Click here to learn more about the weekly food challenge and how you can play along. But, basically, you just make something during the challenge week with the weekly challenge food item and add your link to this post (leave a comment with your URL and I’ll add it). See, simple!
This Week’s Challenge Item (3/1 – 3/7) – Sardines:
This week’s challenge ingredient scares me the most from the original article that kicked off this challenge, “The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating“. I’m not sure I’ve ever knowingly consumed sardines. I’m actually afraid to eat this ingredient, so it will be interesting to see if how I’m able to work it into any meals. I remember that growing up, my dad almost always had a can of sardines in the house. My sister and I would always turn up our noses when he’d eat them. He probably snuck them into our food and we didn’t even know it! lol. Guess I’d better call him for some tips on how to eat them.
According to Parker-Pope, from her article “The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating“, “Sardines: Dr. Bowden calls them “health food in a can.” They are high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins. How to eat: Choose sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with dijon mustard and onions as a spread.”
According to Jonny Bowden in The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Sardines offer a high serving of omega-3 fats and calcium. According to Bowden, “They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese, not to mention a full compliment of B vitamins.” Bowden explained that he and fellow nutrionist friend Oz Garcia ate cans (1 can each) of sardines when they were in a pinch for food on a road trip because they were so tasty and full of nutrition. I have to admit, the thought of opening up a can or sardines and eating the fish as is makes my skin crawl. However, I really shouldn’t pre-judge these poor little fish considering I don’t even know what they taste like! Not sure I’ll be eating them straight from the can, but I hope to eat them at least once this week.
- You don’t have to cook the sardines! Just eat them and post about it on your blog
- I had a hard time finding recipes so here is a link that has a bunch listed (click)
- Sardine and Bread Crumb Pasta with Puttanesca Salad – Rachael Ray
- Spaghetti with Sardine-Fennel Sauce and Spinach Salad – Rachael Ray
- RR apparently also used to eat sardine sandwiches (interesting?)
- I swore RR used to use sardines in her recipes all the time a couple years ago, but only found 1 recipe on foodnetwork.com and 1 other on her web site. Oh well!
- Anyone else have any sardine ideas?
How to Play:
Everyone is welcome to play, and this week, since the challenge ingredient is, in my opinion, the most challenging one, I have an extra-special prize!
- Cook/prepare something during the challenge week (3/1-3/7) with sardines
- Do a blog post about what you made
- Add the Challenge banner (the muffin photo – available here – click) to your blog post, optional
- Leave me a comment on this post to let me know you did your post so I can add you link to the list
I will randomly select 1 winner from the group that participates. Players will be assigned #’s based on the order I received your entry and a random # will be generated online. The winner will receive a Green, fabric, grocery bag that I will personally make for you, like the one I made for myself this past weekend!
Winner will have their choice of fabrics from the following:
Options A – red polka dot with red lining
Option B – green floral fabric with yellow gingham lining
Option C – Pink/Orange/Yellow/Purple Floral with light pink lining
I’m not making these bags to sell…just for the winner. If you’d like to purchase a fabric grocery tote, check out Homemaking Dreams’ (creator of the tutorial I used) Etsy shop (click) where there are some available for purchase.
TBD – Leave me a comment with a link to your sardine-post and I’ll add your link here. Please make your entry during the challenge week and submit your comment to this post by the end of the challenge week.
I hope someone is brave enough to give this challenge a go. Anyone? 🙂
Special thanks to everyone who played last week! 🙂