Wellness Weekend December 13-19, 2011

[Sorry for the late posting, folks–technical glitch! Thanks for your patience. :) ]

Yikes!  Time sure does fly–here we are, smack in the midst of holiday parties, cooking  and baking–and suddenly it’s time for another Wellness Weekend! If last week’s event is any indication, I’m betting you’ve been cooking up a storm. I can’t wait to see what you all have to share this week. :D

Some highlights from last week, based on the theme of “your holiday table”:

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Chickpea Fennel Crackers from Hobby and More. I can’t wait to try these yummy-looking crisps!

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Chocolate Chip Coconut Macadamia Cookies from Whole New Mom.  Chocolate. Coconut. Macadamia. Um. . . yeah!

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. Awesome! Thanks for featuring the chickpea crackers..they are super fun. i keep making them with and without wheat every once in a while. the gf puffed rice ones are more porous and fun to eat!

  2. I shared our reindeer pop creations! Merci!

  3. Hi Ricki! I added a link to my refined sugar and fat free sweet mincemeat recipe which is great for mince pies at Christmas. It does include alcohol but there is an option to omit it!

  4. Thanks for the shout-out, Ricki! All the recipes looked great from last week! :)

  5. I’m looking forward to trying out some of the links this week! I’m glad you like mincemeat Ricki, thank you for the comment!

  6. This meme has been added to the list of Friday food linkies at Link Rink.

  7. Thank you so much for hosting – I have shared a Beetroot and Chickpeas Dip.

    I am off to check the chickpea fennel crackers.

  8. Thank goodness for WW!

    I was afraid you ditched it or were too busy with other events this week and thanks for featuring my Sweet & Salty Mixed Nuts. Anytime you’re on the west coast, I’d be happy to share with you :)

    This week I’ve linked up my Banana & Almond Muffins with a chocolate surprise centre. I love having these muffins for breakfast.

  9. Hi There Ricki~

    I created something fun this week and wanted to share it with you: Vegan Persimmon Cranberry Coconut Pudding. One word describes this creation: simple. Making yogurt can be a little time consuming (and honestly, I haven’t quite got it yet). But I so wanted something cool and creamy, not too sweet and not too complex. This pudding turned out really well and fit the bill. A few days later I made parfaits with my homemade ginger coconut granola, and I was a happy cat! Very fun and easy mid-morning or afternoon snack when I’m busy with the kiddos. I look forward to sharing the granola recipe and parfaits with you next week!

    Be Well,


  10. Well it’s back to the Linky penalty box after one week of success. I tried to link up Pantry Quick Gumbo at http://www.gfedge.com/2011/12/pantry-quick-gumbo-2/ . Same old message – there is no linkback on my page, yet it is there.

  11. Hi Ricki, thanks so much for hosting! There are some delicious looking entries this week :) I shared a Spiced Pumpkin Smoothie recipe with vegan-option. Creamy, spicy and sweet, it’s wonderful for breakfast, a snack or dessert. Thanks again.


  12. No…………. I somehow missed the linky deadline. I had Nori Kale salad too. Sad :(

    • Not sure what happened! It is set for midnight every week–but something tells me that Mr. Linkys “midnight” isn’t the same as mine, even though I have the settings correct. Will check it out and try to change it for next time! So sorry. Off to see your recipe!

  13. HEre is the link: http://www.citylifeeats.com/2011/12/20/nori-kale-salad/

    I could have sworn the deadline was midnight?


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