Weekend Menu Planning: Make Something with Blueberries for National Blueberry Month!

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July is National Blueberry Month in the U.S., officially proclaimed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1999. That means blueberries are going to be plentiful and cheaper than usual, the perfect time to make something delicious with blueberries.

And while we're on the subject, surely you've heard that blueberries are not only considered to be Superfoods, but they're also on the list of The World's Healthiest Foods. In fact, in describing blueberries, the folks at The World's Healthiest Foods say, "Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. Recently, researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals."

All that nutrition packed into an ingredient that's perfect for so many sweet or savory dishes. Here are some tempting ways to eat blueberries.

 Blueberry Cobbler
Photo of Blueberry Cobbler
from Mele Cotte.

At Mele Cotte, Chris started out to make peach cobbler, but when she didn't have peaches she made Blueberry Cobbler with blueberries from the freezer. This one looks delicious and sounds easy to make.

blueberry coffee cake
Photo of Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake
from Lovin' From the Oven.

Another blueberry sweet treat that sounds great is the Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake made by Kim at Lovin' From the Oven. Kim used cookie cutters to cut it into fun shapes, but you could make a regular round coffeecake too.

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Photo of Lemon Blueberry Cookies
from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Lemon Blueberry Cookies sound great to me, and Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod says these cookies are light, fluffy, and lemony. There's even a lemon glaze, for that finishing touch of lemon.

Blueberry banana bread
Photo of Blueberry Banana Bread
from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen.

If you'd like something less sweet and loaded with healthful ingredients, how about Blueberry Banana Bread from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen. Susan even uses white whole wheat flour in this and sweetens it with agave nectar (two of my favorite ingredients!)

blueberry sweet rolls
Photo of Mom's Blueberry Sweet Rolls
from Food Blogga.

Finally, a slightly unusual use of blueberries is Mom's Blueberry Sweet Rolls from Food Blogga. Susan's mom has been making these since Susan was a little girl, which I'd say makes them a delicious family tradition!

What's your favorite treat to make with blueberries? Please share in the comments about your favorite blueberry recipe or a link to a blueberry recipe you'd like to try.

(Every Thursday night on BlogHer, we spotlight five recipes with a common theme for a feature called Weekend Menu Planning, hoping one of them might make it onto the menu at your house. You can find previous recipes shared by clicking the tag Weekend Menu Planning.)

Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen, where her focus is on low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn's favorite recipe with blueberries would have to be Peach and Berry Cobbler.

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