Real Food Wednesday 4/11/2012

April 11, 2012 · 113 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!

You’re up, and we can’t wait to see your stuff!

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    1 Stanley Fishman @ Tender Grassfed Meat April 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for hosting! My post this week is about food labels and what is not listed on them. Instead of relying on labels, I trust the farmers and ranchers I know.

    Rely on Real Food, Not Labels

    2 Amanda @ Traditional Foods April 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a profile of schizandra berry, a brain-boosting, stress-fighting fruit and a post about arugula, a healthy green you can grow easily in your garden

    3 Andrea @Andreas Kitchen April 11, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I shared my recipe for Fennel and Prosciutto Soup. This blog post also has lots of information on the differences between fennel and anise (yes, they are two very different plants!)
    Thanks for hosting!

    4 Katie @ Riddlelove April 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Hi Kelly! I’ve got another weekly menu plan I’m sharing, along with our Nibble Tray lunch idea. Thanks for hosting!

    5 Emily @ Recipes to Nourish April 11, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Thanks so much for hosting! I shared a Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana Bites recipe. They are so yummy and easy to make. Vegan-option included. Thanks again.

    6 Debbie @ Easy Natural Food April 11, 2012 at 1:33 am

    This week I’m sharing my Carrot and Cardamom Soup w/ Coconut Milk and Roasted Asparagus w/ Garlic and Ghee. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!

    7 Butterpoweredbike April 11, 2012 at 3:18 am

    Whoa, spring, no joking! I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious tempura!

    8 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom April 11, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Thanks for hosting! Sharing a great post on

    Gourmet Chocolate Caramel Apples w/ special diet options.


    9 Jen April 11, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Hi Kelly, I posted three this week:
    What I ate this week – believe it ot not this series has been a hit on the blog:,
    Creating a garden space:
    and Marinated Calf LIver:

    10 Heather @Gluten-Free Cat April 11, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Happy Wednesday! I’m linking up my Watermelon Peach Chia Smoothie. Have a healthy day!

    11 Donna Bauman April 11, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Today I post about a recipe for a cleansing lunch and a few insights on why we should shake things up in our diets from time to time, always listening to our intuitive healer within, to help us adapt to ever changing stresses in our world.

    12 Linnae April 11, 2012 at 6:35 am

    This week I am sharing some fun facts about dandelion and why I am in love with them!!

    13 Melissa K. Norris April 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

    This I’ll be reading. I hate dandelions in my flower beds and lawn. Perhaps now I’ll think differently!

    14 Jenn @ Dishrag Diaries April 11, 2012 at 7:04 am

    #49 — Oops, it’s been a while since I linked here, I forgot how this works. I put my name instead of my recipe name the first time. Sorry!!!!

    Anyway, created this bacon mayonnaise for my CrossFit friends who are strict Paleo. It is delish. Today I’ll be posting on making both Dairy-Free and Paleo ranch dressings. Yum.

    15 Susan April 11, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Thanks for hosting. I’ve shared my post on nourishing one another.

    16 Paula @ Whole Intentions April 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Hi Kelly,
    Today I’ve shared The How’s & Why’s of Soaking & Sprouting for beans, grains, and nuts. Thanks for hosting!

    17 Kathy (aka Mrs Dull) April 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

    This week I’ve shared a post that I hope will remind us all to feed yourself first, meaning to remember to provide for your own nutritional needs. My simple summer sides post is a reminder that side dishes needn’t be complicated at all to be nutritious and delicious.

    18 Suzy April 11, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly. I linked up another of my homemade dressings. If you have not been following I have done a series of homemade salad dressings and in each post I compare my dressing to a bottled salad dressing of the same (or similar) flavor.

    It is amazing how much is in a bottled dressing and how easy it is to just make your own.

    19 The Intentional Minimalist April 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Thank you for hosting! This week I have shared the following seasonal farm-to-table wild leek pesto recipes that promote the benefits of good health through nutrition from eating fresh unprocessed seasonal produce:

    creamy wild leek pesto pasta

    wild leek pesto spring salad

    cauliflower soup & wild leek pesto

    kale rabe, cauliflower & wild leek pesto pasta

    wild leek & swiss chard pesto

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist

    20 Jill Nienhiser April 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I visited Sally Fallon Morell’s farm and got to see the awesome milking set up:

    21 Halle @ Whole Lifestyle Nutrition April 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for hosting today Kelly! Today I am linking up a post showing you how to make you own pure stevia and liquid stevia! Have a great day!

    22 Beth April 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I posted a really easy lasagna recipe and will post our simple menu for this week in a little bit.

    23 Shaye @ The Elliott Homestead April 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hi Kelly! Thanks for hosting! Today, I linked to an informative post on a wonderful superfood – Bee Pollen! Enjoy :)

    24 Stephanie April 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for hosting! I posted a recipe for an easy oatmeal molasses batter bread! I hope you enjoy!

    25 Tessa Domestic Diva April 11, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for another chance to share goodies! This week I shared a healthy peanubutter cup, panko chicken, and an easy blender pasta sauce!

    26 Louanne April 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for hosting! I’ve linked up my brisket recipe.

    27 Jessica April 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks for hosting! I posted my easy lacto-fermented lemonade that is full of probiotics!

    28 Lori @ Laurel of Leaves April 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    My friend’s Goat Cheese Pepper Poppers were a hit at our last ‘dinner & a documentary’ night. I’ve shared the recipe here today!

    29 Melissa K. Norris April 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I’m so glad to find this hop. Lot’s of great recipes and tips for going real. We’re doing an all heirloom garden this year. In fact, I’m giving away a packet of my family’s heirloom green bean seed that’s been in my family for over a 100 years. It’s not available by catalog or store, so if you’d like to win, here’s the link. THanks!

    30 France @ Beyond The Peel April 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Kelly!

    Thanks so much for hosting! I’m sharing a video on How To Save 4 Hours a Week and Still Eat Real, a Vegan Cauliflower Steak Sandwich with Chimichurri Sauce, and, for the cheese lovers, Baked Ricotta with Roasted Tomato Parsley Salad.

    Happy Wednesday!

    31 Michelle April 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    32 Dori @ Nourishing Foodways April 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Real Food Wednesday!
    Thank you for hosting us Kelly!
    This week I’m sharing Fabulously Frugal Sprout Lentils – a way to turn 65 cents of organic lentils into enough sprouted lentils to make 6 cups of soup!
    Nourishing Foodways
    Soaked, sprouted, fermented, gluten-free, whole-foods

    33 Dori @ Nourishing Foodways April 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Oh yeah, I did mess up & put the wrong title for # 18 (sorry) the real title is #19!

    34 D. April 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Anyone have a good recipe for Cream of Tomato Soup? The kind where it’s make with real raw milk and cream, and doesn’t curdle? I’d be grateful. Mine always, always curdles. I’ve tried dozens of methods so if there’s another dozen out there that I haven’t tried, I’m all eyes for a good recipe.

    35 Vicky April 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Hi! I can’t believe how quickly this week has gone! Thank you for hosting! I’ve shared my grain free sponge cake recipe today which is very simple to make!

    36 Pam@behealthybehappywellness April 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the link up! I posted about kale – some of the benefits and four different ways to easily prepare it!

    37 Delphine April 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Hi There,

    Thanks for hosting this! I posted my favorite pork chop recipe. Totally easy and satisfying after a long workday.

    (P.S. There’s cream sauce involved!)

    38 Emily @ Holistic Kid April 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hi and thanks for hosting!

    This week I’m sharing my recipe for Mama’s Chicken Soup. If you’re suffering with the spring sniffles, this simple, delicious soup is the solution! It soothes a scratchy throat, settles a tossing tummy and clears the way to breath in fresh air. It will put you right – I promise!

    Have a great week!

    39 Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker April 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’m sharing one of my contributors’ homemade hamburger helper recipe! Super easy, super fast and super delicious!

    40 Melissa @ Dyno-mom April 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for hosting! This week I am writing about epidemiology and the raw milk blame game. I am not phased by recent news. Neither should you be.

    41 Lacy April 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This week I’ve got $1,000 Egg Baskets! Eggs cooked with green chile in a tender, tasty, cheesy pastry crust. This is a recipe from my grandmother’s 1950s TV cooking show called “Today’s Kitchen;” I’m going through her old recipes and updating them for a modern palate. And this one? Is AWESOME!! :)

    42 Amber April 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm


    This week I am sharing 3 healthy, fun recipes:

    (1) Strawberry Almond Ice Cream (SCD friendly, cane-sugar free, dairy free, soy free)

    (2) Baked Apple and Cranberry Breakfast Crumble (SCD friendly, grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free)

    (3) Allergy-Friendly Coconut Pineapple Cupcakes (common tree nut free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, soy free, gum free, cane-sugar free)

    Be Well,

    43 Sonja @ April 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I am sharing a gluten/lactose free Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Smoothie and a healthified zucchini bread

    Thanks for hosting!

    44 Kendahl April 12, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I get a little personal this week as I talk about how I committed 100% to real food. It was all because of my little guy being born with some health problems.

    45 Raising Isabella April 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Thanks for hosting!

    46 Sarah @ Nature's Nurture April 12, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Oops! I put MY name instead of the RECIPE name the first time…Sorry!

    I shared a yummy recipe for Whole Wheat Banana Chunk Waffles with little banana bits baked right in :)

    47 sarah@mysleepykitchen April 12, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Hi, thanks for hosting! This is my first week here, I just disovered the carnival scene – it’s great! My blog is about my adventures in gluten free and whole foods cooking as a way to overcome Chronic Fatigue/ME. This week I posted a recipe for Rainbow Coleslaw, which is mayonaisse free!

    48 Jamie April 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I’m always looking for new ways to make venison which my family will eat. This is a recipe that turned out AMAZING. I’m sure it would be just as fantastic with grass-fed beef too.

    49 Desiree Ward April 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    If you love the convenience of a boxed cake mix but don’t want all of the junk that comes along with it, check out this post: on how to make your own!!
    By making your own with soft white wheat and flax you are getting 78% more fiber. Not to mention it tastes amazing!

    50 Desiree Ward April 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Sorry I accidently posted just my website and not the link.This is my first time doing this, I followed it with my article I wanted to submit. You can remove my name I am not sure how to. Thanks again for hosting this and spreading the word about real food!

    51 Delphine April 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    My ongoing effort to save time cooking produced a delicious result: chorizo tacos! Hope you enjoy!

    52 Hippie Chic Chick March 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Love all the inspiring links and glad to know this is out there! I would LOVE to join in on the fun! Thank you!

    <3 Cat

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