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Fight Back Friday January 8th

After two weeks of holiday festivities, welcome back to yet another Fight Back Friday! Today we’re bringing together a collection of recipes, tips, anecdotes, and testimonies from members of the Real Food Revolution.

Who are they? Why, they’re the Food Renegades. You know who you are — lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on. I believe that by joining together, our influence can grow, and we can change the way America (and the industrialized world) eats!

So, let’s have some fun.

If you want to participate but aren’t sure how, please read these guidelines for how Fight Back Fridays will work.

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If you don’t have a blog but are interested in joining the conversation, you can leave your comments below!

Today, I’m sharing a super-easy, kid-friendly recipe for Eggs Poached in Marinara Sauce. (So yummy in your tummy!)

I can’t wait to see what you all share!

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PLEASE NOTE: The smaller banners are also available as badges/buttons for your sites over on my sidebar so that you can sport your Real Food Lovin’ Pride and inspire others to join us in the Real Food Revolution. Just copy the code and paste it into your sidebar. (Again, you don’t have to use them to participate in the carnival.)

Fight Back Fridays Participants

1. TwirlandTaste-TALK To The ANGELS, Angel Hair PASTA
2. Jen (I’m new! Homemade citrus & ginger preserves)
3. ElizabethG (Butternut Squash)
4. Bad News, Coffee Lovers (Melissa @CI)
5. christy@frugalcrunchychristy(not so sloppy joes)
6. Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up (Budgeting for Healthy Foods)
8. The Kathleen Show (The bliss of loose leaf tea)
9. Agriculture Society – Proof that real food doesn’t have to cost a bundle
10. Iris at The Daily Dietribe: Mediterranean Halibut and Asparagus
11. Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship (Ever Freak Out Wondering What’s in Your Food?)
12. Ben (I’m New, Garlice for Stomach Parasites)
14. Heidi @ Flicker’s Lair (Everything but the Oink!)
15. Diana @ Spain in Iowa – Nourishing Rice Pudding
16. Local Nourishment (Soda Fountain Nightmare)
17. Hallie @ Daily Bites (5 Easy Health Tips)
18. Amy @ SS&GF (Kale, Mushroom, & Quinoa Salad)
19. The January Grill @ Peaceful Acres
20. Cara (food goals)
21. Sarah’s Musings – Relaxed Guide to Sourdough
22. Mindful Eats (The Good in Industrial Food?)
23. Emily-gluten & grain-free cottage pie recipe
24. Ode to the Onion (The Local Cook)
25. Michelle@Find Your Balance (4 minute hot breakfast)
26. Shelley @ MAHM (local sustainable food goes mainstream)
27. Cheryl (Vegetables Aren’t Borring)
28. Winnie@Healthy Green Kitchen (Spicy Garlic Shrimp with Kale and Quinoa)
29. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS (4 Easy Raw Cheese Recipes)
30. Moms For Safe Food – GMOs linked to organ damage
31. Bonnie (Broth-Perfect Balance)
32. Millie @ Real Food for Less Money (Lacto-Ferment Hits and Misses)
33. Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life (Healthy Sweeteners)
34. Real Food Mama (Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Book Review)
35. Little Locavores (The Sardine Man Cometh)
36. Psychic Lunch (Raw Milk in Minneapolis)
37. Lindsay Young (The Littlest Bird): Our Plastic Life
38. Blissful RebelChick “NEW”Eat your Veggies” (
39. Greenearth: Discovering the New
40. Michelle @ HFL (Cute & Sweet: Matcha Mint & Choc Mint Spelt Cupcakes!)
41. Qute Idea(Easy, fast, good, Dumplings!)
42. Brain Foods for Alzheimer’s

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28 Responses to Fight Back Friday January 8th
  1. Jen (Modern Beet)
    January 7, 2010 | 10:44 pm

    I’m a long time reader, but first time participant in Fight Back Friday! Thank you for hosting, and keep up the wonderful renegade work! :)
    .-= Jen (Modern Beet)´s last blog post …Orange, Pomelo, Lemon and Ginger Preserves =-.

  2. denise
    January 7, 2010 | 10:59 pm

    This looks fantastic as do the other recipes you mentioned from the book. I’m inspired, but still have way too many jams-in-waiting. What to do, what to do…

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  3. Jen
    January 7, 2010 | 11:04 pm

    denise — the only thing to do seems to be to start making jam! :) if you are interested we could do a jam swap??

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  4. Melissa @CelluliteInvestigation
    January 7, 2010 | 11:42 pm

    It was great chatting with everyone who showed up at the Real Food Twitter party this evening!
    .-= Melissa @CelluliteInvestigation´s last blog post …Request for Information: What’s the Cellulite Situation in Your Part of the World? =-.

  5. Christy
    January 8, 2010 | 12:08 am

    I don’t can but have often wondered what we did “before the packets of pectin” I am glad to know the healthier way! Someday I will can – just not this day! I wish had some of your preserves now, they sound yum!

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  6. Dr Ayala
    January 8, 2010 | 7:46 am

    Happy new year, Kristen,
    Good to be back at Fight Back Fridays!
    .-= Dr Ayala´s last blog post …Are vegetarian diets healthy? =-.

  7. Diana@Spain in Iowa
    January 8, 2010 | 8:30 am

    So glad for another round of Fight Back Friday’s! Today I’m sharing a wholesome rice pudding with flavors typical of Spain. Creamy and nourishing using fresh raw milk, my backyard eggs, lemon peel, cinnamon and sweetened with raw honey! So good and creamy!!
    .-= Diana@Spain in Iowa´s last blog post …Arroz Con Leche – Rice Pudding =-.

  8. Diane@Peaceful Acres
    January 8, 2010 | 8:52 am

    We’re grilling in January at Peaceful Acres. Come by today and see what other nutrient dense foods we had with our January Grilled Onions fresh from the winter garden!
    .-= Diane@Peaceful Acres´s last blog post …The January Grill =-.

  9. Amy @ SS&GF
    January 8, 2010 | 8:57 am

    I’ve also missed Fight Back Friday and am looking forward to browsing the recipes. They all look so good. I’m sharing a warm salad with winter kale and quinoa – yummy and nutritious, too!
    .-= Amy @ SS&GF´s last blog post …Old Fashioned Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe =-.

  10. Winnie
    January 8, 2010 | 9:09 am

    I meant to post my Spicy Sustainable Shrimp with Kale and Quinoa but the link above is showing a different post, and I’m not sure why! Thanks for hosting Fight Back Fridays!
    .-= Winnie´s last blog post …Kumquat Marmalade with Champagne and Figs =-.

  11. creisinger
    January 8, 2010 | 9:55 am

    Fight Back Friday hosted by @FoodRenegade is live. We’re post #8…

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  12. The Local Cook
    January 8, 2010 | 10:14 am

    I posted an oldie but goodie essay from my file about growing up on a farm. For the Jam folks – there’s a Can Jam challenge this year at
    .-= The Local Cook´s last blog post …FitJerk Friday: Realizing Your Potential In Life =-.

  13. Kelly
    January 8, 2010 | 10:59 am

    I love this. It epidomizes what I enjoy about your blog and I think you summed it up nicely in your prose. I love that you make so many things that most people would just buy at the store. However, it’s definitely worth it to make it yourself because the flavor combinations are limitless.

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  14. denise
    January 8, 2010 | 12:58 pm

    Once I make a new jam I’d love to do a swap. I really want to try something from the Winter section of this book. It looks great!

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  15. Millie @ Real Food for Less Money
    January 8, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    Hi Kristen!
    Glad to have Fight Back Friday back. I have been lacto-fermenting a bit (my husband says I’m obsessed) and wanted to share some of the results and the opinons from my family.
    .-= Millie @ Real Food for Less Money´s last blog post …Lacto-Fermentation Hits and Misses- Our Results =-.

  16. Melissa Graham
    January 8, 2010 | 2:35 pm

    A shout out for the sustainable sardine.

    .-= Melissa Graham´s last blog post …It’s Alive! =-.

  17. Psychic Lunch
    January 8, 2010 | 2:41 pm

    Glad to see FBF again :) Posted a personal review of a local (to Minneapolis/St Paul) CSA where you can get raw milk.
    .-= Psychic Lunch´s last blog post …Raw Milk in Minneapolis =-.

  18. Lindsay
    January 8, 2010 | 4:20 pm

    I wrote about Our Plastic Lives, xenoestrogens and estrogen pollution.
    .-= Lindsay´s last blog post …Our Plastic Life =-.

  19. Erin
    January 8, 2010 | 5:31 pm

    I did a lot of preserves when we lived on Long Island. Blueberry shallot chutney was always a favorite. I also did blackberry jalepeno, strawberry lemon zest, raspberry anise, pear cardamom, tomato brown sugar ginger and anise, peach clove and peach mint. I haven’t done any since we left there a year and a half ago. I had no room in Seattle and I guess have just been lazy about it since moving here. I think you’ve just inspired me to take it up again.

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  20. Greenearth
    January 8, 2010 | 8:24 pm

    Look forward to a year of discovering better ways of eating at Fight Back Friday.
    .-= Greenearth´s last blog post …Always Learning Something New at the Community Garden. =-.

  21. Michelle @ Health Food Lover
    January 9, 2010 | 2:51 am

    Hey Guys!
    This week I’ve posted some cute cupcakes with interesting ingredients!
    I’m glad FBF’s back for 2010!
    .-= Michelle @ Health Food Lover´s last blog post …Cute and Sweet: Matcha Mint & Choc-Mint Spelt Cupcakes! =-.

  22. Jen
    January 9, 2010 | 12:51 pm

    Christy – you should definitely try canning! especially jams and pickles… I haven’t yet found the motivation to make plain canned vegetables and fruits, but the extra zing of jellies and pickles keeps me excited. You might check out The Joy of Pickling for good (and sometimes unusual) pickle recipes (all sorts of pickles, not just cucumbers)

    Kelly — that’s a really nice thing to say! I always appreciate your thoughtful comments!

    denise — a swap would be fantastic! Let me know when you’ve cooked up some new preserves!

    Erin — those combinations sound amazing! cardamom is one of my favorite spices, so I am particularly drawn to the pear cardamom one you mentioned — is the recipe on your blog? want to participate in denise’ and my jam swap?

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  23. The Conscious Life
    January 9, 2010 | 11:24 pm

    Although my submission is not so much a recipe, it’s no doubt a promotion of natural foods that are good for keeping dementia and Alzheimer’s away. Hope you like it!
    .-= The Conscious Life´s last blog post …How to Make Adult Learning as Addictive as Games =-.

  24. Rhea
    January 10, 2010 | 11:33 pm

    This looks so delicious! And it’s neat how you showed the progression from a mess of fruit and sugar to a smooth jam.

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  25. Erin
    January 12, 2010 | 12:57 pm

    It’s not, the last time I made that one in particular I didn’t have a blog! I will recreate it one of these days and we will have to do a swap.

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  26. Jen
    January 14, 2010 | 12:47 pm

    Rhea — Thanks for commenting! I am glad you like the pictures. The first couple of times I made jam I wished I had a better guide (I sort of followed the ’seat of the pants’ approach), so I hope the photos are helpful

    Erin — please do recreate it!! also, do you think your chutney would work with dried elderberries? I dried a bunch in 2008, and they are just sitting in my cabinet waiting to be used for something…

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  27. Erin
    January 21, 2010 | 10:46 am

    You know, I have never had an elderberry. If the flavor profile is similar I am sure it would work. I actually use fresh blueberries for the chutney, not exactly textbook, but delicious. I paired it with shallots, lime zest (I think, could have been orange) and balsamic. It is really fantastic on grilled duck.

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

  28. denise
    January 21, 2010 | 10:44 pm

    I have the book! I’m admiring the Orange with Earl Grey Tea. I’ll try not to procrastinate for too long…

    This comment was originally posted on Modern Beet

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