Wellness Weekend Sept 1-5, 2011 (Plus an Event Update)

Important Event Updates!

Happy September, everyone! I’ve heard from many of you asking about this blog’s other regular event, the SOS Kitchen Challenge, which was scheduled to resume this month. Unfortunately, Kim and I have had to postpone the event’s return until October. I do apologize!  I can’t wait to get started again showcasing monthly key ingredients for your culinary experimentation! Stay tuned later in the month for more details.

On the other hand. . . your response to Wellness Weekends has been so positive that I’ve decided to keep this event going throughout the year!  I do hope you’ll continue to contribute your fabulous, healthy recipes each week. :D

So what are you up to this long Labor Day Weekend?  We’ve got Monday off over here and I am looking forward to some extra time with the HH and Girls.  Keeping fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate. . .   :)

I’m hoping you will all be cooking up some healthy eats, too, this weekend, to share here at Wellness Weekend!  I’m continually amazed by the fabulous foods you all contribute, and last week’s event was no exception.

Here are some of the highlights from the roundup of delectable, good-for-you foods you all submitted last week:

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, they are a re-post of a blog entry that is more than one week old, or they contain neither a recipe nor anything directly related to food preparation.  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 do NOT link up posts that are merely referrals to another post or the home page for another blog event.
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!




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  1. Hey Ricki, Glad to hear you are continuing with your weekly Wellness Weekends.. SOS will be great come October as well. :)

  2. Thanks for hosting! I can’t wait to participate in the SOS Kitchen Challenge :) I wasn’t blogging then, but I always loved seeing the recipes on Affairs of Living and here. This week I shared a super yummy Summer Muesli w/ Soaked Oats & Chia Seeds. It’s a cold cereal that you can feel good about eating, and it’s so easy to make too. Thanks again :)

  3. Hopefully Mr. PR’s Persian rugs were all red, so any spilled wine would be hidden. :) Ricki, I missed you at VVC last weekend. It was a blast but would have been even better had you attended. I’m still coming down and it’s already Thursday. Where are my cupcakes? Where are my gf pancakes?

  4. I have a recipe I wasn’t sure if I could submit, because its for stuffed peppers that can be stuffed just with grains, lentils, or meat, or a combination thereof, but I also include instructions for grinding a type of organ meat in the post to use for the recipe, so I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to share it. What do you say?

    • As long as you provide vegan options and the recipe could really be made that way, it’s fine. I won’t be following the meat-based instructions, though. :)

  5. yayy, my cookies got lotsa clicks :)!! They are super fun cookies for sure!
    So this week, i was thinking of putting a savory recipe.. but u know sweet gets more clicks ;) .. also i veganized the very favorite sweet chickpea flour balls(laddoos), which lots of indian bloggers have been posting for a festival, with buckets of ghee(clarified butter). so i am real happy that the vegan laddoos came out fabulous and taste pretty much the same!

    • I saw your chickpea balls recipe as well, and it also looks great! And yes, I think most of us like the sweets more than the non-sweets. . . human nature, I guess. ;)

  6. I am pleased to hear you are continuing your wellness weekends – was sort of feeling sad it was finishing at the end of august – so many good recipes

  7. I love this site! Thanks for hosting and I look forward to clicking on the links here! Have a great weekend Ricki!

  8. So sorry to post my recipe and run, but wanted to stop by and say I am thrilled the event is year-round now.

  9. finally i have a savory entry too.:) I am so glad that the you are continuing the WW. I always find intriguing recipes.. and it makes me cook healthier too!
    love your raw mini pie. apricot swirls yumm!. i never got around to making one for the mini pie challenge.. maybe the next one..

    • Thanks, Richa! Glad you like the event. Hope you do get to participate in the next challenge. . . it was fun finally getting an entry in by the deadline!

  10. Just shared my Pumpkin Spice Muffins for this week’s Wellness Weekend. They’re naturally gluten-free (make sure your oat bran is from a company that doesn’t cross contaminate) and free of refined oils and sugars. They’re the prefect welcome-to-fall treat!


  1. [...] This is my submission to this month’s Veggie/Fruit a Month, featuring cauliflower, to this month’s My Legume Love Affair, hosted by Cathy and to Ricki’s Wellness Weekends. [...]

  2. [...] This is my submission to My Kitchen, My World for Britain, to E.A.T. World for Britain, to this month’s Simple and in Season, and to Ricki’s Wellness Weekends. [...]

  3. [...] about 20, depending on size I’m submitting these to Ricki’s Wellness Weekend and Amy’s Slightly Indulgent [...]

  4. [...] This recipe is also being shared in Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Wellness Weekends. [...]

  5. [...] This is my submission to Deb for this week’s Souper Sundays and to Ricki’s Wellness Weekends [...]

  6. [...] This recipe is also being shared in Wellness Weekends. [...]

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  8. [...] I’ve no doubt I’ll be going there again – and I’m submitting it to this Wellness Weekend, hosted by lovely Ricki… go and have a look at the great, healthy recipes on offer [...]

  9. [...] Submitted to Wellness Weekend @ Diet, Dessert and Dogs [...]

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  11. [...] Cool completely. Cut and serve. Makes about 9 brownies. Looking for more wonderful weekend recipes? Check out Wellness Weekends. [...]

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