Wellness Weekend August 18-22, 2011

I gasped a little when I wrote that date up there in this post’s title–so close to the end of August, already??  It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer has whizzed by here in Toronto.  Well, we’ve still got lots of warm weather left before winter, so I plan to take full advantage–by not cooking, or cooking quick and easy dishes. And based on last week’s Wellness Weekend contributions, many of you feel the same way!

Just look at these amazing dishes, my top picks from last week’s array of colorful, flavorful and quick-to-prepare contributions:

And a bonus, just because I was totally in awe of this process:

Thank you to every one of you who’s played along by submitting your recipes! I love seeing what you all make each week.

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. Thanks for the suggestion to submit my salad Ricki! :)

  2. hi there ricki! thank you so much for the mention on Twitter :D For some reason i can’t get my picture to diplay properly on the thumbnail- could you delete my link and i’ll give it another try to upload?
    thanks so much!

    • Hi Alea,

      I just did it for you to save time. Thanks for the great recipe! :D

      • yay!! you’re the best. thank you SO much!

        aahh Ricki you just make me wanna spend my life in the kitchen with all your encouragement. if i’m ever in toronto, i’m so emailing you :D and bringing safe desserts ;)

        • You’d BETTER email me if you’re ever in Toronto!! (And I think you would love it here, anyway. . . it’s such a great city with so many wonderful places to eat!). Not to mention I’d love the safe desserts–ha ha! :D

  3. Thanks for hosting! This is my first time posting here :) I shared a Nourishing Herbal Tea Infusion recipe. It’s loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals, all of which are readily available for your body. Thanks again.

  4. Hi again :) I just shared one more recipe, Watermelon-Cucumber Juice. It’s so delicious and refreshing. It’s also cleansing and hydrating, perfect to have now since watermelons and cucumbers are in season. Thanks again!

  5. Hi! I’m just starting a blog about feeding a family with multiple food allergies, and I’ve shared my first successful scone recipe (finally, after about a million tries!) Hope you enjoy it :)

  6. We shopped today and I have the ingredients for Chocolate Covered Fudgesicles – they may not make it as far as the ‘covered’ step. I’ve been dreaming fudgesicles since you posted the recipe!

  7. just saw that I got the wrong label on my linky – meant to write besan frittata but instead wrote the soup I posted after it – sorry about that ricki – just mustn’t be concentrating as much as I should be!

  8. Thanks for recommending I like up my dehydrated tomatoes! They’re like candy to me, I swear! Thanks for hosting.


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