Real Food Wednesday 3/21/2012

March 21, 2012 · 135 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 Foodsmiths General Store March 21, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Today we’re sharing a recipe for a lacto-fermented beet kvass cocktail with fresh blackberry-plum saft and gin:


    2 Joy March 21, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Hi Kelly,
    My nearly 13 year old daughter is tiny! When our family started GAPS last year and she ditched her picky, sugar-binge-only eating habits we thought for sure her growth would pick up. It didn’t. Find out what her pediatric endocrinologist’s mainstream dietitian had to say about her grain-free diet!


    3 Butterpoweredbike March 21, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I picked my first fresh spring greens of the season this week, and decided that the best way to get the whole family to eat them was to throw them onto pizza. It worked!


    4 Dori @ Nourishing Foodways March 21, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Hello Real Food Wednesday-
    Thank you for hosting us Kelly!
    To celebrate the arrival of Spring – this week I’m sharing a recipe for my Herbal Super-Foods Smoothie. It’s filled with local, organic, and nutrient-dense super-foods. Enjoy!
    Best wishes,


    5 Katie @ Riddlelove March 21, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Hi Kelly!
    This week I’m sharing our hummus flower recipe. Thanks for hosting!


    6 Melissa Fritcher March 21, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Sometimes it really takes a change in zoom level to see how amazing things actually have been.


    7 Paula @ Whole Intentions March 21, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Hi Kelly,

    I used to cringe when I read the labels on store-bought salad dressings. Because we deal with candida I didn’t think I’d ever find one I could safely eat. Then I altered a recipe and ‘ta-da’ found a Sugar-Free French Dressing I love!


    8 Andrea @Andreas Kitchen March 21, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Happy Wednesday Kelly! I shared my recipe for Coconut Souffle Pancakes. This recipe is gluten free, but can be made with “regular” flour if you don’t have issues with gluten.
    Thanks for hosting!


    9 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food March 21, 2012 at 1:28 am

    This week I’m sharing French Lentil and Vegetable Soup and one of our favorite Quick and Easy dinners. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!


    10 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat March 21, 2012 at 1:32 am

    My post this week is about Pink Slime, and how to avoid it. I think everybody would want to avoid eating that!

    I talked to some grassfed ranchers. As I expected, none of them used Pink Slime. One more reason to eat real food and grassfed meat.

    Avoiding Pink Slime: The Grassfed Solution


    11 Suzy March 21, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Hi Kelly, thanks for hosting. I had a hard time picking which post I wanted to link up. I chose a post I wrote about a great quote in Joel Salatin’s new book. Hope people stop by and pin it.


    12 Diane March 21, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Today I’m sharing my recipe for Cole Slaw! Happy Spring and thanks for hosting :)


    13 Kelsi March 21, 2012 at 6:43 am

    This mornining I linked up 2 posts: “Living Simply can Easily become Complicated” and Snacks: When Tough Love Meets Vegetables”. Thanks!


    14 Katie March 21, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly.

    I shared a black bean dip with ACV that is awesome with veggies or chips and a recipe for guacamole that is quick to make and a family favorite :)


    15 Mary @ Homemade Dutch Apple Pie March 21, 2012 at 7:18 am

    I posted three links this week. A recipe for homemade blue moon ice cream…I think I found the mystery flavor:

    A recipe for soaked whole wheat graham crackers:

    The story of my life after GAPS:


    16 Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) March 21, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Hi Kelly! Thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing two posts on butter. The first on is about finding the best butter that fits in your family budget. The next one is about how to make butter yourself. My instructions use the Bosch Universal but I have lots of links to other methods.


    17 Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger March 21, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Hi Kelly,
    This week I’m sharing two links.

    1) My favorite farmer’s favorite Irish recipe, Dublin coddle (with lots of sweet potatoes):

    2) My minimalist manifesto:

    Thanks for hosting!


    18 Halle Cottis March 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hi Kelly, Thanks for hosting! This week Sprouted Chocolate Chip Cookies and Why Sprouted Flour Is Healthy For You!


    19 Halle Cottis March 21, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Looking to save money when buying organic food? Here is a great article to help you do just that!


    20 Susan March 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for hosting. I’m sharing a post on the benefits of choosing meat, eggs and dairy from grass fed animals.


    21 HM March 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Hi Kelly!
    I shared my post on Herbs for Fertility (and how to properly prepare them!) as well as my recipe for Sardines in a Mediterranean vinaigrette.

    Thanks for hosting!


    22 Michelle March 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

    What do you get when southwest flavors collide with Chinese food? Why my recipe for southwest chicken of course :) (which is what I linked)


    23 France @ Beyond The Peel March 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Happy Wednesday Kelly!

    I’m sharing Braised BBQ Beef Brisket:

    20 Minute Masoor Daal with Cumin Seed Oil:

    and some heavenly Maple Pecan Bars.

    Have an amazing day!


    24 Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook March 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

    We finally set up our bulk storage pantry and I’m sharing pics of that today!


    25 Tessa Domestic Diva March 21, 2012 at 9:45 am

    This week I shared a great dinner: Cuban Picadillo, which is a hamburger and rice dish with lots of flavor!

    i also shared a really easy applesauce that leaves the peels right on!

    Thanks for letting me share again!


    26 Gabrielle March 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Hi Kelly,
    Thank you for hosting. Today I’m sharing a recipe for Ranch Dressing that’s actually good for you.


    27 Felicity March 21, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This week’s recipe is a simple homemade granola, but then turned into a BREAKFAST PARFAIT! Because who can refuse dessert for breakfast, especially when it’s healthy?


    28 Jessica March 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

    This shake is quick and easy to make and can be frozen into popsicles in the summer!


    29 Meghan @ Whole Natural Life March 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I’m sharing my post on how I came to have a chest freezer in my bedroom as well as my update post after 18 months on GAPS. Thanks for hosting!


    30 M. Lillian Hughes March 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I shared my “That’s Amore Pasta e Fagioli” but I made a slight error – where Mr Linky says name, I put my name instead of the recipe. Is here a way I can fix this? >embarassed grin from someone who THOUGHT she knew how to operate a computer!< (Computers are great for getting rid of pride!)


    31 Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I left a link to my Mexican Pineapple Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Even worked some dark, leafy greens into them. Great for Meatless Monday, Lent Friday, or vegetarian any day.


    32 Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen March 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

    This week I’m sharing recipes for quick and easy “Cream” of Caramelised Onion & Cauliflower Soup and a round up featuring Apple Raisin Mini Pancakes (GF SF).
    Have a great week!


    33 Mindy @ Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! March 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    This week I’m continuing my series on organ meats by sharing how I use already prepared items, such as liverwurst. I include my new favorite tip on how to serve it. Yum! I’m also sharing how to make your own whey so that you’re not left wondering what the rhyme about Little Miss Muffet is all about anymore!


    34 Rachel March 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    These are one of our favorite kid-friendly and freezer-friendly meals–Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps above or at


    35 Heba @ My Life in a Pyramid March 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Hi there, it’s my first time posting in this blog carnival – thanks for hosting!

    I’m sharing a few different posts – a couple from my healthy living blog ( and a couple from my other blog focused on healthy and traditional Middle Eastern recipes ( Hope you get to check them out!


    36 Pam@behealthybehappywellness March 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Talking about water this month – and not just drinking it!


    37 lydia March 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks again for hosting Kelly!

    My post is a break down of what can go wrong in the body during digestion – a helpful look into our gut troubles!


    38 Vicky March 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Hi! I shared a simple Bean Salad this week! Thank you for hosting!


    39 Lori @ Laurel of Leaves March 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I linked up to a recipe for the healthy, but never snobby, version of a gas station slushie — my Orange Berry Green Tea Slushie. Hope you enjoy!


    40 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family March 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    As a followup to my post on the dangers of water fluoridation, I’ve posted a new recipe for homemade toothpaste–fluoride free, of course.

    Thanks for hosting!


    41 Jamie Del Balso March 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Making fish can be smelly or difficult – not knowing whether or not it will turn out right. This is our family’s favorite way to cook fish and it is so EASY! You have to try it.


    42 Emily @ Holistic Kid March 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hi Kelly, Thanks for hosting! This week, I shared my recipe for Beautiful Borscht, a delicious, nutrient-dense soup you can serve hot or cold.

    Have a great week!


    43 Melissa @ Dyno-mom March 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for hosting every week, Kelly! This week I am linking to my post on using your sourdough starter to make beer. If you have some whole rye or (not pearled) barley and some sourdough starter, you can make it along side me. It should be fun!


    44 Jen March 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I shared a recipe for sweet potato chips – my kids are always begging for snacks and so finding easy and healthy snacks are always something I am looking for!


    45 Kendahl March 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    This week I’m sharing my latest REAL FOOD 101 post about how to make whey and “cream cheese” from dripped yogurt. So multi-purpose!

    Second, I have a dual recipe for my tried and true pie crusts. I make an excellent sprouted flour version, but while I was on GAPS I also honed my favorite GAPS-legal one using coconut flour.

    I’m also giving my recipe for the best breakfast I have had in a while: Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Waffles with Blackberry Sauce. Oh my, these nearly put me in a food coma this morning, and then about an hour later I was burning with energy. Yum :)


    46 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish March 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for hosting. I shared a delicious Sauteed Cabbage w/ Sour Cream recipe. Thanks again.


    47 Sarah March 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    My sister told me about your blog a few months ago and I haven’t been able to stay away. I’ve spent countless hours reading past posts and catching up. I find your posts well informed and fun to read. And I completely admire that you focus on real foods. It’s nice to know there are others out there on this food journey of life!


    48 KitchenKop April 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for such sweet comments! I look forward to hearing from you a lot in the future and chatting with you more. :)


    49 Amber March 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Well Happy Wednesday and Happy Spring,

    This week I am sharing an old family favorite: beet pickled eggs (a fun spring-like recipe too don’t you think – the color is just brilliant).

    Also, I’m having a great giveaway on my blog: 3 smoothie eBooks up for grabs. Come on over and check it out!

    Have a great week,


    50 getfitchick March 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you for hosting! I forgot to put the name of the post the first time (get fit naturally) i relinked with “Put some spice in your life”. An article on the benefits of spices.


    51 Kathleen from Providence Farms March 21, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Thanks for hosting such a great linky! I shared part 2 of my series on eating local. It’s not easy especially in the winter when there isn’t much in season but root veggies. I share the baby steps I’m taking to be more Locavore.


    52 Chara S March 22, 2012 at 1:04 am

    LOVE coconut oil? Me too! Help me count the ways…
    Post includes whipped coconut oil for the times when it’s cold and a chisel and sledgehammer aren’t handy…


    53 Sonja @ March 22, 2012 at 2:08 am

    I am sharing my Healthier Homemade Red Robin Seasoning

    Hope you enjoy, and thanks for hosting!


    54 Avivah @ Oceans of Joy March 22, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This week I’m linking to Hungry for Change, a great new documentary on real food with a different angle that is available to watch online for free until March 31. It’s my favorite of all I’ve so far seen so far and plan to watch it a second time!


    55 Amee March 22, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I am new to your site and LOVE it!! I posted my Banana Oat Bread. Thank you for hosting a great “clean eating” party!!


    56 beth@redandhoney March 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Kelly! I’m sharing the recipe for icing that I grew up on – this stuff was slathered on every birthday cake in my entire family. It’s so yummy, but the original recipe included corn syrup and sugar… so I modified the recipe to use only REAL food ingredients, and it’s just as good as ever! It tastes so decadent and sweet – a real treat.


    57 DavetteB March 25, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I shared Cream of Anything Soup. You can use it to make the homemade version without the mystery ingredients of canned soup. It is also grain-free.
    You can use any vegetables your family likes or use it to disguise ones they don’t ;o) It was originally shared with me for vegetables, but I think it would work with seafood if you subbed in some seafood broth and some seafood/shellfish.


    58 April @ Angel's Homestead March 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I’m a little late to the party, but I brought my “healthified” KFC Coleslaw.


    59 Natalie Martinkus March 28, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Open-faced Chicken Meatball Subs on Homemade Naan – long name, but oh so delicious! A nice deviation from the normal weekday dinner.

    Thanks for hosting this blog hop!


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