October Fest Carnival of Super Foods: Un-Processed Foods Edition

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October Fest CarnivalThere are so many reasons I’m trying to get away from processed foods for my family. Nutrition, cost, packaging, additives, trans fats, MSGs, high fructose corn syrup, overdone advertising, and food contamination threats come immediately to mind, but I’m sure there are more. !! How about you?

The problem, of course, is that everything you make from scratch takes more time and creates more dishes. Both bummers in my book. In the end, I trust that my efforts are worth it, even though some of my “easy” meals are no longer so quick.

For example, when I used to make tacos, I had to brown the meat, add the seasoning, and open various cans and jars and bags to make the meal. Now I soak the tortillas the night before, cook beans all day for refried beans, make Mexican rice, roll out and fry the tortillas…and oh yeah, the meat too. It’s a lot of work, but holy cow – taco night is TASTY and I love knowing that I’m feeding my family such healthy foods. (All those recipes are below, by the way.)

Previous Carnivals

I’m looking forward to picking up a few new ideas here today and showcasing some of my favorites from around the blogosphere that I’m already using in my kitchen. I’ve been so impressed with the past weeks’ entries. If you’ve missed any, catch up now:

Home Kitchen Processing

I do “process” a lot of foods in my own kitchen. Some of the best (bang for your buck and increased nutrition) include:

And my new entries for this carnival include:

Mexican rice meal

Mexican Beans and Rice – A bit of a knock-off of Rice-a-Roni, this Mexican rice is just as fast as a boxed mix but with ten times the nutrition. A very versatile recipe with lots of options!

If you get them rolled out thin enough, they might even bubble up!

Homemade 100% Whole Grain Tortillas – I realized with some shock this week that I haven’t bought a package of tortillas since last winter. I’ve made a zillion batches of these things and have experimented and perfected them. You can even win the flour I use! UPDATE:  If you read this recipe earlier today already, I have added a few FAQs after cooking them up tonight.

Guidelines for Participating

If you’re reading this in an email or reader, be sure to click over to the actual website. That’s the only way you can benefit from ALL the great recipes from other bloggers (even though some will show up in your email).

If you’re not a blogger, but you have a great recipe, feel free to share it in the comments section. Thank you in advance for contributing to what I hope will be a great resource for all of us!

  • Healthy ingredients, please. It doesn’t really help to make one’s own food if you’re going to include trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, etc. I’m not against a bit of white sugar or white flour – but let’s try to be at least half whole grain and lower on the sugar than the store.
  • If it’s more frugal to make your recipe at home than to purchase it (and it usually is!), point it out. People love cost comparisons, like:  “I save at least $200 a year making my own yogurt.”
  • You may click on and save the image above to display in your post (but you’re certainly not required to).
  • Feel free to link up old posts – who am I to exclude the best super food recipe in the world just because you posted it last year?
  • If you have an old post to share, the carnival can be an easy “new” post for the day – just write a post linking to the carnival and to your old post, and you have “something new” to say that day. See how I did this with my homemade chicken stock for two new carnivals here. (I don’t expect this; it’s just an added bonus option.)
  • You’re welcome to share more than one post!
  • Do link back to the carnival so your readers can benefit from the wealth of recipes. Here is an easy-to-cut-and-paste line for you if you’d like to use it:
    Visit Kitchen Stewardship for more Un-Processed Foods Recipes as part of the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods. Next week’s theme:  “Healthy Fats”.
  • Take the time to click on other recipes, leave comments, Stumble/Digg/Tweet about the carnival. More traffic for the carnival is more traffic for you!
  • Upcoming themes for your recipes – the last carnival:
    • October 29:  Healthy Fats

Link Your Super Foods Recipes HERE!

Enter your recipe and link(s) in the form below (see example). My husband created this very cool plug-in so you can leave an anecdotal description of your recipe to tempt folks to click over to you. *Thanks, honey!*  Your name @ website will link to your mainpage, and the title of your recipe links to the permalink for that recipe. NOTE: If you refresh the page to see new entries, DON’T click “resend” for your information or your recipe will show up twice. Thanks!

If you make a mistake, just do it again correctly and I can delete the incorrect version. By the way, I can also blow away any links to recipes that don’t fit the theme or don’t fit the mission of Kitchen Stewardship (i.e., nutritious).

Thanks so much for participating!

You can win King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour – my go-to staple for homemade tortillas! An extra entry to those who link up recipes or leave one in the comments.

Be sure to catch all of October Fest!



Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship My carnival post You can write a brief (250 chars) synopsis here to tempt readers to visit your post!

Sarah's Musings Homemade Pantry Staples Three bread recipes, three cracker recipes and everything else from yogurt to salsa to baby food . . . it's easy and frugal to make your favorite pantry staples with great flavor

Titus 2 Homemaker Turkey Breakfast Sausage Homemade breakfast sausage (It's easy!) Also a bonus (but yet untried-by-me) recipe for Italian sausage.

Kari @ Eating Simply Heartwarming Almond-Oat Scones These homemade and healthy scones are made with whole wheat flour and naturally-sweetened with honey.

Kari @ Eating Simply Preserved Lemons Preserved lemons are a pricey gourmet addition to a meal, ranging from $10 to $15 per jar in gourmet food stores. Make them at home for $1.

Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers Homemade Whole Wheat Graham Crackers My kids LOVE these crackers...made either with cinnamon or chocolate!

Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers Crispy Cheese Crackers Move over little goldfish. There's a new cheese in town!

Kara @ Home With Purpose Make Ahead Meal Makings This is a post I wrote recently about the homemade \"convenience foods\" that I make ahead of time...they're much healthier than the storebought versions AND they cost much less!

Titus 2 Homemaker Turkey Breakfast Sausage Homemade breakfast sausage (It's easy!) Also a bonus (but yet untried-by-me) recipe for Italian sausage.

Kristia@Family Balance Sheet Homemade Sugar-Free Applesauce When you use a mix of apples, not a single ounce of sugar is needed.

Kristia@Family Balance Sheet Whole Wheat Pitas Very easy recipe that also uses the white whole wheat flour. I'll never buy store-bought pitas again.

Janel@Dandelion Dayz Homemade Hummus A traditional middle-eastern hummus made with fresh garlic, tahini and olive oil.

SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen 33 Un-Processed Food Recipes (correct link!) Correct link!! Recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts! Stop by for recipes for knock-off Cheez-its, fruit roll-ups, ice cream cake and more!

Sabrina@Who He Called Me To Be Homemade flour tortillas, perogies, raspberry jam and bulk pie crust 4 great recipes that you can make and delight in knowing that your doing your family's health a favor!

Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free Homemade Graham Crackers These graham crackers are made with quinoa flour, brown rice flour, and garbanzo bean flour so they are much healthier for you than their store-bought counterparts. If you don't know much about quinoa, it's a power-packed grain with lots of protein, es

Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet Fluffy Soaked Whole Wheat Pancakes A delicious and easy pancake recipe that's healthy too!

Stacy @ Recipes for Moms Easy Cornbread Tastier and healthier than Jiffy and always on hand!

Stacy @ Recipes for Moms Kay\'s Spaghetti Sauce I know everyone probably has their own spaghetti sauce recipe, but this one comes from my mom and is better than anything you'll find in the store.

Jen@A Heavenly Perspective Sauce recipes Don't forget about a classic Un-processed stand-by and links to Cream of Mushroom Soup and a \"Classico\" Pasta Sauce

Barb @ My Daily Round Our family\'s list of pantry staples List of what our family uses along with notes on how we use items and how we make them. A number of items come from our vegetable garden. :)

Amy @ Finer Things Lazy Granola

MoneySavingMom Big Batch of Whole Wheat Waffles for the Freezer I save a lot of time and money each month by having a Baking Day where I bake/cook up a bunch of stuff for the freezer. Here's one of my standby recipes for Whole Wheat Waffles. Beats Eggo any day!

Vanderbilt Wife Unprocessed Poppy Seed Chicken Creamy, tangy Poppy Seed Chicken--without the cream of soups!

Shelley @ MAHM Homemade Goodies Nine recipes for homemade goodies to take you through your day. From granola, to soaked pasta, to basics like white sauce and limeade- something for everyone!

Kelly the Kitchen Kop FRENCH ONION SOUP! I was thrilled that this turned out just as yummy as the kind from our favorite restaurants, only mine has a SUPERFOOD in it: homemade stock!

Toni @ The Happy Housewife English Muffins Delicious and easy homemade english muffins! Cheaper and healthier than the ones you buy at the grocery store.

Christy @ FrugalCrunchyChristy Spicy Peanut Sauce This sauce is delicous, authentic tasting, and super easy. It has a little kick which makes even yummier!

Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS Divine Spelt Biscuits These are awesome biscuits — crisp on the outside, but on the inside flaky, soft, and melt-in-your mouth good. Naomi took her first bite and then said, “Mom, this just crumbles all over my mouth.” (That was how she described the melting.)

11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven Easiest Ever Whole Wheat Bread Sticks These bread sticks take only one hour to make from start to finish. Your family will love them!

Anne @ Quick & Easy, Cheap & Healthy Chocolate Pudding A quick and easy (oh, yes and cheap) alternative to boxed or (shudder) ready-to-eat pudding.

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16 Bites of Conversation So Far

    • Katie says

      When you refresh the page after posting your entry with this link plug-in, just click “cancel” and it won’t post you twice. A little buggy detail! Or you can click in your URL bar and hit enter to refresh.
      (I’ve double-posted myself already, too, so it’s easy to do!)

  1. Cindy says

    Katie, you can make those yummy meals really quick. Just make extras when you make them and freeze. When lean ground beef is on sale I buy a bunch of it and have a “day in the kitchen” making up taco meat, stuffing peppers or cabbage, sloppy joes, meatballs, and browing some with onion and garlic for spaghetti sauce. That way when I’m tired/sick/indifferent, we can have a great meal quickly. Sometimes I’ll then make meatloaf for supper and make up an extra one but freeze it before baking. These really come in handy on those rushed days! Thanks for the great site!

    • Katie says


      I often freeze half of that particular meal I griped about…in re-reading my own post, I thought, “Well that’s kind of negative!” I think I was in a tired mood when I started it! But yes, absolutely freezing your Make-from-Scratch stuff is the way to go…and I have a few dz tortillas in my freezer as of tonight. Ahhhh….


    • Katie says

      That’s so sweet; you’re making my day with your compliments! I’m excited to share as I’m still on the journey myself!
      : Katie

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