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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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June SOS Kitchen Challenge: Rhubarb Round-Up

As you may recall, rhubarb was the choice for this month's SOS Kitchen Challenge, hosted by Ricki at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs and me. This recipe challenge is focused on using a key ingredient to create all natural, sugar-free, vegan recipes. Our readers certainly didn't disappoint for the third installment of our challenge, and Ricki and I are excited to share a wide array of delicious-looking, allergy-friendly, vegan recipes for you!  Depending on where you live, it may not be too late for rhubarb - up here in Minnesota, rhubarb still abounds at the farmers market, the co-ops, and in backyards!

This month was incredibly busy for both Ricki and me, and we both found ourselves strapped for time. Next month will be the same, so we have decided to go on summer holiday from the challenge for the month of July and will return in August.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy our global shout-out to rhubarb.  Feast your eyes on these incredible sweet and savory submissions...



 Raw Cashew Coconut Rhubarb Cookies

Raw Cashew Coconut Rhubarb Cookies from A-K at Swell Vegan, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten-free, vega, raw, sugar-free

I actually dreamt about these cookies last night! A-K makes wonderful use of dates, coconut, and  rhubarb, in a lovely raw cookie that doesn't require any unusual ingredients or a food dehydrator.


Baked Rhubarb and Apples with Earl Grey Tea, Cardamom, and Orange Zest

Baked Rhubarb and Apples with Earl Grey Tea, Cardamom, and Orange Zest from Janet at The Taste Space, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free option

Janet's recipe looks so wonderful, and her photos make me feel like I can almost taste the rhubarb!  The combination of flavors is unexpected and very unique; she is a creative chef with a wonderful blog.


Millet Biscuits with Rhubarb

Millet Biscuits with Rhubarb by Ricki of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, ACD/sugar free

Ricki's delicious-looking adaptation of this recipe from Celiac Teen features little chunks of rhubarb in a tender millet-based biscuit. I want one warm from the oven, smeared with coconut oil...


Rhubarb Shortcakes

Rhubarb Shortcakes from Rachel at My Munchable Musings, just oustide of Seattle, Washington, USA

wheat-free, vegan, refined sugar-free (could be adapted to totally sugar-free), could be adapted to nut-free

Listed on her site as Spelt Biscuits with Lemony Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote, these little biscuits are gluten free and look wonderful, and are covered with a light strawberry rhubarb compote that is scented with lemon balm. How clever! She also includes a very intriguing-looking recipe for Rhubarb Pilaf that she hopes to try making some day, so be sure to check it out!


Date Rhubarb Pecan Crumble Cake

Rhubarb Date Pecan Crumble Cake from Gretchen at The Gluten-Free Edge, Georgetown, Texas, USA

gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar free

Janet struggled to track down rhubarb in her hot, dry home state of Texas, but managed to find it, and whipped up this luscious looking gluten-free crumble cake.


Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Cake with Pine Nuts

Rhubarb Strawberry Crumb Cake with Pine Nuts from Kim at Affairs of Living, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten free, vegan, ACD option

Sweet rhubarb and strawberry sauce is sandwiched between moist, dense layer of cake, and topped with a pine nut crumble. Brunch never had it so good.


Rhubarb Muffins , Rhubarb Compote Loaf with Fresh Strawberries, Rockin' Rhubarb Chutney, and Rhubarb-Raisin "Rum"ble Cake

Rhubarb Muffins , Rhubarb Compote Loaf with Fresh Strawberries, Rhubarb-Raisin "Rum"ble Cake, and Rockin' Rhubarb Chutney from Sarah at What Smells So Good?, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

options for vegan and sugar-free

Wow, Sarah really went crazy with rhubarb.  Muffins, bread, a cake, and chutney? The muffins sound light and flavorful, and perfect for breakfast or snacks on the go. The compote loaf has a swirl of rhubarb compote throughout, which is so clever, and that rhubarb-raising "rum"ble cake sounds nothing short of decadent. And while they all look delicious, but the chutney sounds particularly tantalizing - how can you go wrong with a cooked up mixture of warm spices, rhubarb, red onion, and raisins?


Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce 

 Rhubarb Strawberry Sauce from Lisa at Vegan Cookbook Critic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, sugar-free/ACD, raw

Lisa's raw rhubarb sauce relies on the sweetness of dates and strawberries instead of sugar or other sweeteners, with a touch of ginger and orange for a final flavorful twist. 


Sugar-Free Rhubarb Strawberry Jam

Sugar-Free Rhubarb Strawberry Jam, from Kim at Affairs of Living, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten-free, vegan, ACD option

 Inspired by the strawberry rhubarb jam from my childhood, I came up with this tasty sugar-free and vegan version, scented with just a hint of cardamom.


Rhubarb Swirl Ice Cream

Rhubarb Swirl Ice Cream by Ricki at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

Ricki's ingenious ice cream recipe features coconut milk, walnuts, and peaches or pears for the creamy base, with a delicious sounding swirl of rhubarb. Perfect for a hot summer day!



Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices

Lentil and Rhubarb Stew with Indian Spices by Janet at The Taste Space, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

Janet's adaptation of Mark Bittman's recipe looks wonderful and intriguing, full of warming Indian spices, tart rhubarb, and flavorful lentils. What a wonderful vegan main course!


Sweet and Sour Chickpeas

Sweet and Sour Chickpeas by Ricki at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

Featuring warming spices and Indian flavors, the rhubarb adds a "sour" element to the flavorful sauce used in Ricki's chickpea dish.  This sounds delicious!


Beetroot and Rhubarb Soup 

Beetroot and Rhubarb Soup by Johanna at Green Gourmet Giraffe, Melbourne, Australia

gluten-free, vegan, ACD

Bursting with root vegetables, cabbage, rhubarb, and a hint of orange, Johanna's recipe sounds wonderfully flavorful, aromatic, and satisfying. And the color is marvelous! This soup looks perfect for a cool day (it is winter in Australia, after all - where does one find rhubarb in the winter?), but I bet it would also be wonderful chilled for those of us experiencing the warm summer days of the NOrthern hemisphere. Joanna also includes a recipe for a tofu-based vegan "sour cream" to use for garnish.

Curried Rhubarb Coleslaw

Curried Rhubarb Coleslaw from Kim at Affairs of Living, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

gluten-free, vegan, ACD, raw

Crunchy, flavorful, and colorful, this slaw is perfect for early summer days, and boasts and unexpected twist of raw rhubarb and curry powder.


What a delicious looking array of recipes!  We also had a handful of submissions from readers who either didn't follow our ingredient rules (as posted here and here) or submitted posts dated before or after the deadline.  However, the recipes did look wonderful, and I didn't have the heart not to include them in the round up.  We will be sure to re-emphasize the ingredient rules that are posted on the SOS page at the challenge kick-off to eliminate any possible confusion, as well as emphasize the deadline, and next time will only be including posts that fall within those guidelines. 


Thanks to all for participating, and see you back here in August for the next SOS Kitchen Challenge! I wonder what the ingredient will be...

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Reader Comments (3)

lovely round up - this event has fuelled my love of rhubarb - strangely enough to respond to your note about rhubarb in winter in Melbourne, rhubarb comes into season in Autumn and Winter here - I associate it with warm winter puddings - have yet to find out why it is season in different time of the calendar here and there but am glad because it made it easy to be part of this challenge - and hope there is still some rhubarb about to try some more of these wonderful recipes (esp as my little fussy toddler opens her mouth like a baby bird when it comes to feeding her rhubarb)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohanna GGG

Wow, amazing! I still have never used rhubarb. I wish I could have joined in, but their wasn't any rhubarb at our local stores. But once I find some I am heading straight to this page!

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

I think you did this very special plant proud !!! Awesome ! You shared so many really , really truly awesome ideas and so many new and inventive dishes with such an extensive variety of flavors :)

July 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
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