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Award-winning food educator and cookbook author Jennifer McGruther’s The Nourished Kitchen not only teaches how to prepare wholesome, nourishing foods, but also encourages a mindful approach cooking and a celebration of old-world culinary traditions. But don’t think that means these highly nutritious recipes are for dieters: roasted peaches with basil and yogurt are a naturally satisfying dessert.

Peaches and basil form an unlikely alliance, yet the vibrant licorice-like notes of basil make a beautiful match for peaches’ soft, sweet floral undertones. Roasting heightens the peaches’ sweetness, as their juices combine with honey and butter to form a fine syrup that blends perfectly into creamy, thick yogurt cheese. It’s an example of the beautiful balance of nature that, at the height of summer, both peaches and basil arrive in abundance, their flavors at their peak.

Reprinted with permission from The Nourished Kitchen