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A Fresh Take on Fresh Berries Recipe Contest

By Lindsay Robison, May 30, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Lindsay Robison

Thanks to everyone who entered the recipe contest! We loved trying your creations. Congratulations to our winners: Blackberry: Kerry G, Peppery Blackberry Flatbread Blueberry: June S, Berry Dreamy Blueberry Cornbread Raspberry: Annais S, Fresh Raspberry Avo-Lemon Tart Strawberry: Nikki G, Ginger Lemon Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles Mixed Berries: Liz H, Berry Beet Salad

One of the things I most look forward to in the summer is enjoying ripe, organic berries. Whether I’m slicing up strawberries to top on ice cream, rinsing blueberries to go in my favorite smoothie (the Double Green Smoothie for the record!) or turning plump raspberries into finger puppets like I did as a kid, fresh berries bring me such joy.

But beyond the simple joys of fresh berries, I love using their bright flavors to get creative in the kitchen, so I’m thrilled we’re hosting a recipe contest to see what you do to get creative with organic berries. You just might win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card! The contest asks you to think far beyond morning yogurt parfait, simple fruit salad or berry ice cream. Instead, dream up unique ways to show off these colorful summertime gems. Pick one of five categories to enter (only one entry per person) – blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and mixed (two or more of the berries). We’re looking for big berry flavor, which is why we’re challenging you to keep things simple.

That means seven ingredients or less and no refined sugar! Are you up for it? You have until Friday, June 15 at 5 PM CDT to submit your recipe and recipe photo on the contest page. We’ll pick one winner from each category to receive a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card. Make sure to visit the contest page for the complete rules and to submit your recipe.

Here are some berry delicious recipes to get your creative juices flowing:

Are you bursting with berry creativity? Submit your recipe on the contest page. I can’t wait to taste them!




Maria Suska says ...
LIGHT FRUIT CAKE Ingredients: 6 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 150 ml of oil 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon of powder for baking Fruit: fresh or frozen (I gave about 0.6 kg - frozen blueberries and cherries) 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (only if you divide the dough into 2 parts) The proteins separated from the yolks. Beat stiff, at the end of whipping gradually add sugar and beat. Add yolks, one by one, whisking. Pour oil, continue whisking. Sift flour with the powder - sieved, gently stir the dough. Pour batter into the mold 30 x 20 cm lined with baking paper (I had a smaller form, so the dough came out better). On top sprinkle the fruit. Bake at 170 º C for about 45 - 60 minutes (or even longer, the so-called. Dry stick). After cooling, you can sprinkle with powdered sugar. Enjoy :)
05/30/2012 5:47:58 PM CDT
beale says ...
Hi Maria, This looks delicious! Please make sure your recipe is submitted on our contest page: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/berries/ Thanks, and happy cooking!
05/31/2012 11:56:02 AM CDT
Laura says ...
Trying to enter a recipe but keep getting "be sure your image is a jpg." message even though it is a jpg and well under the size limit. Can you help?
06/01/2012 1:08:59 PM CDT
Megan says ...
@Laura Check to make sure the image file name doesn't have any strange characters, including spaces (it will only recognize numbers, letters, and dashes), and that the file is .jpg and not .jpeg. Let me know if you still have problems!
06/01/2012 2:26:26 PM CDT
Carrie says ...
Berry Smoothie (primal friendly/dairy & gluten free) 1 can coconut milk (I prefer the delicious/awesome full fat version) 1 cup frozen berries (blue/straw/ras are my preferred) 1/2 peeled cucumber squeeze of lemon ***If it's too thick adding a tiny bit of water to get things moving won't ruin the flavor OPTIONAL 1 TBS - Flax Powder 1-2 TBS Honey (I prefer the awesome unrefined kind) 1/2 cup frozen pineapple (for extra sweetness)
06/01/2012 3:20:03 PM CDT
Laura says ...
@Megan Myers - still cannot get it to work. Is it possible there is a minimum size for pictures submitted. Can't figure out what would be causing the hang up.
06/02/2012 7:06:06 PM CDT
Rebekah says ...
Greek Yogurt popsicles are AMAZING!! -Greek Yogurt -Honey -Berries mix your favorite flavor of greek yogurt with some honey, add berries (any kind), put in popsicle molds (icecube trays work too), freeze and enjoy! Yum! :)
06/06/2012 3:24:03 PM CDT
Mary Arling says ...
Mixed berry salsa with whole grain pita chips Mix black,blue, rasp, and sliced strawberries with cut up tomatoes, cut up cilantro and & a lil lemon juice tastes delicious with any kind of whole grain chip! Having trouble uploading pic sorry!!!
06/06/2012 3:47:16 PM CDT
Martin arling says ...
mixed category Top spinach with rasp, blue, black, and sliced strawberries add sliced hard boiled egg and mist with vinaigrette dressing Great lunch No pic loading sorry
06/06/2012 3:54:45 PM CDT
Delia Castro says ...
I would like to submit a recipe for the berry recipe contest. My question is, would do you consider philo dough or puff pastry an ingredient? I mean I would not be proposing to make philo or puff pastry from scratch in my recipe but I'd to know if I can use it as one of the ingredients. Delia
06/06/2012 3:55:00 PM CDT
Diana says ...
had the same problem with trying to upload a recipe.....
06/06/2012 4:10:40 PM CDT
Carol says ...
Is Sucanat an allowed ingredient?
06/06/2012 4:18:12 PM CDT
Laurial says ...
I have a question about the contest. I know it says that staples like salt, pepper, and vegetable oils do not "count" in the 7 ingredient list. What about coconut oil or butter, or possibly even vanilla extract? Do those "count" in the 7 list, or are they considered pantry staples? (They certainly are in my house :)
06/06/2012 4:49:15 PM CDT
Mary Ann Wallace says ...
Bone-Building Fruit Smoothie 8 oz. frozen or fresh pineapple chunks 8 oz. favorite frozen or fresh organic berries 3 large organic bananas 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh ginger Juice of one organic lemon Add enough water or pineapple juice to blend to the consistency you like (more for a drink; less for a "spoonable" treat) 4 to 8 Servings
06/06/2012 6:32:43 PM CDT
Paige says ...
Citrus Avocado Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Grapefruit slices Dried Tart Cherries from Michigan (Shoreline is the brand that I use) Please do not sub dried cranberries or Crasins Strawberries, Blueberries, and/or Blackberries Walnuts, Almonds, Toasted Pepita, and/or Toasted Sunflower seeds Feta Cheese Mixed Spring Greens Avocado Slices Quantities - as much or as little of the ingredients as you like. I have substituted Granny Smith slices for the grapefruit for people who have a drug interference with grapefruit Poppy Seed Dressing Blend the following together in the food processor or blender: 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 t dry mustard 1 t salt (optional) 1/3 C Cider Vinegar 1 T fresh grated onion juice Slowly add 1 C Salad Oil of your choice (Olive is too heavy for this) until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 T poppy seed. Store in Fridge Enjoy!!!
06/06/2012 7:54:59 PM CDT
NancyB says ...
GRANDMA PITTMAN’S FRESH STRAWBERRY GLAZED PIE 1 baked pie shell (deep dish) 1 quart fresh organic strawberries, hulled, washed and drained ¾ C. water 3 T. cornstarch 2/3 C. white granulated sugar (or raw sugar, minus 1-2 T.) 1 tsp. lemon juice Directions: Sprinkle baked piecrust lightly with confectionary sugar. Line a cooled, baked pie shell with whole strawberries, reserving 1 ¼ C. berries for the glaze. Chop berries and mix with ¾ C. water. Cook over med-low heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Combine cornstarch and sugar and add to cooked strawberries. Cook until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Cool slightly and pour into baked pie shell. Chill in refrigerator until completely cool. Serve with homemade whipped cream topping (not too sweet). Spread whipped cream on top and serve.
06/06/2012 11:08:51 PM CDT
Sam Saenz says ...
Is it ok if we use a flour mix such as Pamala's Gluten Free Baking Mix?
06/06/2012 11:56:27 PM CDT
The Lemon Bowl says ...
Coconut Berry Steel Cut Oats Serves 2 1 c skim milk 1 c water 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 c steel cut oats 2 tbs walnuts - chopped 2 tbs shredded coconut - unsweetened 1 c mixed berries - frozen or fresh 2 tsp maple sugar (or more to taste) In a medium sauce pot, wisk together milk, water, cinnamon, vanilla and salt then bring to a gentle simmer. Add steel cut oats and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes; stir occasionally. Towards the last few minutes of cooking time, mix in walnuts, coconut, berries and maple sugar. Cook additional 5 minutes then serve.
06/07/2012 7:15:01 AM CDT
boom says ...
are salt and pepper considered ingredients
06/07/2012 9:37:36 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@Sam That's fine!
06/07/2012 10:34:31 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@Delia Yes, you may use it as one of your ingredients. Good luck with your recipe!
06/07/2012 10:44:14 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@boom Salt and pepper are not counted among the 7 ingredients.
06/07/2012 10:45:16 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@Laurial Sorry but, coconut oil, butter and vanilla count as ingredients in the 7. Good luck with your recipe!
06/07/2012 10:47:24 AM CDT
Gail says ...
Choula brand hot sauce to taste tortillas warmed tofu in half cubes sauteed with onion sliced strawberries shredded lettuce stir fry tofu warm tortillas dish in tofu and lettuce (onions op)and sliced strawberries, sprinkle sauce depending up0n taste buds roll up tortilla Eat..the best contrast of sweet and hot protein sandwich!
06/07/2012 10:52:38 AM CDT
Stew says ...
pasta cooked for appropriate number spaghetti sauce raspberries prepare pasta add tomato sauce(heated) top with fresh cold raspberries .amazingly delicious contrast
06/07/2012 10:54:54 AM CDT