Real Food Wednesday 12/21/2011

December 21, 2011 · 108 comments


Welcome and PLEASE read below before you link up as this is a REAL FOOD carnival, and very different from others you may have joined in on.


It’s that crazy time of the week when you entice us with your links and comments to go check out your blogs and your great REAL FOOD WEDNESDAY tips and ideas or recipes! (Visit that link if you’re new and want to learn more about this blog carnival.) Remember, if you’re a blogger, you’ll draw some good traffic to your site by participating! (This is how I built up my traffic in the beginning, and don’t miss my tips below.)

CAN YOU HELP? (6 rules and tips!) (Note: here’s where those of you who are new will want to read carefully, thank you!)

1. It’s not easy for me to catch them all on my own, and I’d really like everyone to play fair, so if you see any posts that don’t link back to this post (blog carnival etiquette you know!), can you email me please? If you don’t know how, I explain it at this REAL FOOD WEDNESDAY link. (I hate playing hardball and removing links, so let’s all be good to the others who are bringing more traffic to your blogs with their links by doing the same, OK?)

2. Also, PLEASE let me know if you see a recipe posted that is blatantly not Real Food. Someone who is striving and on the journey is one thing (as we all are), but if it’s really bad (canned bread, meat substitutes, Velveeta, margarine/vegetable oil, Egg Beaters, unfermented soy/tofu or any other fake food), please tell me so I can remove it. (If I’ve removed your post, I hope there are no hard feelings, but people come to this post for Real Food ideas, and I don’t want to disappoint.)

3. I hope you’ll retweet and stumble this post and also any sites you visit – this will get more exposure to all of us, thank you!

4. Please don’t link up to your post where you’re writing about something as an affiliate if I’m already an affiliate for the same thing, OK? That includes giveaway posts. (Thank you for understanding!)

5. Want more traffic at your blog? if you’re linking up and hoping for more traffic to your blog, can I make a suggestion for how to boost your traffic? Besides just adding your link to the Mr. Linky doohicky, if you also comment and include just ONE interesting sentence to grab the readers attention AND a link to that specific post, you’ll get more hits for sure, at least from me anyway. I don’t often have time to go through every single link (although I know a lot of people do), but one thing I always do is read the comments. If there’s a sentence that grabs my interest AND a link to get me there easily, I’m much more apt to visit!

6. Don’t have a blog? We still want to hear from you! Please leave your tips or recipes in the comments.

Thank you!

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    1 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish December 21, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Thanks so much for hosting! I shared a Roasted Broccoli w/ Meyer Lemon recipe. It’s my favorite way to eat broccoli. Thanks again.


    2 Amanda @ Traditional Foods December 21, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a post on roasted pumpkin for any last-minute holiday pumpkin treats.


    3 Joy December 21, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Thanks for hosting! With so many people planning to go gluten-free after the holidays, and so many articles floating around encouraging folks to try out gluten-free diets, I’ve started a mythbusting series about gluten-free diets and celiac testing.
    Stay tuned for all the details on how to get a good diagnosis, understand results, and make sense of elimination diets!


    4 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food December 21, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Hi Kelly, this week I’m sharing my Paleo Minestrone, Roast Lamb and Shepherd’s Pie. Thanks for hosting, and have a wonderful Christmas!


    5 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat December 21, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Merry Christmas, Kelly! My post this week is about how preparing a traditional holiday real food feast is a gift to all who enjoy it!

    Give the Gift of Real Food


    6 December 21, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I shared my no potato latkes and my grain-free holiday roll out cookies., as well as my mock cocoa fudge. Also an introduction to the new Raw Milk Institute and a fun giveaway sponsored by Cultures for Health!!

    Thanks for hosting!


    7 Tracey @ ControlTheChaos December 21, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Hi and Merry Christmas! This week I’ve linked a post to my winter garden…hooray for fresh spinach in January!


    8 Dr Lisa @ Naked Moxie December 21, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Thank you for hosting! I shared my Homemade Hot Chocolate for Holidays. This is yummy and free of chemicals that many store brands have in them! Enjoy!


    9 Soli @ I Believe In Butter December 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Happy Yule, it’s the shortest day of the year!
    This week I am sharing an easy, frugal, no grain, low carb way to enjoy hors d’oeuvres which is also good for people on gut healing diets.


    10 Susan December 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Thanks for hosting! I’ve linked up a lovely spinach meatball soup and chicken verde salad.


    11 Megh December 21, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I’ve posted some great results from my transdermal magnesium supplementation regimen!

    Merry Christmas!


    12 Donna Bauman December 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Well, this is a post for the ages. Horrifying but yet strangely compelling… I explore the dark side of organ meat by actually trying Rocky Mountain Oysters.. aka “cowboy caviar” which turns out to be the testicles… in this case from some fresh lamb. There are some surprising health benefits like being a source of natural progesterone so this could be a fertility aid, and it is amazingly nutritious. Yet, hard to get past what is also is too. So I explore my conflicted feelings on this but yet prepare for you a rather tasty, extremely affordable and highly nutritious meal if you dare go there.


    13 KitchenKop December 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    My friend Chris (who tomorrow’s post is all about) first told me about this a year or so ago and I thought he was LYING, LOL!!! :)


    14 Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} December 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I posted a favorite pasta dish:

    thanks for the linky and Have a Merry Christmas!


    15 Melissa@CelluliteInvestigation December 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I’m sharing my 12 natural beauty finds from this Christmas, many of which ended up in my Christmas stocking already (oh, and several are edible, too!).


    16 Beth December 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I linked a recipe for a very simple hummus. It can use used as a dip for veggies or on bread or crackers. For us it was filling enough for a meal. 1/2 pound of dried garbanzos (equivalent of a 16 oz can) was enough for a family of 5.


    17 Miz Helen December 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I am sharing my newest creation for our Christmas Eve Buffet, Cranberry Turkey Tamales. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen


    18 Elena December 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I’m sharing a recipe for homemade sausage with liver–but you can’t taste the liver!

    Thanks for hosting! :)


    19 Lori @ Laurel of Leaves December 21, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I linked up two posts today–one for Roasted Green Beans with Shallots & Almonds (great for holiday meals since the veggies can roast unattended in the oven while you cook the rest of the food) and another post about a really great new company that will ship delicious, raw cheese (and grass-fed beef, dark chocolate, cultured dairy, etc.) right to your door! Perfect for the people who don’t have access to raw dairy in their area. (See #s 43 & 44 above)
    Thanks for hosting!


    20 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable December 21, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hi Kelly! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday again:) Thank you so much for hosting this link-up each week. I love reading through the posts! Today I have shared an article highlighting localism: 8 steps to encourage sustainability in our communities. I hope you enjoy!


    21 charity dasenbrock December 21, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Happy Solstice, all! Thanks Kelly for hosting this for such a long time. ( how long has it been ?) No reason not to enjoy some real eggnog and healthy cookies.


    22 Lisa December 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Merry Christmas, Kelly! Sharing our 50th Muffin Monday recipe which is for eggnog spice muffins — enjoy!

    Thanks for hosting! ~Lisa :)


    23 Krista December 21, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Merry Christmas all! I found a grreat queso dip that I tweaked to more closely match what I would eat at many superbowl parties BEFORE I discovered real food….except this dip, of course, has real food! :)


    24 Yolanda December 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I’ve linked up my fresh “lemonade” recipe. Oh, my, this stuff is wonderful and very healthy!


    25 Kimberly Hartke December 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    These coconut milk muffins are really easy! They can be both gluten and dairy free if you use coconut oil to grease the muffin tin!



    26 Jessica December 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for hosting. I posted an immune building Sauerkraut Recipe.


    27 Therese - Artistta December 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I’m sharing a list of e-cookbooks great for any real foodie or for anyone you’d like to introduce to real food eating. These cookbooks can easily be printed at home, saved to a disk or put on a thumb drive. Can’t get easier than that for a last minute gift! You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home. :-)
    Merry Christmas


    28 Emily Bartlett December 21, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Hi Kelly – Thanks for hosting! I’ve shared my 4 Favorite Ways to Eat Liver – a nutrient dense food that many of us have been conditioned to turn our noses up at since childhood. Merry Christmas!


    29 Dori December 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Hello Real Food Wednesday-
    Wishing you all Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah for this week! Thank you for hosting us Kelly!
    This week I’m sharing a recipe for soaked grain gluten-free dinner rolls. I’ve been working on it for weeks & have developed a recipe for Gluten-Free Yeasted Buttermilk Dinner Rolls. They’re tender, moist, and versatile – good for soaking up gravy or making sandwiches!
    Best wishes-


    30 Mindy @ Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! December 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I’m sharing my review of a wonderful veggie guide that I use all the time in my kitchen. It has quick & easy ways to prepare a variety of veggies (plus I have one copy to give away!). I’m also sharing my progress as I complete the T-Tapp 14-day boot camp.


    31 Jenna December 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    This week I am sharing a quick and easy recipe for Cream of Tomato soup. Delicious and easy meal during this busy season!

    Thanks for hosting!


    32 Vicky December 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Hi! Merry Christmas! I shared my Mincemeat recipe and my Christmas Cake recipe this week!


    33 Liberty December 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I did a recipe this week that’s a quick go-to if your gluten free or not!
    Easy easy! and futre frat boys LERVE it!


    34 Shar @ Feed Them Real Food December 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I’m sharing my post about keeping up with my new real food and gluten-free lifestyle change a midst a hectic time filled with birthday parties, Christmas, farm chores, real life, homeschool, and the upcoming arrival of our fifth child.


    35 Meg December 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This week I’m contributing a post about these grain-free meatballs I made, which were delicious! This will likely become the standard meatball recipe at our house. My boyfriend loved them, as did I!

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!


    36 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry December 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I shared my recipe for Persimmon Strawberry Ice Cream. You might also want to try my Grain Free Pumpkin Choc. Chip Cookies:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


    37 Kendahl December 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    This week on REAL FOOD 101 I take on my favorite dressing of all time: Ranch. Only this time it’s not the nasty bottled stuff. It’s fresh and clean herbs, buttermilk, and spices. Yum! And perfect for dipping, salads, sandwiches, and drizzling over cooked veggies.


    38 Meagan December 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I am sharing my tried and true GLUTEN-FREE YULE LOG or BUCHE DE NOEL traditional French log recipe. I’ve been working on this post for a while – so excited it’s finally up!


    39 Melissa @ Dyno-mom December 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks again, Kel! This week I linked to my post on coconut water as an electrolyte replacer. You don’t need Pedialyte or sports drinks to prevent and correct dehydration and won’t need IVs as an intervention if you prevent it in the first place. Believe it or not, coconut water has even been successfully used as an IV fluid! See my post for details.


    40 Laura December 21, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I posted my homemade pizza with Almond Flour crust. It’s sooooo good!!


    41 Laurie December 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly. Today I linked up a post on MSG – where it may be hiding in your food, what “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” is and long term health effects of excess consumption.


    42 Heather December 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Here is a seriously delicious real food Warm Spinach Artichoke dip for Christmas and anytime!


    43 Ashley December 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Real Food Wednesday Gang!
    My post is not food related this week, instead, I’m sharing about my homebirth experience and I thought my natural living friends my be interested!

    The whole birthstory is long so this is just a part of it. The rest is to come!

    Have a great week all!


    44 Meghan December 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I shared the story of how I found real food. Thanks for hosting!


    45 Tiffany@ The Coconut Mama December 21, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Hi Kelly! This week I’m sharing my experience with using Soap Nuts for the first time. I’m also giving away a few free samples to anyone who would want to try them out too!

    Thanks for hosting!


    46 brittany December 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I didn’t love it, but I’m more of a liver girl. Joey loves Gizzards. Charlotte ate it, so I guess she approves.
    Turkey Gizzard Pot roast


    47 Kristi December 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Cranberry Chutney is a family favorite, so I used up my left-overs in cranberry chutney bread!!! Enjoy!!!


    48 Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker December 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I left a recipe that one of my contributors wrote for a simple cooked eggnog. Merry Christmas, Kelly!


    49 Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker December 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    50 Tessa Domestic Diva December 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    51 Kendahl December 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    For Christmas coming up over the weekend I am making these peanut butter cups that I made with cocoa butter and honey. They are GAPS-legal! And you won’t feel sick after you eat one during the holiday season.

    The PB cups at our house are going into stocking in place of store-bought candy.


    52 karenluvslife December 11, 2013 at 3:24 am

    Wow, so many wonderful recipe, thank you for hosting..


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