Wellness Weekend January 19-23, 2011

Brrr! Winter has finally hit with its full force in Toronto.  I won’t tell you what I said when I first looked outside and saw the snow (hint: it wasn’t “Oh, joy!”).

Well, at least I had all your fabulous recipes from last week to console me!  It was the biggest Wellness Weekend yet, with 36 incredible entries! Thanks so much, everyone!  :D

And now, here are some favorites from last week on the theme of “Sunny” (because I long for the sun this time of year!):

Readers’ Choice, Savory: Massaged Kale Salad from Farmer’s Market Vegan.  If you love kale as much as I do, you know there are never enough massaged kale salad recipes! :D

Readers’ Choice, Sweet: Raw Chocolate Macaroons from Tessa the Domestic Diva.  Incredibly yummy looking, with a short and sweet list of ingredients, too!

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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 or another event 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. I will try to email you to let you know, but I can’t always do so–if you’re wondering why your post was removed, you can email me, or read the last section below.

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, they link to another blog event, 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. Hi Ricki! Don’t the days fly by! I’ve shared a very simple apple sauce recipe this week! It’s lovely just on its own and quite addictive! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Happy Weekend!!
    I added my yummy paleo breakfast bars.

    Thanks for hosting Ricki


  3. Hello Ricki,

    Hope you had a great week! Finally getting some rain (and snow) here in Northern California. It has been so dry and feeling more like spring. So finally, it’s winter!

    This week I am sharing a dairy-free & cane-sugar free chocolate pumpkin pudding (with avocado!!). Something decadent yet healthy for my sweet pea daughter. :-)

    Have a beautiful, health-full week.

  4. Hi There Ricki,

    I finally posted my almond milk recipe today and wanted to share (along with my chocolate pumpkin pudding).

    Also included in the post is an amazing site dedicated to almond pulp – a TON of great recipes for that healthy pulp.

    Be Well,

  5. Hi Ricki,

    I shared my Grain-Free Apple Blackberry Crisp and Chocolate Coconut Baked Bananas recipes this week. They are great fruit desserts or snacks that are perfect during the cold winter months. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Submitted a double chocolate and peanut butter blondie this week. Gluten free, refined sugar free (if you use unsweetened almond milk in the frosting and natural peanut butter), oil free, and grain free. Can be made with carob instead of chocolate and any nut/nut butter combo that works for you!

  7. we are still snowed in.. so lots of cooking and experimentation this week! i linked up my whole red lentil daal and the Glutenfree Naan flat bread. its not yeast free, but i think other leavening agents will work too!

  8. Thanks for hosting!! I posted my three bean chili and chips recipe!! Enjoy!!


  9. This is a little off topic but I was wondering. I love massaged kale recipies but most call for nutritional yeast. Is that okay on the anti candida diet? I fungus and yeast containing foods are a no no but wasn’t sure if nutritional yeast counts?

  10. Hi Ricki! Happy Saturday. Thank you for tweeting the recipe I submitted earlier. I am so glad you are continuing with this event through the seasons. The recipes look fantastic!

  11. Hi Ricki! I am visiting because a friend of mine refered me to your blog as a way of finding gluten-free recipes. I suffer from hypothyroidism and now my endocrinologist thinks I would benefit tremendously from a gluten-free diet. I browsed some of the recipes and they look amazing. But I have a question. I have been researching online the past few days and have found TONS of information. Kind of overwhelming. Can you recommend any links or sites where I can find information as to how to start? I need more information about staples of a gluten-free diet, do’s and don’ts, etc. Thanks!


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