Making the Most of Stone Fruit
The organic stone fruit we are getting in our area at the moment is not so tasty. We had such a good year last year that this year pales in comparison. Still wanting to make the most of the stone fruit that keeps appearing in our local Santos Health Food Shop I decided to grill the nectarines in this very simple salad.
The addition of the best vegan almond fetta I have ever tasted makes this salad one to keep earmarked for every stone fruit season.
A note on the fetta, to blanch the almonds first soak them overnight with a small pinch of salt and filtered water. Then strain off and pour boiling water over them. Leave them in the boiling water for approx. 2 minutes then pour cold water and leave them soaking in this water while you easily slip the skins off. This gives you a lovely blanched almond.
Grilled Nectarine, Broccoli and Almond Fetta Salad
1 serve of almond fetta
1 head of steamed broccoli (cut the broccoli into long florets) If you have broccolini then two bunches of this
3 nectarines cut in half then each half into 4 slices
Dash of balsamic vinegar and a splash of olive oil
Baked Almond Fetta
1 cup blanched almonds
¼ cup lemon juice
1¾ tsp salt
⅓ cup filtered water
2 cloves of garlic (either cooked or uncooked, up to you)
For the almond fetta place the water and lemon juice in the blender first then add the rest of the ingredients. Blitz until lovely and smooth. Line a baking dish with parchment paper and with a teaspoon dollop the fetta onto the baking paper so you have little blobs of fetta. Cook in a 180°C oven for 20 minutes or until the fetta has browned.
In a lined grill pan place the nectarine slices and grill for 3 minutes a side or until nice defined lines form.
Assemble the salad by placing the broccoli on a plate or in a bowl and then add the grilled peaches and top with the baked almond fetta. Mix the balsamic vinegar and olive oil together and drizzle onto the salad.
How did Veganuary go for you all?
To those of you who participated in Veganuary how did it go (I know its only a few days from the end of January)? I heard from a friend who joined that she is seriously thinking about continuing as she has really enjoyed being vegan for a month. This makes me very happy. I saw recently a post on social media where Colleen Patrick- Goudreau was quoted as saying “Being vegan doesn’t make me better than anyone else, but it does makes me better than I used to be.” I feel so much better on a health perspective for being vegan and I also feel better for helping to try and help end the suffering of all sentients and hopefully help our planet so my nieces and nephews and all the future generations have a better place to exist on.
If you need any help in continuing on with a vegan diet after January or you would like to try out being vegan for the month of February please let me know.
Have a fabulous week and hope the children go back to school ok.
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