Something I’ve noticed since I started getting farm boxes, I no longer care if my produce is perfect. As a matter of fact, I’ve come to enjoy the fact that the produce has a little dirt on it, or is a funky shape, or maybe has a bruise or two.To me, these imperfections mean that this is real food.
I find myself using these foods differently too. I work hard to use all of my farm box produce in a week, but sometimes it’s just not possible. If something starts nearing its squish date, I’ll cut it up and freeze it. If it’s fruit, sometimes I’ll throw it in my Nutribullet and pour the liquid into ice cube trays and freeze them. After they’re frozen, I put them in Ziploc bags to store in the freezer to add to smoothies. Worse case the expired produce gets composted. In my before life- I would have just thrown it away.
I have more respect for my food now. I know the people that grow my food. I know the hard work that goes into producing these tasty little miracles. I appreciate it so much more.
My farm box this week had three peaches. One of them was bumped and bruised. All of them were ripe. I’m talking “eat me now because I may not make it another day” ripe. All I could think about was peach cobbler.
It’s just me and my girl, so the idea of cooking a whole baking dish full of peach cobbler is just ridiculous. But three peaches? Oh, I got this.
Traditionally, cooked fruits are thickened with sugar, but I’ve found that chia seeds can be a healthy alternative. I’ve used chia seeds in previous recipes (Try my Strawberry Chia Seed Jam!), so I gave it a try and It worked out great in the cobbler. Additionally, I get all of the added health benefits of chia seeds!
This cobbler doesn’t have the traditional cake topping, but I recommend using some Vanilla Granola which gives it a nice crunch!
Oh. And how could I forget the whipped cream? This whipped cream is an amazing alternative to dairy based for any readers who may be lactose-intolerant. If you are lucky enough to get fresh cream from your local dairy farmer, here is another fantastic recipe for fresh whipped cream!
For the cobbler: Place peaches, water, chia seeds and nutmeg in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
For the whipped cream: Open the can of milk. Do not shake first! You want to be able to scoop the solid part of the coconut cream off of the top and into a bowl. Add maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and whip with a hand mixer until fluffy.
To assemble: Divide the cooked peaches into two bowls. Top with granola. Add a large scoop of the whipped cream. Enjoy!!