Wellness Weekend October 13-17, 2011

I hope everyone had a great Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend (even if you’re not Canadian–we Canucks are generous that way). ;)

As always, I was amazed by the variety and creativity of the recipes you submitted last week.  I’ve decided to go with a different, specific theme to choose my faves each week, so that I’m not swayed by my favorite foods too much (ie, chocolate!). This week, the theme I used to choose my favorites is “Ingredients I don’t have in my kitchen” (next week’s will be different and I won’t decide until all the entries are in!).

 Here’s what I came up with from last week’s event:

And the Reader’s Choice post from this past week was:

I’m looking forward to seeing what you cook up this week!

Thank you to every one of you who 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.
  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. Please do not link more than once to the same web page!
  3. Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page. The post must contain a recipe.
  4. You may submit more than one recipe, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL PER POST, PLEASE.
  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 (note that regular brown sugar is actually refined!);
  • Anything almost entirely artificial (ie, most boxed mixes, fast food, faux “cheese,” faux “meat,” or margarine, 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 most common 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 a 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 posts are removed is because the link leads to an advertisement or a business blog. Please do NOT link up posts that are merely referrals to a different post or the home page for another blog event.
  • Only one thumbnail per post, please.  If your post contains two suitable recipes, link up once and people will still see all your fabulous recipes when they click on the linky.
  • I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE read the guidelines before posting!



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  1. Nice pics this week, Ricki. If you want 100% buckwheat soba noodles, I’ve seen them at The Big Carrot. They were also $10/packet. Eep!

  2. thanks for the soba shout-out ricki! to echo what janet said, i think eden foods make a 100% buckwheat soba noodle – those would be gluten free, right?

  3. Thank you for hosting! I shared a Creamy Herb Dressing (vegan) recipe that is SO delicious. The “cream” base is ground sprouted sunflower seeds. Thanks again.


  4. Sorry! I accidentally posted my Bean Salad again, not remembering that I already shared it with you last week (trying to do too many things at once again!). You can take it down if you want, and I added a new recipe instead… the penne with cauliflower and capers. (I’m off to recharge my brain :) ) ~ Lisa

  5. Using dates as a honey replacement sounds like a great idea, and may be a bit less caloric than agave. I think I’ll try processing some with a tiny bit of water and see what kind of syrup I can make. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Hey Ricki – regarding the GF soba, Eden has a 100% buckwheat that I’ve seen in some of the health food shops downtown (Evergreen Natural Foods on Roncesvalles has it) and I’ve seen the Mitoku brand there as well, which I kind of prefer (it tastes more “traditional” to me). Enjoy! I’m totally trying out some of these gorgeous recipes!

  7. Mr. Linky still blocks me no matter where I place the linkbacks. I wanted to share Sage Pancakes http://www.gfedge.com/2011/10/sage-pancakes with Savory Lentil Gravy http://www.gfedge.com/2011/10/ savory-lentil-gravy.

  8. Hi Ricki, hope you had a good weekend.
    I added another recipe – Aunt Glo’s Spinach Salad and Dressing (GF & Vegan)


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