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A Fresh Take on Fresh Berries Recipe Contest

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!

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Megan says …

@Laurial No, water does not count!

Ann says …

Holly…shhhh. : ) Good luck!

Ann says …

If I enter the "Multiple Berry" category must I count each separate berry as 1 if the 7 items or may I say "1 cup of mixed berries containing x, y &z" and count that as 1 item? With such a short list of 7, having to list each separately would put us "multis" at a disadvantage! Thank you!

Megan says …

@Ann Yes, each berry counts as a separate ingredient. Good luck!

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!

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)

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!

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?

Kathleen says …

I don't think it's fair that each berry is considered an ingredient since mixed berries is one of the categories. That should have been made clear in the instructions.

Rhonda says …

Megan, I was not able to submit my entry using the Whole Foods website entry form - I kept receving the message “be sure your image is a jpg.” It is a jpg and a smaller file than the maximum size. I emailed it to the address you provided berries@wholefoods.com. Is this ok? Or can you tell me how to get around this error I keep receiving? Thank you for your time!

Megan says …

@Rhonda Yes, the e-mail address is the easiest way to get your image in if you're having issues uploading. We're working with our IT team to get the uploading problem resolved, but we don't know when it will be fixed. Thanks!

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.

Megan says …

@Laura and anyone else having issues uploading contest photos: Please send them to berries@wholefoods.com. Make sure to paste your recipe in the email as well so we can keep it all together. Sorry for the trouble!

HOLLY says …

Hi, you say "no refined sugar" and the recipes Ive seen so far on the commetns section almost aLL INCLUDE sugar. So my question is: can sugar be included or not? I want to make sure my recipe's not disqualified!

LyzaJo says …

BERRY CARROT CAKE INGREDIENTS 2 cups white sugar 2 cups flour ½ teas. Salt 2 teas. cinnamon 2 teas baking soda 1 & 1/2 cups vegetable oil 1 cup crushed berries(drained) 3 cups grated carrots 4 eggs 1 cup of chopped walnuts DIRECTIONS Mix cake ingredients by hand; pour into greased and floured 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes. This cake can be hard to test because it’s so moist, so I use a glass pan (so I can see if the bottom is getting too brown). You can test to see if the cake is done by gently jiggling it when removing it from the oven. If it’s not done, the middle will bounce. Mix frosting ingredients (1 stick butter [room temp], 8 oz. cream cheese [room temp], 1 teas vanilla, 3 cups powdered sugar) until smooth; frost a thoroughly cooled cake.

Megan says …

@LyzaJo Please make sure to enter your recipe via our contest page, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/berries/

Rebekah says …

Strawberry coolers are a big hit at any party. They are cool, refreshing, and delicious! What you need... -2 cups chilled orange juice -1 1/2 cups strawberries (fresh) -1 tablespoon of organic sugar or sucanat -1 1/2 cups chilled ginger ale In a blender, mix orange juice, strawberries, and sugar; blend until the berries are pureed. Then place the puree in a pitcher and mix the puree with the ginger ale. Mix until well combined, serve over ice. Enjoy!!!

Rebekah says …

This is an amazing blackberry summer salad. Light and delicious. Enjoy!! Ingredients 3 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried 1 pint fresh blackberries 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 green onion, sliced 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional) Directions 1. In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, blackberries, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and walnuts.

Rebekah says …

Chocolate raspberry tofu pie..... :) Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips 1 12.3-ounce package firm silken tofu 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup frozen raspberries, thawed 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust If you want, you can use fresh raspberries for garnish. 1. Put chocolate chips in a medium microwavable bowl. Microwave on Medium for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted. 2. Place tofu in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add the melted chocolate, maple syrup and vanilla. Process again until smooth. Add raspberries and confectioners’ sugar and process until very smooth; scraping down the sides as necessary. Spread the mixture into the crust. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.

boom says …

are salt and pepper considered ingredients

Megan says …

@boom Salt and pepper are not counted among the 7 ingredients.

Stew says …

pasta cooked for appropriate number spaghetti sauce raspberries prepare pasta add tomato sauce(heated) top with fresh cold raspberries .amazingly delicious contrast

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!

Rish says …

Kale handful garlic(2-3) cloves olive oil raspberries and strawberries rice saute kale and garlic in olive oil cook brown rice ...1 cup to two cups water top with fresh cool strawberries and raspberries beautiful , full of everything you need and great taste contrasts

Donna says …

Does baking powder count as an ingredient? Thank you.

Megan says …

@Donna Yes, baking powder counts as one of the ingredients.

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.

Megan says …

@Sam That's fine!

Megan says …

@Delia Yes, you may use it as one of your ingredients. Good luck with your recipe!

Megan says …

@Laurial Sorry but, coconut oil, butter and vanilla count as ingredients in the 7. Good luck with your recipe!

Laila says …

Healthy Mousse with Raspberries: (serves 4) 3 Avocados 3 Dates Carob (or cocoa) powder (to taste/1-2 Tbsp) Raspberries Optional: drizzle raw honey or maple syrup on top (but plenty sweet as is) In a VitaMix blender, process avocado, dates, and carob powder until smooth. Scoop into serving bowls. Top with raspberries in the shape of a smiley face. Yummy!

Rebekah says …

Blueberry milkshakes are a summer must! Vanilla Icecream milk fresh bluberries Blend all together untill smooth.... YUM!

Laura says …

@Megan Myers - still looking for help to get recipe and photo uploaded, please. Is there a minimum photo size? Using a jpg file with no characters in the file name besides letters. Trying to figure out what the problem is. Any help?

Laurial says …

One more question. Does water count as an ingredient for the 7-list restriction? :) Thank you!

Leslie says …

I had issues submitting via the website as well. Would not let me upload the image, so thank your for providing an alternative way to submit the recipe. Just sent it to you! I see that the deadline is 6/15, but when do you anticipate the winners being announced? I apologize if that is listed and I somehow overlooked the information. Thanks

Izabol Apulia says …

I guess I had a question about the contest. The rules say that the recipes have to highlight "fresh" berries. Does that mean that the berries have to be raw? Or can it be a recipe with cooked fresh berries? I honestly only use berries and fruits in cooked meals with meat, like turkey or chicken with berries. I'm not sure if I can come up with less than 7 ingredients. Pepper is considered a staple. Does that include lemon pepper?

Megan says …

@Izabol Cooked berries are fine - we want to make sure you highlight fresh berries from the produce section, not frozen berries. Lemon pepper would be counted as an ingredient because it is a special spice blend rather than just pepper.

Danielle Bakic says …

Black and Blueberry Crumble - Freshly sliced pineapple sliced in small chunks with a little juice - 1 pint fresh blueberries - 1 pint fresh blackberries - 365 yellow cake mix - ¾ cup of chopped pecans - Drizzle Agave over the pecans - 1 stick melted butter Layer this recipe in the exact order. That’s it super easy and fast! Bake at 350 in a 13x9 pan for 30 minutes then poke with fork and continue to bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown.

Donna says …

How can I find out if my entry on June 8, 2012 was submitted sucessfully with the photo? "Berry Best Angel Cake"

Megan says …

@Donna We did receive it! Thanks for checking in.

Rebekah says …

If you donot submit a picture, will you be disqualified from the contest?

Megan says …

@Rebekah We do require all entries to have a photo. If you're having issues using the upload function on the entry form, you can email the photo to berries@wholefoods.com

Kathleen says …

Since it was not made clear that each berry was a separate ingredient and I already submitted my recipe, can I submit another one?

Megan says …

@Kathleen If your previous entry will be disqualified due to number of ingredients, yes, you may submit another.

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 :)

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! :)

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!!!

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

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

Diana says …

had the same problem with trying to upload a recipe.....

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