Wellness Weekend August 25-29, 2011

We’re down to the last weekend in August, which here in Toronto means lots of kids getting geared up for school, as many BBQs as you can possibly squeeze in at the last minute, and maybe one more use of that sleeveless white tank top.  For our friends in the antipodes, it means looking forward to spring (you lucky ducks!).  Despite all this activity, you all served up some amazing recipes for last week’s Wellness Weekend event. 

Last week featured 33 incredible entries!  Thanks to everyone who participated.  It was tough to pick, but here are my favorites from last’s week’s roundup: 

And the reader favorite (which received the most clicks): 

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 highlighting the carrot soup! Can’t wait to see what everyone links up this week.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting and thank you for highlighting my Watermelon-Cucumber Juice! I am honored. :) This week I shared a Sushi Salad (w/ vegan-option, it’s a vegetarian salad and the recipe mentions removing the honey and adding an unrefined sweetener to make it vegan). Thanks so much again! Can’t wait to check out the other entries.

  3. I love the reader favourite link! Thanks again for another super weekly event, Ricki. :) Will SOS resume in September?

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my Coconut Lime Scones! Those were a challenge to make…you wouldn’t believe how many batches I threw in the trash :) This week I’m sharing an easier recipe: Tomato and Caramelized Onion Tart. It has a macadamia nut crust that really makes the dish. Thanks again!

    • My pleasure, Lisa. I love scones and those sounded so good! Looks like you hit the mark with that last version of the recipe. :) And the tart sounds amazing, too! Thanks so much!

  5. I cannot believe summer is almost over. Actually, who am I kidding, with this storm, it definitely feels over. Thank you again for doing this event weekly :)

  6. I love this event! Here’s my latest creation. Hope you’re having a great weekend! xo

  7. hiya ricki! I just noticed(i’m such a goof) i misspelled “Homemade”… could i ask a humungus favour, would you be able to fix the word for me? (thank you so much!)


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