Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Blueberry Tuesday (with a low cal recipe)
This year, the u-pick blueberries at a local farm were possibly the best I have ever picked.
blueberries are packed with nutrition - and taste.
How to pick the perfect blueberry? It's easy - go for the white bloom.
They are so good. I don't put anything on mine - no cream, no sugar, just the pure blueberries.
But I do like them in baked goods. Since I'm trying to get rid of some extra weight that has come back on during the last three years, I decided to make something a little low calorie.
For my blueberry recipe this year, my back was bothering me so I decided on a quick and easy recipe.
No almond milk blueberry muffins from scratch today.
No, I made a dump cake. The cake mixworked out to about 150 calories for 1/10 of a cake. The blueberries are not counted on the old Weight Watchers system I use (Points Plus).
I've had dump cakes before but (believe it or not) have never made one. It was so easy!
Here's the quick and easy recipe.
I didn't have the called for diet soda, but I did have diet Cheerwine from a previous trip down South. Cheerwine is not wine; it is a cherry soda made in North Carolina that has become popular outside its home area. And, although the berries are in a commercial container, my spouse and I picked every one of them (and many more).
Layer the blueberries. Sprinkle the cake mix over.
Sad in a way, but I rarely bake from scratch at this point in my life. I hope to go back to scratch baking one day.
Add the can of soda (we decided against the nuts). I baked at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, using a 9 x 13 pan instead of the 9 x 12 the recipe called for. I also knew, from past experience, that the remaining cake mix that was not hit by the soda just added to the enjoyment. And, because neither of us are big whipped topping fans, this is exactly how it was served.
My spouse loved it! I wonder if I should say goodbye to scratch baking and stick to quick and easy. But perhaps, it was the high quality of the blueberries. It came out to 170 calories for 1/10 of the 9 x 13 pan, which isn't bad at all for someone watching their calories.
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