Real Food Wednesday 3/28/2012

March 28, 2012 · 93 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 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat March 28, 2012 at 12:53 am

    My post this week explains some reasons why the price of grassfed meat is going up and why it is still worth it. If people stop buying grassfed meat, then grassfed meat could disappear.

    Why Grassfed Meat Costs More and Is Worth It


    2 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family March 28, 2012 at 1:15 am

    This weekend was my daughter’s fourth birthday, so I posted on the layer cake with frosting I made her that is GAPS legal, Paleo friendly, and FREE of grains, dairy, nuts, soy and cane sugar–and wow is it good! Hope you enjoy it!

    Thanks so much for hosting!


    3 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food March 28, 2012 at 1:32 am

    This week I’m sharing my Rosemary Lamb Stew, a vege side dish – sauteed purple sprouting broccoli, and the first installment of my new weekly feature Menu Inspirations! Thanks for hosting and have a great week!


    4 Dori @ Nourishing Foodways March 28, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Hello Real Food Wednesday!
    Thanks for hosting us Kelly!
    This week I’m sharing a recipe for Gluten-Free Blueberry & Bananna Muffins. They’re made with coconut flour and are quickly becoming a favorite at my house!
    Best wishes,
    Dori @ Nourishing Foodways


    5 Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen March 28, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Hi there. This week I’m sharing a recipe for some quick and easy and Grain Free Rosemary Almond Crackers
    Have a great week!


    6 Katie @ Riddlelove March 28, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Hi Kelly!
    This week I’m sharing our raw strawberry cacao kefir smoothie recipe. We love these and enjoy them at least once a week. Thanks for hosting!


    7 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish March 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a Soaked Oats Muesli recipe. It’s super easy to make and so yummy. Thanks again.


    8 Kendahl March 28, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Today I am sharing my favorite cookbooks over the years. Of course we all know about Nourishing Traditions, but what else has stood the test of time? Here are mine:


    9 Michelle K. March 28, 2012 at 2:51 am

    This week I shared a recipe for perfect pot roast and potatoes, one of my Dad’s favorites. Inexpensive cuts of meat can be turned into delicious and amazing sit-down dinner for the whole family.


    10 Jen March 28, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Hi Kelly, I posted a way to ferment mushrooms because my hubs sent me two flats while he was out in CA. Best mushrooms I ever had, but needed to find a way to preserve them! They are delish:
    I also posted the next in my gardening series about repotting:


    11 Diane March 28, 2012 at 6:15 am

    I am sharing a recipe for brownies made with freshly milled flour. Thanks for hosting!


    12 Michelle March 28, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I finally made – and blogged about – my version of General Tso’s chicken. It turned out quite good, if I do say so myself :)


    13 lydia March 28, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks again for hosting!

    Sharing a GAPS recipe, gluten/grain free for Strawberry Shortcakes – it’ll soon be strawberry season in my neck of the woods!


    14 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom March 28, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

    I’m sharing Healthy, Yummy Kids’ Meals &
    Homemade JELLO!

    A great refreshing treat as we edge into spring.


    15 Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger March 28, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I shared a new recipe for homemade avocado nutella:

    I also shared an update to how the urban farm handbook challenge is going so far:


    16 Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) March 28, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Today I’m sharing my recipe for Stovetop Beef Tallow French Fries, Yummmm! I’m also sharing my post on honey. Did you know that there is widespread dilution of honey with cheap sweeteners?


    17 Katie March 28, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Thanks for hosting.

    I shared a post on how to dye your own eggs using foods you probably have around the house and a post about how to start seeds to get ready for your spring garden and save some money.


    18 Miz Helen March 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    I am sharing my Slow Cooker Green Chili Stew today. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen


    19 mina March 28, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I am sharing this CBC news article:

    I used to buy Applegate Farms’ organic bacon and grass-fed beef hot dogs but after I read the article I stopped buying them. I wrote a review on the Applegate Farms website asking them to comment on this CBC news article. They removed my review and didn’t answer my concerns at all.

    Sodium nitrate is a naturally occurring mineral and is actually present in most vegetables. Even still, the nitrate present are not a cause of concern because due to the vitamin C and antioxidants present the negative effects are eliminated.

    BUT… cultured celery extract (also called celery powder or celery juice) is rich in nitrates which the microbial culture converts to nitrites in levels specified by the law. A Consumer Reports investigation of hot dogs found that brands that boasted that they contain “no added nitrates,” but listed celery juice among their ingredients, contained levels of nitrates and nitrites comparable to the cured brands.

    Celery extract is just as bad as the other man made nitrates and nitrites. By stating on their label they have no added preservatives or that they use only natural ingredients, the processed meat manufacturers using cultured celery extract have been deliberately misleading. Just because they have cultured a “natural” ingredient to create a certain chemical does not make that chemical less harmful.


    20 Susan March 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I make jam with two ingredients – fruit and maple syrup. It’s wonderful!


    21 Suzy March 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for hosting. I linked up my post on old fashioned cookbooks and why I like them. I am sure many people here would agree that they are much more real food friendly.


    22 Halle @ Whole Lifestyle Nutrition March 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for hosting today! Today I linked up my favorite appetizer/snack.
    Parmesan Quinoa Bites! This appetizer is super easy to make and is a snack that everyone will enjoy. Have a great day


    23 Beth March 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I posted a (very) simple recipe for Olive Hummus sans tahini for those of you like us that don’t keep it around the house (but would be good with a bit of that too!).


    24 France @ Beyond The Peel March 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Happy Wednesday Kelly :)

    I’m linking up a video on Poached Halibut w Fennel Cucumber Mint Salad, 12 Kitchen Tools That Make My Life Better, and a Free Viewing of the movie Hunger For Change.

    Have a great day darling!


    25 Paula @ Whole Intentions March 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m kind of picky when making sourdough bread, I want one that ferments the added flour to get even more health benefits, as well as something simple, sugar-free, and satisfying. I found it in Basic Sourdough Bread. And it tastes great!

    Thanks for hosting!


    26 Andrea @Andreas Kitchen March 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

    I shared my recipe for Amaretto Muffins. This recipe is gluten free and also has much less sugar and fat than the recipe that inspired it- Amaretto Pound Cake!
    Thanks for hosting!


    27 Jill Nienhiser March 28, 2012 at 10:55 am
    28 Amanda T. March 28, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly!

    Today I’m sharing a recipe for Lemon Kefir Ice Cream. Want to know how to make your ice cream into a delicious probiotic? You’ll never feel guilty for eating this for breakfast!


    29 Vicky March 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Hi Kelly! This week I posted a recipe for grain free chocolate chip cookies with an option for cacao nibs for anyone who doesn’t eat chocolate.

    Have a lovely week!


    30 Meghan @ Whole Natural Life March 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I’m sharing my new natural deodorant solution: milk of magnesia. Deodorant has been an issue for me for a while now so I’m so excited to find something that works! Thanks for hosting!


    31 Yolanda March 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I added a link to my frozen chocolate banana desert, which is the easiest and most wonderfully creamy ice cream – like desert… and you’ll love it!


    32 Emily @ Holistic Kid March 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Kelly, thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing my post on Making Grilled Cheese Better. THIS grilled cheese sandwich doesn’t just taste as good as the traditional childhood favorite, it’s so much BETTER on the nutrition front!

    Hope you’re having a great week!


    33 Melanie @ Pickle Me Too March 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Shared my recipe for Cherry Vanilla Kombucha. Thanks for hosting!


    34 Amanda @ Traditional Foods March 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a recipe for an iron-boosting orange salad on my iron site.


    35 Melissa @ Dyno-mom March 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks, Kelly! This week I have a non-food post. I wrote about “harmless mold” in Kotex tampons and how to contribute to the legal defense of parents who had their baby taken into state custody and vaccinated with Hep B after they declined it. Hope you can contribute!


    36 Deb March 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I blogged about some new healthy finger foods I’ve been giving my 10 month old and how we broke out of our boring food rut we were in!


    37 Donna C. March 28, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you for the link up! I posted a blueberry grapefruit ice recipe I enjoy making. While I realize juice isn’t always the best option, I do feel this is a good alternative to yucky store bought popsicles and italian ices!


    38 Jamie Del Balso March 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    We love Indian at our house. This is such an easy way to make Indian, I hope you love it as much as we do.

    Also, check out my Healthy on a Budget Series – I just added a new post.


    39 Amber March 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Happy Wednesday!

    This week I am sharing 2 fun recipes…

    (1) A fun and healthy way eat pasta: but GRAIN FREE! Sun dried tomato and artichoke heart “zoodle” pasta (made with zucchini noodles). Sooo yum! (Also Vegan, Dairy Free, and Gluten Free).

    (2) Super delicious sautéed lemon pepper Brussels Sprouts. My kids LOVE this and eat it up. The perfect spring dish.

    Have a great week!


    40 Kendahl March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This week I am also sharing my gluten-free version of Classic Italian Lasagna. Savory goodness, perfect for warming up for lunch or satisfying you at dinnertime!


    41 Lacy March 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    My first recipe with dock! Adapted from Julia Child’s baked spinach recipe: Dock au Gratin.


    42 Erica @ ChildOrganics March 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I’m going to do a 10 day real food challenge starting April 1st. I’m excited I’ve got my friends and family to join me. I hope to have some onlinefriends join me too. This is a regular stop for inspiration, thanks!


    43 Emily @ Holistic Kid April 4, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hi and thanks for hosting! This week I’m sharing a recipe for Raw Liver Shooters. As daunting as it may sound, consuming raw liver just takes a little creativity and courage. This is an easy way to start enjoying one of the most nutrient-dense, utterly energizing super foods on the planet!

    Hope you’re having a great week!


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