Peach backup plan
When I was a child our family scraped by on a very modest income. Dad worked hard as an educator and also studied long hours for his Ed. D. Mom was really good at stretching our food budget. They never allowed food to waste. We were expected to taste the dishes served and eat what was prepared. But they had a backup plan. If we weren’t happy about the menu, we were offered canned peaches. Cases of them lined the spaces under our bunk beds so we always had plenty on hand.
At first this was a good option, insomuch that we gloated. Canned peaches are sweet, juicy and don’t need any preparation. But it wasn’t long before the thought of peaches instantly brought on the gag reflex. Here’s where too much of a good thing isn’t good anymore. On a recent visit to Washington, DC, Mom was reminiscing about the peach backup plan. It brought back memories of what motivated me to eat what was prepared. I am grateful for the wide palette of taste I acquired growing up albeit mostly via the peach plan.
After a long hiatus from canned peaches, I love them on cottage cheese, in peach cobbler and in this zingy smoothie. Since their canned they can line the spaces under your bunk beds ready for a fast and easy smoothie on a busy morning. The buttermilk wakes you up and peaches balance it with fruity sweetness.
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Recipe: Peach Zinger Smoothie
Prep Time: 3 Minutes | Cook Time: 0 Minutes | Yield: 3 1/2 Cups | Level: Easy
- 1 15-ounce can peaches, drained
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 Tbsp orange juice concentrate
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 6 ice cubes
Special Equipment – blender
The canned peaches could be halves, slices or diced.
- Exchange peaches for apricots.
- Exchange nutmeg for cinnamon.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 19, 2012