It’s always fun to eat small, especially in summer. In the summertime, there’s something special about sitting on your patio, roof deck or on a picnic blanket relishing tasty food.
It was fun to create for this month’s RecipeRedux Theme: Small Plates For Sunny Days.
Small bites are perfect for trying many different tastes. Take tapas style eating outside for al fresco dining or a simple picnic. Or maybe you’re serving small bites at a bridal or baby shower or a graduation party. Show us your healthy take on small plates and finger foods.
My favorite thing to do in summer is to grill veggies and fruits. I love grilling fruit as it brings out its natural sweetness. Today, I am grilling peaches. They are so jammed packed with nutrients and low calorie with only 68 calories in a large peach; they are jammed with vitamin C, B-vitamins like niacin and folate, as well as potassium - which is a natural blood pressure regulator. Peaches are also culinarily diverse as they are delicious in sweet desserts and savory dishes, too.
Ginger adds a great flavor and medicinal quality to this dish. Ginger is great for digestion, nausea and upset stomach, plus it’s anti-inflammatory. By pureeing the ginger and adding lime, a hint of shallots and tomato, and sautéing with grape seed oil, it makes a tasty sauce for shredded chicken, pork, tofu, and beans.
Let’s get cooking…this small dish is perfect for a party appetizer or meal with a side salad.
Serves 4 (3 bite-size rounds)
12 chicken breast tenderloins, baked and shredded
3 medium peaches, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup diced ginger
2 limes, peeled and juiced
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
1 small shallot, diced
1 small tomato, diced
Dash of salt and pepper
In a 350 degree oven, place chicken on a baking sheet and cook through from 20 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees F. Set aside to cool. Shred with two forks and place in a bowl.
On a heated grill, place peach slices and heat until grill marks appear on both sides.
In a small food processor, add ginger and lime juice and puree until well-blended. On the stovetop, add oil to a small skillet with shallots and ginger. Heat for a minute or two and add tomato and salt; stir together until combined and heated through.
Add shredded chicken to ginger mixture and toss. Dollop a tablespoon of the seasoned chicken onto each grilled peach slice. Place on a serving platter. Serve immediately.
**Just as a side, my husband wanted his chicken more creamy and instead of tomatoes, he added 1/4 cup of half and half to ginger lime mixture. It worked well by cutting the ginger a bit and adding a richness to the dish. Mine is lighter, of course - but his is a great alternative.
Enjoy eating simply,