Wellness Weekend, October 27-31, 2011

[Just a quick note before I get to tonight's Wellness Weekend--tomorrow is the LAST DAY to vote for Diet, Dessert and Dogs in the Shape Magazine "Best Blogger" Awards!  If you haven't voted yet, I'd really appreciate your support--let's kick DDD into the top three! (And to whomever it was that nominated me in the first place, thank you so much!) :D]


Can you believe it’s Halloween in just a few days?  What have y’all got planned–costumes, parties, great dishes for Wellness Weekend?! ;)

There was decidedly nothing scary about all the great submissions from last week.  In fact, I’d say you submitted some of the best recipes yet!  I loved the focus on pumpkin and squash, those quintessential fall ingredients–and so many lovely desserts as well!

Here’s a sampling of my favorites based on the theme, “treats–no tricks!”:

And the Reader’s Choice this past week was:

Can’t wait to see what treats you cook up this week–tricks or no tricks!

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. loved those pumpkin pie cookies..gotta get my pumpkin baking started already!
    anoter fun non gooey Okra this week. Have a fun weekend! and thanks for hosting Ricki!

  2. Great recipes this week and I liked the theme too! Thanks for choosing my recipe and Happy Halloween :)

  3. Thanks so much for hosting! I shared a Creamy Oatmeal (Soaked) recipe. The oats are ground first and then soaked. The ground oats make the oatmeal SO creamy and delicious. Soaking the oats also decreases the cooking time. This oatmeal recipe only takes minutes to make! Thanks again :)


  4. I should not come here without having had my lunch yet!! LOL Awesome recipes. So glad Debi’s cookie recipe was chosen. I haven’t even tried it yet and I know that one is a winner. ;-)

    I’ve linked up my new favorite warming beverage, Velvety Pumpkin Spice “Latte.” It’s perfect for kids and non-coffee lovers like me. :-)

    Thanks for hosting, Ricki! Keeping positive energy going on the voting for you!


  5. Hi Ricki! I shared my Lentil Soup recipe this week! Definitely vegan! We are beginning to eat a lot more vegan meals than we used to eat now my daughter has gone dairy-free so I hope to be able to link something most weeks now!

  6. So humbled that you shared my cookie recipe, Ricki. Thank you! Wish I had another recipe to share this week, but I’m still working kinks out of some recipes and preparing for vacation. All the recipes submitted so far look amazing! That lentil soup is making me hungry!

  7. Thanks for highlighting those flourless pumpkin pie cookies from last week. I missed them!

  8. Ugh, I finally managed to submit something and the title has a ridiculous typo. They were twice baked, not twice backed. Blarg. Do you want me to submit it again correct Ricki?

  9. Ricki, I love seeing the entries you get here on WW, they just keep getting better and better. The Shredded Butternut Pumpkin Salad is sooo creative and I am going to have to try Shirley’s Pumpkin Spice Latte. I guess you can tell I love Autumn co ours and spices :) I made some Pumpkin Chai Doughnuts but they’re too naughty for Wellness Weekend. I’m going to have to work on a healthier version ;)
    I hope you get your PC fixed up soon…such a bummer


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