SOS Kitchen Challenge

 

NOTE: The SOS Kitchen Challenge is no longer operating, as of June, 2011.  However, you can participate weekly by linking up your healthy recipes to the Wellness Weekend event, which happens every Thursday from 8:00 PM EST until midnight on the following Monday.  Just check the blog’s main page and scroll until you find the most recent Wellness Weekend. I hope you’ll join us there!

 

SOS Kitchen Challenge

Following a special diet–whether because of allergies or other conditions–can sometimes feel like an insurmountable challenge. As two people who’ve both been there (and are still there!), Kim of Affairs of Living and I understand how important it is to find delicious, appealing recipes to keep you motivated and committed when you’ve cut out certain ingredients from your diet.

That’s why we’ve teamed up to offer the SOS (Sweet or Savory) Kitchen Challenge blog event!

The new SOS Kitchen Challenge invites you to create delicious dishes based on one key ingredient each time (note: you don’t have to cook up an original recipe–any recipe that uses the ingredient is just fine, even if you found it somewhere else!).

You can choose either sweet or savory dishes (or both) for the event.  Through the magic of Linkys, you’ll be able to link up your recipe to both our posts each month–so your recipe will get double exposure!  At the end of the month, Kim and I will post a roundup on both our blogs as well. The resulting roundup will offer a single stop where health-conscious readers can find a collection of yummy dishes to try.

Help us showcase how tantalizing and delectable healthy foods can be!

How Can You Participate?

Simply cook up a recipe–whether yours or someone else’s with credit to them–using the challenge ingredient (see below for a link to each challenge ingredient, listed by month, with a link to the corresponding blog post). Your recipe must be made for this event, within the month of the challenge–sorry, no old posts are accepted).

Then, post the recipe to your blog (if you don’t have a blog, see instructions below). Be sure to mention the event on your post and link to that month’s SOS page. Feel free to use the SOS logo in your post to help promote the event (though this is not required).

General Guidelines for all the Challenges:

  • In general, please use only whole foods ingredients (minimally processed with no artificial flavors, colors, prepackaged sauces, etc.)
  • Use whole grains and whole grain flours only; no refined white flours or sugar (but either glutenous OR gluten-free flours are fine)
  • Please ensure that recipes are vegan or include a vegan alternative (no animal products such as meat, fish, chicken, milk, yogurt, eggs, honey)
  • Include only natural sweeteners (no white sugar, nothing that requires a laboratory to create–such as splenda, aspartame, xylitol, etc.). Rather, use maple syrup, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, dates, yacon syrup, Sucanat, stevia, etc.
  • Feel free to use the event logo on your blog to help promote the event
  • Be sure to include a link to the current month’s SOS post
  • Include recipes that have been made and posted within the month of the challenge–previously posted recipes are not accepted.
  • Have fun and let your creativity shine!

You may enter as many times as you like, but please submit a separate entry for each recipe.

How to Enter:

Simply post your submission on the SOS page for that month (there’s a linky at the end of the post, where you can link up directly by clicking on a button and filling out a form).

If you have any questions about the challenge, feedback, suggestions, or anything else you’d like to tell us, feel free to email us at soskitchenchallenge@gmail.com.

Note: If you don’t have a blog, you can still participate!  Simply email your recipe, or recipe and a photo, to soskitchenchallenge@gmail.com. We’ll post it for you.

The deadline for submission is the last day of each month in which the challenge takes place.

We look forward to sharing yummy, healthy recipes with you!

What Are We Cooking with this Month?

October, 2011: A favorite seasonal berry that we wish would make an appearance all year round, our ingredient this month is: CRANBERRIES! To find more information and recipes, click here.

June, 2011: An antioxidant rich superfood that’s fat free and incredibly delicious, this month’s key ingredient is BLUEBERRIES! Read more about their great health properties and see all the June recipes by clicking here.

May, 2011: A staple in both our kitchens, this month’s ingredient is CAROB! To learn more about the pod and see all the May recipes using carob, click here.

April, 2011: In honor of spring, our ingredient this month is ASPARAGUS! To read more about this perennial favorite as well as see all the recipes using asparagus, click here.

March, 2011: This month’s ingredient is a versatile little bean that’s key in Asian cooking: ADZUKI BEANS! To read more about adzuki beans, how to use them and to see this month’s recipes, click here.

February, 2011: This month features an often-used sweetener in our kitchens, STEVIA! And four of you can win some fabulous NuNaturals stevia, too.  To read the guidelines and enter, click here.

January, 2011: We’re excited about COCONUT OIL this month! Our prize is a 32-ounce (1 liter) jar of Tropical Traditions unrefined oil. For full details, see this post.

December, 2010: Kim and I are taking a break so that we can all spend more time on the holiday, with family and friends, and enjoying the season.

November, 2010: Let’s get cooking with SWEET POTATOES this month! Once again, we’re offering PRIZES–two winners will receive one of two prizes, either a set of my two ebooks or a handmade jar cozy from Kim! For more info, see this post.

October, 2010: This month’s key ingredient is SESAME!  You can use the seeds, paste (tahini) or oil in your recipes.  And we’ve got a sponsor and PRIZES this month, too!  For details, see this post.

September, 2010: Our ingredient this month is seasonal APPLES! For more apple info, to view the roundup or to enter, see this post.

August, 2010: This month, we cook up goodies with MINT! For more mint info and the roundup of recipes, see this post.

June, 2010:  June’s ingredient is RHUBARB! For more information, see this month’s SOS post.

May, 2010: May’s ingredient is SPINACH! For more spinach info the roundup of recipes, see the May Roundup.

April, 2010:  This month’s ingredient is BEETS! For more beet info and the roundup of recipes, check the April Roundup.

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  1. This is my gluten free blog so it should work to a good degree for me. Maybe, I can get into better habits with sugar if I enter this.

    Anyway, this is a great idea.

    I am going to put your badge on my blog so I will remember to make something. Thanks for doing this.

    Chaya

  2. i thought aspartame can cause cancer in laboratory animals ..

  3. Charles, the rules say no white sugar, nothing that requires a laboratory to create–such as splenda, aspartame, xylitol, etc, which means no aspartame.

  4. I linked up my funnel cake recipe fried in coconut oil! So yummy! Tastes a little coconutty too. :) Delish! I also subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter!

  5. Just posted my recipe for Asparagus-Orange Quick Bread. :)

  6. Do you know when the next SOS will be? I really liked the concept and would like to do more. :)

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