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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!




Megan says ...
@Laurial No, water does not count!
06/08/2012 8:30:18 AM CDT
Ann says ...
Holly…shhhh. : ) Good luck!
06/08/2012 7:43:38 AM CDT
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!
06/08/2012 7:38:02 AM 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
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
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
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
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.
06/12/2012 12:33:43 AM CDT
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!
06/09/2012 6:06:33 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
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!
06/08/2012 6:52:12 AM CDT
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!
06/08/2012 10:12:01 AM CDT
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.
06/08/2012 10:13:35 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@LyzaJo Please make sure to enter your recipe via our contest page, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/berries/
06/08/2012 10:23:40 AM CDT
Megan says ...
@Ann Yes, each berry counts as a separate ingredient. Good luck!
06/08/2012 10:46:15 AM CDT
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!!!
06/08/2012 2:40:34 PM CDT
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.
06/08/2012 2:54:02 PM CDT
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.
06/08/2012 2:46:39 PM CDT
boom says ...
are salt and pepper considered ingredients
06/07/2012 9:37:36 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
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
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
06/07/2012 10:59:16 AM CDT
Donna says ...
Does baking powder count as an ingredient? Thank you.
06/07/2012 1:04:56 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
Megan says ...
@Sam That's fine!
06/07/2012 10:34:31 AM CDT