Monday, March 16, 2009

Blogger Secret Ingredient - Unveiled!

I am SO excited to be hosting the BSI contest this week!!! Thanks for choosing me, Laura!

First, here's the history of past hosts and their chosen ingredients:

Week 23: Hey What's for Dinner, Mom? - Strawberries
Week 22: One Bite at a Time - Basil
Week 21: Just Sweet Enough - Black Beans
Week 20: What I Ate Yesterday - Kale
Week 19: What's for Dinner - Orange
Week 18: BranAppetit! - Spinach
Week 17: Tales of Expansion - Dates
Week 16: Biggest Diabetic Loser - Zucchini
Week 15: Sweet & Natural - Peppermint
Week 14: bella eats [and runs] - Ginger
Week 13: Coffee Talk - Walnuts
Week 12: For the Love of Oats - Pumpkin
Week 11: Trying to Heal - Sweet Potatoes
Week 10: The Inner Workings of a College Graduate - Eggplant
Week 9: Itzy's Kitchen - Pears
Week 8: The Fitnessista - Cranberries
Week 7: Tri to Cook - Lentils
Week 6: Rhodey Girl Tests - Polenta
Week 5: eatingbender - Butternut Squash
Week 4: Care to Eat - Apples
Week 3: On a Lobster Placemat - Mushrooms
Week 2: Hangry Pants - Tomatoes
Week 1: Sportsnutritionliving - Quinoa

Since I've secretly been wishing I'd be chosen to host, I already dreamt up a few ingredients, just in case the honor was ever bestowed upon me to actually choose. Once I learned I'd really be hosting, narrowing down those ingredients at first seemed hard, but then I considered a few things and my mind was set!

I chose the ingredient because it is accessible to everybody and is very affordable. I think a lot of people overlook this ingredient's flavor and versatility. Which, I think is unfortunate, because it's something I love and hope to gather new ideas and recipes from your submissions. It's also the perfect week for this ingredient, since St. Patrick's Day is Tuesday.

So, without further ado... I chose cabbage!

According to the World's Healthiest Foods' page on cabbage, among other things, it is an excellent source of phytonutrients, which help promote detoxification within our bodies. It's also only 33 calories per 1 cup of boiled cabbage!

Recipes utilizing green or red cabbage can be submitted to christina at dinneratchristinas dot com through midnight (Central), Sunday, March 22nd. There are two ways to submit a recipe to me: (1) if you have a blog, email me the link to your post, (2) if you don't have a blog, email me the recipe and a photo and I'll post it.

And, finally, the prize!!! Ahhh, the prize. You didn't think I'd forget, did you? It's the most important part!

The winner may select 1 lb. of their choice (up to $12) from Nuts Online. Don't let the name fool you- they have a great selection of not only nuts, but also dried fruits, candies, snack mixes, coffee, tea, seeds, spices, and even some grains! The winner will also get a $10 Amazon gift card, because no matter where you live, they're available to you, and you can find anything on there!

Good luck everybody and Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!



Anonymous said...

HOORAY!!! I have half a cabbage just DYING to be cooked!!!

p.s. I'm in chicagoland too :)

Laura said...

Oh great choice!! I love cabbage. Thanks for adding all those links to the previous hosts sites, I just never seemed to get a chance! Have fun! Hey Mara when I come to town maybe we can ALL get together! :)

Christina said...

No problem, Laura! I don't have 3 kids running around - so it was easier on me. ;)

Nowheymama said...

I LOVE cabbage. Mmmm....

Anonymous said...

How appropriate, I had cabbage last night, will have it again for lunch today, and I still have half a head left over. Now I need to find something fun to do with it....

Anonymous said...

Great pick! I think I'll try something with red cabbage! :D

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Great ingredient pick!! Love cabbage :-)

Anonymous said...

I just posted mine. Thanks again for hosting!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just posted my recipe.