January’s Four Seasons Food ‘Virtuous’ WHOPPER Round-Up!

February 2, 2014

fsf-winterYou virtuous, healthy eating lot you! I honestly had no idea at the response we’d get with a ‘Virtuous’ theme. But Fifty Nine entries later I can confirm it was quite a whopper of a response. Clearly you’re all being exceptionally well behaved after the festive indulgence, but I wonder if that’ll continue into February!. Just saying. Writes the lady with tea and cheesy crumpets to hand as she writes.

I had a bit of a think a few days ago as to who I might ask to do the Four Seasons honours and pick out a winning recipe. I didn’t have to think long. Who would you consider to be the most ‘virtuous’ blogger out there in the blogosphere? Well I’m betting most of you, well those that know, her anyway, would be quick to name Kellie. Kellie of the fabulously inspiring not to mention stunningly gorgeous blog Food to Glow. And luckily for me she very kindly agreed to do the deed, please do read through to see her chosen winning recipe and what she had to say about it.

And being that I have fifty nine entries to round up I’ve decided to go for the minimal approach this month. I’m going to attempt to sum up each of the posts in just three words, without using the word virtuous once. I did say attempt. For an overly wordy person like myself this is going to be a tough challenge in itself, but here goes….

Citrus Spice: Potato Soup

Hearty, Winter, Goodliness

Potato soup 2b

Simply Sensational Food: Broccoli and Potato Curry

Punjabi, Aromatic, Deliciousness

Brocolli and potato curry 3b

Caroline Makes: Slimming World Tiramisu

Genius, Diet, Tiramisu


I’d Much Rather Bake Than: Chicken and Bacon Pearl Barley Bake

Ryvita, Barley, Guilt-free

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Birmingham Student Foodie: Oven-Baked Bubble and Squeak

Baked, Veggietastic, Loveliness


My Kitchen Odyssey: Guacamole Made from Scratch

Dip-tastic, Healthy, Mexican


The More Than Occasional Baker: Banana, Cranberry, Pecan & Oat Muffins

Muffin-tastic, Goodliness, Healthful


Cooking Without Kitchen: Okra with Instant Stir-Fry Masala / Bharli Bhindi

Stuffed Okra Deliciousness


Caroline Makes: Broccoli, Courgette & Stilton Soup

Sneaky, Super, Soup


Eat Your Veg: A Simple Chicken, Pearl Barley & Veggie Stew

Simplicity, Comforting, Nutritious

Eat Your Veg | Chicken, Pearl Barley & Veggie Stew

How to Cook Good Food: A Salad of Spiced Oranges, Dates, Green Olives & Parsley

Moroccon, Zing, Refreshing


Caroline Makes: Mini Oreo Cheesecakes, Slimming World Style

Naughty, Low-Fat, Low-Syn


Citrus Spice: Five Minute Pasta Salad

Colourful, Delicious, Sunshine

five minute pasta salad 1b

The More Than Occasional Baker: Olive Oil Cake with Rosemary and Chocolate

Fabulous Flavour Combination!


Eat Your Veg: Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Child Deception Rocks!

Eat Your Veg | Four Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Veggie Desserts: Healthy Avocado Oat Cookies with Raisins

I’ve been OUTDONE!


Kellie’s Food to Glow: Citrus and Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Stunning, Vibrant, Mouthwatering


The Gluten Free Alchemist: Butternut, Quinoa & Pine Nut Patties

Wonderful, Wholesome, Flavour-packed

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Veggie Desserts: Cinnamon Kale Chips

 Snack-tastic, Crispy, Ingenuity


Caroline Makes: Slimming World-Style Low Fat Chocolate Swiss Roll

Syn-less, Quark, Choc-Hit!


Spices Galore: Chipotle Black Bean Soup with Orange and Red Onion Salsa

Smoky, Store-cupboard, Heartiness


The More Than Occasional Baker: Yorkshire Tea Biscuit or Fat Rascal

Pretty, Fruity, Yummy


Fuss Free Flavours: Spiced Buckwheat & Oat Porridge with Coconut & Carrot

Best, Breakfast, Ever?


Chocolate Log Blog: Paprika and Cocoa Roasted Cauliflower

Intriguingly Brilliant Combination!

Roasted Cauliflower

Nutritious Deliciousness: Pea Pesto

Peatastic, Creamy, Yumminess


Dinner with Crayons: Quick-a-Leekie Easy Leek and Potato Soup

Classic, Warming, Loveliness


Deena Kakaya: Mung Bean and Barley Broth in Tahini, a dash of Harissa, Roasted Mini Peppers and torn Mozzarella

Detoxifying, Comforting, Warming


Rachel Cotterill: Mushroom & Kale Cannelloni

Satisfying, Kale-Liscious, Frugal


Caroline Makes: Indian Vegetable Curry

Creamy, Veggie-tastic, Curry-licious


The More Than Occasional Baker: Orange Squash Cupcakes

Gluten-Free, Fat-Free, Treat-Perfect


Bangers & Mash: Sweet and Sour Winter Salad

Crunchy, Zingy, Taste-Bud-Tickle


Tinned Tomatoes: Savoury Lentil and Bean Stew

Hearty, Vegan, Satisfying

savoury lentil stew

Mama’s Haven: Stifado

Heart-Warming, Greek, Comforting


My Kitchen Odyssey: Raagi Semiya / Raagi sevai/ Raagi Upma

Nutritrious, Healthy, Grain-licious


Feeding Boys and a Firefighter: Spicy Thai Noodle Soup

Zingy, Noodly, Fragrancy


Fab Food 4 All: Apple, Grape and Kiwi Quencher

Juicy, Quenching, Goodliness


Ainy Cooks: Lemon Rice

Coconuty, Lemony, Rice-liciousness


Bangers and Mash: Winter Minestrone with Panchetta

Wintery, Smoky, Veggie-licious


Knead Whine: Parsnip, Apple & Leek Soup

Soupy, Fruity, Comforting

PAL soup

The More Than Occasional Baker: Apple, Pear and Raspberry Yoghurt Muffins

Fruity, Wholesome, TreatyIMG_2688

Franglais Kitchen: Braised Poussin with Baby Vegetables in Chilli and Lime Broth

Romantic, Luchito, Sublimity


Eat Your Veg: Better For You Apricot, Coconut and Plain Chocolate Cookies

Yumtious, Treaty, Nutritious

Eat Your Veg | Better for you Apricot, Coconut & Plain Chocolate Cookies

The Spicy Pear: Carrot and Courgette Fritters

Frittery, Scrummy, Goodliness


Caroline Makes: Spinach, Cottage Cheese and Roasted Garlic Cannelloni

Low-Fat, Tasty, Slimming-World


Chip Butties and Noodle Soup: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Ras el Hanout

Nourishing, Spicy, Comforting

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Caroline Makes: Vietnamese Prawn Stir-Fry

Kicking, Slimming, Noodle-liciousness


Allotment 2 Kitchen: Vegetable Chilli Pot

Cheery, Wintery, Hugging

Veg Chilli pot

Nutritious Deliciousness: Walnut and Lentil Pate

Nutty, Nutritious, Delicious


Eat Your Veg: Thai Style Root Veggie Curry

Root-tastic, Creamy, Sunshine

Eat Your Veg | Child-Friendly Thai Root Veggie Curry

Jibber Jabber: Slow Cooker Carrot and Coriander Soup

Vegan, Warming, Classic


The Taste Space: Vegan Cheesy Chickpea Dip with Coconut Bacon

Intriguing, Coconut-Bacon, Must-be-Tried!


Caroline Makes: Yorkshire Curd Tarts

Weightwatchers, Tarty, Yumminess


Deena Kakaya: Spicy Paneer Wontons in a gentle Spinach Soup

Soothing, Wonton-tastic, Gorgeousness


Kellies Food to Glow: Broccoli, Cheese and Sweet Potato Gozleme

Moreish, Turkish, Scrumptious


Family-Friends-Food: Egg & Dairy-Free Spiced Apple & Raisin Cupcakes

Vegan, Fruity, Yummy


Tales from the Kitchen Shed: Slow Cooker Guernsey Bean Jar

Newbie-to-me, Blues-Banishing, Hearty


Shabby Chick: Kale Seaweed

Snackilicious, Green, Goodliness


Vohn’s Vittles: Haggis and Scallops on Pea Puree

Burns-Twist, Heavenly, Delightful


Ren Behan: Shredded Chicken Pancakes for Chinese New Year

Genius, Healthier, Pancake-tasticness!


Phew! That was quite a round-up. And so much healthy, virtuous deliciousness I’m quite frankly ravenous. An enormous thanks to everyone that took part, you’ve once again blown me away with your inspired, beautiful, seasonal and downright delightful food. Special mention should be made to one busy lady, Caroline of Caroline Makes, who linked up a staggering eight low-fat entries this month!

As with each month we have to choice a winner to feature in our Winners Galleries. This is where I hand you over to the Virtuous Queen herself, Kellie of Food to Glowthis is what Kellie had to say:

“my clear favourite was from the Gluten Free Alchemist Butternut Squash, Quinoa and Pine Nuts PattiesI would make them with the brown basmati and the quinoa, rather than including also the suggested black Thai rice. Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing. Lovely balance of textures and flavours, and beautifully described to make you want to rush to the kitchen. I will be making this recipe soon!”

So there we go, well done Kate, a wonderful winning entry. I so had my eye on your tasty patties too! You will now be duly placed in our Winners Galleries. And thanking you very kindly Kellie for taking on the onerous task of picking this month’s winner, very much appreciated.

Well that’s it for January folks, thanks again to everyone that took part in a wonderful whopping month. Anneli has already opened the February event over at Delicieux, so do drop by to see what she has in store for you all this month!

Louisa x

22 thoughts on “January’s Four Seasons Food ‘Virtuous’ WHOPPER Round-Up!

  1. kellie@foodtoglow

    Loving the three-word summaries – pithy and so accurate! I was very pleased to be asked to pick this month’s winner. Virtuous I am not but I had a great/difficult time narrowing down my favourites from this bumper list of wonderful-looking recipes. Other than the winner I also really liked the Spicy Paneer Wontons in Spinach Soup from Deena Kakaya and Cooking Without Kitchen’s Stuffed Okra – on my list!

  2. Andrea Mynard

    Wow, what an amazing and inspiring selection of healthy recipes Louisa! Very deftly rounded up too. Have to admit I’m now craving puds with custard and pies for Feb, but I think (for the sake of my waist and arteries) it may be a good idea to fit a good few of these dishes in too.

  3. Vanesther

    Wow! You must have needed a long lie down in a dark room after writing up this little lot! Some amazingly virtuous recipes in there; think I’ll be bookmarking a fair few. And such an inspired ‘three word’ summary technique!!! 😉

  4. Kate

    What an AMAZING round up! And an incredible bunch of cooks out there. I have my eye on the carrot & courgette fritters………… I am so excited to have earned a place in the winners gallery, especially amongst so much talent. Thank you so much!



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