By Elly Leavitt

Published on February 20, 2017

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True blue recipes are like the elusive indigo dye: harder to procure but worth the effort once you do. Because it’s more unusual to find the cool hue on a plate other than nutrient-packed blueberries, serving up a blue-tinted meal feels special. We love the effect of a salt-baked trout on a pewter platter or a new twist on the kitschy-classic Blue Hawaiian. 

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Blueberry Bran Breakfast Muffins

We’re kicking off this recipe roundup with a bit of a no-brainer, but that’s only because blueberries are a tried and true favorite in everything from breakfast foods to decadent desserts. Start your day on a healthy note with these blueberry bran muffins, naturally sweetened and filled with fiber.

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Blue Lagoon Smoothie

You need to try this smoothie, if only because of how cool it looks. The most unbelievable part is that this vibrant shade is actually all-natural. Thanks to blueberries and spirulina —a dried algae that’s way more appetizing than it sounds and is also a great source of B vitamins— you can switch up your acai bowl routine for an equally healthy and more unique option.

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Earl Grey, Lavender, and Blueberry French Toast

Sometimes you have those days where you need something truly decadent for breakfast. This french toast is all sorts of comfort and luxury, in taste. 

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Salt-Baked Trout

If you’re looking for something impressive to serve for dinner, we’ve got the recipe for you. Baked in a pickled onion sauce, this fish dish is simple yet elegant.

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Cotton Candy Affogato

What’s better than ice cream? Cotton candy served over the aforementioned ice cream and topped with hot coffee. This sweet treat is definitely not for the faint of heart. 

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Elderflower Blueberry Pie Popsicles

A step up from the mass-produced ice pops from your childhood, these popsicles are sure to become a summer staple. They’re made from a simple elderflower blueberry syrup and are 100% paleo.

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Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

Even if the closest you’ll be getting to the beach this week is watching Baywatch reruns, these cocktails will instantly transport you seaside.

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Red White and Blue Potato Salad

The springtime favorite gets a colorful revamp with this fresh revamp. It features tricolor potatoes and a mustard-based vinaigrette in place of the traditional mayonnaise. Oh, and it comes with bacon. 

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Indigo Milkcaps Preserved in Herb Oil

OK, so blue mushrooms definitely sound a little questionable, but we promise these are worth the effort. The aromatic oil preserves the unique blue color of these vegetables while packing a flavorful punch. Serve them over grilled meat or enjoy them on their own as a snack.  

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