Wellness Weekend August 11-15

I hope everyone is taking full advantage of summer weather here in the northern hemisphere–it’s been amazing here in Toronto!  And it sure seems as if you are all making good use of the summer produce before it’s all gone.  There were loads of fabulous fresh recipes in last week’s roundup. And I was pleased to see a great mix of raw and cooked.

Here are my top faves from last week:

Thanks again to everyone who contributed or stopped by! :D

Please join us this weekend! There are so many options for healthy foods. . . whether or not you’re vegan, remember that many salads, veggie side dishes, pasta dishes, desserts, smoothies, and more are naturally vegan and can all be included!  :)


  1. The event occurs once a week, starting Thursdays at 8:00 PM my time and running until Monday at midnight throughout the summer.
  2. Simply link up a recipe you made (and posted about) within the past week that contains health-supporting ingredients (see list below)Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the page. 
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually.
  5. Please be sure to mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
  6. Feel free to use the blog badge, above (or see the left sidebar of this page–if you need the html code, let me know and I’ll send it to you). Many thanks to Adrienne of Whole New Mom for setting up the badge code for me!
  7. As always, I hate to remove links, but will do so if they don’t comply with the guidelines.

What your recipe CAN contain:

  • Any good-for-you, whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)–but any fresh, real food is welcome!
  • Natural sweeteners (coconut sugar, agave, brown rice syrup, maple syrup, stevia, Sucanat, rapadura, coconut nectar, yacon syrup, etc.)
  • Vegan ingredients (even if you’re not vegan, OF COURSE you can still play along! You’ll be surprised at how many foods are naturally vegan; and if not, there are many subs you can use for eggs, milk or butter–include vegan options and we’re good to go!).  
  • Note that this is NOT AN ACD-ONLY EVENT.  Any real food ingredients that are sugar-free and vegan are more than welcome–so use that maple syrup, those mushrooms, that nutritional yeast, miso, etc!  I’m just looking for healthy, whole foods recipes. :)

What your recipe cannot contain:

  • White flour, white sugar, or any highly refined, highly processed ingredients
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, unnaturally colored cereals or other foods, etc.)
  • Animal products (meat, chicken, fish or seafood, or their by-products, gelatin, eggs, dairy, butter or honey)

“Hey!  Why was my entry removed?”

The major reason entries are removed is because they don’t adhere to the guidelines: either they contain ingredients that aren’t listed here, or they are a re-post of a blog entry that is more than one week old.  If you render the recipe vegan-friendly by adding a vegan option to your ingredients, your post will be good to go!  For older posts, you’re welcome to re-post them during the week of the event, or choose a newer recipe.  Another reason is because the link leads to an advertisement or a business blog. Please read the guidelines before posting!




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  1. Hey Ricki, Your linky isn’t working because the back-track url is wrong (I think).

    • This is the second time I’ve had problems with the linky. . . it just seems to disappear for some reason!! I’ve fixed it now. . . thanks for letting me know! :)

  2. Where did the linkytool go? I’ll have to check back later to enter :)

  3. I’ve linked my Stuffed Tomatoes recipe this week! Have a lovely weekend.

  4. I added a terrific gluten free flatbread recipe that I used for so many things, including as a hot dog bun. But don’t worry, even though it may look highly processed, I used gluten free, msg free, nitrate free, artificial flavoring and coloring free hot dogs that I found on sale, with all homemade healthy fermented fixings like homemade sauerkraut. So even though it looks unhealthy, its pretty darn healthy. And yummy too!

  5. Sorry! When I get a good hot dog recipe, I’ll share. In the meantime, I’ll buy the occasional healthy dog as a treat.

    • Just kidding about sharing the hot dog recipe. I mean, there are vegan hot dogs out there, but finding one that is gluten free and soy free (because aside for fermented soy, we try to eliminate soy in our house) is quite difficult. I’m not a vegan or even vegetarian (sorry if that is offensive for vegans to hear), and for a second I forgot that this blog is vegan, but I cook largely vegetarian and quite often vegan recipes for health reasons, which is why I love your blog. (I do skip the tofu you seem to be fond of…)

      • You’re so funny! I was actually joking about the hot dog, but I see you realized that. ;) And I totally respect your right to avoid tofu (I have it on occasion, but usually no more than once a week). I’m trying to include more of my bean recipes on the blog lately, but unfortunately, many of them aren’t as pretty to look at. :)

        • Who needs pretty? We just need yummy!
          Bean salads can be pretty. :-D As can bean burgers, an stuff like that.
          I have an easier time avoiding tofu because I do have other protein alternatives… and because tofu is more expensive than meat round these parts, it doesn’t make sense to eat it from a frugal standpoint, even if I could understand why from a vegan standpoint.

          • Wow, I’m amazed that somewhere on this planet, meat is cheaper than tofu! ;) And I guess you’re right, bean salads can be pretty. It’s just that many of the bean dishes I tend to make don’t come out so pretty! (Though they are, indeed, yummy). :)

        • I agree.. we need yummy, not pretty! Bring on the beans!! :D

  6. Phew, made it just in time! Thanks Ricki :)

  7. Ricki, THANK YOU for SWW! So many wonderful recipes for seasonal summer fruit and veggies – totally inspiring even when it’s almost too hot to cook.


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