Blueberries are nicknamed so appropriately: Nature’s Candy. They’re like little blue bursts of delicious, subtle sweetness. And it’s amazing that, nutritionally, they pack such a punch!! Of all the ‘super fruits’ out there, they boast one of the highest levels of antioxidants.
Needless to say, it is such a no-brainer to add them into as many dishes as possible all year round! …but especially during blueberry season when they are fresh, plump and juicy! (Have you ever driven out to the valley to pick them yourself? Fun activity!)
Another no-brainer for British Columbians is to purchase BC Blueberries from our local farmers. Why not support one of our own and boost the local economy at the same time?!! BC Blueberries are available at just about every single grocery store (frozen and fresh)…so next time you’re shopping for ‘blubes’, make a point of looking for ‘British Columbia’ on the label and find them at the farmers markets. They’re there!!!
Without further ado, here’s one of the ways I’m cooking with BC Blueberries this season…
Blueberry Couscous Bowl with Vegan Ricotta
*Another way to add the BC blueberry vegan ricotta to your salads: zigzag-style
Bowls are a go-to dinner in my home and I love combining sweet and savoury ingredients — they really take each other to the next level. This bowl was loosely inspired by the classic Strawberry Spinach salad, commonly made with toasted nuts, soft cheese, and of course, berries. Here, BC Blueberries are the star, and they are delicious with a super easy-to-make (no waiting involved) dairy-free ricotta, salty chickpeas and lemony couscous. Hope you enjoy as much as I do!!
For the salad:
1 c. BC Blueberries
~ 2 c. whole wheat couscous (or as much as you’d like as your bowl’s base)
1/2 block flavoured tofu of your choice (I used salt and pepper)
1/2 c. almonds (coarsely chopped)
1 1/2 lemons
1 can chickpeas
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
For the vegan blueberry ricotta*:
2 c. soaked cashews (if using a high powered blender, no need to soak)
1/2 c. BC Blueberries
Juice of one big lemon
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 tsp sea salt
Pepper (to taste)
1/4 c. water
Sprinkle of poppy seeds (optional).
For the salad:
- Preheat oven to 400F. Drain chickpeas and rinse well with water. Dry them completely with a tea towel. Place chickpeas on parchment-lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with your hands so they’re evenly coated. Roast in oven for about 28 minutes (until golden brown and crunchy).
- Make couscous according to package instructions.
- Chop tofu into cubes.
- Toast the almond by placing them in a dry pan on medium heat for a few minutes (until fragrant).
For the vegan blueberry ricotta:
- Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. This could require using your tamper tool.
Assembling the bowl:
- Place desired amount of couscous in the base of your bowls and drizzle with lots of lemon juice.
- Now, add BC blueberries, crispy chickpeas, toasted almonds, tofu cubes.
- Add blueberry ricotta to a small ziploc bag and snip off one of the corners with scissors (this is your piping bag). Squeeze dollops of blueberry ricotta around the bowl, or drizzle using a zig-zagging motion. Sprinkle with poppy seeds if desired.
*Feel free to half the vegan blueberry ricotta recipe if you don’t want leftovers and if you have a small blender container (my Vitamix is too large to make small recipes).
For more recipes and information about BC Blueberries head to www.bcblueberry.com.
Thanks to BC Blueberries for sponsoring this post!!! All opinions are my own.