Happy National Peach Melba Day! {Food Holiday Recipe Roundup}

National Peach Melba DayWho came up with National Peach Melba Day? I have no idea. In most cases, there is no explanation of where or when a food holiday started out there on the internet, but there are plenty of lists telling us when the days are. Holidays like these are usually created to “raise awareness” but more likely as a marketing campaign at some point in time. Apparently these holidays became popular in the 90’s for such reasons, and that is why there is basically a food holiday on every day of the year. And well, now it provides editorial content and fodder for bloggers!

I have to be honest, I didn’t even know what Peach Melba was, so I guess it is actually bringing awareness. It is quite a simple dessert actually. Peaches, vanilla ice cream, and raspberry puree. No, it does not include Melba toast. It was created by a London hotel chef in honor of an opera singer, Nellie Melba, in the late 1800’s, but the actual raspberry puree didn’t appear in this dish until 1900 for an opening of a new hotel.

Now that I know what it is, I wonder why in the world anyone decided to make National Peach Melba Day in January? Peaches are well known as a summer fruit, right? In fact, I saw some peaches at the grocery store yesterday, and they looked quite terrible. Lucky for us, we can always pick up canned peaches.

And can this dish be healthy? With two fruits as ingredients, well yes! And it turns out there have been some nice little variations on the Peach Melba. Even though there’s only a few hours left in today’s holiday, you might just find something here to celebrate any day of the year!

Angel Peach Melba (Simple & Delicious) (177 cal, 2g fat, 37g net carbs, 5 PointsPlus)
Caramelized Peach Melba with Raspberry Coulis (SparkRecipes) (176 cal, 1g fat, 34g net carbs, 4 PointsPlus)
Cocoa Angel Cake with Peach Melba Sauce (Eat Better America) (170 cal, 1g fat, 36g net carbs, 4 PointsPlus)
Frozen Peach Melba (University of Illinois Extention) (60 cal, 0g fat, 10g net carbs, 1 PointsPlus)
Frozen Peach Melba Pie (Food.com) (91 cal, 1g fat, 18g net carbs, 2 PointsPlus)
Georgia Peach Melba Crisp (Splenda) (150 cal, 7g fat, 17g net carbs, 4 PointsPlus)
Ginger Peach Melba (McCormick) (233 cal, 9g fat, 29g net carbs, 6 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba (Cooking For 2) (237 cal, 4g fat, 51g net carbs, 7 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Brunch Strata (Muscle & Fitness/Hers) (270 cal, 10g fat, 20g net carbs, 7 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba (LowFat Lifestyle) (231, 3g fat, 40g net carbs, 6 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba (Meals Matter) (259 cal, 2g fat, 52g net carbs, 7 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Breakfast “Shortcake” (Kraft) (340 cal, 10g fat, 42g net carbs, 9 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Breakfast Parfait (Dole) (174, 2g fat, 32g net carbs, 5 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Crisp (Cuisinart) (292 cal, 10g fat, 46 net carbs, 8 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Crisp (Cooking Light) (261 cal, 6g fat, 47g net carbs, 7 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Granola Crisp (Reddi-wip) (191 cal, 4g fat, 35g net carbs, 5 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Ice Cream Pie (Kitchen Daily) (303 cal, 10g fat, 51g net carbs, 8 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Jam (Canadian Living) (26 cal, og fat, 7g net carbs, 1 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Jelly Roll (Whole Grains Council) (372 cal, 16g fat, 50g net carbs, 10 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Layered Spread (Kraft) (110 cal, 4g fat, 18g net carbs, 3 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Molded Salad (Pillsbury) (130 cal, 0g fat, 25g net carbs, 3 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Pancakes (Better At Home) (210 cal, 8g fat, 28g net carbs, 6 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Parfaits (Cooking Light) (165 cal, 3g fat, 27g net carbs, 4 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Parfaits (Mr. Food) (130 cal, 2g fat, 24g net carbs, 3 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Pie (Cooking Light) (301 cal, 7g fat, 54g net carbs, 8 PointsPlus)
Peach-Melba Pork Chops (Kate’s Cure for the Common Cuisine) (426 cal, 10g fat, 9g carbs, 8 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Puffs (Better Homes and Gardens) (235 cal, 15g fat, 19g net carbs, 6 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Sipper (dLife and Splenda) (119 cal, 1g fat, 21g net carb, 3 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Smoothie (About.com Low Fat Cooking) (223 cal, 2g fat, 34 net carbs, 5 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Smoothie for Two (Johns Hopkins Medicine) (125 cal, 0g fat, 11g net carbs, 2 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba Tart (Delicious Living) (168 cal, 9g fat, 17g net carbs, 4 PointsPlus)
Peach Melba with Blackberry Sauce (Cooking Light) (288 cal, 3g fat, 64g net carbs, 8 PointsPlus)
Ruby Peach Melba (The Complete Step-by-Step Low Carb Cookbook) (84 cal, 0g fat, 17g net carbs, 2 PointsPlus)
Shelly’s Peach Melba Protein Shake (Food.com) (231 cal, 4g fat, 41g net carbs, 6 PointsPlus)
Vanilla-Spice Peach Melba (Redbook) (300 cal, 0g fat, 76g carbs, 8 PointsPlus)
Wine and Vanilla Peach Melba (Damn Good Recipes) (276 cal, 0g fat, 58g net carb, 6 PointsPlus)

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