Wellness Weekend: December 1-5, 2011

What?!  It’s DECEMBER already??  Besides being behind on my holiday shopping, holiday menus, holiday decorating–well, holiday everything–I’m totally in the holiday spirit! 

And You?

Actually, seems like many of you got a head start on the festivities in last week’s Wellness Weekend!  We had a great selection of Thanksgiving foods, many of which would look great on your Christmas or Hannukah table as well.

So without further ado, here are some highlights from last week’s event on the theme of holidays:

And something new for Reader’s Choice:

I love dessert as much as the next person (well, actually, more than the next person, since my “next person” is the HH), but I do want the focus of this event to be on healthy foods of all kinds! Of course we can make our desserts healthier (and you folks seem to excel at it), but we should give our veggies some lovin’ too!  So, starting this week, I’ll be featuring two Reader’s Choice dishes each week–one sweet, and one savory! :D

This week, with your clicks, you’ve chosen the following two recipes from last week’s event:

Sweet: Roughly Raw Pumpkin Pie from The Palate Peacemaker.  Desi does it again with a great recipe, gorgeous photo and thoughtful text.

Savory: Baked Nut Cheese from Triumph Wellness. Emily took the classic Almond Feta and made it her own.

Thank you to every one of you who played along by submitting your recipes! I love seeing what you all make each week. I always look forward to seeing what you’ll come up with!

Please join us for Wellness Weekend 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 don’t contain a link back to this post, 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!

NOTE: A few of you have mentioned problems linking up in the past couple of weeks because of the backlink requirement. If the linky won’t work for you, please let me know so I can tell the Linky Tools owner and the problem can be fixed!


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  1. I agree, bring on the savoury!! :) Btw, are you doing SOS this month, too?

  2. Hi Ricki! I’ve shared two recipes this week to make up for not submitting for a couple of weeks! A Spicy Lentils dish and my vegan Shepherd’s Pie both of which are suitable for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet…Lentils have been on the menu most days this week! Thank you for hosting, I love the recipes here!

  3. Hey Ricki–How I love coming here and seeing all these great recipes each week! Breakfast rice bowls, raw cookies, sunbutter pillows, and creme caramel for starters. And I think I missed Desi’s last recipe … thank goodness you mentioned it here. Like you said, I love her recipes and her writing. :-)

    I’ve linked up my post that has a brief review of Hallie’s new cookbook, The Pure Kitchen. She graciously allowed me to share her Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe. I loved her recipe and on the spur of the moment turned some of the soft and pliable dough into cut-out cookies. Not super pretty because I was just making them for us, but they were both cute and tasty! :-)

    Okay, let me give some click love to some of these other recipes. ;-) Have a great weekend, Ricki, and all!

  4. Passata is just tomatoes cooked for and hour then sieved, we use at least a litre a week. It really adds a rich flavour to recipes. It’s so easy to make and freeze in batches, I might just take some pics next time I make it and post it on my blog.

  5. Holy Holidays…I finally posted a recipe to share! I don’t remember the last time I’ve shared something. Shame one me! LOL The Holiday Nog Cupcakes I posted today seem to be a favorite so far. I just wanted cupcakes for dinner ;-)

  6. Linky worked! I’m so excited!! This time I waited until the email feed was delivered but have no idea if that is somehow even related. Computers YUK.


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