Real Food Wednesday 6/20/2012

June 20, 2012 · 101 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 Dawn @ Small Footprint Family June 20, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Hi Kelly! Thanks for hosting. Hope you’re having a great week!

    This week, I’ve posted on how choosing grass fed beef can help solve global warming, air pollution, water pollution and catastrophic flooding. In fact, returning animals to pasture globally may be our very best (and cheapest) hope for any kind of environmental sustainability.

    2 Stanley Fishman June 20, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for hosting! (And thanks for being such a gracious host for my guest post yesterday!) In my post this week I debunk the “Healthiest Meal Ever”, which looks more like airline or American school cafeteria food. The British scientists who designed this meal failed to distinguish between factory and real food. I offer a much healthier and better tasting alternative made with real food.

    Debunking the “Healthiest Meal Ever”

    3 Dori @ Nourishing Foodways June 20, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Hello RFW!
    Thanks for hosting us Kelly!
    It’s been a great year for Oregon strawberries and my lavender bush ‘Munstead’ is just beggining to flower heavily – so I thought that you might enjoy this new spin on a very old dish – Lavender Berry Terrine!

    4 Leola June 20, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for hosting, Kelly! I’m sharing my GAPS/SCD-legal, grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free spice cake.

    5 Laura @ Stealthy Mom June 20, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Good morning. Today I am sharing homemade falafels cooked on the grill instead of fried.

    Thank you for hosting this link-up, and have a great day!

    6 Butterpoweredbike June 20, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Hi there! I’ve been harvesting wild oregano, and couldn’t resist whipping it into a batch of gluten-free crackers!!/2012/06/wild-oregano-crackers.html

    7 Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen June 20, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Hi there,

    This week I’m sharing three gluten free recipes. Chai Tea Frappe, Quinoa Salad With Adzuki or Black Beans and a recipe round up featuring Quinoa Salad with Buckwheat and Edamame.

    Be well!

    8 Mary @ Homemade Dutch Apple Pie June 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

    I posted a link for The “Mary” Diet…my take on the “perfect” diet.

    I also posted a recipe for Dutch Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

    9 Soli June 20, 2012 at 6:44 am

    It may be slated to be a super-hot start to summer here, but that’s not stopping me from eating oatmeal topped with cripsy nuts! And look, I blogged about both!

    10 Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} June 20, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for hosting.

    I linked up a grilled fruit post:

    It includes some of our favorite summer desserts.

    11 Susan June 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I’m sharing a great recipe for Garlic Scape Pesto. Thanks for hosting.

    12 The Old-Fashioned Housewife June 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Hi there Kelly! Just found your fun blog hop through Nature’s Nurture. Thanks for hosting this! I didnt quite get the linky here so I accidentally just added a link with my blog name “The old-fashioned housewife” so could you delete that one for me? It doesnt appear I can delete it myself, thanks!

    Looking forward to reading everyone elses great recipes- nothing like a good food hop to fill up my pinterest board with new ideas! Blessings!

    13 Priscilla June 20, 2012 at 8:09 am


    14 Jenn @ Our House Story June 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Thanks again for hosting Kelly! I love the challenge of developing recipes that use real food, I’m still new to it though so I’m far from good at it! :) Today I’m sharing a real quick brussel sprout side dish.

    15 Kristel from Healthy Frugalista June 20, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I left a post that lists veggies that will grow in low light conditions and tips for a successful shady vegetable garden.

    16 The Intentional Minimalist June 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

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

    Fava Bean, Fennel and Pea Shoot Soup

    Grilled Asparagus Salad with Salsa Verde Vinaigrette

    Cucumber Herb Salsa Tacos

    Roasted Asparagus Leek Salsa Verde

    Happy cooking!
    The Intentional Minimalist

    17 Suzy June 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for hosting Kelly. Today I shared two posts. The first is the Chipotle commercial, that I am sure many have seen, although some may have missed it.

    The second thing I shared was a new Cheerios breakfast cereal flavor. I know that people who follow your blog and this link party would never buy these, but when I saw them in the store I had to write a post.

    18 Stephanie June 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Hello all!

    This kamut berry pilaf uses sage, mushrooms, and kale to create an incredibly earthy flavor in a healthy, grain dish that can be a side or an entire vegan meal.

    19 Pam@behealthybehappywellness June 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for hosting! I always find such fun posts from this link up! I’m sharing our favorite “travel” meal – we enjoy it on every trip:

    20 Amanda @ Traditional Foods June 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Thanks for hosting! I shared a recipe for spinach tart and also food science information on soaking beans.

    21 Amanda @ Traditional Foods June 20, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I also shared an article on omega 3 for depression.

    22 Paula @ Whole Intentions June 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for hosting Kelly! This week I’m sharing a recipe for Baked Sourdough French Toast that’s so easy! It’s soaked overnight so all you do is pop it in the oven and breakfast is served!

    23 Jennifer @ 20 something allergies June 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for hosting Kelly!

    I am so excited to share this week. My daughter’s 4th birthday party was this past weekend, and I created a grain-free birthday cake made completely out of FRUIT! No various implements of baking to wash, no heating up the house with the oven, no sugar, and ALL FUN! We also managed to have a successful REAL FOOD menu mainly using Modern Alternative Mama’s new summer cookbook, Simply Summer. Even the non-crunchies were happy. :)

    24 Allyson Bossie June 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

    This is my first week linking up so first of all thank you for hosting, and I hope I did it right! I have a goal to add more whole foods to my diet including fermented foods, and I am in the learning process. Currently I am fermenting some blackberries and will post when it is complete to show how it went!

    25 Kimberly Hartke June 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I am posting an interview with a screenplay writer who is tackling the GMO issue.

    Check it out!

    Thanks, Kelly for your advice on what plugin to use!

    26 Heather @Gluten-Free Cat June 20, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Happy Wednesday! I’m linking up a creamy, cool oatmeal breakfast. Perfect for the first day of summer. Have a great day!

    27 France @ Beyond The Peel June 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for hosting Kelly!

    I’m sharing a delicious Asian Purple Cabbage Salad w/ Creamy Cilantro Vinaigrette, How To Make Irresistible Coconut Oil Chocolates, and a Giveaway for a 32 oz jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil!

    Have a great day!

    28 amber June 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Hello and thank you for hosting.

    This week I am sharing:

    (1)Raw Vegan Banana Fudgesicles (dairy free & cane-sugar free)

    (2) Vegan Walnut Pesto (SCD Friendly)

    (3) Chocolate Tarts (grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, paleo)

    Have a great week.

    Be Well,

    29 K @ Claiming Our Space June 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for hosting! I am a new reader, having come across your blog when looking for other Grand Rapids/West MI bloggers to connect with. We too are working toward eating in a healthier, more sustainable, yet tasty way. I shared a couple of our recent recipes.

    30 Athena @ Life's Abundant Adventures June 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    thanks for hosting! I posted a great butternut squash recipe and a fruit wash how-to. :)

    31 Lynette@VictoryHomemaking June 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Give my Layered Fiesta Bake a try. All my picky eaters love it and I hope you do, too! And it is soooooo easy. Gotta love that!

    Live in Victory!

    32 Elizabeth June 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I posted my simple, low-cost and delicious Greek chicken thighs and red potatoes. I tossed all the ingredients in the slow cooker and went to the beach! Came home to a delicious supper! Just cooked some broccoli and carrots, topped them with butter, and I had a nutritious supper for my family! :)

    33 Lynette@VictoryHomemaking June 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    One more thing…this easy chocolate mousse is probably my new favorite dessert. The chocolate I use is a dark chocolate I get at our local food co-op that is 85% cacao and is 3.5 oz. Hope you like this one, too!

    Live in Victory!

    34 Kendahl June 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    This week I am sharing my latest REAL FOOD 101 post, all about how to make Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits (4 different ways! drop, round, and dairy-free versions of both).

    And since I have made so many biscuits: IT’S BISCUIT WEEK!

    I have a Strawberry Shortcake with Mint-Infused Honey & Whipped Cream, plus my tried and true recipe for hearty Biscuits & Gravy. Both recipes are to die for!

    35 Lori @ Laurel of Leaves June 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    So many great recipes! I linked up to 3 this week: Zucchini Noodles with a Raw Marinara Sauce, my best ever Dark Chocolate Brownies, and a Mango Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese that is always a big hit with my family and friends.

    36 Carla @ Real Food Pioneer June 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for hosting! Today I’m sharing my Easy Homemade Bread & Butter Pickles! I hope you enjoy!

    37 Warren Wilkinson June 20, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve got raw milk! (

    I plan to be running some taste-test experiments on it in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

    38 Melissa @ Dyno-mom June 20, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I had a mom fail this week and gave my kids take out pizza. Yes, I am being punished already, so don’t throw those stones yet. My littlest is constipated and crying and the next one up has diarrhea. But, in the end, the reasons that lead me to it have given me more sympathy for working-out-of-the-home moms. I will have two new series to give these moms a hand.

    39 KitchenKop June 29, 2012 at 1:01 am

    We actually do take-out pizza more than we should. (Usually small local places.) But we have no ill-effects from it. Not sure if that’s good or bad!

    40 Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers June 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for hosting. I shared my stuffed portabello mushrooms with spinach and cheese filling. I hope you have a great week!

    41 Brenda Scott June 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Kelly! Just shared my Red, White & Blueberry Coconut Flour Shortcake! It is GAPS legal, gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free and oh-so-yummy!! I hope everyone enjoys it! :) I have a brand new GAPS carnival if anyone wants to share their GAPS stuff there, too!
    Have a great day! :)

    42 The Not So Super Mama June 21, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I’m linking up my favorite summer salad- berries, walnuts, spinach and a yummy walnut balsamic vinaigrette.

    Thanks for hosting this link up for all of us!

    43 Beth June 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I posted a fast, easy fresh summer dinner: Chef Salad; along with a super easy buttermilk/mayo salad dressing.

    44 Kelli June 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I posted a blog I wrote about the bread I was buying from the supermarket. I researched and listed all the food additives that are in it, despite it being 100% whole wheat and “all natural”. One of the ingredients was plaster of paris!! Very motivated to bake my own now!

    45 Heather June 28, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I posted the Locavore Salad/Dill Dressing recipe…enjoy and thanks for reading my post!

    46 Kathy's Kitchen June 6, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for hosting this! I’ve enjoyed following you on FB and decided to share my raw strawberry cream pie recipe. I share mostly raw food creations on my blog along with some healthy habit info.

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