One of the things I love most about summer is the abundance of fruit! All winter long we eat apples, oranges, grapes, and bananas. But come June, fruits like cherries, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, nectarines, and peaches start showing up in the produce section. Truth be told, I buy them all each and every week. And by the end of the week, they are gone.
A few years ago, when I was trying to lose weight, I remember hearing someone say that I shouldn’t eat much fruit because of it’s high sugar content. I always thought that was a strange way to look at fruit. I mean, anything that comes from the ground or grows in trees should be okay to eat. Turns out, I was right. It’s a misconception to ban fruit from your diet due to it’s sugar content. Most fruit actually has a limited impact on blood glucose levels, and the amount of slimming fiber and disease-fighting antioxidants are pretty tough to beat. Wouldn’t you rather have the antioxidant fighting power of a 1/2 cup of blueberries than an artery clogging cupcake?!
*stepping off my soap box…*
Not only do we like to enjoy fruit as a daily snack, I also like to add it to our dinners now and then. It adds some natural sweetness to our meals. And I’m all about sweet AND savory! So, when I had some peaches ripening in my pantry, I decided to add them to some quesadillas.
Much like my Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Quesadillas, these quesadillas have a touch of sweetness to them that makes them perfect. Perhaps you can’t tell from the picture, but I also added an extra ripe mango to the mix.
These Chicken and Peach Quesadillas were a hit with the whole family. My kids love fruit, so it was no surprise they liked these. I loved the caramelized onion mixed with the peppers, savory chicken, and sweet fruit. Actually, I love caramelized onion so much that I’ve been adding to almost everything I make. So good.
If you don’t feel like using your oven, you could easily make these on the grill. Cook the chicken and brown the tortillas right on your grill! These can also be made gluten-free by using a brown rice tortilla instead of the whole wheat ones.
The next time you have some ripe peaches or mangos, I highly recommend you make these quesadillas!