chopped peaches, pecans, and fresh ginger give this side great flavor.
Tuesday: Grilled Peach and Avocado Salad
Recipe: Grilled Peach and Avocado Salad
Smoky flavors from the grill elevate the avocado and peaches in this simple salad. To complete the meal, grill French bread with butter and garlic for a quick side. While the food is heating, combine vinegar, oil, honey, and one peach in a food processor or blender for a tasty vinaigrette. Consider doubling the recipe so you can dress a salad later in the week.
Wednesday: Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts
Recipe: Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts
Prepare this simple, fresh dish in just 45 minutes. Using the ginger from Monday night, fresh peaches, and basil, you can whip up sauce no time. Brown the chicken on the stovetop, but finish cooking it in the oven for juicy and tender meat. Serve over steamed rice, couscous, or quinoa for the perfect summertime meal.
Thursday: Pineapple-Jalapeño Burgers
Recipe: Pineapple-Jalapeño Burgers
Add heat to good old burgers with minced jalapeños. Top with a grilled pineapple slice, sliced avocado, and rich Cilantro-Jalapeño Cream for a fun twist on a summertime staple. Though the recipe calls for homemade buns, reduce your cooking time by using your favorite store-bought ones (which readers say are just as good). Serve with a simple green salad using Tuesday’s peach vinaigrette and you will have dinner ready in just under 30 minutes.
Friday: Pork Grillades with Pepper Jelly-Peach Sauce and Summer Corn Grits
Finish off the pepper jelly from Monday in tonight’s sauce, featuring seasonal flavor with fresh peaches, tomatoes, shallots, and thyme. Pork loin cutlets heat up quick, so put the grits on the stove first to ensure all components of your meal are ready at the same time. The best part: If you have leftover grits at the end of your meal, they make a great weekend breakfast!