Have 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.
Click on the following links to view the actual carnivals with all the great recipes. Keep reading for info about Super Foods.
- Bean (legume) Recipes
- Broth/Stock Recipes
- Super Foods Recipes (The recipes include at least two Super Foods or have one as the star ingredient.)
- Un-processed Foods Recipes (For things you can buy in the store but make from scratch instead, like tortillas, boxed mixes, ETC!)
- Healthy Fat Recipes
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. (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.)
- beans and legumes, especially lentils and chickpeas
Homemade Refried Beans
What Homemade Yogurt has Done for my Family
Potato salad with kids’ help
Best Scrambled Eggs Ever
Frugal Homemade Pizza Sauce
- broccoli (and other dark greens like kale, brussel sprouts)
How to Use Broccoli Stems
Kale Green Smoothies
Crudite Platter – One Way to Eat Veggies at Dinner
Funny Garlic Story
- red and orange peppers, hot peppers
Jamaican Meat Marinade (Food for Thought in this post too)
- oranges (and other citrus)
Summer Fruit Dip
- 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
- pumpkin and sweet potato
Katie’s Simple Cabbage Soup with Secret Super Food
- sunflower seeds
Homemade Granola and Granola bars
- wild salmon
How to Buy Safe Salmon
- walnuts and almonds (and other nuts and seeds)
Almond Power Bars
Walnut-oat Pie Crust
Sausage, Beans and Kale Soup
Turkey Chili-Topped Turkey Burgers
Frugal, Healthy Turkey Sandwiches
- green or black tea
Sausage, Spinach Pasta Toss
- cauliflower and cabbage
Cauliflower Substitute for Mashed Potatoes
- red grapes
- kiwi fruit
Super Fruits (includes 2-6)
- natural peanut butter
- whole grains
How to Read a Bread Bag
How to Use and Store Flax
Banana Flax Muffins and Subbing in recipes
- brazil nuts
- cranberry juice
- tofu (fermented)
- dark chocolate
October Fest Carnival of Super Foods: A Recipe Extravaganza
Last 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:
- October 1: Bean (legume) Recipes is LIVE!
- October 8: Broth Recipes (Soups are fine, but this is not a “soups” carnival. I’d love lots of alternate uses for broth!)
- October 15: Super Foods Recipes (The recipes will include at least two Super Foods or have one as the star ingredient.) GIVEAWAY: Nina Planck books.
- October 22: Un-processed Foods Recipes (For things you can buy in the store but make from scratch instead, like tortillas, boxed mixes, ETC! Anything goes here, healthier and cheaper than store stuff is best, of course.) GIVEAWAY: King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour
- October 29: Healthy Fat Recipes (a fitting ending to A Fat-Full Fall) GIVEAWAY: Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil
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.
If you missed the last Monday Mission, click here.
I’m pleased to link up to:
- Ann Kroeker’s Food on Fridays
- Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade
- Friday Feasts at MomTrends
- Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
- Tuesdays at the Table at All the Small Stuff
- Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
- Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed With Grace