Real Food Wednesday 2/8/2012

February 8, 2012 · 106 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 Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable February 8, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Hi Kelly! Today I have shared a post on Eating Seasonally Even in the Middle of Winter with a recipe for “Winter Enchiladas” I hope you enjoy:)


    2 Joy February 8, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I hope it’s ok that I linked two posts. First, we have something that’s just for laughs… laughing at ourselves, that is! Real Food Ryan Gosling and Gluten Free Ryan Gosling are our new tumblr feeds! He’s so dreamy. Anyone with ideas can send them to me and I’ll try to include them in future pictures (with linkbacks!).

    Next, I tried Wardeh’s 5 Spice Lactofermented Apple Chutney, but put my own twist on it. Boy, was it ever a hit around here! I thought you all might enjoy it, too!

    Happy Wednesday!


    3 Kathryn February 8, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I posted my recipe for GF, Soaked Granola. One of my favorite treats!


    4 Dori February 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Hello Real Food Wednesday!
    Thanks for hosting us Kelly! I’m sharing part 2 of the series “More than Salt: The World’s Most Controversial Ingredient”. This week “Part Two: Whole Unrefined Cooking Salts”.
    Best Wishes-
    Dori @ Nourishing Foodways


    5 Katie @ Riddlelove February 8, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Hi Kelly! Thanks for sharing that post about soaking dairy with grains. It was super helpful. This week I”m sharing our simple, real food weekly menu plan with recipe links and 2 snack ideas a day. I’m also sharing a Valentine’s breakfast idea, real food-style: pink pancakes! Thanks for hosting!


    6 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Hi Kelly! My post this week shows what a fat cap is. Today, because of the demonization of saturated fat, many people have never even seen a fat cap. Grassfed fat is nutrient-dense, with nutrients such as omega-3 and CLA.

    What Is a Fat Cap? This Is a Fat Cap!


    7 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I’m sharing my yummy Chicken Parmesan Meatballs and a post on homemade Chicken Stock with tips, tricks and special ingredients. Thanks for hosting!


    8 Pamela February 8, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Sharing a recent post of mine…..Gluten Free Brownies using Ghirardelli’s 100% Cacao baking bar – making for a very delicious brownie. Plus the Coconut Tapioca recipe I make from my Asian cookbook.


    9 February 8, 2012 at 6:06 am

    I shared my video of differences between milk and water kefir grains and a recipe for grain-free, pan fried wild flounder. Lastly, an article about the new science on the dangers of sugar, simple raspberry jam made with three ingredients (no sugar) as well as a giveaway!


    10 Leslie @ Real Food Freaks February 8, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Commentary on a recent Dr. Oz episode where he promotes a grocery cart full of processed foods as “healthy”.


    11 Soli @ I Believe in Butter February 8, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Hi Kelly! I have two posts this week: a tutorial on sprouting lentils (and why you may want to start doing it yourself) and a recipe for sprouted lentil soup. Happy eating!


    12 lydia February 8, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Thanks for hosting Kel!

    My post is a bit of a passionate rant in response to those that think ‘real foodies’ are legalistic zealots…………


    13 Donna Bauman February 8, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Today I write about a mid week meal of pot roast and beet salad with oranges. It really wasn’t hard to do and took a week day meal and elevated it to something special. If you give it a try, let me know how it was for you!


    14 Mary @ Homemade Dutch Apple Pie February 8, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Hi Kelly,

    Today I’m sharing my journey (thus far) with mood, brain function and diet.


    15 Wendy February 8, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Not getting into the legalistic zealot debate . . . although I will say I felt so bad for that woman who gave the demo on how to cut up a chicken at the Nourishing Traditions meeting when she was booed and hissed at for suggesting that one skim the fat off bone broth before putting it in the freezer ;-) OK so maybe I’m exaggerating . . . but not much.

    Anyhoo, I’m linking up a ground beef helper skillet recipe. It’s frugal, fast, with local ingredients. It does include potatoes so that means it’s not GAPS friendly but is gluten-free, yes?


    16 Melissa @ Dyno-mom February 8, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I skim my fat and then I save it in a separate jar. We like to brown onions and garlic in it. Maybe that is what she does?


    17 Michelle February 8, 2012 at 8:04 am

    My post is Waste Not, Want Not and Why I No Longer Avoid Celery.


    18 PattyLA February 8, 2012 at 8:10 am

    I added my Coconut Butter Cake with Coconut Frosting. This is a GAPS legal treat that is so moist and delicious you will have SAD eaters asking you for the recipe! (at least I have). It is my go to birthday cake for my children’s parties as well.


    19 HM February 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Hi Kelly!
    I shared a family recipe for a delicious real caesar salad dressing. No junk in it – only real, whole foods :)


    20 Katie February 8, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Kelly,thanks so much for hosting.

    I shared a recipe for amazing whole grain brownies and a recipe for cherry almond baked oatmeal.

    Have a good one!



    21 Micha @ blissful bites February 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hi! This is my first time linking here – I shared my chili-chocolate-cherry cookies made with black beans! They’re deliciously fudgey and rich, yet nutritious :)
    Thanks for hosting this!


    22 Dr Lisa @ Naked Moxie February 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Kelly, I am looking forward to checking out some of the yummy links! Today I posted a delicious Grilled Portobello Sandwich. A great one to give a little summer to the winter!


    23 Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker February 8, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Frugal and filling–with allergy ops, I shared my creamy chicken & rice soup!


    24 Heather @Gluten-Free Cat February 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I’m sharing a healthy version of Spinach Artichoke Dip. No dairy, just pure goodness! :) Thanks for hosting!


    25 Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker February 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Easy, creamy–I also shared my crock pot lemon pepper chicken!


    26 Miz Helen February 8, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I am sharing my Cabbage and Sausauge Stew today. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful day!
    Miz Helen


    27 Joanna February 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Happy Wednesday! This Week I’m linking up my EASY Pregnancy Tea Recipe and a snippet from my food diary at 25 weeks pregnant.

    I’m also linking an easy method for converting ANY whole grain yeast bread into a soaked recipe. It’s a great option for those who want to incorporate healthy whole grains into their diet but don’t have a sourdough starter going, or just have a regular yeast bread recipe that they don’t want to give up!


    28 Jen February 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hi Kelly. Happy Wednesday! :)
    I have two recipes for you: Ceviche and a Coconut Seafood Medley
    I also posted my story about raw milk again here just in case some people haven’t seen it.


    29 Susan February 8, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Thanks for hosting. I’ve shared an easy grain free salmon patty recipe.


    30 Justine @The Lone Home Ranger February 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Hello Kelly! I shared my great aunt’s recipe for cinnamon rolls, which I adapted with whole wheat flour to make more healthy.

    Enjoy and thanks as always for hosting.


    31 Tiffany February 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Thanks for hosting the link up!! :) I always find a recipe or two that I wanna try out :)


    32 Suzy February 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I know we are all looking to decrease the amount of processed food in our diets and a lot of times that means less ingredients. I shared a post about a recipe called 3 ingredient butterfinger. There are 3 *components* but not 3 ingredients.


    33 Jessica February 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for hosting! I posted my chai recipe that can be tailor made to fit your unique health and healing requirements.


    34 Christine February 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Hi Kel,

    Today I am sharing with you a post about Nutritional Balancing. It may be the missing link for some people if they have tried everything on their healing journey, because it is designed specifically for them through testing their own hair! Enjoy!


    35 Heather February 8, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I’ve got winter squash coming out my ears, which is a good thing because they are healthy and delicious. But sometimes its hard to come up with ideas of recipes to use them in. Today I’m linking my post with several different ideas of what to do with winter squash. Enjoy!


    36 Millie February 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

    We’re reading through Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price. I’m sharing highlights chapter by chapter on my blog. The reading has been fascinationg (I’ve read it before but not as in-depth). Salmon and Seal oil doesn’t sound too tasty but the low incidence of tooth decay was amazing. Real food for sure!


    37 Mindy @ Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! February 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I’m sharing a few thoughts on my recent birthday while on GAPS.


    38 Melanie February 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Shared my Orange Ginger Beet Kvass and my lactofermented mushrooms. Thanks for hosting!


    39 Vicky February 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Kelly! Thank you for hosting! I shared my post about Oregano today with a simple recipe for Roasted Veggies! Have a lovely week!


    40 Jamie Del Balso February 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Today I am sharing a family breakfast favorite – Egg Puff, that I’ve adapted slightly. One of these days I’ll have to try a soaked version of these beauties.


    41 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry February 8, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Kelly,
    I shared my Tender Chicken Curry recipe that I make in the Crock Pot. Cheers!


    42 France @ Beyond The Peel February 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you so much for hosting. It’s great to see so many people participating in your round-up. Thanks for all you do!

    This week, I’m sharing a Tunisian Cod with Chermoula recipe. Wondering what Chermoula is? It’s a fantastically delicious Tunisian marinade.

    I’m also sharing the story of how my husband Transformed His Taste Buds To Crave Real, Whole Foods and how others can do the same. Have a fantastic Wednesday!


    43 Meghan February 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I’m sharing my recipe for using dehydrated zucchini to make a grain-free zucchini pasta bake. Thanks for hosting!


    44 Samantha February 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Hello everyone, anyone interested in a healthy, grain free, refined sugar free dessert that will cure a sweet tooth like nothing else? These are a huge hit and even SAD, conventional junk-food junkies love them. They are Apple Cinna-Mini Muffins and they are delicious! You can check out the recipe at my blog here –


    45 Erin H February 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I shared my easy go-to roasted chicken recipe. We make it quite often since we are on GAPS and it’s so easy to do a lot at once and have leftovers. I love leftovers…Anyway, my favorite part about it is there’s no prep work, no measuring! I love meals like this! Thanks for hosting!


    46 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family February 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Kelly! This week I posted my recipe for Grain Free Raw Energy Bars. Made with properly prepared nuts and seeds, these little powerhouses of nutrition will keep you going. GAPS-legal, Paleo-friendly.


    47 Melissa @ Dyno-mom February 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly. This week I link to my post about two Larabar-type variations that are accidentally vegan and being mistaken for a vegan. How would you respond?


    48 Kendahl February 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I already have three posts to share this week, wow. I’m a big blogging nerd. First is my final post on the GAPS Challenge. We are already in week four. What?! That went fast.

    Secondly I have my latest REAL FOOD 101 post on how to make a basic vinaigrette. Plus, I share my Garlic and Herb version that always makes everyone ask for the recipe and ask how I made such an amazing dressing. The secret? Come find out :D

    And finally, I just put up my latest post for a Berry Custard with Sweet Whipped Cream. It’s so delicious and versatile: perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.


    49 Melissa @ Dyno-mom February 8, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Sorry to complain, but I was looking for things to share on my fan FB and most of the stuff I was running across didn’t fit the bill. There a LOT of links with un-soaked grains, refined sugars, and cooking oils. I know not everybody is at the same place in their real food journey but I cringe when I see someone linking here (and like twenty other places, too) and then talk about their healthy (unsoaked) yeast bread. Sorry, Kel, I know it is not you and you recently crafted a sterner opener for these carnis so it is probably more frustrating for you!


    50 Amber February 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Happy Wednesday,

    This week I am sharing a Valentine’s inspired dish (the most beautiful vibrant red color): roasted beet, cabbage and green apple. Simple, healthy and delicious.

    Have a great week.

    Be Well,


    51 Lorraine February 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Hello hello! I shared my post on frugal and simple real food breakfasts and snacks for college students on the go. Much better than the organic, but nevertheless junk they serve at my college! The ideas are great for anyone, college or not.


    52 Beth February 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I tried a chicken nugget recipe using our home-grown 4-H broilers. Better than any fast-food place, that’s for sure! I also listed a few other chicken dishes we’ve had with them. [I have some photos of the chickens uploaded from my camera now, but couldn’t bear to post pictures of our live chickens on the same post as the chicken nuggets!]


    53 Diane February 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I shared a great soup recipe my Dad taught me growing up. He called it “cleaning out the refrigerator”. It was always so good :) Thanks for hosting.


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