Each bite of these grilled peaches over vegan ice cream is like a little taste of summer. This simple vegan dessert is the perfect healthy treat to finish off an amazing BBQ.
Can you believe the first day of summer is next Monday? June, especially on Nantucket where our season is starting to heat up, is one of those months that oscillates from crazy slow to lightning. The feeling of anticipation is thick as the June fog (which on Nantucket is wicked thick). Personally, transitions can be really tough for me, but I’ve found over the years if I can take the time to slow down and be intentional about them they don’t throw me quite so off kilter.
In the past, I’ve struggled with “summer regret” where half way through August I get pangs of “oh shit how did summer already pass and I haven’t taken any time to enjoy it?” It can be so busy and hectic that if you’re not intentionally slowing down you’ll miss it in a blink. Or you’ll overwork yourself and grow resentful AND regretful which is a dangerous cocktail for bitterness. That’s pretty much what happened to me the summer of 2012 when I vowed not to come back to Nantucket except to visit on rare holidays. Clearly I’ve broken those vows, but I haven’t forgotten how hard that summer was, which is why I want to learn from it.
This summer I’ve decided to make a simple, short, semi-challenging-but-attainable, soak-up-the-summer list. These are 5 things that take me out of my normal routine but for me, epitomize the vibe of what I love about summer. If I’m able to do all of these things by August I’ll put Summer 2016 in the “W” column.
The reason I’m telling you all this is because the first item on the list has a lot to do with this recipe. I had heard of grilling peaches before and wanted to give it a whirl. Does anything sound more summery than grilled peaches over ice cream? The answer is no, just incase you were confused. It’s actually summer in a bowl.
But I quickly remembered I have no flipping idea how to use a grill. Luckily I was able to rustle up some assistance for this shoot, but I have vowed (and this time I’m serious) to learn to grill this summer.
The Soak Up the Summer of 2016 List
1.) Learn to Use a Grill
2.) Throw a S’mores Party on the Beach
3.) Take a Completely Phone Free Day
4.) Bike From One End of the Island to the Other (Madaket to Sconset)
5.) Start Practicing Yoga Regularly
I divide the list so that two of the items were “adventures,” one was a new element to my wellness routine, one was an experiment and one was a new skill. My instinct is to make a list of 20 things, but I want to be realistic and actually conquerable. Rather than look back at the list and think “there’s still so much more I should have done” I want to feel a sense of fun accomplishment.
If getting outdoors and BBQ-ing is on YOUR list then giiiirl (or griiiillll) this is the post for you. Some of my amazingly talented blogger babe bffs have thrown together a smorgasbord of summer BBQ goodness that you’re not gonna want to miss.
Grilled Peaches over Vegan Ice Cream
- 2 Peaches
- 1 Pint of Coconut Ice Cream*
- 1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup
- *I used So Delicious vanilla coconut ice cream
- Turn on the grill to medium heat
- Cut peaches in half and remove the pit
- Grill for 15 minutes or until peaches are tender and have grill marks
- Scoop ice cream into two bowls
- Slice peach halves in half and place 4 quarters in each ice cream bowl
- Drizzle with maple syrup
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A hearty kale salad topped with grilled corn, red onions and a zesty chile lime dressing. It’s the perfect side dish for all your summer BBQ’s!
Thai Slaw with Cashew Curry Dressing by Fit Mitten Kitchen
Throw some Asian flare into your coleslaw and make this Thai slaw with cashew curry dressing. Flavorful, fun, and a great addition to any BBQ.
5-ingredient Salmon Burgers by rachLmansfield
5-ingredient, grain free salmon burgers made with simple ingreidents in less than 30 minutes, no grill necessary!
Watermelon Cherry Popsicles by the Balanced Berry
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- What’s one thing you’d add to your Soak Up Summer 2016 list?