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Announcing the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods

September 18th, 2009 · 25 Comments · Super Foods

broccoliHave you  missed the Super Foods, dear readers?  :)  We spent most of the summer working through 20 Super Foods and a number of “Honorable Mentions”, learning about their health benefits and various ways to incorporate them into our meal plans.  It’s time for a little wrap-up and a new resource.

The Carnivals

Click on the following links to view the actual carnivals with all the great recipes.  Keep reading for info about Super Foods.

What is a Super Food?

I think Oprah’s got a list of wacky super foods like acai berry and such…I don’t know what an acai berry is, so my list is perhaps a bit more dated, but a bit more practical.   I know where to get the broccoli in my supermarket, but not the acai berries, right?

Around here, a Super Food is simply a food that packs a nutritional punch. When you think of milk, you think calcium for strong bones.  You think prunes for digestive health.  These are one-hit wonders.  Super Foods cross the spectrum of health topics and have lots of star vitamins, minerals, and other goodies. You can eat one food and support your heart, eyes, digestive system and cholesterol, instead of shopping around for the perfect food for each body system.honey (Next week, I’ll break down the list by health topic for you.)

Here’s the full list of Super Foods, with links to the Food for Thoughts (click the food name to find out what makes it healthy) and connecting recipes.  Scroll down below the list to learn more about the upcoming October Fest Carnival of Super Foods!  (You can always find this list under the Super Foods tab at the top of the page.)

Super Foods
  1. beans and legumes, especially lentils and chickpeas
    Mission

    Homemade Refried Beans
  2. yogurt
    Mission

    What Homemade Yogurt has Done for my Family
  3. eggs
    Mission

    Recipes

    Potato salad with kids’ help

    Best Scrambled Eggs Ever
  4. tomatoes
    Ideas
    Frugal Homemade Pizza Sauce
  5. broccoli (and other dark greens like kale, brussel sprouts)
    Mission

    How to Use Broccoli Stems
    Kale Green Smoothies
    Crudite Platter – One Way to Eat Veggies at Dinner
  6. garlicgarlic
    Garlic Soup
    Funny Garlic Story
  7. onions
  8. red and orange peppers, hot peppers
    Jamaican Meat Marinade (Food for Thought in this post too)
  9. oranges (and other citrus)
  10. berries
    Super Fruits
    Summer Fruit Dip
  11. olive oil (general FFT on monounsaturated fats)
    Primer:  How to Buy, Use and Store Olive Oil
    Can You Saute with EVOO?
    Best Price on Bulk Olive Oil; More info on EVOO safety
  12. pumpkin and sweet potato
    Katie’s Simple Cabbage Soup with Secret Super Food
  13. carrots
  14. sunflower seeds
  15. oats
    Mission
    Homemade Granola and Granola bars
  16. wild salmon
    Mission
    Salmon Patties
    How to Buy Safe Salmon
  17. walnuts and almonds (and other nuts and seeds)
    Almond Power Bars

    Walnut-oat Pie Crust
  18. turkeysausage, bean and kale soup
    Sausage, Beans and Kale Soup
    Turkey Chili-Topped Turkey Burgers
    Frugal, Healthy Turkey Sandwiches
  19. green or black tea
  20. spinach
    Mission
    Sausage, Spinach Pasta Toss

Honorable Mentions

  1. cauliflower and cabbage
    Mission
    Cauliflower Substitute for Mashed Potatoes
  2. cantaloupe
  3. red grapes
  4. watermelon
  5. kiwi fruit
  6. apples
    Super Fruits (includes 2-6)
  7. avocado
    Guacamole
  8. natural peanut butter
  9. whole grains
    How to Read a Bread Bag
  10. flax
    How to Use and Store Flax

    Anecdote
    Banana Flax Muffins and Subbing in recipes
  11. brazil nuts
  12. cranberry juicecinnamon
  13. pomegranate
  14. artichokes
  15. tofu (fermented)
  16. cinnamon
  17. dark chocolate
  18. honey
    Condiment Awareness
October Fest Carnival of Super Foods:  A Recipe Extravaganza

dry-beans-2Last night when I spoke at a homeschool meeting, we were talking beans.  If you know much about me and Kitchen Stewardship, you’re not surprised that conversation might get quickly to beans around me!  One of the ladies asked where to find good bean recipes, and I was excited to tell her that she should come here on October 1st for the first week of the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods. Bloggers from all over will be coming by to link up their bean recipes for us to have a spectacular resource for one of my favorite super foods.

Each Thursday in October will have a different theme:

Bloggers, please put these in your calendar and plan to link up.  New or old posts accepted; more details on carnival guidelines and how-to here.

Non-bloggers, you can still participate, either by emailing me your recipe in advance (I’ll publish it as a page and link to it like I did for the Meatless Meals Carnival) or by putting your recipe in the comments section the day of the theme.

My husband will be rolling out a plug-in so that you can write an anecdotal description of your post and get a “real” link on the post – good for bloggers and more interesting to readers, because we’ll really know which recipes we want to check out.

I’m excited!  Start combing through your best recipes to find some that fit the categories and get ready for a super resource for your fall/winter menu planning.  Again, more details about exactly how to link up coming soon.

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If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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