No Croutons Required - The Winner for December and the Theme for January

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A new year begins and as No Croutons Required enters its 7th year, it is time to announce some changes to this long running event. It is hard to believe Jacqueline and I have been hosting this event for so many years. A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed their inspired dishes over the years to help us make NCR a success. As far as I am concerned, you can never have enough recipe ideas for soups and salads. They are a staple on most tables and it has been a pleasure to share fellow bloggers' creations with our readers.

As regular contributors will know, the focus has always been vegetarian soups and salads, and up until now, each month there was a different theme. After some discussion, Jac and I decided we are going to make the event more general for 2014. Instead of specific themes, we are going to open it up to any soup or salad that is suitable for vegetarians so that it is easier for cooks to participate each month. There is no restriction on the ingredients used in your dish and any type of cuisine is welcomed.

To participate:

Make a soup or salad that is suitable for vegetarians and showcase it on your blog.

Link back to this announcement and my blog as I am the host this month.

Add your post using the linky tool at the end of this post by the 20th of this month. Only one entry per blogger please.

The roundup will be posted at the end of the month.

And now for the winner of last month's festive photo challenge. There were three winners, but first place goes to Camilla of Fab Food 4 All. She submitted this creative and certainly delicious Festive Chocolate and Pistachio Wreath. Congrats Camilla.

christmas wreath


janet @ the taste space said...

+1 for destressing the food event! (and I love to contribute, go figure)

Kudos for both of you for continuing such a quality monthly blog event, girls. I always appreciate the time and effort that goes into each round-up. New veg-based soups and salads are always in season. :)

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I think it was a good decision too, I was running out of ideas, haha! Happy New Year to us and No Croutons Required Lisa xx

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to all the healthy recipes this month.

kellie@foodtoglow said...

Camilla's wreath is so pretty! Funnily - and you probably saw it - over at Lavender and Lovage, a za'atar wreath won her latest challenge. I've popped my own healthy veggie recipe onto this month's No Croutons required challenge. A perfect fit for my plant-based recipe blog. Looking forward to seeing all of the month's entries. Thanks for hosting. All best, Kellie

Johanna GGG said...

I am really pleased you and Jac have decided to have open categories for the event. Too often recently I have made nice salads and soups I would have liked to enter in NCR but the themes were out of my ballpark. And I do love to support this event - one of my favourites

Lisa Turner said...

Your support is always appreciated Johanna. Love your creations.

Pravina Parikh said...

Looking forward to round-up. I just submitted vegetable soup using slow-cooker or crockpot.