Protein Packed Blueberry Chicken Salad

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Protein Packed Blueberry Chicken Salad

I’m addicted to fruit. I think it’s my soul mate. And in summer, I’m unstoppable. Don’t come between me and my fruit!

My refrigerator and fruit bowl are overflowing with almost more fruit than I can eat … almost. Peaches, nectarines, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, plums, pineapple, bananas, oranges, lemons, grapes, figs, and more. I eat it plain, stir it into oatmeal, top a bowl of cereal with it, bake with it, and add it to savory dishes.

Protein Packed Blueberry Chicken Salad

That’s right. Savory dishes totally benefit from a little natural sweetness from fruit. Hearty fruits like peaches, plums, and grapes are awesome for roasting. And just about every fruit can find a home in a salad.

When I stopped at Walmart to pick up Birds Eye Steamfresh® Protein Blends California Style (duh – you know I’m a Cali girl trapped in Michigan … for now!) and Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Fillets, I knew I was going to create one awesome salad with some fresh fruit.

Protein Blends and Chicken

I always have a bag of Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Fillets in my freezer. They are so convenient when I don’t have time or ideas for dinner. I can do endless things with them and have dinner on the table in just a few minutes, with only using the microwave!

They are all natural and made with all white meat. Even better, they are fully cooked with a fresh from the grill taste that I love. I’m not a fan of cooking raw chicken at home, so these are the perfect solution.

With one taste I also fell for Birds Eye Steamfresh® Protein Blends California Style. This vegetable and grain blend is hearty and filling. These Blends are so cool because they take the Birds Eye vegetables I love and make them a meal by adding protein.

Protein Packed Blueberry Chicken Salad

It is also super flavorful and once again easy to prepare in the microwave. The lentils and peas were my favorite part, but it made me like broccoli because all the flavors blend seamlessly.

I jazzed up my Protein Blends with a quick vinaigrette with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, plus a little black pepper and a sprinkle of turmeric. Then I stirred in some diced onion and my star, the fresh blueberries. Finally, I topped it with the Chicken Breast Fillets.

A healthy, delicious, satisfying, quick, and easy dinner was on the table in no time. There will be a lot more dinners like this. Next time I think I’ll add peaches!

Protein Packed Blueberry Chicken Salad

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

I have amassed quite the collection of shoes, clothes, and handbags over the past ten or twelve years.

Among all that stuff, I definitely have my favorites. Don’t we all?

There’s my comfortable, yet sophisticated gray sweater. That classic black pencil skirt. My fancy jeweled clutch perfect for a special occasion.

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

And my big, tall, patent leather platform sandals. I could probably go mountain climbing in them. Not that I have! I do wear them everywhere though. Seriously EVERYWHERE!

They’ve been to the grocery store, the mall, to see Katy Perry, on walks around the neighborhood, the farmers’ market, and more. They almost went to see Taylor Swift.

Almond Breeze Original

But then before the concert, I put them on and they felt … off. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but they just didn’t feel right. So I quickly changed my shoes and went on with my night.

Fast forward to a couple weeks later, and I took them to the shoe repair. It turns out, they are broken, like seriously broken. They shoe basically split in two! How is this even possible???

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

I hate to say good-bye to them, but I got a shiny new (purple!) pair on sale. I’ll have to show them to you soon!

I’m not even thinking about saying good bye to these Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins. They are giant, overloaded with blueberries and topped with an addictive crumb topping that I may or may not have kept picking off the baked muffins.

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

I made them with Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original. It’s the perfect milk for just about anything. I’ve used it in cauliflower soup, oatmeal, pudding, and pretty much every baked good you can imagine. It complements these fluffy muffins in just the right way.

These are the blueberry muffins of your dreams, so while its peak blueberry season, whip up a batch of these and then maybe another. They’re that good.

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

Topping

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

Muffins

3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

1 large egg, plus 2 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original

2 ½ heaping cups fresh blueberries

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Make the crumb topping. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Add butter and stir until clumps of various sizes form. Set aside.

Make the muffins. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer will also work. Beat in egg and egg yolks one at a time. Beat in vanilla bean paste until once again light and fluffy.

Alternately add flour mixture and almond milk. You should do 3 additions of flour and 2 of milk. Stir just until the batter is mixed. Stir in fresh blueberries until well distributed.

Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, scoop batter into the prepared muffin tins. Distribute crumb topping over muffins, pressing it into the batter gently.

Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Serve warm or cool completely. Muffins may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

http://piesandplots.net/bakery-style-blueberry-muffins/

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

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