Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blueberry Crisp - The Week's Ungirdled Recipe!

It’s blueberry season (or almost, depending on where you live) so this week, a super-yummy, totally Ungirdled recipe using this nutritional powerhouse (read about all the nutritional benefits below).  Because I am all about keeping the Ungirdled sisterhood healthy and happy, here is a recipe from my friend and neighbor you’ll be making again and again because it is THAT EASY and THAT GOOD!  It’s similar to the cherry dump cake recipe many of us grew up with. 

Blueberry Crisp

1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained (I use the kind in its natural juices)

3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

¾ cup sugar (I only use a couple of tablespoons)

1 box yellow cake mix

1 stick of butter, melted

1 cup chopped pecans

Vanilla ice cream

Butter or spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray.  Layer ingredients (except for ice cream) in order listed.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden.  Scoop warm crisp into dessert bowls and top with vanilla ice cream.  Be ready for marriage proposals from the single gentlemen and even a few from the married ones. 

This is so good, you’ll almost be irritated at your company when they go back for seconds (which they will) because you know that means less leftover for you.  If you are having more than 10 folks for dinner, you’d better make two.  Trust me.  Plus, you’re making everyone much healthier by making plenty of this dessert!

Blueberry nutrition facts:  Blueberries are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene as well as rich in the minerals potassium, manganese, magnesium. They are very high in fiber and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Scientists at the US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Center say blueberries rank number 1 in antioxidant benefits when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables, and the total antioxidant capacity of blueberries is TWICE that of spinach and THREE times that of oranges.  Other studies suggest they are effective in lowering cholesterol and may help prevent Alzheimer’s and a number of cancers.  They are now considered more effective than cranberries when it comes to stopping the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections from adhering to the walls of the bladder.  All this is just the tip of the iceberg.  For more on the nutritional power of blueberries, visit here.

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