Blueberries can add a little something special to your favorite summer salads and desserts. The result is not only delicious, but healthy for you too. Accomplished chef Kathleen Daelemans, author of "Getting Thin and Loving Food," shares these fresh and slimming dishes using yummy blueberries. Here are the recipes.
Peach, Blueberry and Fennel Salad
Especially during the summer, when it’s too hot to fire up the indoor oven, I look for delicious salads that I can easily pair a piece of outdoor grilled chicken or fish with. This salad is the perfect accompaniment to a lovely piece of grilled white fish such as sea bass or halibut, and it’s especially nice with shrimp and scallops.
Recipe: Peach, Blueberry and Fennel Salad (on this page)
Thai Chicken and Mango Blueberry Salad
When you’re in the mood for Thai takeout, this is the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings. It’s super simple to prepare, especially if you have leftover chicken on hand. The basil, mint and cilantro are cool and refreshing, making this dish the right choice for hot summer nights and easy entertaining.
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Recipe: Thai Chicken and Mango Blueberry Salad (on this page)
Blueberry Polka Dot Popsicles
These whimsical, easy-to-make popsicles are perfect for summer birthday parties, beach picnics and days you need an in-a-hurry dessert. They take a few hours to freeze but only a minute to make.
Recipe: Blueberry Polka Dot Popsicles (on this page)
These creamy sorbet-like popsicles are a great way to sneak in extra servings of fruit. They’re perfect for nights you feel like bingeing on ice cream but know you shouldn’t.
Recipe: Blueberry Blast-sicles (on this page)
Mom’s Best Blueberry Gelato
This is as close as I've come to the gelato in Italy. Its pure and clean, maximum fruity flavor has none of the fat found in rich ice creams. A vacation to Rome in a bowl!
One of my favorite dieting tricks is to stick to my diet rules. For instance, only eat sourdough bread in San Francisco. Only eat cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery in New York City. Only Eat German Chocolate cake on my birthday. My blueberry kuchen rule: Only eat blueberry kuchen in the summer when the berries are best and you make it from scratch.
Microwave Blueberry Sauce
This is hardly a recipe but it’s so cool you need to know about it because it’s an out-of-this-world-delicious super easy sugar-free blueberry sauce. I promise you no one will know the difference.
Recipe: Microwave Blueberry Sauce (on this page)
I highly recommend eating this warm from the oven. However, my Mom prefers it the next day. I must agree that it’s delicious the next day but there’s nothing like just from the oven baked goods, especially when the house is filled with heavenly scents.
The original recipe called for cream instead of milk and twice the amount of nuts. We don’t think you’ll miss the fat. My father thought cranberries would make a great addition to the bread, but then he puts cranberry sauce on anything he can get away with. I happen to agree that cranberries — or blueberries for that matter — added to the batter would be nice, and cranberry sauce spooned over the bread would be delicious too.
Recipe: Lemon Loaf (on this page)
Recipe: Lemon Loaf (on this page)